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The Smell of Books

18 Feb 2021

Video of Dr Joe Schwarcz on the smell of old and new books Dr. Joe Schwarcz on the smell of old and new books.

Scents and Sensibilities

7 Aug 2020

It is quite amazing how very small changes in an odourant’s chemical structure can radically change our perception of its scent. For example, octanol, a synthetic compound used in perfumes and...

The COVID Science Express: A Vanished Sense of Smell, Viral Origins, and Vaccines

27 Mar 2020

A weekly explanation of the emerging science behind COVID-19 and its infectious agent, SARS-CoV-2. Loss of smell and taste could be a symptom of COVID-19 but not a very specific one

There is a connection between TNT, the male musk deer, and your perfume

26 Feb 2020

Arab perfumers in the sixth century were the first to discover that diluting the obnoxious smelling dried contents of the little pod found near the anus of the male Asian musk deer not only...

The Power of Suggestion Can Play a Role in Aromatherapy

31 May 2019

Shira Cohen is studying Nutrition at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University, specializing in Global Nutrition. 

What am I smelling when I smell B.O.?

24 May 2019

Some of these compounds, like allyl methyl sulfide from garlic, will turn up in your breath, pee, and sweat.

Did you know that tigers and jaguars are attracted to the scent of Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men? 

25 Jan 2019

This surprising fact was initially discovered by researchers at the Bronx Zoo who compared twenty-three different perfumes’ abilities to attract tigers’ attention. One of the least successful was...

Can Rain Extract Blood from a Stone?

20 Nov 2018

When the land has been dry and it starts to rain, there is a peculiar smell in the air, an earthy scent called petrichor. In the 1960s, two Australian scientists, Isabel Bear and Richard Thomas,...

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