Posts Tagged ‘Smell’

Smelling bad actually makes you look uglier [Psychology]

06 Mar
Relative to pretty much any other mammal, humans have an absolutely atrocious sense of smell. But even our weakest sense is powerful enough to affect how we think...starting, of course, with how attractive other people look. More »

The truth about why things smell bad: Vibrating molecules [Biology]

15 Feb
For over a century, our sense of smell has been explained with the "lock and key" hypothesis, which holds that each odor molecule has a particular shape that allows it to fit into particular smell receptors in the nose. But now a controversial study involving fruit flies suggests that hypothesis might miss the truth entirely - the secret, they say, is all in the vibrations. More »