It's a myth that humans' sense of smell is inferior to that of other animals – here's why

The Conversation UK | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Conventional wisdom has it that humans have a poorer sense of smell than most other animals. Sure, we can smell - most of us appreciate the aroma of our morning coffee or a delightful fragrance, and we're able to detect burning toast or a gas leak. But we have nonetheless long been thought to be relative weaklings in the animal kingdom's league of olfactory excellence, which puts dogs and rodents near the top.

From Playgroup To The Court Room - Play-Doh Gets Legal

Wayne Beynon | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Wayne Beynon

What's in a smell? Well according to Play-Doh rather a lot. This month US toy giant Hasbro filed a trademark application to protect the smell of Pla...

Losing Sense Of Smell In Middle Age Linked To Early Death

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

People who lose their sense of smell in middle age are more likely to die early, according to a new study. Alzheimer’s disease has previously been l...

Scents and Dark Confessions: The Rise of the Magazine

Peter McGuire | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Peter McGuire

Magazines are closing down, newspapers are struggling, and you're reading this online. Print is dying, right? Two young Irish writers beg to differ. They're proving that there's a growing market for high-quality, aesthetically attractive, content-driven niche publications.

People 'Involuntarily' Smell Their Hands After Handshakes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Tech

People unconsciously sniff their hands after handshakes, an investigation has revealed. The previously unknown behaviour was discovered by scienti...

The Science of Smell

Matthew Hussey | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

Our sense of smell is more closely linked to memory and our past than any other, and can provoke strong emotional reactions that bring us closer together, but can also push us apart. Welcome to the science of smell.

Dementia Sufferers Could Be Helped By Personalised Fragrances

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Smells have the power to evoke hundreds of memories. Whether the perfume of an ex-lover or a dish your mother cooked you as a child, the stronger the ...

Japanese Scientists Unveil Television That Allows Viewers To Smell Picture

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Since man first tuned in his television, there's almost no sensory part of the television experience he's left untouched. From Surround Sound to 3D gl...

Smells Like Christmas

Jody Thompson | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Thompson

As we're about to celebrate Christmas, it seems that olfactory pleasures are more important right now than at any time of year, and it's been something I've been thinking about a lot of late. Just how much do we take our sense of smell for granted?

Why 'Psychopaths' May Have An Impaired Sense Of Smell

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A new study has suggested a poor sense of smell may be a marker for psychopathic traits. Australian researchers studied 79 non-criminal adults and ...

Does Cancer Have A Smell?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists have developed a sensor system to "smell" different cancer types in the same way our noses identify and remember different odours. Resea...

Does Your Smell Reveal Your Age?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Forget trying to disguise the signs of ageing with Botox, anti-ageing creams or surgery - because humans are able to sniff out a person's age through ...

Why Smells Are Key To Happiness

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Experts suggest you’re more likely to feel depressed if you can't smell, according to a new study published this week. Being born with no sense o...

Would You Try A Marmite, Beer And Pickle Scented Perfume?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Residents from Burton-on-Trent look away now because a perfume has made in honour of the Staffordshire town - and it stinks. Perfumer and businessw...