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A Pheromone by Any Other Name

By | October 1, 2013

Long known to play a role in sexual attraction, pheromones are revealing their influence over a range of nonsexual behaviors as researchers tease apart the neural circuitry that translates smells into action.


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Smell and the Degenerating Brain

By | October 1, 2013

An impaired sense of smell is one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and some other neurodegenerative diseases. Could it be a useful diagnostic tool?


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Overcoming Fears While Napping

By | September 22, 2013

Repeated exposure to fear-associated stimuli during short bouts of sleep made study participants less frightened of related provocations once they awoke.


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Some Mosquitoes Ignore DEET

By | February 21, 2013

The olfactory receptor neurons of some mosquitoes become less sensitive to the insect repellent after previous exposure.


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Art Through the Nose

By | November 29, 2012

A new show at New York’s Museum of Art and Design celebrates olfaction and the science behind modern perfume making.


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Neurons Talk Without Synapses

By | November 21, 2012

Neighboring neurons in an insect’s antennae can block each other without sharing any synaptic connections.

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Get a Whiff of This

By | September 1, 2012

Can electronic noses come close to the real thing?


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