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Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Kerry Grens | Jul 8, 2015
A reanalysis calls into question a year-old claim that humans can decipher at least 1 trillion different scents.
Sniff While You Sleep
Sniff While You Sleep
Molly Sharlach | Nov 14, 2014
Smokers light up less after smelling cigarette smoke together with foul odors during sleep, a study shows.
Takaki Komiyama: Circuit Seeker
Takaki Komiyama: Circuit Seeker
Molly Sharlach | Nov 1, 2014
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology Section, University of California, San Diego. Age: 35
Rise, Mickey
Rise, Mickey
Molly Sharlach | Nov 1, 2014
Scientist to Watch, Takaki Komiyama, discusses his use of chronic two-photon calcium imaging to explore how wakefulness and experience shape odor representations in the mouse olfactory bulb.
Misconduct Ruling for Old Retractions
Misconduct Ruling for Old Retractions
Jef Akst | Jul 31, 2014
Zhihua Zou, formerly of Nobel Laureate Linda Buck’s lab, engaged in research misconduct that resulted in the retraction of two highly cited papers.
Super Sniffers?
Super Sniffers?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 24, 2014
African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 
Eyes, Nose as Windows to Alzheimer’s
Eyes, Nose as Windows to Alzheimer’s
Kerry Grens | Jul 14, 2014
Failing a sniff test or screening positive on an eye exam may predict people’s chances of developing the neurodegenerative disorder.
The Nose Knows
The Nose Knows
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 25, 2014
The human nose can differentiate more than a trillion odors, a study finds.
Jaws, Reconsidered
Jaws, Reconsidered
Mary Bates | Mar 1, 2014
Biologist Jelle Atema is putting the sensory capabilities of sharks to the test—and finding that the truth is more fascinating than fiction.
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Mary Bates | Mar 1, 2014
Take a peek into the shark tank where Boston University biologist Jelle Atema is testing how well the fish actually smell.