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Spiders sniff out humans

This is a jumping spider, and it is unusual in more ways than just its looks. The jumping spider, Evarcha culicivora, or the `vampire spider' is the only animal which chooses its prey based on what the latter has just eaten: it attacks mosquitoes that have recently sucked blood, rather than other types of food.1 [...]

July 16, 2011 — Felicity Muth

Is Smell the Key To an Octopus's Heart?

We know that octopuses have awesome visual systems and super-sensitive suckers. We have even learned that they can hear. But little scientific attention has been paid to their sense of smell.

October 24, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Why Space Stinks [Video]

Parts of this supposed vast emptiness smell like rotten eggs or gunpowder.

March 4, 2015 — Josh Fischman

Introducing: The Food Matters Crew

Do you ever wonder about the science behind your food? We do, too. Our group of writers serves up juicy topics like genetic engineering, gut bacteria and the chemical reactions that occur during cooking.

September 3, 2013 — See Arr Oh
Is your nose making you overeat?

Is your nose making you overeat?

Some people are drawn to the thick smell of bacon, sizzling and crackling in the skillet on a Saturday morning.  For others, it’s the aroma of freshly baked cookies on a Friday night or the smell of McDonald’s fries creeping in through the car window.  At this time of year, I find the scent of [...]

September 30, 2013 — Julianne Wyrick

Why Do Dogs Love Snow?

Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half Yesterday, East Coasters prepared for the blizzard of the century. I learned of the storm's potential severity while at the supermarket — all the bread was gone.

January 27, 2015 — Julie Hecht

Put Your Nose First: Smellwalks for You and Your Dog

There was no way I was going to miss something called a `Smellwalk.' A social dilettante at heart, I revel in time spent in the mind of others — especially those who add an entirely different color to the palate of my worldview.

September 12, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Bromidrophilia: Beauty is in the Nose of the Besniffer

“Coming home soon; don’t wash,” Napoleon Bonaparte once wrote to his wife, Joséphine. It’s unclear from this snippet of a love note if the most famous Emperor in French history had a certifiable case of bromidrophilia—a paraphilia in which the individual finds the natural body odors of attractive people to be the most arousing erotic [...]

August 6, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Can Steel Stop Garlic’s Stink?

  It took me a while to come around to garlic. Now, I find it delicious, whether powdered on pizza, fire-roasted, swirled into curries and casseroles, or chopped fresh onto french fries.

October 26, 2013 — See Arr Oh

Four Great Scents from Outer Space

You don’t need your nose to know what something smells like. Perfumers and astronomers can detect and recreate scents based on the chemical signatures of the molecules in the air, even if that air is very very far away.

July 14, 2014 — Christina Agapakis

Ant Farmers – How do they do it?

I used to work in Edinburgh's Butterfly and Insect World. While I was there, my favourite animal was not the chameleon, which changed colour when it was angry.

July 18, 2011 — Felicity Muth

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