Plush toys are usually meant to offer a cute-ish interpretation of character, but these Age of Ultron plushies end up looking really strange — all thanks to the addition of a nose to (most of) their faces. Gaze into the cold, nosed faces of the Avengers!
For nearly a century, scientists assumed the human nose was capable of discerning about 10,000 different odors. Turns out, that number was missing a whole bunch of zeroes—new research shows that the human nose can detect over 1,000,000,000,000 distinct scents. Tell your dog to quit being so smug.
Well this is cool. A professor of chemistry at Caltech, Nate Lewis, is developing something called sensory vapor technology, in essence is an electronic way to sniff out bombs and certain illnesses and even something like Anthrax, avoiding any of the risks such scenarios would pose to an actual human-flesh nose.
Oh, how we laughed at that Japanese vibrating-muzzle which promises to de-flare nostrils and give users the pert nose they always dreamed of. But back in ye olden German days, potato/saddle/duckbill/hook noses were being fixed by this scary contraption.
Sure, you could pay thousands of dollars for an expert rhinoplasty job that'll leave bruises under your eyes and tape over your schnozz. Or! You could embrace the power of the Beauty Lift High Nose, the silliest face vibrator in town.
How do you give a robot a sharper sense of smell? By using genetically modified frog cells, according to Shoji Takeuchi, a bioengineer at the University of Tokyo in Japan.