Your Nose Is a Super-Machine That Can Detect Over a Trillion Scents

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. » 3/22/14 10:00am 3/22/14 10:00am

Would You Trust an Electronic Nose App to Diagnose Your Ills?

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. » 5/10/12 10:20pm 5/10/12 10:20pm