Your Skin Has a Sense of Smell, and Sandalwood Aroma Makes it Heal

Ready for some weird science? Some of the same olfactory sensing equipment that give your nose its sense of smell can be found in your skin cells. In other words, your skin has a sense of smell. And researchers have just figured out that your skin loves the scent of sandalwood—in fact, the aroma revs up your skin's… » 7/12/14 5:00pm 7/12/14 5:00pm

Oh Good, This Smartphone Scent Emitter Is Now Available Worldwide

What's this? A plug-in loudspeaker? An external flash? A retina scanner? No, it's the utterly bizarre Scentee, an aroma-generating thingamabob that gives your smartphone scent notifications. And, starting today, it's available worldwide. How ever did we live without this? » 2/01/14 6:00pm 2/01/14 6:00pm

Scientists Successfully "Erase" Fear Using Scent Therapy

Have you had trouble shaking that fear of snakes or dogs or spiders? Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a new technique to rechannel memories while subjects sleep—by blasting them with various odors. It's like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in Smell-o-Vision. » 9/23/13 2:43pm 9/23/13 2:43pm

A "White Smell" Could Hide The Most Repellant of Odours

Imagine eternally odorless public restrooms, or stink-free changing rooms. Amazingly, researchers claim to have discovered what they're calling a "white smell"—an odor made up so many complex aromas that it's neither pleasant or foul-smelling, in no way overwhelming, and could be the most effective air-freshener ever. » 11/20/12 9:03am 11/20/12 9:03am

Old People Smell, Confirms Science

The results of a study conducted by Johan Lundström and several of his colleagues at the Monell Chemical Senses Center indicate the "old person smell" is, in fact, a distinct and distinctly identifiable odor. » 5/30/12 10:40pm 5/30/12 10:40pm

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

The Aroma Lid Makes Your Coffee Smell and Taste Great

Coffee from your favorite donut shop has a problem. It doesn't taste as good as it should because the lid traps in the wonderful aroma. Taste is 95% smell, so you're really missing out. » 8/05/11 12:37am 8/05/11 12:37am

Wanna Live Longer? Blocking Delicious Smells May Do It

A study of fruit flies that have had their scent genes mutated shows that they live up to 30% longer than normal flies. Quick, buy some noseplugs! » 4/22/10 3:00pm 4/22/10 3:00pm

Aroma Waker Early Morning Scratch 'n' Sniff Technology

Aroma Waker is a not-so-cunningly-named alarm clock that wakes you by emitting aromatherapy scents at a preset time. Its actually got two heated scent pots, so you can have a second dose of smells later in the day— perhaps to remind you it's lunchtime, to feed the cat, or a "warm welcome from a hard day's work" as… » 2/27/08 7:22am 2/27/08 7:22am

Nokia's Foldable Phone Concept Leaves Your Pocket Smelling Fresh

No doubt about it. Nokia's Scentsory cellphone concept looks like something you'd launch across the room aimed squarely at a friend's head. But this foldable cellie is a scent-enabled handheld (much like this one), which gives your nose a treat via its built-in pores. Open it up and you get a whiff of petunias, close… » 5/21/07 6:20pm 5/21/07 6:20pm

Japan's Sony Ericsson SO703i Smells Purty

No longer will you have to worry about your cellphone stinking up the place. Not if NTT Docomo and Sony Ericsson have anything to do with it. The SO703i is a cellphone that includes a slot for replaceable scented sheets that give off a pleasant smell. Up to 11 different smells are available. You may think you are hot… » 1/17/07 4:55pm 1/17/07 4:55pm

Stench Recorder: Smell-O-Vision On Its Way

We've been hearing threats of smell-o-vision for decades now, but it looks like engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology are getting serious about an odor recorder that can analyze scents and reproduce them by combining the 96 chemicals packed inside the device. Not only will it be able to approximate the smells… » 6/30/06 2:15pm 6/30/06 2:15pm