sense of smell

Mosquitoes are drawn to flowers as much as people — and now scientists know why

And without that sense of smell, mosquitoes could not locate their dominant source of food: nectar from flowers.

If Machines Could Smell …

What, if robots could smell? Sniffing explosives at the airport, diagnosing diseases based on a patient’s breath, locating gas leaks and much more?

Scientists from TU Dresden search for new methods to cure neurodegenerative diseases

Most neurons in the human brain are generated from neural stem cells during embryonic development. After birth, a small reservoir of stem cells remains in the…

Smelling the forest – not the trees

As part of an international team, the University of Konstanz investigates how olfactory receptors and brain structures cope with mixtures and single odorants….

A neuron can cause a domino effect

Some nerve cells (neurons) or neuron classes in the brain seem to age faster than others. For example, the loss of the sense of smell is one of the first…

New instrument could search for signatures of life on Mars

Branimir Blagojevic, a NASA technologist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, formerly worked for a company that developed the sensor. He…

New areas of the brain identified where ALS gene is active

For the first time novel expression sites in the brain have been identified for a gene which is associated with Motor Neuron Disease and Frontotemporal…

Same switches program taste and smell in fruit flies

A new study sheds light on how fruit flies get their keen sense of smell.

Understanding the fruit fly’s nose

How odours influence actions is one of the fundamental questions in neuroscience. Richard Benton, associate professor at the Center for Integrative Genomics at…

Kiwi bird genome sequenced

Its unusual biological characteristics make the flightless kiwi a unique kind of bird. Researchers of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute…

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