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Why do newborn babies smell SO GOOD?

Why do infants smell so good?!

Newborn babies are born with powerful mechanisms to survive in this cruel, cruel world. Their appealing features like big eyes, fat cheeks and wide foreheads with small mouths and noses are what captures our attention. These traits drive adults to care for them despite their flaws – like the late night feeding or explosive diapers which eventually leads the adults to be sleep-deprived.

Then, there’s the new-baby smell that wins it all (ugh!). There is no definite answer to this but researchers mentioned that the appealing smell is extracted from the chemicals exuded from a baby’s sweat glands. According to them, the smell can only lasts for as long as six weeks due to the changes in the baby’s metabolism level when they begin eating and drinking on their own. Another theory mentioned that the smell helps them to bond with their mothers which triggers maternal feelings of love.

Until when do these smells last?

The situation changes once they turn into teenagers, where they tend to smell less appealing. During these years, a study found that their off-putting scent once they enter puberty encourages their parents to keep their distance and help them become self-sufficient.

The notion of newborns smelling so good (like SUPER GOOD) is linearly related to the mother’s highly developed sense of smell, as she is prone to perceiving her child’s developmental stage through a sniff.

 

 

CAN DURIANS ACTUALLY HELP TO CHARGE YOUR PHONES?!

Durian is known to be the King of Fruits due to its rich flavour and distinctive shape and size. The native fruit of Southeast Asia is also regarded to be the most smelliest fruit (read: AWFUL) in the world. Anthony Bourdain once mentioned that your breath will smell as if you’ve been french kissing your dead grandmother.

Despite its distinctive and awful smell, are durians really that bad?

Today, scientists have found out that durians can be a key ingredient to lightning-fast charging for your iPhone. One of the key characteristics that this fruit possess is that it allows for storage of massive amounts of energy, hence the extraction of durian biowaste is an alternative a more efficient electric chargers.

The flesh of highly porous fruits such as durians adds a great value to the supercapacitor. Supercapacitor is an energy storage device that has a high energy density which promotes rapid energy capture and delivery. It has two separate plates, by which these plates are made from metal coated with a penetrable substance like activated charcoal. This provides them a high surface area for storing more energy effectively.

Scientists believe that this new approach to storing electricity might effectively help the environment if it is widely adopted. With the rise in climate change and rapid depletion of fossil fuels today, converting food wastes into value-added products will not only reduce environmental pollution but also improve the overall economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stinky Leather Jacket? Yucks!

Visible stains are a pain in the eye but it can easily be washed off… What about odours? They aren’t visible but they submerge in fibres and lurk forever. Odours are the toughest to remove from clothes – ranging from the fragrances you used to your own body sweat, it can take more than one wash for a clothing to smell fresh and brand new.

If you are the type of person who is caught up with work and haven’t laundered your leather jacket in two years, here’s a few tips to keep your favourite piece of outerwear smells as good as new!

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • Spray bottle

What you need to do: Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in the bottle and lightly spray on your jacket. Note: Your jacket should NOT be wet or damp from the spray. Leave it to dry for a few days before you can wear them again.

Easy peasy, right? You can thank us later!

Find out more here: https://www.thespruce.com/toughest-odors-to-remove-from-clothes-2146161

 

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