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U.S. Forces in Korea are using vinegar as a smell test for coronavirus

Smell Testing in Korea

In Seoul, the US Forces are carrying out random vinegar smell tests on its bases to screen people possibly infected with COVID-19, the military said, following reports that losing the sense of smell or taste could be an indication of virus infection.

According to the Army Garrison, those personnel who cannot detect the smell of vinegar will be further screened, adding that studies have shown that the loss of smell is an early indicator of possible infection.

Vinegar really? How about you level up and buy some dem Jars of Smells for y’all boys in green…no vinegar inside, but you will find a nasal challenge that will make your nose hairs curl!

-Ed

Reported From – https://m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2020040600900032

Ford Files Patent Application to Single Out Smelly Ride-Hailing Vehicles

Ford Patent Application

According to a patent application, Ford is working on a solution to identify, categorize and compute odors found emanating from your ride share.

Ford’s system would use an environmental sensor to determine the nature of the odors inside a vehicle and would compare those odors and their concentrations to a list of thresholds set by the ride-hailing customer. For example, I have zero tolerance for Black Ice air fresheners, so if I call for a car and the sensor detects that chemical profile in the car it wants to send to me, it’ll change up.

Seriously, how would this ever actually work? Smells are so subjective and contextual. Intensity sure, that we can understand, its like a volume switch, but the rest of it? This patent application is at best a method to turn what exotic flavors remain in this world into plain vanilla.

Its a braven new world out there peeps!

-Ed

Full piece reported on here – https://www.cnet.com/news/coronavirus-car-buyers-ride-sharing-public-transport/

Don’t Cut off Your Nose, You’ll Spite More than Your Face

A new study from the University of East Anglia reveals the huge range of emotional and practical impacts caused by a loss of smell.

It finds that almost every aspect of life is disrupted – from everyday concerns about personal hygiene to a loss of sexual intimacy and the break-down of personal relationships.

The researchers hope that their findings will help motivate clinicians to take smell problems more seriously, with better help and support offered to patients.

“There are many causes – from infections and injury to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and as a side effect of some medications.

“Most patients suffer a loss of flavour perception which can affect appetite and can be made even worse if distortions in their sense of smell also co-exist.

“Previous research has shown that people who have lost their sense of smell also report high rates of depression, anxiety, isolation and relationship difficulties.

“We wanted to find out more about how a loss of smell affects people.”

The researchers worked with the Smell and Taste clinic at the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston-On-Sea. The clinic opened in 2010 and was the UK’s first clinic dedicated to taste and smell.

The study involved 71 participants aged between 31-80 who had written to the clinic about their experiences.

The research shows that sufferers experience wide-ranging impairments to their quality of life. These included a negative emotional impact, feelings of isolation, impaired relationships and daily functioning, impacts on physical health and the difficulty and financial burden of seeking help.

“The inability to link smells to happy memories was also a problem. Bonfire night, Christmas smells, perfumes and people – all gone. Smells link us to people, places and emotional experiences. And people who have lost their sense of smell miss out on all those memories that smell can evoke.

“Many participants described a negative impact on relationships – ranging from not enjoying eating together to an impact on sexual relationships,” he added.

Reference: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoea-wil012220.php

Sillage Drops New Balance 990v3 Shaped Incense Chamber

Sillage Drops New Balance 990v3 Shaped Incense Chamber

Sillage, the Tokyo-based is releasing an incense chamber modeled on the founder,  Nicolas “Yuthanan” Chalmeau’s favorite sneaker, the New Balance 990v3 in its shapely 2 year old worn-in condition.

Wonder if this comes in a pair?

Did you know the word SILLAGE comes from French for ‘wake’ (as in trail, not as in wake or woke). Its often used as a term in perfumery describing how far the fragrance you are wearing projects off your skin, or how long it lingers in the air after you have passed by, ie your wake.

-Ed

First reported here – https://hypebeast.com/2020/5/sillage-new-balance-990-v3-incense-chamber-nicolas-yuthanan-chalmeau-homeware

Can Peanut Butter Save Us from Coronavirus?

Peanut Butter

“Identifying asymptomatic carriers is absolutely critical in stopping the progression of the pandemic, I believe,” Professor Small says. “So if there is odour loss with some — even if it’s only a small percentage of people — identifying them as carriers would be significant.”

Losing one’s sense of smell isn’t like losing one’s car keys. When the keys go missing, you recognize the loss in an instant. But a person’s sense of smell can slip away quietly, over a period of time, without the person noticing it is going, going, going, until it is effectively gone.

Small and her pals agreed that a simple do-it-at-home sniff test, using common household items, would allow participants — the great mass of us — to start tracking their sense of smell. In this way, an asymptomatic carrier who feels like a million bucks, but notes a diminishing sense of smell one day to the next, could consider quarantining, ASAP, instead of carrying on until their olfactory sense disappears altogether.

Hence, says Small, the birth of the peanut butter sniff test. Peanut butter, so good on toast, and always a friend to jam, is a North American staple that stimulates the olfactory sense exclusively, unlike, say, ground coffee — a treat to inhale, no doubt — but a fragrance that fires both our sense of smell and the trigeminal nerve governing sensations like “pain and tickle,” which influence how one registers an odour.

As a control on the peanut butter, sniff-test participants are asked to breathe in a snout full of vinegar, another household staple, like coffee, that fires the trigeminal nerve. The big idea? If a subject is registering the vinegar, but the scent of the peanut butter is fading away, they can be confident their sense of smell is decreasing.

“If we find there is a trajectory of diminishing smell over days, we would be able to identify asymptomatic carriers, even before they were conscious of losing their smell,” says Small. “And in those, let’s say, five days, there could otherwise be lots of transmissions.”

And what if you have a peanut butter allergy? Ouch!

Check out TMB’s Jars of Smells… a box full of mysterious, randomised smells that help fine-tune your schnozzz. And who knows peanut butter might be one of the smells you might encounter!?  

https://topmiddlebase.com/product/jar-of-smells/

-Ed

Originally reported on here – https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/heroes-of-the-pandemic-a-canadian-professor-has-a-peanut-butter-sniff-test-to-combat-covid-19

Love the Smell of Gasoline? You are Not Alone!

Fuel Empty

Gasoline is a chemical cocktail comprised of many ingredients
Chief amongst these is Benzene which is added to gasoline to increase octane levels whilst also giving gas its characteristic gassy smell.
Naturally a sweet smell Benzene is also quite pungent.

So getting to the WHY, there are 2 strong reasons WHY some people cannot get enough of the stuff:

1 – Emotion Says Sniffing on the gas is bringing back pleasant memories such as filling up the tank before heading out on a family road trip, or some excitement you may have had around a bike, a boat or even the plane.

2 – Science Says whiffing on the gas is firing up your mesolimbic pathway. What this means is that Benzene may be dancing on your olfactory nerve endings, resulting in a slight head tingle.

What is the true answer? Possibly a touch of both?

Vroom Vroom

Speaking of smells. Have a go at T/M/B Jars of Smells.

The ultimate tool for fine-tuning your schnoz. Play this as a game with friends, the expressions will be completely grammable.

Includes smells like Honey, Rain, Garbage, Gasoline, Chocolate & Fresh Cut Grass….a completely randomized set in every box guaranteed!

– Ed

Research Source – https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/why-some-people-love-the-smell-of-gasoline

Remembering The Plague Doctor

The Plague Doctor costume has been something that has always intrigued us. Given the current global condition we decided to do some research into this historical character and his/her outlandishly designed protective gear.

Dating back to our 17th and 18th centuries, ‘Plague Doctors’ who had the unenviable of caring for the sick, invented masks to protect themselves from “bad air” and prevent contagion. These masks had lenses on the eyes and a long cavity in the nose, which was filled with drugs and aromatic items. This cavity measuring about half a foot in length, had 2 small vent holes, and its shape was very similar to beaks of birds. At the beak were used substances such as ambergris, mint leaves, styrax, myrrh, laudanum, rose petals, camphor, cloves and straw.

Can you imagine wearing this? Muust have been intense…

You can score your own Plague Doctor Masks here https://plaguedoctormasks.com/

Books Never Smelled So Good!

Perfumer Timothy Han is planning to make some of literature’s greatest works even more engaging by infusing their pages with a range of matching scents.

He has already distilled the essence of several books including Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and Simone de Beauvoir’s She Came To Stay into a unique range of perfumes.

What books do you think deserve their own special smell?

Read more here – https://www.hungertv.com/editorial/timothy-han-creates-experimental-fragrances-inspired-by-literature/

Self-Monitoring Your Sense of Smell May Help Detect Coronavirus

A healthy (or unhealthy) sense of smell has always been likened to the ‘canary in the cole mine, alerting us to possibly underlying health conditions. It is no surprise that this human sensory tool is now being linked to the early identification of COVID-19

Along with fever, cough and shortness of breath – many coronavirus (COVID-19) patients report a temporary loss of their sense of smell. It appears that olfactory loss is significantly greater in COVID-19 patients compared to the loss that is often experienced during a cold, and less commonly, in non-COVID-19 influenza patients. In some countries, such as France, a patient who claims to have a sudden onset of olfactory loss will be diagnosed as a coronavirus patient – without even being tested. A similar approach is being considered in the UK. Based on this data, Weizmann Institute scientists, in collaboration with the Edith Wolfson Medical Center, developed SmellTracker – an online platform that enables self-monitoring of an individual’s sense of smell – for the purpose of detecting early signs of COVID-19 or in the absence of other symptoms.

Reported by – https://www.miragenews.com/self-monitoring-sense-of-smell-may-help-detect-coronavirus/

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

 

SYNESTHESIA: What it’s like to smell colours?

Imagine taking a sip of regular Cola, you experience a purplish fuzzy felt. Or imagine seeing a city’s skyline and you taste marshmallows.

If you have experienced this joined perception of your senses simultaneously, it basically means you might have synesthesia. This condition is when an individual experiences one sense simultaneously perceived by one or more additional senses. To better illustrate, a synesthetic person might see the word door to be in the colorred or the number 9 to be in color purple. Any combination of these senses – like touch, smell or sight – is possible.

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Lorde – a New Zealand singer and songwriter – recently raised awareness on synesthesia, which inspired to the birth of her new album called Melodrama. She reported that a particular color flashes into her mind when she plays a note on her keyboard.

The different types of synesthesia vary from Grapheme-colour synaesthesis (seeing letters or words in colour) to the more unusual Lexical-gustatory type (tasting words).

What is the cause?

Synesthesia is said to be a result of crossed-wiring in the brain. Scientists believed that crossed connections exist in the brain of everyone since birth but are then refined. This process is called Axonogenesis, which is a process that allows brain cells to wire to their counter parts. The hypothesis remains that these cross connections are normal in children, however adult who have synesthesia may simply have maintained the crossed connections as they grow old.

40% of individuals with synesthesia are related to a relative who has the same condition. Hence, scientists hypothesize that synesthesia is genetic as there is a solidarity on the genetic conditions of these people. Studies have found that families with synesthesia have different DNA variations but they all had enhanced genes involved in cell migration and axonogenesis. Hence, the result eventually proves that genetic transposition can alter and buffer our sensory experiences.

What’s The Deal With Durian??

Roughly the size of a coconut, the durian fruit is green and spiky on the outside, with a soft flesh on the inside. It’s native to Southeast Asia, and its smell has been likened to “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock,” “hot poop garbage” and “gasoline.” In some places, durians have been banned on airplanes, trains and mass-transit – and for good reason. Their smell isn’t only overwhelmingly potent, but it lingers too.

Durian is certainly an acquired taste. Despite the pungeant smell, the custardy flesh actually tastes sweet

More – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-is-durian_n_7111232

This Woman Can’t Even Smell Burnt Toast?

Losing your sense of smell is called Anosmia. Our sense of smell has a significant impact on what we taste.

“It’s like eating a box of tissues,” Chloe Donovan explains. “You only get texture and temperature.”

Smell is a human early warning system, it prevents us from putting bad things in our mouths amongst another things.

Donovan says she once “nearly set my kitchen on fire” when she accidentally turned the toaster on while putting groceries down on the kitchen counter.

It was only after her son got home from school and smelt something burning that they discovered a blackened loaf of bread on top of the toaster.

 

Read more:
‘I live in a world behind glass’: life without a sense of smell
https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/when-chloe-fell-backwards-she-had-no-idea-what-she-d-really-lost-20200122-p53tpn.html

9 Unbelievable Facts About Your Nose That You Probably Don’t Know

After reading this list you will have a new perspective on your Shnoz

  1. The way you sneeze may be in your genes, meaning your family sneezes the same way.
  2. You Can Detect More Than 10,000 Scents.
  3. Your Nose Is Connected to Your Memory.
  4. Your nose shapes the sound of your voice.
  5. Your nose can help detect dangerous chemicals in the air.
  6. Air passing through the nasal cavity is warmed or cooled to match your body temperature.
  7. ‘Anosmia’ is the inability to smell.
  8. ‘Dysosmia’ is when things don’t smell as they should.
  9. ‘Hyperosmia’ is having a very strong sense of smell.

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