Human nose can detect at least 1 trillion odors
These vials of odors are among hundreds that researchers at Rockefeller University in New York used to measure volunteers’ ability to distinguish between scents. The study showed that humans can detect at least 1 trillion different odors. Zach Veilleux/The Rockefeller University)
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 8:47 am
Updated: 12:52 am, Mon Mar 24, 2014.
New-car smell. Fresh-cut grass. Baking bread.
Although our universe of aromas seems infinite, new research shows how many odors our noses can actually detect: at least 1 trillion. The results of the experiment exceeded the most commonly reported guess — 10,000 smells — by a factor of a hundred million.
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Friday, March 21, 2014 8:47 am.
Updated: 12:52 am.