“Sniffing out the Science of Smelling”

As millions discovered during the Covid pandemic, olfactory acuity affects everything from how we taste food to our personal safety to even how memories are triggered.

“Progress in this field may depend on unusual creativity and collaborations, between perfumers and linguists, artists and engineers and even perhaps anthropologists…”

Smithsonian Magazine recently examined how science and art are being used to help understand this complicated sensory system. Learn about the first ever art gallery dedicated to smell based art, find out how Philadelphia’s Monell Chemical Senses Center repurposed a Nasal Ranger to deliver odors to test subjects, and how Odofin Sniffin’ Sticks are being used to advance our understanding of how our sense of smell helps explain the world around us.


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