Olfaction http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27194/all en Gas leak causes strong odour in Paris and western France http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/gas-leak-causes-strong-odour-paris-and-western-france <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A gas leak at a factory in France left a strong odour over Paris and large areas in the western part of the country early on Tuesday, police said.</p> <p>A police official told Reuters that a leak of mercaptan gas from a factory in Rouen, 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Paris, was responsible for the smell. He added there was no danger to the public.</p> <p>A second police official in Paris said authorities were being flooded with calls from worried residents in the French capital.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/gas-leak-causes-strong-odour-paris-and-western-france" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Odor Olfaction Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:15:04 +0000 5737549 at http://www.globalpost.com BASF, Petronas to invest $500 mn in Malaysia plant http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/basf-petronas-invest-500-mn-malaysia-plant <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>German chemicals giant BASF said Thursday it is teaming up with Malaysian partner Petronas Chemicals Group to invest $500 million (385 million euros) in an aroma ingredients production facility.</p> <p>The plant, to be built in Gebeng, will be operational in 2016 and employ 110 people, BASF said in a statement.</p> <p>BASF is one of the leading producers of aroma ingredients worldwide and its products range from geraniol, citronellol, linalool and L-menthol.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/basf-petronas-invest-500-mn-malaysia-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aroma compound Chemistry Olfaction AFP Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:47:11 +0000 5825070 at http://www.globalpost.com Hearings to start on Peace River oilsands odours http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140119/hearings-start-peace-river-oilsands-odours <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PEACE RIVER, Alta. - Hearings are scheduled to begin this week on odours blamed on oilsands operations that have driven northern Alberta families off their land and at least one of the affected farmers hopes it will all wind up with tougher rules against bad smells.</p> <p>"The best result possible is that they make some regulations to get companies to capture their vapours," said Alain Labrecque, who's had to leave the farm his father pioneered over pungent smells that he says are destroying the health of his wife and children.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140119/hearings-start-peace-river-oilsands-odours" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Oil sands Olfaction Petroleum geology The Canadian Press Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:33:12 +0000 6047319 at http://www.globalpost.com Sensors based on a lobster 'nose' may someday sniff out landmines http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140318/sensors-based-lobster-nose-may-someday-sniff-out-landmines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Barbara Liston</p> <p>ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Scientists in Florida studying the way lobsters sniff around for food on the sea floor say they have found a clue to developing technology that could help soldiers detect landmines and hidden explosives from a safer distance than current technology allows.</p> <p>A lobster's "nose" is actually a pair of hairy antennules that capture odor molecules that settle on the hairs and help the creatures locate an odor, researchers at the University of Florida said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140318/sensors-based-lobster-nose-may-someday-sniff-out-landmines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Olfaction Olfactory system Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:20:57 +0000 6098984 at http://www.globalpost.com Humans can detect 1 trillion smells http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/humans-can-detect-1-trillion-smells <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different odors, millions more than previously estimated, US researchers said Thursday.</p> <p>For decades, scientists accepted that humans could detect only 10,000 scents, putting the sense of smell well below the capabilities of sight and hearing.</p> <p>"Our analysis shows that the human capacity for discriminating smells is much larger than anyone anticipated, said study co-author Leslie Vosshall, head of Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Neurogenetics.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/humans-can-detect-1-trillion-smells" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Olfaction Olfactory system Technology AFP Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:32:15 +0000 6100867 at http://www.globalpost.com Sweet smell of success: human nose discerns giant array of odors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140321/sweet-smell-success-human-nose-discerns-giant-array-odors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Will Dunham</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - What does your nose know? A lot more than you might expect.</p> <p>Scientists studying the breadth of people's sense of smell said on Thursday the human nose can discern far more than the 10,000 different odors long cited as the outer limit of our olfactory abilities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140321/sweet-smell-success-human-nose-discerns-giant-array-odors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Olfaction Olfactory system Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:32:43 +0000 6101402 at http://www.globalpost.com