Cool Jobs: Scents of science

Better understanding of the sense of smell inspires research into everything from whales to electronic ‘noses’

By Pippa Wysong, 17:42 PM September 12, 2012

This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

What’s that smell? Your nose probably knows.

Your sense of smell can help you identify a flower by its scent. It can alert you when the milk in the fridge has gone bad. And it can detect the telltale odor of a gas leak. Whatever the task, smell plays a major role in our understanding of the world.

That amazing ability has inspired many sci...

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