In Print: Europe’s Got A Stink Problem
Mar25

In Print: Europe’s Got A Stink Problem

The Newscripts blog would like to be closer Internet buddies with our glossy print Newscripts column, so here we highlight what’s going on in the current issue of C&EN.  This week’s print Newscripts comes from Alex Scott, C&EN senior editor for Europe, who writes about the smells in his neck of the woods in “The French Stench, The English Pong, The Cheesy Norwegians.” He covers the sources of a...

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Fear Of Stink: A Century In The Making
Jan22

Fear Of Stink: A Century In The Making

Lurking among us are foolish folks who fork out cash for deodorants even though their armpits don’t smell. This is the take-home message of an article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that’s been making the rounds of science news sites and blogs. It’s a fun study, but the results aren’t really that surprising. Researchers have known for years that some people in Europe (2% of the population) and most people in China, Japan,...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Dec06

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Where some see a stinky armpit, this Ph.D. student saw a novel method for making cheese. [Improbable Research] Latex condoms? So five minutes ago. The new hotness is electrospun nanofiber condoms. [PopSci] Bad news for those of us who have lost our sense of smell from breathing the air in the organic lab: Scientists say a strong sense of...

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Smelling The Moon
Dec14

Smelling The Moon

Many a space-obsessed kid has dreamed of rocketing off to the moon, seeing Earth from the moon, perhaps even touching the lunar surface. But smelling the moon? That’s less likely to be on the to-do list. Still, the folks who designed the American Museum of Natural History’s “Beyond Planet Earth” exhibit are betting that moon fans will at least be curious. The exhibit hall is dimly lit, perhaps for dramatic...

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