Monday, October 24, 2022

Who Wants to be a Yokozuna?


Have you missed the last few matchups? Then get on down to the basho. Remember, it ain’t over till the gyōji calls it.

A Smell Walk on the Mild Side: Missing the forest for the trees

A Quantum of Feelz: Tripping balls in St. Petersburg

AI on My Mind: “I’m sorry Ave, I’m afraid I can’t do that”

Battle of the e-Noses: Is the technology fully baked?

Is Perfume No Longer Sexy?: The NYT thinks so

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

It's So Rare to Capture One Alive


Quid pro quo. I write these posts, you read these posts. Head over to my Avery Gilbert Substack and sign in to get new content free by email. Just remember to give Dr. Chilton his pen back.

My Dinner with Hannibal: Savoring aromatic literature

Karma in the Conservatory: Blooming ‘corpse flower’ in Golden Gate Park augurs well for possible Nick Zollicker novel

Blecch!: Something for the foodies plus a dive bar recommendation

Serving It Up: Strictly omakase

Losing It: Is Our Sense of Smell Becoming Less Sensitive?: Or is science journalism getting dumber?

WaPo Climate Alarmism: The Smell of Snow is Changing!: With a gratuitous assist from Monell smell scientist Johan Lundström

Thursday, April 14, 2022

While You Were Out

Elaborate voicemail hoax? No, it’s me telling you to get on over to my Avery Gilbert substack and catch up on all the scintillating posts that are appearing there (and not here).

COVID-19 Omicron Variant Much Less Likely to Result in Smell Loss: Olfactory research community hardest hit

Predicting Your Perfume Preference: L’Oréal will read your brain waves and tell you what you like

Personal Fragrance and Sensory Panelists: Should Tabu be taboo?

Chilling in France: Can deep freeze treatment undo COVID-19 smell loss?

Of Cherry Garcia® and CSN&Y: A taste of 1970

Friday, February 4, 2022

Get the Takes While They're Hot

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Smells at an Exhibition: Olfactory art isn’t always a grift

American SmellscapesTruckin’, like the do-dah man

An Appetite for PoliticsVegetable parenting practices and red meat resistance

Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas Are All Going to Die of COVID-19!Wait. What? Oh, well, never mind

Puzzle Solved? How the SARS-CoV-2 Virus Shuts Down the Sense of SmellClever experiments with live hamsters and human cadavers

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Last Minute Gift Ideas


Still looking for Christmas gifts? Here are a few ideas.

What the nose knows: The science of smell in everyday life. The perfect book for your nerdy nephew, your brainy niece who’s into perfume, or your foodie friend at the office. If you live in the U.S. there’s still time to send a paperback copy. Or you can send them a Kindle edition to arrive whenever you like.

One or both of the Nick Zollicker stories. Set in Berkeley, California, An Imperfect Mimic finds scent scientist Nick using his fragrance know-how to derail a romantic rival. Smothering the Savage takes place in New York City as Nick is hired to save a fragrance company when its star perfumer goes a bit bonkers. Give these inexpensive stocking stuffers so your friends have something to read after a big Christmas dinner while lounging in their new sweaters in front of the fire. Or send them to your relatives now to keep them amused on the flight out.