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Could a Simple Sniff Test Help to Diagnose Autism?


According to a new study published in Current Biology, a ‘sniff test’ may be able to help with the early diagnosis of autism, as researchers have discovered that children with autism are unable to adjust the way they deal with pleasant or bad smells. When we smell something pleasant, we’re likely to inhale more deeply in order to take advantage ...

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Could a Scent Test Help Us to Find Our Mate?


Scientists have developed a new test which is able to distinguish between different individuals based on their perception of odours. The test, which was part of a research project by neuroscientist Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, suggests that the way in which we ‘smell’ is possibly due to our genetic makeup. While most of us ...

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Brain Implants Give Blind Rats a New Sense of Direction

We’ve all grown up with the nursery rhyme about three blind mice running away from the farmer’s wife, but some blind rodents based at the University of Tokyo have been given a new sense of direction. By wiring blind rats with a compass that sends electric signals to their brains, the researchers have been able to see firsthand how the ...

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