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Your sense of smell is actually pretty amazing

Flavor: The science of our most neglected sense
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Our sense of smell is incredibly fine tuned.

The following is an excerpt from FLAVOR: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense by Bob Holmes

Our noses are a much more powerful tool than most of us realize—more sensitive, in many cases, than the most expensive piece of laboratory equipment.

Case in point: If you had happened to cross the University of California at Berkeley campus in the early 2000s, you might have noticed an undergraduate—blindfolded, earplugged, and wearing coveralls, knee pads, and heavy gloves—crawling across the lawn with nose to ground, zigzagging slightly back and forth. Was he rolling a peanut across the campus with his nose as punishment

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