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Why Your Sense Of Smell Is Better Than You Might Think

A neuroscientist argues that our noses are more powerful than we think. Humans, he says, actually have a great sense of smell.
Turns out humans are better at smelling than you might think. Source: CSA Images/ Color Printstock Col

Smell, the thinking goes, is not our strongest sense. Our lowly noses are eclipsed by our ability to see the world around us, hear the sound of music and feel the touch of a caress. Even animals, we're taught, have a far more acute sense of smell than we do.

But one scientist argues the idea of an inferior sense of smell stems from a 19th-century myth.

When neuroscientist John McGann at Rutgers started

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