A 40-year old question of smell solved?

We smell in stereo, says a new report from UC Berkeley

Magnetic resonance images of the human brain indicate that the human mind classifies whether odors are being received from the left or right nostrils, much in the same way that it classifies whether sound comes in from the left ear or the right ear.

This strongly indicates that the human brain localizes smell. While humans may never be able to follow a scent trail the same way bloodhounds can, the principle is the same.

"It seems that we have this ability and that, with practice, you could become really good at it," said study coauthor Noam Sobel, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley in a prepared statement.

Nobel Prize laureate Georg von Békésy claimed that humans had the ability to localize odors, based on experiments in 1964 with human subjects. Since then, however, scientists have had difficulty replicating his experiments,

Featured Video
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Microsoft demos wearable holograms on HoloLens

Microsoft shows off holograms you can hold with a mixed-reality game called Project X Ray. The new game runs on the company's HoloLens platform.