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Sniffing out 5 things you didn't know about the human nose

Published on Mar 21, 2014 2:56 PM
 
A Rockefeller University photo released on March 20, 2014 shows a study to measure volunteers' ability to distinguish between odors found that human noses have not been getting the credit they deserve. The human nose can detect more than 1 trillion different smells. Here are five things about your sense of smell that may surprise you. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

What do our noses "know"? A lot, according to a recent study that reveals that the human nose can detect more than 1 trillion different smells.

The study, published in the journal Science, claims we can detect many more smells than the commonly agreed number of 10,000.

But wait, did you even know you could even make out 10,000 distinct scents in the first place? Here are five other things about your sense of smell that may surprise you.

1. Women's noses win

 
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