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Sniffing Out Warnings From the Scent of Death

Decomposing animals—and humans—release a pungent mix of chemicals that emit a distinctive odor. In animals, this “scent of death” has been shown to act as a chemosensory warning of danger in the area. Psychologist Ilan Shrira and his colleague tested the human reaction to one particular compound found in decaying corpses, called putrescine, in a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/sniffing-out-warnings-from-the-scent-of-death/ #Podcasts #FullPodcastAvailable

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