From fruity to minty to popcorn-y, all smells can be classified as one of 10 types of aroma, scientists say.Taste, vision and hearing can be quantified, but a systematic description of smell has remained elusive. Now, researchers have used mathematics to describe odors systematically and simplify them into 10 categories: fragrant, woody/resinous, fruity (non-citrus), chemical, minty/peppermint, sweet, popcorn, lemon, pungent and decayed."It's an open question how many fundamental types of odor qualities there are," study researcher Jason Castro of Bates College said in a statement. "This is in striking contrast to olfaction's 'sister sense,' taste, where we know that five basic qualities seem to organize sensations," Castro said. [8 Strange Things Scientists Have Tasted]Castro and his colleagues took a standard database known as Andew Dravniek's 1985 Atlas of Odor Character Profiles. The profiles contained long lists of descriptors — such as "sweet," "floral" or "heavy" — … [Read more...] about Minty? Lemony? Humans Can Smell 10 Types of Odors
BANGLADESH'S TOUR OF INDIA, 2019 by Atif Azam • Last updated on ShareTweet If not for a defeat inside three days, Bangladesh would have had only two days of preparation with the pink ball ahead of Kolkata Test. © AFP Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque advocated the importance of playing a practice game ahead of every day-night Test in the future. Bangladesh and India go into the historic fixture in Kolkata having undergone just a handful of net sessions with the pink ball, which poses radical challenges for batsmen, bowlers and, as Virat Kohli pointed out, fielders. Mominul seemed particularly bothered by the lack of preparation under lights but resigned himself into accepting that there was nothing more that could be done other than hope that such a situation didn't replay. Incidentally, Kohli too had echoed similar sentiments of playing a warm-up game before okaying the Day-Night Test on overseas tours. Bangladesh, who played a … [Read more...] about Mominul advocates importance of practice games before D/N Tests
Is Twitter too relevant to fail? Last week Twitter’s announcement that it would be making 336 employees redundant, about 8% of its workforce, prompted many to ask this question. The catatonic share price, and the reappearance of founder Jack Dorsey as CEO, are hallmarks of a corporate crisis even without the inevitable job cuts. A world without Twitter or with a radically changed Twitter is now unimaginable, as if television went off air in 1963 and never came back. There is journalism before Twitter and journalism after Twitter. No single company has ever had the power to report and disseminate events with the speed and geographic reach of the network. America holds its first television debate for Democratic candidates, Donald Trump livetweets it. If London Bridge is closing down, Twitter provides the eyewitness reports and pictures ahead of the broadcast news media. Journalists when they wake in the morning don’t first switch on the radio, they reach for their smartphones … [Read more...] about Can Twitter reinvent itself with packaged news before it gets sold?
Everyone in Lisbon says that, since Portugal’s great age of exploration, the city has looked far out to sea. It took a hand-written list of pratos de dia outside a little restaurant on the Rua das Janelas Verdes – Street of Green Shutters – to add spice to that truism for me. Today’s specials? “Tandoori chicken €6.50, pork saag €6.50, chicken dansak €6.50, pork biryani €5.50”. The pork dishes tell the story on a plate. In 1497, Vasco da Gama’s first expedition to the Malabar coast inaugurated Portugal’s brief heyday as a maritime superpower and began an affair with India (above all in Goa, Portuguese until 1961) that persists until now. António Costa, Portugal’s prime minister, comes from a part-Indian family that still has an ancestral house in the south Goan town of Margao. Costa helped clear the path for the latest, and boldest, project to restore the links between the city’s hilly, labyrinthine … [Read more...] about On the waterfront: Lisbon’s riverside regeneration
South Korean black comedy Parasite has continued its juggernaut trajectory by winning best feature film at the Asia Pacific Screen awards on Thursday. The Bong Joon-ho directed film has won accolades on the Korean film circuit and film festivals around the world, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and has its sights set on the Oscars. But it was the capacity to make sumptuous work with the most meagre of production budgets that unified all the winners at the 13th annual awards ceremony, held in Brisbane on Thursday night. Even the coffers of the smash hit Parasite were not “very high compared to other European or American movies”, producer Jang Yeong-hwan said. “It was not just a Korean story, it has a universal appeal,” Yeong-hwan said of Parasite’s global response. “But still we didn’t expect this level of success.” Other winners include Kazakhstan’s Adilkhan Yerzhanov, an APSA veteran, who received his first achievement in … [Read more...] about Parasite wins best film at Asia Pacific Screen awards as Oscars campaign looms