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    Alcohol Improves Your Sense of Smell – In Moderation

    The lab of Prof. Noam Sobel at the Weizmann Institute continues to produce unexpected findings on the role of smell in our lives. Now, as reported in <em>New Scientist</em>, Yaara Endevelt, a doctoral student, has found that drinking alcohol improves our ability to smell, based on lowering our inhibitions.

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    Learning Doesn't Stop When You're Asleep

    As The New York Times reports, Weizmann's Anat Arzi has discovered that people can learn while asleep. Ms. Arzi, a PhD student in Prof. Noam Sobel's lab, used conditioning to get sleeping subjects to associate certain sounds and smells. When awakened, the participants retained this knowledge.

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    6 Annoying Dating Habits You Have, According to Science

    In its ""6 Annoying Dating Habits You Have, According to Science,"" <em>Reader's Digest</em> says that tearing up is a buzzkill, basing this judgment on research by Prof. Noam Sobel. His work showed that women's tears are a turnoff to men, and actually reduce testosterone levels.

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    How to Learn in Your Sleep

    Nature reports on new Weizmann Institute research revealing that subjects trained to sniff pleasant smells while asleep retain the conditioning when they wake up. The work, conducted in the lab of Prof. Noam Sobel, could help diagnose neurological conditions and lead to ""sleep therapies.""

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    ""We Base the Most Important Decisions of Our Lives on Smell""

    <em>Haaretz</em> interviews Prof. Noam Sobel about his intensive research into the sense of smell, which - it turns out - informs every area of our lives, from what we eat to whom we love. Among other innovative studies, he is investigating whether odors can help people trust robots and whether smell is involved in repeated miscarriages.

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    Sleep Off Addiction to Cigarettes?

    PhD student Anat Arzi, who is in Prof. Noam Sobel's lab at Weizmann, spoke at a Society for Neuroscience conference, presenting the team's findings that exposing smokers to bad smells while they slept helped them smoke less when awake. WebMD interviewed Arzi about this research, and what it means for the treatment of addiction.

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    Sense for Scents Traced Down to Genes

    Research by a New Zealand scientist indicates that genes influence how we perceive odors, which could lead to ""personalized"" scents and flavors. As quoted in Nature, Weizmann's Prof. Doron Lancet says, ""For 20 years I've been saying that … knowing the genetic consistency of a person, it could be possible to design a smell that's suited to them.""

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    Turing Tests and the Problem of Artificial Olfaction

    The ability to recreate the look and sound of the real world is old news – however, realistically reproducing odors has eluded scientists. As the MIT Technology Review reports, ""Now one researcher has begun to think seriously about how artificial olfaction might work."" That researcher? Weizmann's Prof. David Harel, who is tackling this ""task of surprising complexity and subtlety.""

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    What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae

    One of the most evocative smells on Earth is arguably the smell of the sea – but what <em>is</em> that smell? As <em>Wired</em> reports, Weizmann scientists found the answer: a sulfur compound produced by an algae. The chemical could even play a role in controlling Earth's temperature, helping fight climate change. That makes the beach even more enjoyable!