Resilience and adaptation/Canalization and stress

This is a very belated follow-up to a previous blog on the stress concept in biological anthropology. The utility of resilience in interpreting the archaeological record is under-rated as are the parallels of homeostasis and stress in human biology. I first became involved in studying resilience theory at UAF when I joined the RAP faculty.Continue reading “Resilience and adaptation/Canalization and stress”

Inhale for health

This research is a bit old (October 2013) but recently caught my eye: Research out of Japan shows that walking in the woods also may play a role in fighting cancer. Plants emit a chemical called phytoncides that protects them from rotting and insects. When people breathe it in, there is an increase in theContinue reading “Inhale for health”

The Scent of a Man

A new study (published here) suggest that scientists unable to replicate  behavioral studies in rats and mice may be due to the presence of male researchers. The presence of male experimenters produced a stress response in mice and rats equivalent to that caused by restraining the rodents for 15 minutes in a tube or forcing themContinue reading “The Scent of a Man”

Smell up and taste the environment

I came across this piece on how a contrived multisensory environment influences perception, in this case of whisky. Three different multisensoriums were created for one whisky. Each room had a unique visual appearance, soundscape, fragrance, and feel which was designed to emphasize a different attribute of the whisky; its grassiness, sweetness, or woodiness…The room thatContinue reading “Smell up and taste the environment”

Academic entrepreneurship

I recently read Paul B. Brown’s October 2013 Forbes’ article on the habits of successful entrepreneurs. As with most habits of successful people, the applications extend beyond the specific profession of the group studied. Academics–especially those of us creating new fields of interdisciplinary study or working in new, less traditional, or less well-established areas ofContinue reading “Academic entrepreneurship”

Smelling in the polar vortex

Since so many parts of the US (mainly the Great Plains, mid-west, and parts of the northeast) are experiencing normal interior Alaska winter temperatures right now, I thought I’d write about what/if we smell when it gets cold. Our ability to smell things is related to temperature because temperature is a key factor in volatilityContinue reading “Smelling in the polar vortex”

Smell and the Steel City: How Does Sheffield Smell at Christmas time?

Originally posted on Smell and the City:
Image: Sheffield Christmas Markets, one of a collection of Christmas Cards by local artist Brian Smith: http://www.briansmithartist.co.uk/ Is it really starting to smell a lot like Christmas? Here’s your chance to find out with a lunchtime smell walk in Sheffield City Centre, 12.30 this Thursday 12th December meeting at the…

Black diamonds

The genome for the Périgord truffle was published in 2010. Considering that these special truffles go for 1000-2000 ($1300-2700) an ounce, the genome has been under-exploited by culinary scientists and molecular gastronomists…until recently when specialists in bioinformatics and proteomics got together to mine the secrets of Brillat-Savarin‘s “diamond of the kitchen”. The resulting paper, released today in the JournalContinue reading “Black diamonds”