Questions tagged [nose]

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Is it possible for human beings to feed through the nose?

There is a prediction on a futurology site that food can be eaten by inhalation https://2050.earth/predictions/smell-can-feed-you Although aerosol foods do exist they are still eaten by the mouth. ...
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Can you convert smells to variables?

Is there a way to map smells to numerical values of different variables? I.e. With RGB colours, each colour is made up of numerical values from 0-255. For example, red is (255,0,0), and yellow is (...
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Viral susceptiility of Nose and eyes

I read that opening in our face like nose and eyes are one which get us infected with numerous communicable diseases like cold , flu ebola etc. Both these organs have preventive mechanism like nose ...
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Why does menthol clear a stuffy nose?

I've looked all around online for an answer to this. Some sites say menthol causes blood vessels in the nose to constrict, some sites say it causes blood vessels to expand. Many sites simply say it's ...
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Are nosebleeds unique to humans?

Are there other species that get nosebleeds? If so, do they occur for the same reasons that humans get nosebleeds? How would an animal stop a nosebleed?
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Why are nosebleeds easier to get in the winter?

I understand it probably has to do with the dry air, but what does dry air do to make nosebleeds so easy to get? For example, even gently blowing your nose can cause a nosebleed for some people during ...
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Can skin acclimatize to a the humidity level?

When the outdoor temperature is low, the absolute humidity is low because cold air holds less water. When the heat is turned up indoors the relative humidity decreases and during days with cold ...
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Why does the upper respiratory tract not fill with water when diving?

When we swim, I know we close the some of the vestibular folds in the larynx part of the throat to hold our breath (and to avoid water from getting into the lower respiratory tract, I suppose). I ...
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Are we deaf to water's taste/smell?

If we hold a rose in front of our nose for an hour, we can barely notice the smell after that duration, since the smell receivers ( Or the brain, I'm not an expert ) get used to it, and become sort of ...
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Cartilage regeneration

Why can we not regenerate cartilage in our ear and nose, while bones and flesh can heal? What makes it so resistant to regeneration. Can we artificially create it in the lab?
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Why is it unlikely that bathroom smells can pose health risks?

Based on a little bit of internet reading, it appears that odor molecules that enter your nose from human feces are of little concern to your health because the harmful stuff, like the pathogens, are ...
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Do pet animals and humans perceive good and bad smells differently

As the title says, just wondering if there is a difference in what animals like dogs and cats perceive as good smell vis a vis humans. Example : Smell of some flowers - great . Fart smells - bad.
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Is saturation of olfactory cells able to create a feeling of another odour when it stops?

I'm looking for at least one scientific study about how odours could impact human olfactory system and create some phenomenon that could be loosely compared to retina remanence. As an example, with ...
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When and why did humans start disliking the way we naturally smell? [closed]

Like many animals, humans produce a myriad of scents from sweating, bacteria, possibly pheromones, etc. Many of these scents are used throughout the animal kingdom for mate choice, recognition of ...
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Are there electron or proton receptors in our nose?

We can easily smell chlorine gas and its irritating odour, but we cannot smell oxygen gas. Do few protons and electrons make such difference to our olfactory receptors?
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When you blow through your nose while holding it closed to “depop” you ears, why do you sometimes feel it in your eyes?

After your ears have "popped", for example on a flight, I heard you are supposed to hold your nostrils closed and blow through your nose to readjust the pressure to the normal level. Why do you ...
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What are the reasons that soap has so different smell and flavour?

Everybody has tried to taste soap in their childhood. One would think that if soap has a tasty smell it would have tasty flavor too. But we know it is not true (in the common cases). But why is there ...
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Evolutionary advantages of wet nose of cats and dogs?

Everyone knows that some animals, at least cats and dogs, keep their noses wet and cool. But why did they evolve it? What evolutionary advantages does it provide? Smell-sensing cells need cooling for ...
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Does our nose detect only if there is change in odor?

If I enter a room with certain odor, I can sense the odor. However, if I stay there for some time I cannot sense it anymore. A new entrant to the room can still smell it or I have to leave the room ...
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Why do I breathe out of BOTH nostrils?

After reading the question why do I only breathe out of one nostril I realized that breathing out of both isn't common. I have always breathed out of both, and when I get a stuffy nose, or a runny ...
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Why do I only breathe out of one nostril?

I was just sitting with my hand next to my nose and I realized that air was only coming out of the right nostril. Why is that? I would think I would use both, it seems much more efficient. Have I ...
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Can nosebleeds cause death?

Can epistaxis or nosebleeds be a cause of death?
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Will breathing through mouth result in any disorders? [closed]

My nose is slightly bent. When I was born, I had an issue with breathing. My mom said that doctors had inserted a breathing tube in one of my nostrils. This tube may have caused the deformation. From ...
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How is the nasal secretion system of local immunity coupled with lymphatic circulation?

I started a thread about Nasal chronic Inflammation after influenza virus here. However, I do not understand enough well the structure of the nose to answer the questions there. I know that the lysed ...