Watch out guys: women have more sensitive noses (they can TELL when you wear the same shirt twice!) According to new research, it is more difficult to mask underarm odor when women are doing the smelling.
Researcher Charles J. Wysocki says, "It is quite difficult to block a woman's awareness of body odor. In contrast, it seems rather easy to do so in men." He thinks that females may even use the way a man smells as a guide to choosing a mate.
According to Wysocki, "?Our studies indicate that human sweat conveys information that is of particular importance to females. This may explain why it is so difficult to block women?s perception of sweat odors."
We told you why you shouldn't pick it, and here's another reason: A net with large holes won't catch small fish. Likewise, the microscopic fibers in the protective mucus coatings of the eyes, lungs, stomach or reproductive system naturally bundle together and allow the tiniest disease-causing bugs, allergens or pollutants to slip by, getting into our bodies and making us sick. But researchers have discovered a way to chemically shrink those mucus holes to keep out more of the unwanted particles. Will this eventually be a substitute for a flu shot?
Researcher Samuel Lai says, "The mucus layer is an outstanding barrier to most things, but not a perfect one for objects smaller than several hundred nanometers (about 1,000 times smaller than the width a human hair). We still get sick far too often."
Researcher Justin Hanes says, "The question we asked was, 'Can we shrink the size of the holes in the human mucus barrier to help prevent its penetration by potentially harmful nano-size objects?'"
The two researchers discovered that tiny strands in the mucus layer naturally tend to bundle and bunch together, creating gaps large enough for pathogens and potentially dangerous pollutants to get in. But by adding a simple detergent to the mix, they partially disrupted this bundling, thus decreasing the size of the holes in the mesh. Particles in the range of 200 nanometers in diameter that previously slipped through easily now became trapped in the more finely strung netting. The detergent they used to do this is one that is commonly found in many personal care products.
Does this mean we should all stick soap up our nose? Stay tuned?if scientists recommend it, you can be sure that unknowncountry.com will report it!
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Two of your favorite women will be presenting at our Dreamland Festival in June. Marla Frees will be doing what she calls a "gallery reading," in which she picks out people in an audience that she has intuitions about. She will also be available for individual readings. Anne Strieber, who last year at the Festival refuted most of the "accepted" knowledge about the alien Visitors among us, will this year give a sort of reading herself: she will answer questions from audience members about their UFO and Visitor experiences, based on the information she learned from the half a million letters that Whitley received after publishing "Communion." She has become a kind of "walking encyclopedia" of UFO knowledge, and can tell you if other people have experienced the same things YOU have. She did this in Vancouver and can do it for you! (And don't forget: subscribers get 10% off the ticket price!)
So come to the Dreamland Festival June 26-28?we?re going to anothergreat time!
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