Turns out humans are better at smelling than you might think. CSA Images/ Color Printstock Col/Vetta/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Your Sense Of Smell Is Better Than You Might Think

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You're born with roughly 9,000 taste buds, and they're very good at regenerating — which is why you can recover the ability to taste just days after burning your tongue. But that changes as we age. CSA Images/Getty Images hide caption

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With No Sense Of Smell, The World Can Be A Grayer, Scarier Place

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From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

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Scent Bar, in central Los Angeles, is home to over 700 niche fragrances — several of which are neatly arranged here. Courtesy of LuckyScent hide caption

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The Scents And Sensibility Of LA's Nosy New Perfume Enthusiasts

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Do We Choose Our Friends Because They Share Our Genes?

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Your schnoz deserves more respect. epSos .de/Flickr hide caption

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Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

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The very sight of this lacy, green herb can cause some people to scream. The great cilantro debate heats up as scientists start pinpointing cilantrophobe genes. lion heart vintage/Flickr.com hide caption

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