The brains of children with gender dysphoria react to androstadienone, a musky-smelling steroid produced by men, in a way typical of their biological sex, but after puberty according to their experienced gender, finds a study for the first time. Around puberty, the testes of men start to produce androstadienone, a breakdown product of testosterone. Men release it in their sweat, especially from the armpits. Its only known function is to work like a pheromone: when women smell androstadienone, their mood tends to improve, their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing go up, and they may become aroused.
THE modern perfume industry began not in the lavender fields of Provence or the sandalwood forests of India but in the laboratory, with the chemical synthesis of a compound called coumarin. The chemical occurs naturally in plants, but in 1868 an English chemist, William Henry Perkin, discovered how to produce it artificially. It has a sweet smell that is reminiscent of almonds.
Today's prosthetic limbs restore many of the functions of missing limbs, but technology for overcoming blindness remains limited. Now, a team of researchers hopes to change that, by developing high-tech clothing that could help visually impaired people na
Finding art in food is a familiar pasttime these days -- just check out all those Instagram galleries. But when it comes to locating food in art, it takes a little more training. This is where art historian Maite Gomez-Réjon's Cur-ATE course series at LACMA might be useful -- and