Seeking Smells

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Scent can be one of the most trickiest senses – often fleeting, and sometimes only noticeable when you are looking for it. Madeline, a new camera-like machine from London designers Amy Radcliffe and Helene Combal-Weiss, claims to “capture” smell, helping to identify and pinpoint the molecular makeup of scents, and making them last. Using perfuming technology termed “headspace capture,” the device extracts the odors from a source placed under a glass cone, sending them through a tube and into a resin trap of sorts that collects molecular data. The data can then be applied to oils to replicate the original scent.

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