Fear can be smelled

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Fri, Nov 6th, 2009 10:19 by capnasty NEWS

The smell of fear, one of the most terrible cliches of pulp fiction, is founded in fact, scientists claim today. People can unconsciously detect whether someone is stressed or scared by smelling a chemical pheromone released in their sweat, according to researchers who have investigated the underarm secretions of petrified skydivers. As a result, a device that 'smells' human fear is being developed by British scientists who hope it could be used to identify terrorists by detecting scents found in sweat.

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