October 31, 2013 |
Everyone knows the Internet is all about cats, but Dell may have taken that too literally with one of its new computers. The Texas company on Wednesday issued one of the funniest customer service notes in the world of tech when it offered to replace a part in laptops that smell like cat urine. For months users have taken to Dell's community forum to complain that the Dell Latitude 6430u laptop smells like it was assembled near a litter box. Many in the thread point out that they have had to apologize to their clients when they take out their laptop in front of them while others expressed their frustration with Dell because they have scolded their cats for the odor.
December 23, 2010
POP MUSIC Do some giving and terrify your parents with punk rock at the third annual Riot Grrrl X-Mas Carnival. Smash your head and the patriarchy to the carnal sounds of the Splinters, the Outskirts and more. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Women's Center. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Sun. $5. http://www.thesmell.org .
June 30, 2011
The local combo So Many Wizards has a bit of Vampire Weekend's humid single-string guitar riffery to it, but the band approaches songwriting in a nonlinear fashion that makes the twee-ness of its vocals seem studied and wry instead of cloying. Here the band releases a new single, "Inner City/Best Friends. " The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Fri. $5. thesmell.org .
July 23, 2012 |
Space may be a near-vacuum, but apparently it has a distinct odor, and now NASA has hired a scent chemist to try to reproduce that characteristic smell. The odor might prove intriguing to visitors at exhibitions, such as when the space shuttle Endeavour is exhibited at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, but NASA has a more practical purpose in mind: to acclimate potential astronauts before they make their first visits to orbit. For a short article in the Atlantic, author Megan Garber talked to several astronauts, who noted that food, body odors and other expected scents are present, of course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 |
Jesse Bracamontes is one of the legions of Sriracha hot sauce fans who squirts the bright red paste of peppers, garlic and spices on all manner of foods: pizza, take-out Chinese and even a plain bowl of noodles. But when the pungent Sriracha smell wafts into the frontyard of his Irwindale home, he says his nose runs and he feels a little sick. "It feels a little like pepper spray," he said. Bracamontes lives a short walk from Sriracha's bustling new plant in Irwindale, which can produce up to 200,000 bottles of the hot sauce each day. The company moved there last year in response to heavy global demand.
October 4, 2013 |
When it comes to zeroing in on nectar-rich flowers, worker honeybees rely heavily on their expert sense of smell. But new research suggests pollution from diesel exhaust may fool the honeybee's "nose," making their search for staple flowers all the more difficult. In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports , English scientists concluded that two components of diesel exhaust -- nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide -- could alter the odor of the many chemicals that combine to give a flower its signature smell.