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Cloning the Smell of the Sea

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the more-than-just-dead-fish dept.

Biotech 143

An anonymous reader wrote in with an article that opens: "Scientists from the University of East Anglia have discovered exactly what makes the seaside smell like the seaside — and bottled it. The age-old mystery was unlocked thanks to some novel bacteria plucked from the North Norfolk coast." The responsible substance, dimethyl sulfide, in addition to smelling like the coast, also acts as a homing scent for birds looking to feast on plankton.

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intresting (1, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17856956)

Very intresting research but why do we need to find out why the seaside smells like the seaside? I'm all for curiousity and discovering stuff, but this sounds really useless.

Re:intresting (2, Insightful)

Ninwa (583633) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857014)

What if I happen to enjoy the smell and want it present in a particular room of my house? I'll be having my sea-side air (freshener?) thank you!

Re:intresting (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857032)

Then you'll adjust to it and never be able to smell it again. Funny no? :P

Re:intresting (3, Funny)

rjshields (719665) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857794)

It's true, when you're constantly surrounded by a smell you can't smell it anymore. That's also the reason that most computer geeks don't realise they reek of BO.

Re:intresting (4, Informative)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857242)

I'll be having my sea-side air (freshener?) thank you!

You didn't have to wait. It has been known that dimethyl sulfide is the main component of the smell for many years. I distinctly remember it being mentioned when I was in high school, and that was in the '70s.

Re:intresting (1)

homey of my owney (975234) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857344)

mmmmm... low tide....

Re:intresting (1)

arivanov (12034) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857652)

No thanks. I had enough dimethilsulfide during my chemistry years at Uni. I am definitely not having that as an airfreshener.

Re:intresting (1)

poser101 (982233) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858174)

Good point. It's actually my girlfriend's favorite scent, as she's said numerous times that she would love to have it bottled as an air freshener or even as a perfume.

Re:intresting (1)

justthinkit (954982) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858668)

My wife just informed me that some perfumes smell like the ocean, including one that was one of her favorites.

BTW, apologies for posting on /. and have a spouse.

Re:intresting (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857036)

Well, for one thing, we could mass migrate birds with concentrated amounts of this chemical. Not sure what use mass-migrating sea-birds would have...

"Its ok...its just a bird thing...you don't control the birds...not yet anyways..."~Lisa Simpson

Re:intresting (0, Troll)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857052)

Using a Simpsons quote is rather lame, screwing up a Simpsons quote is even lamer.

Re:intresting (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857470)

Wasting my time googling a simpsons quote for a simple slashdot post is just plain...a waste.

Re:intresting (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857172)

Not sure what use mass-migrating sea-birds would have

Walk around the pink streets dressed up as a gardener with a lawn sprayer full of this stuff the day after they all get their cars washed.

Re:intresting (1)

ParaShoot (992496) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857200)

Snack food for the movies?

Albatross!

Re:intresting (1)

MindKata (957167) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857414)

I don't think an Albatross would make a good Snack food at the movies or anywhere else for that matter.

Now for a Sunday Roast lunch, with roast potatos, Mmmm...

astropoint sucks Zeus's cock on Twofo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857288)

Twofo [twofo.co.uk] Is Dying

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It is official; Netcraft confirms: Twofo is dying

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Fact: Twofo is dying

Re:intresting (5, Informative)

mlush (620447) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857298)

Very intresting research but why do we need to find out why the seaside smells like the seaside? I'm all for curiousity and discovering stuff, but this sounds really useless.
How about a different spin on the story

New biosynthetic pathway for dimethyl sulphide discovered

Dimethyl sulphide is used in petroleum refining, steel mills and as a feed stock for the important solvent dimethyl sulfoxide. It is hoped that these the new bacterial synthetic pathway can replace the current polluting industrial process with a cleaner greener biosynthetic process.

Re:intresting (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857306)

Very intresting research but why do we need to find out why the seaside smells like the seaside? I'm all for curiousity and discovering stuff, but this sounds really useless.

Well... attracting birds is one step closer to repelling them. For the most part man can coexist with birds except for airports where they are a hazzard. If nothing else, one can find a place where it's safe to attract birds.

Chip shops! (2, Interesting)

DaveCar (189300) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857340)

Something about sea air makes fish and chips particularly appealing. Perhaps landlocked chip shops could blast out some synthetic sea air and make passers-by particularly hungry?

Re:intresting (0, Flamebait)

hereyago (1041870) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857390)

why are they wasting time doing things like this?

political forum [houseofpolitics.com]

Re:intresting (5, Funny)

EveLibertine (847955) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857498)

I'm all for curiousity and discovering stuff, but this sounds really useless.
Obviously you don't have much of an imagination.

The responsible substance, dimethyl sulfide, in addition to smelling like the coast, also acts as a homing scent for birds looking to feast on plankton.
1. Find a large flat cement wall
2. Paint a mural of a lake on it
3. Coat with dimethyl sulfide
4. Watch birds smash into it

Now if that isn't reason enough why this research should considered useful, then there is something wrong with this world.

Re:intresting (5, Insightful)

rawn53 (1037326) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857532)

I'm all for curiousity and discovering stuff, but this sounds really useless.

Result results results, eh? Science for the sake of science isn't good enough anymore?

Re:intresting (2, Funny)

FernandoBR (1011821) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857538)

Well, if we hope someday the holodecks of the Enterprise be possible, we must start solving this kind of problems now...

It could be crucial (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857756)

Now we know that if some factor threatens this bacteria existence, Some birds won't be able to find the sea easily.

Could or could not be of a crucial importance in ecosystem management.

Re:intresting (1)

SAN66 (998917) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857784)

Aromatherapy?

Re:intresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857934)

My next cologne will probably smell like the seaside, that's why!!

Re:intresting (1)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858228)

Well, they could patent it, and then we won't have to smell that ****.

Re:intresting (2)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858458)

I know someone who never took apart their dad's tape recorder just to see how it worked...

Re:intresting (4, Insightful)

theguyfromsaturn (802938) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858950)

Never forget that those who laid the foundation of discrete computing and many basic algorithms that today have proven useful lived in an era where computers were not even dreamed of. Their research could also have been called pointless. Because you cannot see the purpose of some bit of knowledge does not make it useless per se. It may one day prove to be that little tidbit that makes something **apparently** totally unrelated and wonderful be possible. Understanding the "WHY" of one thing makes possible the "WHAT IF..." of another thing.

Re:intresting (1)

ltbarcly (398259) | more than 7 years ago | (#17859584)

You say 'we' like you had some part in it. You didn't, so stop bitching.

Next up on Smell-O-Vision (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17856962)

Cloning the novel bacteria in my farts. Or in Taco's case, the novel bacteria in his farts combined with the distinct smell of semen.

Heh heh. The smell of sea men. Don't you dare mod this off-topic.

Re:Next up on Smell-O-Vision (1)

SUROK (815273) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857848)

mods are gay, the sea side smells nice

Smell of the sea? (3, Informative)

Fist! Of! Death! (1038822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17856970)

This is not a new discovery - Seinfeld's Kramer tried to bottle it under the monkier 'Beach'. Kalvin Clein howerver stiffed him and marketed it as 'Ocean'. I reckon they should employ fragrance lawyers NOW!

Re:Smell of the sea? (1)

jaymz2k4 (790806) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857074)

first thing i thought of when i saw the headline :) doesnt sound like an ideal perfume though:

"But we were misled, twice over. Firstly because that distinctive smell is not ozone, it is dimethyl sulphide. And secondly, because inhaling it is not necessarily good for you."

Re:Smell of the sea? (1)

Fist! Of! Death! (1038822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857130)

Ah the fools! They have unwittingly given us the chemical formula! Bwuha ha ha ha ha! We shall be millionaires!

Re:Smell of the sea? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857534)

first thing i thought of when i saw the headline :) doesnt sound like an ideal perfume though:
"But we were misled, twice over. Firstly because that distinctive smell is not ozone, it is dimethyl sulphide. And secondly, because inhaling it is not necessarily good for you."
Another thing, from TFA:

DMS is also a remarkably effective food marker for ocean-going birds such as shearwaters and petrels. It acts as a homing scent like Brussels sprouts at the Christmas dinner table! - and the birds sniff out their plankton food in the lonely oceans at astonishingly low concentrations.
Could using it in a cologne lead to a real live production of Hitchcock's The Birds [tripod.com] ?

The director also reportedly drew inspiration from a 1961 incident in which seabirds attacked the terrified residents of Monterey Bay. Recent research has shown that the birds were suffering the effects of ingesting contaminated plankton, but in 1961, the then-inexplicable "revolt of the birds" helped Hitchcock devise the simple but horrifying "what if" premise.

If so it might have some uses, anonymously given of course. The perfect gift for that deserving person.

Re:Smell of the sea? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857624)

Ack, should have hit preview again, missed closing the last blockquote. Last line is a comment and not a part of the above quoted paragraph, obvious and embarassing, like using a credit card for the purchase and having Columbo find out.

Re:Smell of the sea? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857502)

In Monsters Inc, Mike muses whether to try Low Tide or Wet Dog oderant before going on a date.
Don't ask me how I remember that!

Re:Smell of the sea? (1)

BunnyClaws (753889) | more than 7 years ago | (#17859478)

Kramer, was the first person I thought about when I saw the headline. Everyone thought it was a bad idea. Now he is justified.

cologne (2, Funny)

rg_pda (1056478) | more than 7 years ago | (#17856972)

Man, I just had a great idea for a new cologne. I gotta get a meeting with Calvin Klein.

Re:cologne (1)

charlieman (972526) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857412)

No, i say, the smell of servers at dawn is not profitable!

Apparently they arent talking about New Jersey (5, Funny)

Karma Vampire (1057016) | more than 7 years ago | (#17856982)

I think it would take alot more than ONE substance to accurately reproduce the scent of the Jersey Shore..

Re:Apparently they arent talking about New Jersey (3, Funny)

thefirelane (586885) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857064)

I think it would take alot more than ONE substance to accurately reproduce the scent of the Jersey Shore

I don't think so, most people say it just smells like shit.

zing

Re:Apparently they arent talking about New Jersey (1)

TerranFury (726743) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858272)

Y'know, I remember reading that the 'active ingredient' that makes feces smell as it does is actually used in small quantities in perfume. (A quick google search hints that the chemical is named methyl mercaptan -- but I remember it sounding different, so that might not be correct...)

So, one might say that the scent of the Jersey shore is reminiscent of a fine cologne...

Re:Apparently they arent talking about New Jersey (1)

Legodude522 (847797) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857148)

So true. I'm a New Jersey resident.

Re:Apparently they arent talking about New Jersey (1)

Achoi77 (669484) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858410)

The upside is that that smell can apply thruout the entire state, not just the shore!

Squawk!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17856986)

So...how long before I can use this stuff to seduce that cheeky seagull I've had my eye on lately?

So.. how many millions and years to figure out... (-1, Flamebait)

AnswerIs42 (622520) | more than 7 years ago | (#17856996)

That the "Smell of the sea" is just the smell of rotting and decaying organic matter?

Re:So.. how many millions and years to figure out. (1)

orangeyoda (958347) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857310)

exactly, the sea doesn't smell like that if you don't have all the decomposing seawead.

Press Release (2, Funny)

RMB2 (936187) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857006)

All your beach are belong to us

not so sure i'd want to open that bottle... (1)

eenauk (688961) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857042)

"and bottled it." ... "in addition to smelling like the coast, also acts as a homing scent for birds looking to feast on plankton"

i'm not so sure i'd want to open that bottle...

Oh sure, (2, Interesting)

Smuffe (152444) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857082)

this is great NOW, but what about ten years from now when some sharp smell expert tries do duplicate the smell of fifty engineers in cubicles and it's YOUR socks they want?

Tuna (1)

papasui (567265) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857160)

Ah so they let the can of Tuna rot... Smart.

Re:Tuna (1)

Fist! Of! Death! (1038822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857330)

I do yearn for the old days when it was 85% tuna, 15% dolphin. The taste was much more subtle.

Re:Tuna (1)

papasui (567265) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857382)

I'm still trying to find cans of Nature's speedbump (Mantatee)

Double edged sword... (1)

Demerara (256642) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857180)

So my house smells of the sea - reminding me of idyllic childhood holidays and endless summers.

But I have to pay a little man to beat off the sea birds who have come in search of plankton. I live 1,400km from the ocean.

Pros and cons...

Life imitates Seinfeld (3, Informative)

DreadfulGrape (398188) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857208)

Kramer already did this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pick_(Seinfeld_ep isode) [wikipedia.org]

Re:Life imitates Seinfeld (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857716)

Only fucking morons watched that show. Congratulations, you're a fucking moron.

Re:Life imitates Seinfeld (1)

CaffeineAddict2001 (518485) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858108)

NEWMAN!

Older algae-derived sea scent - Calone (4, Interesting)

jenik (1030872) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857246)

One 'marine' scent has been around for a while and is heavily used in common fragrances - Calone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calone [wikipedia.org]

Dont forget Ambergris (3, Informative)

DaveCar (189300) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857370)

Mostly replaced by synthetics nowadays apparently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris [wikipedia.org]

Re:Dont forget Ambergris (1)

jenik (1030872) | more than 7 years ago | (#17859812)

yeah, 'cheap' fragrances are full of synthetic stuff nowadays but Calone was synthetic from the start (although I truly wonder for what purpose Pfizer developed it in the first place...)

The What of the Sea? (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857262)

They cloned the what of the sea? Smell? Is that one of the new user interface features supported in Vista? When will we have it in KDE?

Re:The What of the Sea? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857300)

WAIT! This is what Microsoft has been planning all along! A WIDE SCALE BIRD ATTACK!

Have you not seen the movie?? The one with the cute lil sparrows eating that whores eye(s)?

Definitely, MS is going down, Power to the l33t hax0000000000rz!

Gentoo that is XD

Is this news? (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857278)

They knew about it further west long ago; it was the molecule of the month [bris.ac.uk] at Bristol University back in October 2005, where they mention its contribution to the smell of the sea. And of truffles. And of farts. Mmm, versatile!

Re:Is this news? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857424)

It has been known that dimethylsulfide is produced in salt marshes and gives them the characteristic odor for a long time. The Spartina grass forms a molecule called dimethysulfoniopropionate (DMS) as an osmotic regulator to allow them to grow in salt water. When the grass dies, bacteria decompose it to form dimethylsulfide and acrylate. I was interested in looking at this process more than 10 years ago, even collected mud in the marshes while at the beach on vacation, but never had the time to follow up on it. The only thing new here is that they have cloned the genes and found that there is an unexpected requirement to form a CoenzymeA ester of DMSP before the lyase acts on it.

Wafting over the city... (1)

cno3 (197688) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858028)

The smell of farts? I think you answered that other guy's question about how to replicate the scent of the Jersey Shore.

i know (1)

kbox (980541) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857290)

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have discovered exactly what makes the seaside smell like the seaside
is it toxic waste and dog shit?

Re:i know (1)

Phanatic1a (413374) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857328)

is it toxic waste and dog shit?

They said the University of East Anglia, not the University of Newark.

Smell of the sea (1)

Jawju (614159) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857322)

Take several used condoms, some dirty needles, put them in sand covered plastic shopping bags - voila, instant sea smell.

At least, it smells like the sea near where I live.

Beach Cologne (0, Redundant)

LlamaDragon (97577) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857342)

Wow, this was completely Cosmo Kramer's idea which he pitched to Calvin Klein. They stole the idea and created Ocean cologne. Then when confronted by Kramer, they made him an underwear model.

When Seinfeld finds out about this a lawsuit is sure to follow...

Mmmm... DMS (2, Informative)

frazamatazzle (783144) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857396)

Same compound that makes your beer smell like canned peas. Not a good quality.

protein skimmer (1)

sar (398) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857420)

considering a protein skimmer on a saltwater tank is doing a similar job that the beach does for the ocean, shouldnt I just be able to dump the nasty fish poo foam from mine into some mixed saltwater and get a similar smell? Maybe add some aragonite sand to it and mix it up?

It smells like a .... (1)

Sigg3.net (886486) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857422)

EXT. SANTA MARIA - DECK - DAY

Piss is dripping on the deck. THE SAILORS do not seem to care. THE COOK takes a chicken from a cage. He breaks its neck, and starts plucking it. The OTHERS continue their bitter conversation.

ALONSO
We should have seen land.

SAILOR
We left three weeks ago, Alonso. Can't be that near.

ALONSO
Can't be that far, I say. Also, I don't like the smell of the sea around here. Smells like a whore. Bad sign...

The COOK starts laughing. They turn to him.

COOK (shaking his head)
Of course it smells like it! That's why sailors take to the sea!

Conquest of Paradice script [imsdb.com]

At last! (5, Funny)

nmg196 (184961) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857448)

> dimethyl sulfide, in addition to smelling like the coast,
> also acts as a homing scent for birds

I always knew the scientists could come up with a pheromone which really does attract the birds.

Now I can smell like the sea AND get all the hot chicks.

Re:At last! (1)

ozbird (127571) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857730)

I always knew the scientists could come up with a pheromone which really does attract the birds.

It's called shark liver - it pulls the (sea)birds like nothing else - yet it also helps prevent the same birds ending up as by-catch on the end of a longline hook.
(Just don't get any of it on you - the "birds" won't come within a mile of you.)

Re:At last! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17859024)

The GP should listen, an ozbird should know.

Down Under [lyricsdomain.com]

Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

"Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Life imitating Seinfeld... (1)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857544)

...Let's just hope that life doesn't start imitating the "backwards" episode where they start out iin the present in India, and end up in the past in New York... I'm pretty sure that would (eventually) destroy the universe...

Rotting Amines . . . (1)

rbannon (512814) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857564)

Yes, the smell of dead fish . . . at least where I am from.

East Anglia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857578)

East Anglia is to Great Britain as Mississippi is to the United States: populated by ignorant, tasteless in-breeds.

I know - I lived in Peterborough for six years.

I had the meaning that (1)

mynickwastaken (690966) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857690)

is smelling like the seaside because you are on the seaside where should be smelling like seaside because you are there smelling the seaside where is smelling like the seaside because you are on the seaside where should be smelling like seaside because you are there smelling the seaside where... Ooops! I should stop here. It already looks as spam.

Coogee (1)

durin (72931) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857698)

Apparently they've managed to bottle the smell of "rotting seaweed", or coogee, as I think the australian aborigines call it (it's also the name of a beach on the outskirts of Sydney).

Hmmm (1)

Nutty_Irishman (729030) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857750)

The responsible substance, dimethyl sulfide, in addition to smelling like the coast, also acts as a homing scent for birds looking to feast on plankton.
Attention Hollywood [imdb.com] , you now have a plot.

Re:Hmmm (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 7 years ago | (#17859086)

Attention Hollywood, you now have a plot.


Birds on the Bounty?
Loons on a Liner?
Avians Gone Awful?

I'll take those royalties now!

Seven Seas and More Smells (1, Insightful)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17857812)

The most notable characteristic of the sea is that it is constant, eternal, but always changes. Waves, tides, floods, storms, breezes, everything about the sea is always in constant change. It's a metaphor for change. And since smells are little pieces of the thing dissolving directly in the flesh of our brains, the smell changes all the time, too.

Different seas. Different tides. Different seasons. Different weather. Very different smells. I've lived on Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf and Great Lakes. I've visited the Eastern and Western shores of them, the eastern reach of the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, North, Irish, Marmara and other seas. They've all got different, distinctive smells, which themselves vary.

When scientists can bottle that, an everchanging ocean of sea smells, they've really got something. Until then, they've just got some dirty water.

Sea smell? Yuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17857840)

I was on a US Submarine for about 5 years. I would not say the sea really smelled all that good, specially when introduced to it immediately after living in the subs recycled air for so long. When you first step foot into a submarine that has been at sea for a while, the smell is terrible. I dont know how to describe it and what the key components are but it is a bad industrial stale smell, not overpowering but it is there. Same in reverse though. The first blast of real outside sea air you get after being on the sub for 90+ days smells worse. Dirty wet dog smell comes to mind.
I have a few bags of my navy clothes in my closet at home, to this day, 8 years after getting out of the Navy and 10 years after being stationed on a sub, I can still smell that submarine smell when I open that bag. I guess I smell the sea air daily and it does not bother me any more!

Considering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17858224)

Considering that the sea side usually has a fishy smell. And taking into account that pussy (you know, the female sex organs that you dorks never get a chance to touch or see) has a fishy smell. This means that they have also discovered the secret behind the smell of pussy. So the real question is why in god's name would anyone want to know how to reproduce that smell. I hate the smell of the seaside and I hate the smell of pussy. (Unless it's been douched with some kind of industrial strength cleanser)

Buggs Bunny knew about this year ago. (1)

neo (4625) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858574)

Headline reads "Smell-a-Vision replaces Television".

Is It The High Tide Or Low Tide Aroma? (3, Informative)

SkyDude (919251) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858598)

Back in the day, after a night of pounding down many beers, one of my hard-drinkin' roommates would take a dump which left the distinct aroma of "low tide". If that's what they're trying to capture, it's already been done by Budweiser.

Smell long available to brewers..... (2, Insightful)

zymurgy_cat (627260) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858634)

DMS in beer, from bacterial infection or inadequate boiling, is often described as smelling as cooked shellfish or seafood....

Counterfeiting goods like this is criminal. (1)

giafly (926567) | more than 7 years ago | (#17858886)

Intellectual property theft is an enormously damaging economic and cultural crime [riaa.com] and linked with terrorism [interpol.int] .

Counterfeit goods [like this fake sea smell] is a crime that is seen as victimless by many but it is in fact a destructive and potentially deadly criminal activity [octf.gov.uk] .

had to be done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17858906)

Insert joke about ex-girlfriend/ex-wife here.

EEEEW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17858922)

A quote from [wikipedia.org] (emphasis mine)

Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) or methylthiomethane is a sulfur containing organic chemical compound with formula: (CH3)2S. Dimethyl sulfide in concentrated liquid form is a flammable and insoluble with a boiling point of 37C and a disagreeable odor. In vapor form it is produced by cooking of certain vegetables, notably corn and cabbage, and seafoods. It is also an indication of bacterial infection in malt production and brewing. It is a breakdown product of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), and is also produced by the bacterial metabolism of methanethiol.
I don't think I'll be buying these folks' air freshener!

Natural sources and link with climate
DMS is the most abundant single biological sulfur compound emitted to the atmosphere.[1] Emission occurs over the oceans by phytoplankton. According to Andrew Johnston at the University of East Anglia, the odor of DMS is the characteristic "smell of the sea".[2]

These atmospheric DMS aerosol particles or droplets are oxidized to sulfuric acid and act as cloud condensation nuclei. Through this interaction with cloud formation, the massive production of atmospheric DMS over the oceans may have a significant impact on the Earth's climate.[3]

Recent research suggests that marine bacteria are reducing the amount of this important climate cooling gas given off from our seas.

Brilliance of nature (1)

UPZ (947916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17859052)

The soothing seabreeze turns out to be airborne bacteriopoop! This does deserve a spotlight on slashdot...

North Norfolk Coast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17859206)

The north coast of Norfolk -- that would be Hampton Roads. That is a shipyard and what it really smells like is diesel and oil.

I suppose that is a "manly" odor, but would you really want to go on a date smelling like you hadn't had a chance to get a shower?

hm? it is england? naah.

Soarin' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17859210)

They could have saved themselves a lot of reserach by going on Disney's ride Soarin'. It's a simulator with smells, when you fly over the coast of CA it smells like the sea, which remarkably smells like...salt.

Matter of perspective (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 7 years ago | (#17859220)

If you're a sailor, it's the smell of land.

rj

So how soon...? (1)

xLittleP (987772) | more than 7 years ago | (#17859410)

So, how soon will we be able to remove this smell from the seaside?
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