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Whiff of history: Scientists sniff out the past

Inspired by the aroma of ancient paper, scientists are documenting the odours of a stately British home in a bid to preserve historical smells for posterity. The team has been working at Knole House in southeast England, capturing the smell of books, gloves, vinyl records and even the floor waxes. Apart from testing the objects to try to replicate their smell in the laboratory, the scientists have relied on written records about the house, which was the childhood home of novelist Vita Sackville-West. "Smells help us…