Fascinating Facts About Nostrils

In Before Times, what fascinated me the most about the sense of smell was the fact that odors often trigger strong memories. (One of the scientific explanations for that is that smells take a direct, unfiltered route to brain areas related to memory and emotion.) Now, after a year of covering the coronavirus pandemic, when I think about the sense of smell, I think of only one thing: losing it through Covid-19 related “anosmia.”

That Covid-centered mindset is typical of the way many people think right now: It’s hard to focus on all the marvelous things that have nothing to…