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Why it's so hard to fake the smell of watermelon

Why it's so hard to fake the smell of watermelon

There are few smells that conjure up all the pleasures of a hot summer day more than freshly cut watermelon. And, it turns out, there are few smells more difficult to duplicate chemically. Most artificial watermelon fragrances and flavors end up smelling like a teenage girl’s shampoo, and tasting about as subtle as a Jolly Rancher candy.  But scientists may be one step closer to solving that problem. Perhaps thankfully, there are several very long steps remaining. In a report on the always interesting British blog Compound Interest, which is dedicated to presenting popular chemistry news in a comprehensible, highly graphic fashion, it turns out that the two main chemical...

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