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    Electronic Nose Is No Joke

    The Young Archer on display November 2, 2009 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Young Archer, a marble statue attributed to the teenage Michelangelo, will be on special loan to The Metropolitan Museum of Art from the French Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 10 years beginning November 3, 2009. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

    DON EMMERT

    Let the April Fools’ Day pranks begin! Google's merry pranksters are off to a running start with a promotional video for the company's new scent-based search tool: Google Nose. Unlike Google glasses, the Google nose is actually a joke, but the concept of an artificial nose is totally real. The Washington Post's Wonkblog dug up an old episode of This American Life about the California-based company Cyrano Sciences, which is currently working on a real life electronic schnoz. Equipped with a database of smells, the plastic snouts could be used by doctors to sniff out pneumonia and other illnesses that are particularly potent or to detect gas leaks in factories. 

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