photo:tram trip, the aesthetics of scents, blue jeans to fight cancer

tram trip 

When we decide that something is beautiful or not that decision rests overwhelmingly with one sense, sight. Not a bad thing, millions of years of evolutionary trial and error has left mammals with an incredible tool. Though sight is not the only sensory tool we have to decide whether something has positive aesthetic qualities. Hearing of course. But what about the other “lower” senses like taste, touch, and smell. In other words can something taste, feel, or smell beautiful.  Reflections on an Aesthetics of Touch, Smell and Taste

 Aestheticians have also doubted that the so-called lower senses are able to achieve that structural complexity that would be required to sustain our attention over time. This objection, once raised by Harold Osborne for smells, was invalidated by the creators of fragrances, who emphasized the high number of components of each scent, as well as its multileveled structure and temporal development.

Some years ago I read that smelling something that reminded you of a person or event can bring back some of our most compelling and vivid memories. Perfumes and colognes are obvious choices, but suede jackets still bring back memories of a certain year of my life. Those memories in turn have an aesthetic value. Japanese honeysuckle and freshly cut grass always brings back memories of summer when I was a kid and my grandmother and grandfather. What scent, if you close your eyes and think about it bring back the most captivating memories for you?

 Blue jean dye kills cancer cells 

 The dye in your blue jeans could soon be used to kill cancer cells, say scientists.

UK researchers are employing tiny gold “nanoparticles”, 1/5000th the thickness of a human hair, to deliver the chemical compound directly into cancer cells, tearing them apart instantly.

The common dye found in blue jeans and ballpoint pens is called phthalocyanine and is a light-activated, or photosensitive, agent with cell-destroying properties.

This has been known for at least 15 years but, until now, scientists have not been able to successfully deliver it into cells; hence there’s no harm in wearing blue jeans.

In what I remember from my bio-chem classes one of the problems with any new drug treatment was getting the compound to be very specific so that it would not harm good cells or being able to switch the drug on and off. That they might be able to handle the second problem as regards phthalocyanine  with light is pretty amazing. And I thought my jeans just protected me from being uncomfortable while I surf the net