Dating in the dark article

Daters sat blindfolded opposite fellow participants. Typical first-date questions — where did you grow up, or what do you do for work — were absent. After participants finished smelling each other, Agnew explained the difference between two odor compounds the body makes.

Androstenol, a pheromone found in male sweat, is perceived as attractive by heterosexual females and gay males within the first 15 minutes of perspiration.

After speaking with an agent, potential travelers could send cleverly designed postcards to loved ones with imagined greetings from these exotic locations.

“We want to challenge their expectations of science and scientists and provide a stepping-stone to something more.

We hope Guerilla Science is a gateway drug, and when they leave they want to learn more about the world around them.” Providing a positive experience with science, especially in places where science events don’t receive top billing, is certainly a worthy first step.

Also present was the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, a futuristic ‘travel agency’ selling people on the virtues — and dangers — of trips to the moon, Mars and beyond.

The bureau’s pitch included fascinating details of places in the solar system, such as the vast canyons of Mars and the deep ocean of Europa, one of Jupiter’s largest moons.

“For the next person it doesn’t work out with, I might tell them, ‘I hate your armpits.’” Their comments don’t sound like typical reactions to an encounter with science, but to Koski, they are familiar.

“There is a moment that occurs at a successful event, a ‘eureka’ moment when [participants] put two and two together and realize something new about the world,” she says.

But the scent of androstenone, produced when older sweat meets oxygen, puts people off (think crowded mass transit on a hot summer day).

Interestingly, however, the aversion changes for women when they ovulate — androstenone evokes a neutral reaction rather than an overtly negative one.

This reality show ask the question - Is Love Blind?

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