The Smell Of Books: Judging An Old Book By Its Odor

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Alexis Madrigal Wired

Take an antique leather-bound book, open it up, and inhale deeply. There's just something about that old-book smell. And thanks to a new analytical chemistry technique, the volatile organic compounds that compose the aroma could help preservationists keep their collections safe from old-age damage.

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