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Japanese scientists working to stop train carriages stinking like wet dogs

Bit of a geeky post this one, but we all know how certain train carriages smell decidedly peculiar, particularly during Japan’s rainy season. That old upholstery just gives off a stink once the heaters fire up that’s not conducive to hanging around.

Consequently, it’s something the white coats at the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) just up the road here in Kokubunji are working to eliminate.

Check out Tamami Kawasaki’s paper in the December edition of the RTRI newsletter - the good stuff is in the PDF at the fourth link on the list (or right here). I particularly like the ‘Smell Sampling’ machine, complete with a place to rest your nose during the test…

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