The IgNobel prize in Chemistry goes to, not a scientific publication, but a PATENT application. A patent application for a new kind of safety alarm.
A safety alarm involving WASABI.
Goto et al. “Odor generation alarm and method for informing unusual situation” United States Patent Application number 12/735,638
We have a pretty good idea of how fire alarms work. You have a sensor for detection of smoke in the air. When smoke is detected, the sensor trips a circuit and a loud noise starts, waking you up. All’s well and good…until you’re DEAF. Or just hearing impaired and don’t have your hearing aids in. Or just a really deep sleeper.
by The Punjapit Alliance