Bot­tled: a hint of thun­der

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Focus -

SCI­EN­TISTS claim to have bot­tled the fresh, earthy scent that her­alds a sum­mer thun­der­storm.

Re­searchers col­lected air sam­ples af­ter storms in Es­sex and New York City, be­fore va­por­is­ing them to pin­point the com­pounds re­spon­si­ble for the fa­mil­iar fra­grance.

The dis­cov­ery means we could soon be splash­ing on a few drops of ‘pet­ri­chor’, the aroma re­leased when heavy rains cause smelly com­pounds and oils to be thrown into the air.

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