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What WAS That Midtown Smell? Columbia Scientists Offer One Answer

Wade McGillis works with some of his graduate students to install an array of wind-sensing equipment
Lamont-Doherty Research Scientist Wade McGillis (center) works with some of his graduate students to install an array of wind-sensing equipment, as part of a meteorological tower atop the Hans Christian Anderson School at 134 W. 122nd St. in Harlem last spring.

On the morning of January 8, a mysterious smell sent parts of midtown Manhattan into evacuation mode. Mayor Bloomberg and the City's public safety agencies moved fast to rule out any health danger or even possible attack, but there was no clear explanation about just what the odor actually was or where it came from. Now four Columbia scientists and one from Barnard have a possible answer, which they published on the op-ed page of the Sunday, January 21, New York Times:
Sniffing Out the Truth, New York Times, Jan. 21, 2007

Published: Jan 22, 2007
Last modified: Nov 14, 2007