What is the ‘Smell of Science’?

Two students have just walked into the building, probably not chemistry, physics, astrophysics or forensic science students. They were discussing the smell of the building and claimed it ‘smells like science’. I’m guessing I’m pretty much immune to the building’s normal odour, far more likely to pick up strongly scented deviations (yes I do want to know who’s using the stuff that smells like skunk – they need to take more care).
We’ve got chemistry, astro/physics, forensic science labs in the building, research and teaching for chemistry. Anyone know what the ‘smell of science’ is?

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