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2012-09-17 11:21:04

-Habituation refers to the ability of an organism to stop responding to repeated stimulation. -A new study has examined the impact of maternal drinking on fetal habituation or learning abilities while still residing in the mother's womb. -Results showed that those fetuses exposed to heavy binge drinking required significantly more trials to habituate, and also exhibited a greater variability in test performance. While it has become clear that drinking during pregnancy can damage the...

How Crabs Avoid Getting Eaten
2011-11-26 05:08:41

Despite their simple compound eyes crabs have evolved a smart way to tell the difference between friend and foe, new scientific research has revealed. Scientists from The Vision Centre have found that fiddler crabs quickly learn to recognize if an approaching creature is a threat, a mate or a harmless passer-by - according to its direction of approach. “Fiddler crabs have extremely poor sight, with no depth perception and no ability to see in detail,” says Ms Chloe...

2011-07-19 15:54:26

Variety is considered the "spice of life," but does today's unprecedented level of dietary variety help explain skyrocketing rates of obesity? Some researchers think it might. According to ASN Spokesperson Shelley McGuire, PhD: "We've known for years that foods- even eating, itself- can trigger release of various brain chemicals, some of which are also involved in what happens with drug addiction and withdrawal. And, as can happen with substance abusers, tolerance or "habituation" can occur,...

2009-07-20 06:16:04

Babies begin learning even before they are born. Scientists in the Netherlands have now demonstrated short-term memory in fetuses at 30 weeks. The study, conducted by researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University Medical Centre St. Radboud, provides insights into fetal development that may help address and prevent abnormalities. Using ultrasound technology, researchers studied 100 healthy pregnant Dutch women and their fetuses, measuring changes in how a fetus...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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