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robot controlled by silkworm moth
2013-02-06 11:29:19

[Watch Video: A Robot Being Driven By A Moth] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Robots have been used to handle a number of dirty chores for human beings in the past, some of which include looking for and cleaning environmental spills. Robotic engineers have also looked towards other animals and insects for inspiration when building out these autonomous machines. Tokyo researchers have now brought these two elements together in a new study published in...

2013-01-31 23:04:15

Workplace Flatulence Causes a Stink at the Social Security Administration and Could Have Been Averted Had They Used Devrom®. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) January 31, 2013 According to an article published on TheSmokingGun.com, on December 10, 2012 an employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA) was reprimanded for “Conduct unbecoming of a Federal employee.” Odoriferous and excessive workplace flatulence was the issue. It seems that his proximity to co-workers while...

Quantum Smell May Exist
2013-01-28 19:48:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The majority of the scientific community has embraced the idea of different smells being based on the olfactory receptors´ ability to detect various shapes of odor molecules. However, a new study in the open access journal PLOS ONE has given credence to a less popular theory; that the sense of smell is based on the molecules´ different vibrations, not their shapes. The idea of a quantum, or vibration, basis for...

To Prepare Defenses Against Pesky Insect Plant Will Sniff Out Danger
2012-12-17 17:44:21

Penn State A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists. Once tall goldenrod plants smell a sex attractant emitted by true fruit fly males, they appear to prepare chemical defenses that make them less appealing to female flies that could damage the plants by depositing eggs on them, the researchers said. "It's become increasingly clear in recent years that plants are responsive to odors,"...

2012-12-14 12:31:22

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that male mice produce a pheromone that provokes females and competitor males to remember a preference for the place where the pheromone was previously encountered. Some animals, such as moths, use a sensitive tracking system to trace airborne sex pheromones to the source, while others, such as snakes, follow trails of pheromones left on the ground. A team from the University's Institute of Integrative Biology has discovered that mice...

Detection Dog Detects Hospital Infection With High Rate Of Accuracy
2012-12-14 10:21:59

[Watch Video: Using Dogs To Sniff Out A Diagnosis] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humans have relied on dogs for millennia. Since first being domesticated some 15,000 years ago, dogs have been “man´s best friend” through thick and thin. We have used dogs for work, for sport and for play. They have provided invaluable services to mankind, providing their unique skills as police dogs, seeing-eye dogs, and perhaps their greatest attribute as...

2012-12-11 05:01:04

Non-toxic air freshening sprays from Smells BeGone are a great gift option this holiday season. (PRWEB) December 10, 2012 Air freshening sprays from Smells BeGone make great holiday gifts this year, according to the air-cleaning experts at Smells BeGone. The online retailer of Smells BeGone and Ultimate Cleaning Products has the perfect all-natural scents available in their line of non-toxic odor eliminating products for the home or office. An easy gift option for family, friends, work...

Hawk Moths Learn To Use Brain To Find Alternative Food Sources
2012-12-07 13:38:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When their favorite food isn´t readily available, hawk moths are able to switch to a different olfactory ℠channel´ in their brain, enabling them to learn how to find alternative nectar sources, according to a new report in the journal Science Express. The two olfactory channels allow the moths to survive in a changing floral environment and the researchers are expecting that better understanding of this mechanism...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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