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Improving Biomedical Technologies Using Squid Skin Protein
2014-07-18 03:48:01

UC Irvine Conductivity could charge up futuristic disease treatments The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have discovered that reflectin, a protein in the tentacled creature’s skin, can conduct positive electrical charges, or protons, making it a promising material for building biologically inspired devices. Currently,...

New Hybrid Energy Transfer System Developed
2014-05-28 11:13:55

University of Southampton Scientists from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, have developed a new hybrid energy transfer system, which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis. From photosynthesis to respiration, the processes of light absorption and its transfer into energy represent elementary and essential reactions that occur in any biological living system. This energy transfer is known as Forster Resonance...

2014-02-11 10:55:11

Scientists have studied a visual illusion first discovered by Galileo Galilei, and found that it occurs because of the surprising way our eyes see lightness and darkness in the world. Their results advance our understanding of how our brains are wired for seeing white versus black objects. The work was done by Jens Kremkow and collaborators in the laboratories of Jose Manuel Alonso and Qasim Zaidi at the State University of New York College of Optometry. It will be published on February 10 of...

Researchers Use Squid Protein To Create High-Tech Camouflage
2013-09-11 11:35:27

[ Watch the Video: Camouflage Coating Modeled After Squids ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In another instance of technology inspired by nature, researchers from the University of California Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering say they’ve created a camouflage coating modeled after the Pencil Squid. This development, say the researchers, could one day be particularly useful to the US Military. Using a protein modeled after that found in a...

Color Change Mechanism Squid And Octopi
2013-07-26 09:47:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have discovered the mechanisms responsible for the dramatic color changes in underwater creatures such as the squid and the octopus. According to UCSB scientists, color in living organisms can be formed in one of two ways - pigmentation or anatomical structure. Structural colors are the result of the physical interaction between light and biological...

Scientists Look At How The Brain Compensates For Speed
2013-05-08 18:47:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of California in Berkeley have finally pinpointed the area of the brain responsible for not only seeing fast-moving objects, but responding to them as well. This development explains why athletes are able to react and respond to balls traveling at speeds upwards of 100 miles an hour. According to this research, our brains are capable of “pushing” fast moving objects, so we perceive...

Sophisticated Primitive Reflexes And Dizziness
2013-02-15 06:13:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Our brains are capable of doing some amazing things. Yet, there are some processes which, while sophisticated enough, are mostly thought of as common and basic. For instance: The reflex which allows us to keep our eyes focused on one point while our heads are moving about. This reflex is called the Vestibular-Ocular Reflex (or VOR), and we share it with most vertebrates. For many years, scientists have believed that this...

2012-03-13 10:51:41

With the NCAA men´s college basketball tournament set to begin, college basketball fans around the United States are in the throes of March Madness. Anyone who has seen a game knows that the fans are like extra players on the court, and this is especially true during critical free throws. Fans of the opposing team will wave anything they can, from giant inflatable noodles to big heads, to make it difficult for players to focus on the basket. But one way a player might be able to...

2011-07-13 19:22:00

PHOENIX, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 3D release of the final Harry Potter film this week, leading visual neuroscientists at Barrow Neurological Institute say 3D illusions not only provide great entertainment, but might also tell us a lot about how our brains function. Top researchers Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, and Stephen Macknik, PhD, have spent years examining the correlation between vision and the brain. Recently they have teamed up with some of the world's best magicians,...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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