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Long-held Understanding Of The Sense Of Touch Challenged By

Long-held Understanding Of The Sense Of Touch Challenged By Neuroscientists

University of Chicago Medical Center Different types of nerves and skin receptors work in concert to produce sensations of touch, University of Chicago neuroscientists argue in a review article published Sept. 22, 2014, in the journal Trends...

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2014-09-22 08:29:04

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sense.ly, the breakthrough "virtual nurse" solution that provides proven, personalized patient monitoring and follow up care, today announced that it raised a seed funding round of $1.25 million. The company also announced that it counts a growing number of hospitals, major health insurance companies and telemedicine providers as customers. Sense.ly was incubated within Orange SA, the leading France-based telecom and technology company,...

circadian rhythm
2014-08-21 03:00:40

UT Southwestern Medical Center Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found a new way that internal body clocks are regulated by a type of molecule known as long non-coding RNA. The internal body clocks, called circadian clocks, regulate the daily “rhythms” of many bodily functions, from waking and sleeping to body temperature and hunger. They are largely “tuned” to a 24-hour cycle that is influenced by external cues such as light and temperature. “Although we...

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2014-08-18 03:30:06

Brown University Decades of research on how bats use echolocation to keep a focus on their targets not only lends support to a long debated neuroscience hypothesis about vision but also could lead to smarter sonar and radar technologies. Amid a neuroscience debate about how people and animals focus on distinct objects within cluttered scenes, some of the newest and best evidence comes from the way bats “see” with their ears, according to a new paper in the Journal of Experimental...

seniors with hearling loss stay at home
2014-08-11 02:00:45

Academy of Finland Vision and hearing problems reduce the active participation of older people in various events and activities. This was observed in two studies carried out by the Gerontology Research Center. Impaired vision and hearing make it difficult to interact in social situations. However, social relationships and situations in which there is an opportunity to meet and interact with other people are important for older adults' quality of life. "Sensory impairments are common...

2014-08-04 12:52:44

Harvard University Study shows that mice can identify specific odors amid complex olfactory environments For many animals, making sense of the clutter of sensory stimuli is often a matter or literal life or death. Exactly how animals separate objects of interest, such as food sources or the scent of predators, from background information, however, remains largely unknown. Even the extent to which animals can make such distinctions, and how differences between scents might affect the...

Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Chewing Caterpillars
2014-07-02 03:34:36

[ Watch The Video: Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Insects’ Chewing ] University of Missouri-Columbia Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, have determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more...

food aroma molecules
2014-06-27 04:46:18

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The sense of smell in humans has undergone many permutations as we have traveled through evolutionary time. It was once believed that each successive version of our olfactory ability was weaker than the last. Scientists claimed as our sense of sight became ever greater and required more of our energy, our sense of smell suffered. They cited the gradual reduction of our noses paired with the movement of our eyes closer to the middle of...

Where Does It Hurt?
2014-06-06 14:36:25

University College London A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called "spatial acuity", varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips. Using lasers to cause pain to 26 healthy volunteers without any touch, the researchers produced the first systematic map of how acuity for pain is distributed across the body. The work is published in the journal Annals of Neurology and was funded by the Wellcome Trust....

2014-05-21 13:49:42

UNC Health Care Researchers led by Mark Zylka, PhD, also found a compound that could become a new treatment for conditions such as arthritis, shingles, and back pain. Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have found a new target for treating chronic pain: an enzyme called PIP5K1C. In a paper published today in the journal Neuron, a team of researchers led by Mark Zylka, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, shows that PIP5K1C controls the activity of cellular...

taste test longevity
2014-05-20 05:30:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How food tastes can influence healthy habits by encouraging or discouraging us from eating certain foods, but can taste do more? According to two new studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), taste may play a role in our longevity as well. Our taste buds control our longing for sweet, salty or bitter foods, but the research teams from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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