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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...

2014-04-24 08:25:01

DUBLIN, Apr. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5lsv8t/global_rnai_drug ) has announced the addition of the "Global RNAi Drug Delivery Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 The analysts forecast the Global RNAi Drug Delivery market to grow at a CAGR of 21.80 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in RNA...

Blowing Bubbles Just Went High-Tech With Images And Scents
2014-04-24 08:39:02

[ Watch the Video: SensaBubble - A Chrono-Sensory Mid-Air Display Of Sight And Smell ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Surely everyone remembers blowing bubbles as a child, one of the simplest forms of pleasure for kids everywhere. Even today, the stressors of modern technology can seem so distant when in the presence of simple, spherical pockets of soapy air. However, one group of scientists is taking simplicity out of the equation and adding technological...

2014-04-07 16:23:02

Skin cells use new molecule to send touch information to the brain In a study published in the April 6 online edition of the journal Nature, a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers led by Ellen Lumpkin, PhD, associate professor of somatosensory biology, solve an age-old mystery of touch: how cells just beneath the skin surface enable us to feel fine details and textures. Touch is the last frontier of sensory neuroscience. The cells and molecules that initiate...

2014-04-07 16:00:28

A study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has helped solve a long-standing mystery about the sense of touch. The "gentle touch" sensations that convey the stroke of a finger, the fine texture of something grasped and the light pressure of a breeze on the skin are brought to us by nerves that often terminate against special skin cells called Merkel cells. These skin cells' role in touch sensation has long been debated in the scientific community. The new study,...

A Collage Of Senses Help Sharks Hunt For Food: Study
2014-04-07 11:22:28

[ Watch the Video: Sharks Sense Prey In Surprising Way ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sharks are highly-evolved killing machines and a new study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE has compiled a comprehensive picture of how these marine predators hunt – from start to finish. The study portrays the collage of senses used by sharks to detect, track and strike their prey with ruthless efficiency. The research team – from the University of South...


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'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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