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2012-12-02 05:04:43

EverydayFamily.com Celebrates Inaugural National Day of Giving by Hosting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society I CARE Pledge Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2012 On November 27, 2012, EverydayFamily.com participated in the inaugural #GivingTuesday, a nationwide movement harnessing the power of a unique blend of partners–charities, families, businesses and individuals–to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. “During the...

Dogs Inspire New Electronic Nose
2012-11-20 14:42:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Nanotech Device Mimics Dog´s Nose to Detect Explosives ] A dog´s nose is 1,000 times better at picking up scents than a human´s nose. Dogs have long been used to sniff out drugs and explosives at the nation´s borders and airports. As such, it only makes sense to model an electronic nose after the canine´s. The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) has managed to do just...

Odor And The Brain: What The Nose Knows
2012-11-15 11:36:09

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Specific patterns in the nasal passageway that determine which olfactory neurons are associated with which particular odors have remained a mystery for scientists. The human nose has millions of these olfactory neurons grouped into hundreds of different neuron types. And each of these neuron types expresses only one odorant receptor in one region of the brain, allowing that specific odor to be sensed. Now, researchers from UC...

Crocodiles And Alligators Are Actually Sensitive Creatures
2012-11-08 14:12:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles and alligators are well-known for being cold-blooded and having thick skin, but new research from a pair of Vanderbilt University scientists has shown that the ancient reptiles can be quite sensitive. More specifically, the scientists demonstrated that these reptilian predators have small pigmented domes that dot their skin-- conveying a sense of touch is even more responsive than that of humans, according to the pair´s...

Researchers Train Humans To Sense Like Rats
2012-11-06 12:01:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By moving their facial whiskers back and forth about eight times a second to locate objects in their environment, rats use a sense that humans don´t: whisking. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, however, have set out to learn whether humans could acquire this sense with practice, and if so, what could understanding the process of adaptation tell us about our normal senses? To investigate this...

Brain Can Compensate For Minimal Visual Input
2012-11-02 08:57:31

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Consciousness and perception have long been understood as being interlinked. But our perceptions may be related less to our sense of sight than was previously understood. A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia shows that vision may be less important to our ability to see than is the brain´s ability to process the individual points of light we encounter into more complex images. Their study of the fruit...

Lab Rats Can Fine-tune Their Sense Of Smell
2012-10-31 11:23:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study by University of Chicago researchers showed that some animals are able to focus their sense of smell in much the same way that humans can focus their vision. According to the study that was published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers found that laboratory rats were able to adjust their sense of smell by altering their sniffing, which brought scents to receptors in different parts of their...

Neurons And The Sense Of Touch
2012-10-26 18:26:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The sense of touch is perhaps the most basic, most elementary of the senses. It´s how many living things learn, move and explore. Yet, according to W. Daniel Tracey, PhD, there´s still plenty left to be discovered when it comes to the sense of touch. “On a molecular level, touch is the most poorly understood of the senses,” said Dr. Tracey who is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Duke University...

Spatial Perception Influenced By Fear
2012-10-22 12:48:06

Read my exclusive interview with Dr. Matthew Longo about his research. Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One of the many mind-bending lessons that neuroscience has taught us in recent years is that our brain often ℠fudges´ the picture of reality that it gives us. For a very simple at-home demonstration of this cognitive trickery, stand in front of a mirror and alternate back and forth between looking at your left eye, then your right eye. No matter...

Ability To Taste Linked To Better Respiratory Health
2012-10-09 11:05:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A person's ability to taste certain bitter flavors might just be directly related to their ability to fight off upper respiratory tract infections, especially chronic sinus infections, a new study led by the University of Pennsylvania finds. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, includes researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and...


Word of the Day
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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