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

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.

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

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.

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

The sense of touch is perhaps the most basic, most elementary of the senses. Yet, according to W. Daniel Tracey, PhD, there’s still plenty left to be discovered.

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

Two psychologists recently demonstrated that a sense of fear and impending danger can change our spatial perception of an approaching object.

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

A person's ability to taste certain bitter flavors might just be directly related to their ability to fight off upper respiratory tract infections,

2012-10-08 13:59:56

A University of Michigan biophysical chemist and his colleagues have discovered the smallest and fastest-known molecular switches made of RNA, the chemical cousin of DNA.

2012-09-28 12:58:27

Our brains are better at hearing new and approaching sounds than detecting when a sound disappears.

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2012-09-09 08:23:15

Have you ever noticed that a sip of the freshly brewed beverage can never quite match the smell of roasted beans wafting around your favorite coffee house?


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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