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2010-09-14 12:18:24

Unlike adults, children are able to keep information from their senses separate and may therefore perceive the visual world differently, according to research published today. Scientists at UCL (University College London) and Birkbeck, University of London have found that children younger than 12 do not combine different sensory information to make sense of the world as adults do. This does not only apply to combining different senses, such as vision and sound, but also to the different...

2010-08-26 12:30:22

Two new studies reveal that the commonly used insect repellents DEET and citronellal each work through a dual stimulation of insect sensory systems. The research findings, published by Cell Press on August 26 in the journals Neuron and Current Biology, enhance our understanding of how insects respond to repellents and may lead to the discovery of improved compounds for controlling insect-borne disease. Insect pests pose a major threat to humans across the world. In addition to spreading...

2010-06-29 18:04:33

The Earthquake Machine at Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, has been used in groundbreaking research by vision scientists to confirm that instead of working in isolation, our visual and middle-ear systems work together, to give us an improved sense of balance. Led by Dr Mark Edwards and Dr Michael Ibbotson, chief investigators in The Vision Centre and researchers at the Australian National University, this research has opened up various opportunities to future research,...

2010-06-23 06:15:00

HOERSHOLM, Denmark, SAN DIEGO and BOULDER, Colo., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Santaris Pharma A/S, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of RNA-targeted therapies and miRagen Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative microRNA-based therapeutics for cardiovascular and muscle disease, announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to develop microRNA-targeted medicines for the treatment of...

2010-06-17 13:45:00

Cold sensing neural circuits in newborn mice take around two weeks to become fully active, according to a new study. The finding adds to understanding of the cold sensing protein TRPM8 (pronounced trip-em-ate), first identified in a Nature paper in 2002 by USC College professor David McKemy. McKemy's study, published online by Neuroscience, shows that the cold sensing circuit starts to develop in utero but does not mature until well after birth. "About three or four days before the animal is...

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2010-06-13 07:40:05

Insects may have tiny brains the size of a pinhead, but the latest research from the University of Adelaide shows just how clever they really are. For the first time, researchers from the University's Discipline of Physiology have worked out how insects judge the speed of moving objects. It appears that insect brain cells have additional mechanisms which can calculate how to make a controlled landing on a flower or reach a food source. This ability only works in a natural setting. In a paper...

2010-06-04 13:38:16

Going more miles per gallon with your brain The hunting strategy of a slender fish from the Amazon is giving researchers more insight into how to balance the metabolic cost of information with the metabolic cost of moving around to get that information. A new study from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science answers the question: In behaviors in which you have to move to get information, when should the animal spend more energy on locomotion versus...

2010-05-26 06:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS), the leader in antisense therapeutics, today announced that management will present a general corporate update in conjunction with its 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Open House on June 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time in Carlsbad, CA. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Annual Meeting of Stockholders (stockholders of record as of April 6, 2010 only)...

2010-05-17 11:28:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS) announced today that it will conduct the third of its series of four conference calls focused on the drugs in Isis' development pipeline. The third call of the series will focus on Isis' cancer franchise and will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Each of the calls highlights a different therapeutic franchise and provides higher-level strategic insight into target selection,...

2010-04-21 06:34:21

What does the smell of a good meal mean to you? It may mean more than you think. Specific odors that represent food or indicate danger are capable of altering an animal's lifespan and physiological profile by activating a small number of highly specialized sensory neurons, researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine have shown in a study publishing next week in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology. Recent research in model organisms...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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