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2010-10-27 13:51:03

Study suggests brain may adapt to vision loss by increasing speed of tactile perception People who are blind from birth are able to detect tactile information faster than people with normal vision, according to a study in the Oct. 27 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The brain requires a fraction of a second to register a sight, sound, or touch. In this study, a group of researchers led by Daniel Goldreich, PhD, of McMaster University explored whether people who have a special reliance on...

2010-10-25 16:22:49

A new study in the Journal of General Physiology (JGP) shows that the contribution of odorant receptors (ORs) to olfactory response in mammals is much more complex than previously thought, with important consequences for odorant encoding and information transfer about odorants to the brain. The study appears online on October 25 (www.jgp.org). ORs, which provide a system for mammals to discriminate between many different odors, form a large, diverse group of G protein"“coupled receptors...

2010-10-20 01:00:00

LONDON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Silence Therapeutics plc (AIM: SLN) ("Silence" or the "Company") announces that the European Patent Office (EPO) has granted a new patent that provides broad protection on novel aspects of the RNAi structural modification technology known as the "Zamore Design Rules." European patent number 1 633 890 titled "Methods and Compositions for Enhancing the Efficacy and Specificity of RNAi" was published today in the European Patent Bulletin. The European patent...

2010-10-19 17:16:58

A new way of seeing the world Scientists at The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital "“ The Neuro, McGill University have discovered that our brains have the ability to determine the shape of an object simply by processing specially-coded sounds, without any visual or tactile input. Not only does this new research tell us about the plasticity of the brain and how it perceives the world around us, it also provides important new possibilities for aiding those who are blind or with...

2010-10-18 13:35:19

Harvard University neurobiologists have created mice that can "smell" light, providing a potent new tool that could help researchers better understand the neural basis of olfaction. The work, described this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience, has implications for the future study of smell and of complex perception systems that do not lend themselves to easy study with traditional methods. "It makes intuitive sense to use odors to study smell," says Venkatesh N. Murthy, professor of...

2010-10-07 13:29:05

Finding explains why the blind can hear and feel with greater acuity than the sighted can People who have been blind from birth make use of the visual parts of their brain to refine their sensation of sound and touch, according to an international team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). Published today in the journal Neuron, the scientists say this finding helps explain why the blind have such advanced perception of these senses "“...

2010-09-15 07:00:00

LONDON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled a new HTC Sense experience with the new HTC Desire HD(TM) and HTC Desire Z(TM) Android-based smartphones. The new HTC Sense experience continues HTC's strong focus on the customer, placing people at the center by simply making its phones work in a more personal and natural way. HTC Sense introduces a number of key innovations including a series of connected services called HTCSense.com that...

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,...


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maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.