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Human Nose Can Distinguish More Than 1 Trillion Scents
2014-03-21 04:48:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For decades, experts have claimed that people were capable of detecting 10,000 different odors, but new research appearing in the March 21 edition of Science suggests that the actual number of scents detectable by the human nose is considerably higher. In fact, according to an experiment led by Andreas Keller of the Rockefeller University Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, human noses and brains are sensitive enough to...

Magnetic Pull Of MRI Could Diagnose, Treat And Study Inner Ear Disorders
2014-03-20 08:52:28

Johns Hopkins Medicine Magnetic pull of MRI shown in zebrafish and in people with common inner-ear disturbance Expanding on earlier research, Johns Hopkins researchers report that people with balance disorders or dizziness traceable to an inner-ear disturbance show distinctive abnormal eye movements when the affected ear is exposed to the strong pull of an MRI's magnetic field. The researchers first reported in 2011 in the journal Current Biology that an MRI's magnetic field pushes...

2014-03-13 23:02:33

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered an important mechanism underlying sensory feedback that guides balance and limb movements. La Jolla, California (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered an important mechanism underlying sensory feedback that guides balance and limb movements. The finding, which the TSRI team uncovered in fruit flies, centers on a gene and a type of nerve cell required for detection of...

Colors And Shapes Can Be Heard By The Blind: Study
2014-03-11 06:52:16

[ Watch the Video: EyeMusic Live Demo at AIPAC ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Normally, people perceive colors and shapes visually, but what if you could "hear" them? A new study from Hebrew University shows that using sensory substitution devices (SSDs), colors and shapes can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses. Prof. Amir Amedi, of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences and the Institute for Medical Research...

The tent-making bat Uroderma bilobatum
2014-03-04 05:07:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While scientists know that a superfamily of genes inside olfactory receptors is responsible for our sense of smell – we still don’t know the mechanism behind the interpretation of odor molecules into a particular smell. A new study published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution has found a distinct gene pattern in the olfactory receptors of fruit-eating bats – potentially shedding some light on the mechanism behind our...

2014-02-13 23:29:44

Sense 5K is bringing the five-senses based “Blue Dawn Tour” to the SF Bay Area. San Jose, California (PRWEB) February 13, 2014 Make room, mud and night runs. There is an intriguing newcomer in the event industry. Sense 5K is producing the 2014 Blue Dawn Tour in twelve of the healthiest US cities, including an event in the Bay area on May 24th In addition to contributing to a local charity, the young company strives to fuel joy in healthy living, wonderment of the five senses, and...

2014-02-13 23:29:40

Sense 5K is bringing the five-senses based “Blue Dawn Tour” to the Portland Area. Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) February 13, 2014 Make room, mud and night runs. There is an intriguing newcomer in the event industry. Sense 5K is producing the 2014 Blue Dawn Tour in twelve of the healthiest US cities, including an event in Denver on June 28th. In addition to contributing to a local charity, the young company strives to fuel joy in healthy living, wonderment of the five senses, and...

Amputee Feels Sensory Rich Information In Real-time With Bionic Hand
2014-02-06 10:59:41

[ Watch The Video: Amputee Feels in Real-Time with Bionic Hand ] Hillary Sanctuary - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Dennis Aabo Sorensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information -- in real-­time -- with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm; Sorensen could grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded. Nine years after an accident caused the loss of his left hand, Dennis Aabo Sørensen from Denmark...

Spending A Week In Darkness May Improve Hearing Loss
2014-02-06 06:02:44

[ Watch the Video: Lights Out For Your Hearing ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has long been known that if you take away once sense from a person, the other four will become more finely tuned. A new study, published in Neuron, reveals that minimizing a person's sight for as little as a week may help improve the brain's ability to process hearing. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles – both blind musicians – are often cited by music experts as examples of how a...

Fruit Flies Are Relentless Party Crashers
2014-02-05 13:30:09

University of Washington That fruit fly joining you just moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used its poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search, one that’s been described for the first time by researchers at the University of Washington. The search mission is another example of fruit flies executing complex behaviors with very little “computational” power, their brains having 100,000 neurons compared to house flies with 300,000...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.