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Spinning Doesn't Dizzy Ballerinas Due To Brain Conditioning
2013-09-27 13:46:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Spinning around in circles causes dizziness in most people, which could be a problem for figure skaters or ballerinas who must perform several spins during a typical routine. However, new research in the journal Cerebral Cortex indicates that ballerinas may have conditioned their brain to better handle a series of quick spins. Study researchers said their findings could be used to improve treatments for patients with chronic dizziness....

2013-09-23 10:19:27

Is this my finger? People can be easily tricked into believing an artificial finger is their own, shows a study published today [23 September] in The Journal of Physiology. The results reveal that the brain does not require multiple signals to build a picture body ownership, as this is the first time the illusion has been created using sensory inputs from the muscle alone. The discovery provides new insight into clinical conditions where body representation in the brain is disrupted due...

Scientists Categorize Smells Ten Groups
2013-09-19 08:44:34

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Of all the different odors and smells floating around the globe, scientists say humans can only detect ten basic categories of scents. Using a computerized model, sensory scientists now say they've developed a way to systematically categorize these smells. Using a preexisting set of odors and descriptions, the scientists ran them through the computerized model, categorized them, and have now concluded all the world’s smells...

2013-09-12 12:37:01

Getting the message about bitter taste Do you love chomping on raw broccoli while your best friend can't stand the healthy veggie in any form or guise? Part of the reason may be your genes, particularly your bitter taste genes. Over the past decade, scientists at the Monell Center and elsewhere have made headway in understanding how variants of bitter taste receptor genes can help account for how people differ with regard to taste perception and food choice. However, some perplexing...

Pepper Spice May Offer Treatment For People With Chronic Pain
2013-09-11 13:39:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists looking into why Szechuan pepper causes a tingling sensation have discovered the Asian spice may help patients with chronic pain. The new research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, could lead to a greater understanding of the causes of tingling sensations experienced by many chronic pain patients. Szechuan pepper mimics the sense of touch in the brain by chemically activating light-touch fibers...

Echolocation - With Practice, Anyone Can Learn It
2013-08-30 04:23:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Humans can learn to use echolocation to navigate and to find objects, according to new research appearing in the latest edition of the biology journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Professor Lutz Wiegrebe of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) Department of Neurobiology and colleagues have now shown how people can acquire the capacity for echolocation, though they emphasize doing so takes a considerable amount of time...

Oops! How Our Brains Handle Loss Of Balance
2013-08-15 05:44:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When you stumble and fall, your brain catches on very quickly, but it feels like your muscles aren’t doing anything to stop it – and it always occurs in front of a million people, or at least that one person you want to impress the most. A fall for a young person is merely embarrassing. For an elderly person, however, falling can be a life threatening situation. Approximately 80 percent of the elderly who break a hip die within a...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.