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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...

Doubts Still Exist On Whether Fish Feel Pain
2013-08-09 04:50:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers have determined that fish do not feel pain the way humans do. This team of neurobiologists, behavioral ecologists and fishery scientists were led by Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and of the Humboldt University in Berlin. The results of their study can be found in a recent issue of Fish and Fisheries. This study has far reaching...

2013-08-08 09:52:48

New approaches lead to intricate neural connectivity map Some optical illusions look like they're in motion even though the picture is static. A new map of the fly brain also suggests motion—or at least how the fly sees movement. The new research, published in the August 8 issue of Nature, takes advantage of a high-throughput approach that speeds the charting of neuronal connections involved in motion detection. Neurons snake through the brain, each reaching out and...

The Right Temperature Makes Tasty Treat For Fruit Flies
2013-08-08 06:23:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists call it the Goldilocks Principle. Animals can survive and breed only if the temperature is just right -- too hot and they will overheat; too cold and they will freeze. Animals have evolved very sensitive temperature sensors, which allow them to detect the relatively narrow margin in which they can survive. Until recently, very little was known about how these sensors worked. A new study from Brandeis University has...

Sex, Smell And Science
2013-08-02 08:43:15

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online No two people smell exactly alike. That is, noses sense odors in individual ways. What one nose finds offensive, another may find pleasant, while another might not smell anything at all. Scientists have long known the way things smell to us is determined by our genes. Now, two studies appearing in the journal Current Biology have identified "the genetic differences that underpin the differences in smell sensitivity and perception in...


Word of the Day
reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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