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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...

2013-07-29 13:14:39

Identification of key neurons that sense unexpected motion has significant implications for motion sickness It happens to all of us at least once each winter in Montreal. You're walking on the sidewalk and before you know it you are slipping on a patch of ice hidden under a dusting of snow. Sometimes you fall. Surprisingly often you manage to recover your balance and walk away unscathed. McGill researchers now understand what's going on in the brain when you manage to recover your balance...

2013-07-23 23:26:56

The three new brain exercises help individuals train their ability to perceive and react to the size, distance and depth aspects of their daily environment and sport activities. New York, NY (PRWEB) July 23, 2013 CogniFit, a leading developer of scientific brain training and online brain games, announces the release of three additional brain exercises to train spatial perception. Spatial Perception is the ability to evaluate how things are arranged in space, and investigate their...

2013-07-21 23:02:51

Their outdoor sensory equipment is used to create outdoor sensory environments that stimulate the senses and includes the Interactive Sound Post and Sound Post Programmer. Activated by movement, the Sound Post is a garden post with personality that will make a range of pre-programmed sounds from birdsong to saying, "Hello!" Elberton, GA (PRWEB) July 21, 2013 Rehabmart.com, an online e-commerce company that sells rehabilitation and medical supplies, has joined into a distribution...

2013-07-09 23:21:39

Creative sensory bin ideas together with fun pretend play activities have been released on Kids Activities Blog. Both lists are perfect for fun indoor or outdoor playtime during the summertime. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) July 09, 2013 Ever wonder what else to do with kids during the summer break? How about setting up sensory bin or pretend play activities for kids? Sensory and pretend games are a lot of fun for kids and they sneak in lots of learning opportunities. They are a win-win for the...

Nile Crocodiles May Look Tough, But They Can Be Sensitive Too
2013-07-02 14:51:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles may look tough, but they can also be very sensitive -- particularly when it comes to detecting touch, temperature, or chemicals in their watery environment. Previous research has shown that crocodilians, which includes alligators, gharials and caimans, detect a multitude of information through integumentary sensory organs (ISO) found in their skin and a new study recently published in the journal EvoDevo has revealed how...

How Cells Control The Direction In Which The Genome Is Read
2013-06-25 04:37:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have identified a mechanism that allows cells to read their own DNA in the correct direction, preventing them from replicating the intergenic DNA, or so-called “junk DNA,” that makes up significant parts of our genome. Although just 15 percent of the human genome consists of protein-coding genes, research in recent years has revealed a surprising amount of the junk DNA does indeed get copied into RNA – the...

2013-06-19 14:33:47

It takes as few as 25 brain cells for a fly to characterize and distinguish among odors Behind the common expression "you can't compare apples to oranges" lies a fundamental question of neuroscience: How does the brain recognize that apples and oranges are different? A group of neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has published new research that provides some answers. In the fruit fly, the ability to distinguish smells lies in a region of the brain called the mushroom...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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