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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...

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...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'