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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...

Vibrations Felt On Skin May Aid In Tactile Display Innovation
2013-06-14 11:23:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Electronic distractions that can be dangerous while driving, such as a GPS system or text message, have created a need to convey information in a non-visual way. MIT researcher Lynette Jones believes she has come up with a solution to that problem: tactile ℠displays´ that send information through vibrating pulses. "If you compare the skin to the retina, you have about the same number of sensory receptors, you just have...

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2013-06-14 10:21:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It´s a natural instinct to want to swat a fruit fly in your kitchen, but a group of researchers led by UC Santa Barbara´s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI) say don´t. According to their new study, that fly could have a major impact on our progress in deciphering sensory biology and animal behavior. And that might someday provide a better...

2013-06-10 23:18:52

Producer CEO at RKNet Studios stated: “Developing awareness and sensory integration are key features of cognitive skills development in Cognitions Bridge games, which are designed to act as therapy to many disorders including Autism. In a game played against the computer, the sensory integration in the game helps to "balance" the input of the senses. The computer acts as mentor and a friendly playmate that can play for hours, interact non-verbally, and doesn´t judge.”...

Blind People Can Learn To Use Their Inner Bat
2013-05-21 05:51:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have known for a long time that blind and visually impaired people rely on other senses. A new study led by the University of Southampton, however, now shows that they have the potential to use echolocation, similar to that of bats and dolphins, to determine the location of an object. The researchers examined how hearing, particularly the hearing of echoes, could help blind people with spatial awareness and navigation....

2013-05-08 17:07:25

Smell and touch, sniffing and 'whisking,' are locked in sync When animals are on the hunt for food they likely use many senses, and scientists have wondered how the different senses work together. New research from the laboratory of CSHL neuroscientist and Assistant Professor Adam Kepecs shows that when rats actively use the senses of smell (sniffing) and touch (through their whiskers) those two processes are locked in synchronicity. The team's paper, published today in the Journal of...


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