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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...

2013-05-07 23:22:26

This program will assess the therapeutic potential of second-generation Antisense Oligonucleotides (ASO) sequences for SMA. This funding is being awarded to Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Arthur Burghes at Ohio State University and Dr. Christian Lorson at University of Missouri. Elk Grove Village, IL (PRWEB) May 07, 2013 Families of SMA is dedicated to creating a treatment and cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by funding and advancing a comprehensive research program, including drug...

Single Olfactory Gene Helps Mice Detect Predators
2013-04-30 08:47:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dogs can hear sounds at higher frequencies. Bats can ℠see´ with sonar although their eyes are practically useless. And, apparently, the mouse can smell a predator´s urine from a mile away. Each of these traits has played an important role in the evolution of each animal. But what is especially amazing with regard to mice and their olfactory receptors is their ability to sense a threat may be determined by only...

2013-04-24 15:36:37

An investigational treatment for an inherited form of Lou Gehrig´s disease has passed an early phase clinical trial for safety, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital report. The researchers have shown that the therapy produced no serious side effects in patients with the disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The phase 1 trial´s results, available online in Lancet Neurology, also demonstrate...

Reading Into The Brain To Understand How Neurons Represent The World
2013-04-23 15:33:22

International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) We know the world through the sensory representations within our brain. Such "reconstruction" is performed through the electrical activation of neural cells, the code that contains the information that is constantly processed by the brain. If we wish to understand what are the rules followed by the representation of the world inside the brain we have to comprehend how electrical activation is linked to the sensory experience. For this...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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