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Study Finds Hot And Cold Senses Interact
2013-04-09 10:20:59

University of North Carolina Health Care A study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine offers new insights into how the nervous system processes hot and cold temperatures. The research led by neuroscientist Mark J. Zylka, PhD, associate professor of cell biology and physiology, found an interaction between the neural circuits that detect hot and cold stimuli: cold perception is enhanced when nerve circuitry for heat is inactivated. "This discovery has implications for...

2013-03-22 09:29:40

Researchers at King's College London have uncovered how the human ear is formed, giving clues as to why children are susceptible to infections such as glue ear. The work was funded by the UK Medical Research Council and published today in the journal Science. It is estimated that one in five children around the age of two will be affected by glue ear, a build-up of fluid in the middle ear chamber. This part of the ear contains three tiny bones that carry sound vibrations from the eardrum...

Taste Perception: Connecting The Molecular Dots
2013-03-07 05:16:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A consortium of scientists has identified a new protein regulator of taste, findings that help unlock the mystery of exactly how cells transmit taste information to the brain for three out of the five primary taste types. The researchers identified CALHM1, a channel in the walls of taste receptor cells, as a necessary component in the process of sweet, bitter, and umami (savory) taste perception. The other two taste types, sour...

Phantom Pain In Amputees Linked To The Brain
2013-03-06 05:38:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new brain imaging study from Oxford University reveals that the phantom pain many amputees feel in the missing limb is linked to changes in the brain that occur following amputation. Arm amputees who maintained strong representations of the missing hand in their brains — to the point where it was indistinguishable from persons with both hands — experienced the most phantom limb pain. The research team hopes that...

2013-02-26 11:54:12

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a group of progenitor cells in the inner ear that can become the sensory hair cells and adjacent supporting cells that enable hearing. Studying these progenitor cells could someday lead to discoveries that help millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss due to damaged or impaired sensory hair cells. "It's well known that, in mammals, these specialized sensory cells don't regenerate after damage," said Alan...

Sophisticated Primitive Reflexes And Dizziness
2013-02-15 06:13:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Our brains are capable of doing some amazing things. Yet, there are some processes which, while sophisticated enough, are mostly thought of as common and basic. For instance: The reflex which allows us to keep our eyes focused on one point while our heads are moving about. This reflex is called the Vestibular-Ocular Reflex (or VOR), and we share it with most vertebrates. For many years, scientists have believed that this...

X-Ray Vision For Lab Rats
2013-02-13 08:59:42

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The mammalian retina is a masterful example of genetic engineering. Each moment our eyes are open, we take in mountains and mountains of data that has to be pored over, interpreted and processed by a specific cortical region within our brains. Despite their seemingly endless capabilities, even our retinas have their limits. That is, until today, with the release of a new study by researchers led by Duke...


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Ear
2013-04-30 13:31:11

The ear is an organ from the auditory system that collects sounds, and also balances and enables body position. Formation and Orientation The ear can be broken down into the inner and outer ears. The outer part of the ear is the visible flap (auricle) and ear canal which collects sounds which create pressure that echoes through the middle ear. The inner ear, however, is embedded in the temporal bone. There are hollow areas of the inner ear that are filled with liquids and hair cells...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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