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2012-12-12 15:44:23

The sweet taste of sugar may provide some comfort for babies during immunizations, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. Researchers found babies did not cry for as long if they were given drops of sugar solution before injections. Between birth and 18 months, babies may have as many as 15 injections. It is not certain whether babies feel pain in the same way as older children and adults, or whether they are simply unable to express it. Recent evidence has proven they do feel pain...

Mechanisms Behind Response To Gentle Touch Discovered
2012-12-10 05:47:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers has reportedly discovered the group of nerve cells responsible for communicating the sensation of gentle touch in fruit flies -- and possibly in humans and other organisms as well -- potentially shedding light on one of most mysterious senses in all of biology. In their research, which has been published online by the journal Nature, the UCSF researchers studied...

Molecule That Converts Sound Into Brain Signals Found
2012-12-07 12:39:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Finding the exact genetic code that programs the ear´s machinery for responding to sound waves and converting them into electrical impulses in the inner ear has been something of a holy grail for the scientists who study the genetics of hearing and deafness. A new study from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has brought this search to fruition by identifying a critical component of the ear-to-brain conversation. This...

Crocodiles And Alligators Are Actually Sensitive Creatures
2012-11-08 14:12:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles and alligators are well-known for being cold-blooded and having thick skin, but new research from a pair of Vanderbilt University scientists has shown that the ancient reptiles can be quite sensitive. More specifically, the scientists demonstrated that these reptilian predators have small pigmented domes that dot their skin-- conveying a sense of touch is even more responsive than that of humans, according to the pair´s...

Scientists Use Inner Ear For Battery Power
2012-11-07 15:25:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology that they have found a new way to help power an implantable electronic device in the ear, naturally. The scientists said they have demonstrated for the first time that they could use the inner ear to help power implantable electronic devices without impairing hearing. The inner ear in mammals is a chamber filled with ions that produces an electrical potential to drive...

Researchers Train Humans To Sense Like Rats
2012-11-06 12:01:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By moving their facial whiskers back and forth about eight times a second to locate objects in their environment, rats use a sense that humans don´t: whisking. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, however, have set out to learn whether humans could acquire this sense with practice, and if so, what could understanding the process of adaptation tell us about our normal senses? To investigate this...

Brain Can Compensate For Minimal Visual Input
2012-11-02 08:57:31

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Consciousness and perception have long been understood as being interlinked. But our perceptions may be related less to our sense of sight than was previously understood. A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia shows that vision may be less important to our ability to see than is the brain´s ability to process the individual points of light we encounter into more complex images. Their study of the fruit...

Neurons And The Sense Of Touch
2012-10-26 18:26:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The sense of touch is perhaps the most basic, most elementary of the senses. It´s how many living things learn, move and explore. Yet, according to W. Daniel Tracey, PhD, there´s still plenty left to be discovered when it comes to the sense of touch. “On a molecular level, touch is the most poorly understood of the senses,” said Dr. Tracey who is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Duke University...


Latest Sensory system Reference Libraries

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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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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