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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...

Ability To Taste Linked To Better Respiratory Health
2012-10-09 11:05:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A person's ability to taste certain bitter flavors might just be directly related to their ability to fight off upper respiratory tract infections, especially chronic sinus infections, a new study led by the University of Pennsylvania finds. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, includes researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and...

The Magic Behind Food Pairings
2012-10-09 06:34:57

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As more and more people venture to new restaurants and try out new cuisines, their palates become more attune to various flavors. They will rave about green tea with dessert or red wine with steak, both perfect combinations. Even though there has been the knowledge that certain foods pair well together, culinary connoisseurs chalked it up to a feeling more than anything scientific. However, recent research shows that the way food...

2012-09-20 16:09:49

Blunted ability to identify all five tastes may affect quantity of foods eaten Obese kids have less sensitive taste-buds than kids of normal weight, indicates research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. This blunted ability to distinguish all five tastes of bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami (savory) may prompt them to eat larger quantities of food in a bid to register the same taste sensation, suggest the authors. They base their findings on 94 normal...

Hearing Loss Treated In Gerbils With Human Stem Cells
2012-09-13 05:04:54

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of researchers from the United Kingdom who worked with deaf gerbils were recently able to give the animals the ability to hear again. The study is the first of its kind to replace damaged nerve cells with stem cells. The study, published recently in the journal Nature, discovered that hearing can improve when nerves were placed in the ear of the gerbils. Gerbils were the focus of the study as they have a hearing range...

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2012-09-09 08:23:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Many people consider coffee to be in their top two favorite brewed beverages, but a group of scientists has found that this popularity might be due to a bit of false advertising. Have you ever noticed that a sip of the freshly brewed beverage can never quite match the smell of roasted beans wafting around your favorite coffee house? That´s because as the coffee passes your tongue, a puff of aroma molecules stream up...


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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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.