Latest Whiskers Stories
It turns out researchers at the University of Sheffield in the UK have discovered that rats use their whiskers in much the same way we humans use our hands for sensing the environment.
Nanotechnology has brought us many advances such as electronic skin (e-skin) and electronic eye implants (e-eyes), and now, a research team from Berkeley Lab and the University of California Berkeley is on the verge of creating electronic whiskers.
When animals are on the hunt for food they likely use many senses, and scientists have wondered how the different senses work together.
Researchers have set out to learn whether humans can acquire the sense known as 'whisking' which is used by rats to sense their environment.
A new study shows bioengineered hair follicles can become actual hair when transplanted into normally hairless mice. Such an advancement could lead to not only better hair transplants, but also fewer cases of baldness.
Researchers have found that moveable whiskers on rats and mice were an important milestone in the evolution of mammals from reptiles.
I went to see Cats at the Founders Theatre and found the show outstanding. The dancing and quality of singing was so professional. There is no way this was an amateur show. The professionalism the actors displayed in the character of being a cat was never dropped from beginning to end.
A new initiative, bringing together nine research groups from seven countries, including teams of robotics and brain researchers from Europe, the USA and Israel, has recently been set up with the aim of imitating nature.
Two Northwestern University engineers have been studying the whisker system of rats to better understand how mechanical information from the whiskers gets transmitted to the brain and to develop artificial whisker arrays for engineering applications.
Using an animal model, a research team led by Yann Barrandon at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) and the CHUV (Lausanne University Hospital) has discovered that certain cells inside the hair follicle are true multipotent stem cells, capable of developing into the many different cell types needed for hair growth and follicle replacement. In an article appearing in the Oct 3 advance online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they demonstrate that...