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Rats Rely On Their Whiskers To Maneuver Safely In The Dark
2014-07-08 09:15:18

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online Imagine walking through your living room at midnight after having turned out the lights. Even though it is dark, you almost intuitively know where the wall makes a 90 degree turn yielding to a hallway as your hands reach expectantly for the corner. Now imagine the same scenario in a far less familiar room. Your speed will slow and your hands will move a bit more erratically seeking the comfort of a wall or chair back to guide you...

Electronic Whiskers Could Help Robots Feel Their Surroundings
2014-01-22 05:03:39

[ Watch the Video: Cats Inspire Nanotechnology Whiskers For Robotics ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes the tactile sensors the team...

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...

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...

Image 1 - Cure For Baldness? Scientists Grow Hair Follicles On Mice
2012-04-20 05:47:29

Its more than a sign of aging, it can also be annoying and embarrassing. Going bald affects both men and women as they grow older. In fact, the American Hair Loss Association says two-thirds of American men will experience “notable” hair loss by age 35. This number increases to an overwhelming majority of 85% once men hit 50. Women aren´t safe either, making up 40% of the entire balding population. Now, as scientists try to reverse or completely rectify the situation, a team...

Whiskers Were An Important Evolutionary Milestone For Mammals
2011-11-11 12:53:35

Researchers have found that moveable whiskers on rats and mice were an important milestone in the evolution of mammals from reptiles. The team used high-speed digital video recording and automatic tracking to discover how rodents move their whiskers back-and-forth at high speed. This behavior, known as whisking, allows mice or rats to accurately determine the position, shape and texture of objects, make decisions about objects, and use the information to build environmental maps. The...

2008-09-16 15:00:25

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. The energy and enthusiasm shown by the actors has ignited my old love for theatre. STEPHEN O'BRIEN Hamilton (c) 2008 Waikato Times. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-02-11 10:35:00

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. Based on principles of active sensing adopted widely in the animal kingdom, the multinational team is developing innovative touch technologies, including a 'whiskered' robotic rat. The whiskered robot will be able to quickly locate, identify and capture moving objects. 'The...

2006-10-18 08:58:23

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Many mammals use their whiskers to explore their environment and to construct a three-dimensional image of their world. Rodents, for example, use their whiskers to determine the size, shape and texture of objects, and seals use their whiskers to track the fluid wakes of their prey. 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...

2005-10-05 14:30:00

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...

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