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Hunting with Sharks

By | September 1, 2016

Watch scenes from research at the University of South Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory, where scientists saw what happened when they knocked out sharks' electroreception.

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Katie Kindt's Quest to Understand Hair Cells

By | September 1, 2016

Acting Chief, Section on Sensory Cell Development and Function, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Age: 38

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Mag-Neato!

By | September 1, 2016

Scientists are unraveling how animals use Earth's magnetic field to navigate.

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Notable Science Quotes

By | September 1, 2016

Sensory discoveries, open-access publishing, and candidates on climate changes

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Neurons in the lamprey spinal cord can sense pH and counteract changes from the body’s optimal range.

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Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

By | September 1, 2016

The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.

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Seeing Heat

By | September 1, 2016

Learn how some snakes sense infrared radiation using specialized sense organs in their faces.

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Smart Skin Enables Magnetoreception

By | September 1, 2016

Researchers develop a wearable technology that can detect magnetic fields and translate the signal into a visual display—a first step toward equipping humans with an entirely new sense.

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The Challenges of Rare-Disease Research

By | September 1, 2016

With few resources and hesitant investors, basic scientists must rely on clinicians, patient advocates, and their own keen eye for biological connections.

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Odor, Taste, and Light Receptors in Unusual Locations

By | September 1, 2016

From the gut and airways to the blood, muscle, and skin, diverse sensory receptors are doing unconventional things.

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