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How Skates, Sharks Use Electricity to Sense Prey

By Joshua A. Krisch | March 7, 2017

Researchers have known for decades that certain fish make use of specialized electrosensory cells, but the precise mechanism of these cells was a mystery until now. 

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image: A Panoply of Animal Senses

A Panoply of Animal Senses

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2016

Animals have receptors for feeling gravity, fluid flow, heat, and electric and magnetic fields.

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image: A Cornucopia of Sensory Perception

A Cornucopia of Sensory Perception

By Mary Beth Aberlin | September 1, 2016

Forget what you learned about humans having five senses. That goes double for non-human animals.

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image: Hunting with Sharks

Hunting with Sharks

By The Scientist Staff | 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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image: Sensory Biology Around the Animal Kingdom

Sensory Biology Around the Animal Kingdom

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2016

From detecting gravity and the Earth’s magnetic field to feeling heat and the movement of water around them, animals can do more than just see, smell, touch, taste, and hear.

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image: Opinion: Acquiring Extra Senses

Opinion: Acquiring Extra Senses

By Bernd Fritzsch | September 1, 2016

Animals’ diverse sensory abilities will guide a technology-based revolution that gives humans perception beyond our natural senses.

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image: Bumblebees’ Electric Sense

Bumblebees’ Electric Sense

By Tanya Lewis | May 31, 2016

Tiny hairs may enable the insects to detect floral electric fields, according to a study.

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image: Electric Sensation

Electric Sensation

By Sabrina Richards | August 31, 2012

Researchers help define the limits of electroreception in a weakly electric fish, showing that this sense may be more akin to touch than vision.

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image: Electric Dolphins?

Electric Dolphins?

By Jef Akst | July 27, 2011

Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.

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