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Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 30, 2017
New research suggests that plastic might just “taste good” to hard corals.
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
Fish Smell ATP to Find Food
Sandhya Sekar | Sep 1, 2017
Sensory neurons in the tip of the zebrafish nose respond to molecular signals released from food sources.
Ruth Williams | Jun 22, 2017
Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
antennae let the insects seek out moisture levels they like best.
What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs
Sandeep Ravindran | Sep 1, 2016
Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.
A Panoply of Animal Senses
Staff | Aug 31, 2016
Animals have receptors for feeling gravity, fluid flow, heat, and electric and magnetic fields.
Jef Akst | Jun 24, 2015
People can be identified by the distinctive ways they perceive odors, a new study shows.
Pleasure To Smell You
Jef Akst | Mar 4, 2015
People tend to sniff their mitts after shaking hands with someone of the same sex, suggesting that the traditional greeting may transmit chemosensory signals.
Vampire Bats Lack Bitter Taste
Jef Akst | Jun 25, 2014
With a diet of blood, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors.