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Biophysicist Adrianus Kalmijn Dies at 88
His work revealed that sharks use an electromagnetic sense to navigate and detect prey.
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Biophysicist Adrianus Kalmijn Dies at 88
Biophysicist Adrianus Kalmijn Dies at 88

His work revealed that sharks use an electromagnetic sense to navigate and detect prey.

His work revealed that sharks use an electromagnetic sense to navigate and detect prey.

ABOVE: © WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION

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Hermunculus Situates Female Genital Sensation in the Cortex
Sophie Fessl | Dec 23, 2021
Researchers also find that the thickness of the brain region representing clitoral stimulation is associated with intercourse frequency.
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Book Excerpt from Feeling & Knowing
Antonio Damasio | Nov 1, 2021
In Chapter 1, “On Being,” author Antonio Damasio outlines the dawn of consciousness.
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Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel
Chloe Tenn | Oct 4, 2021
David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the ion channels involved in perceiving heat, cold, pain, and touch.
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Bianca Jones Marlin Traces How Sensory Inputs Shape the Brain
Annie Melchor | Oct 1, 2021
The Columbia University neuroscientist researches the biology behind some of our most human experiences, including building family relationships. 
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Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Ruth Williams | Jul 22, 2021
Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.
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Eyeless C. elegans Perceives Colors: Study
Shawna Williams | Mar 4, 2021
The roundworm uses cues from visible light to help avoid eating toxic bacteria with a distinguishing hue.
Neurons for Taste Loosely Distributed in Mouse Gustatory Cortex
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2021
Neurological representations of different tastes—like those of different smells but unlike those of sight, hearing, and touch—do not cluster in distinct spots within a murine brain region, a study shows.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2021
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Ruth Williams | Jun 18, 2020
Using optogenetics, scientists have simulated the sense of smell directly within the mouse brain to investigate the nature of olfactory perception.
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2019
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How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
Ruth Williams | Nov 14, 2019
A major sensory neuron in roundworms distinguishes proprioception from harmful touch by sending out local or whole-cell signals, respectively.
Smell May Be Possible Without Olfactory Bulbs
Jef Akst | Nov 6, 2019
A study identifies five women who have a functioning sense of smell despite an apparent lack of olfactory bulbs—the region of the brain that processes odors.
Monkey Music?
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2019
Hear the muted symphony that one researcher thinks might be a close approximation to how macaques perceive the performance.
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Image of the Day: Tactile Information
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 28, 2019
Thicker calluses don’t dull sensitivity in feet.
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Image of the Day: Target Practice
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 5, 2019
Bats move their ears fast to create frequency shifts in echoes that can give them more information about their prey targets or the surroundings they are navigating through.
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Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
David Barrie | Jun 1, 2019
A new book about remarkable feats of migration by animals explores the front lines of research into how they do it.
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Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Karl Gruber | Jun 1, 2019
Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators.
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Infographic: Quantum Explanations for Biological Phenomena
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2019
Weird effects on the scale of subatomic particles may play roles in enzyme catalysis, photosynthesis, and avian magnetoreception.
New Hearing Device Isolates Voices
Jef Akst | May 16, 2019
An experimental hearing aid differentiates speakers and monitors the wearer’s brain activity to amplify the one she is trying to listen to.