sensory biology
Zebrafish and Medaka Can Sense Magnetic Fields
Zebrafish and Medaka Can Sense Magnetic Fields
Shawna Williams | Mar 19, 2018
Unlike in some animals, their sense of magnetoreception appears to be independent of blue light.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 6, 2018
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2018
Selected images of the Day from the-scientist.com
David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of Pain
David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of Pain
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 1, 2018
For nearly 30 years, the UC San Francisco researcher has delved into unexplored corners of the nervous system.
Meet the Arachnid That May Add a New Chapter to the Book on Sensory Biology
Meet the Arachnid That May Add a New Chapter to the Book on Sensory Biology
Mary Bates | Dec 1, 2017
The whip spider senses the world in weird and wonderful ways.
Whipping Boys
Whipping Boys
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2017
See whip spiders use their curious antenniform legs to spar in the lab.
An Eye Scan for Alzheimer’s Disease?
An Eye Scan for Alzheimer’s Disease?
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2017
Researchers aim for a routine screen to detect the neurodegenerative disease—decades before symptoms appear.
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2017
By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
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.
Introducing Batman
Introducing Batman
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.