Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
A new book about remarkable feats of migration by animals explores the front lines of research into how they do it.
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation

A new book about remarkable feats of migration by animals explores the front lines of research into how they do it.

A new book about remarkable feats of migration by animals explores the front lines of research into how they do it.

sensory biology
Image of the Day: Tactile Information
Image of the Day: Tactile Information
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 28, 2019
Thicker calluses don’t dull sensitivity in feet.
Image of the Day: Target Practice
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.
Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Karl Gruber | Jun 1, 2019
Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators.
Infographic: Quantum Explanations for Biological Phenomena
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
New Hearing Device Isolates Voices
Jef Akst | May 17, 2019
An experimental hearing aid differentiates speakers and monitors the wearer’s brain activity to amplify the one she is trying to listen to.
Machine Learning Optimizes Images for Stimulating Monkey Neurons
Machine Learning Optimizes Images for Stimulating Monkey Neurons
Ruth Williams | May 2, 2019
Neural networks generate abstract images designed to activate particular cells, lending insight into their function.
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 19, 2019
A study of people’s brainwaves hints at their unconscious ability to perceive the Earth’s magnetic field.
A Keen Sense of Smell Appears to Go Hand in Hand with Spatial Memory
A Keen Sense of Smell Appears to Go Hand in Hand with Spatial Memory
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2019
Authors of a small study say the two abilities likely evolved in tandem.
Do Electric Fish Dream in Zaps?
Do Electric Fish Dream in Zaps?
Shawna Williams | Aug 1, 2018
Studying electrical communication in the wild requires braving the Amazon jungle with sensitive equipment.