Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel
Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel
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.
Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel
Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel

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.

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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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
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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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The roundworm uses cues from visible light to help avoid eating toxic bacteria with a distinguishing hue.
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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
Ten Minute Sabbatical
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Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren&rsquo;t Really There
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.
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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
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?
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.
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.
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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.
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
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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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Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators.
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Weird effects on the scale of subatomic particles may play roles in enzyme catalysis, photosynthesis, and avian magnetoreception.
New Hearing Device Isolates Voices
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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
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Neural networks generate abstract images designed to activate particular cells, lending insight into their function.
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
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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.