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front-facing photo of a western diamondback rattlesnake against a black background
Snakes on a Plain
Researchers discover that rattlesnakes change their rattling frequency when a perceived threat approaches—tricking humans into thinking the snake is closer than it really is.
Snakes on a Plain
Snakes on a Plain

Researchers discover that rattlesnakes change their rattling frequency when a perceived threat approaches—tricking humans into thinking the snake is closer than it really is.

Researchers discover that rattlesnakes change their rattling frequency when a perceived threat approaches—tricking humans into thinking the snake is closer than it really is.

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Drosophila: To Infinity and Beyond
The Scientist Staff | Mar 9, 2021 | 1 min read
Slideshow: Watch Insects in Motion
Amanda Heidt | Mar 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Researchers across disciplines are adopting high-tech tools to better understand the kinematics and behaviors behind insect flight.
Free Fallin’: How Scientists Study Unrestrained Insects
Amanda Heidt | Mar 1, 2021 | 10+ min read
Researchers are pulling from video games, sports broadcasting, meteorology, and even missile guidance technology to better investigate how insects have mastered flight.
Infographic: VR, Radar, and Other Tricks for Studying Insects
Amanda Heidt | Mar 1, 2021 | 1 min read
Researchers are getting creative to understand flight behavior in the fast-moving and tiny animals.
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.
Cannabis Increases Propensity for False Memories
Amy Schleunes | May 1, 2020 | 5 min read
Virtual reality experiments reveal that the popular drug may make the brain more open to misremembering.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019 | 2 min read
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Jess Romeo | Feb 14, 2019 | 3 min read
Researchers record neurological changes in a region called the mushroom body in the brains of bees completing a maze in a virtual environment.
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A Keen Sense of Smell Appears to Go Hand in Hand with Spatial Memory
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Authors of a small study say the two abilities likely evolved in tandem.
Image of the Day: Memory Jogger
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 12, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  
Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017 | 1 min read
Researchers track a fish in a virtual-reality system as it responds to projections of other fish of the same species.
Video: Researchers Control Drosphila Flight with Virtual Reality
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017 | 1 min read
Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.
Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017 | 4 min read
Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.
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