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The secret lives of whales

...ocean voices. Using the U.S. Navy’s anti-submarine listening system from the cold war, and customized systems d...gawd!?/p> Access to the U.S. Navy’s underwater listening systems took researchers from fixed-point observations such as ships, to synoptic views of the ocean...

New insight into people who 'see' colors in letters and numbers

...colors. Some synesthetes report seeing colors when listening to music, or feeling tactile shapes while tasting food. This cross-activation might develop, they theorize, by a failure of the "pruning" of neural connections between the areas in the developing brain. The rare condition called synesthesia--in whic...

Bird Brains Show How Trial and Error May Contribute to Learning

...n humans may explain how children learn to talk by listening to themselves and others, and how adults learn and hone new motor skills, such as tennis. The process relies on feedback about what works and what doesn't, also called experience-dependent or performance-based learning. "That all requires paying att...

Beetle-inspired switch uses water for bonding

...). Steen dreamed up the idea of the switch after listening to Cornell entomologist Tom Eisner lecture on palm beetles, which are native to the southeastern United States. Like the beetle, which clings to a palm leaf at adhesive strengths equal to a hundred times its own body weight -- the human equivalen...

Bats use touch receptors on wings to fly, catch prey, study finds

...ws them to determine their physical environment by listening to echoes. But an Ohio University neurobiology pro...d navigate their environment by emitting calls and listening to the echoes that return from various objects. Zook believes the touch-sensitive receptors on bats...

University of Utah to help build bionic arm

...arm will respond in a natural way. We're basically listening in on what the nervous system would be telling the natural arm, and translating that into signals that will move the artificial arm in the same way." Finally, says Clark, "this new arm will provide sensory feedback to make the arm feel like a perso...

Both alcoholism and chronic smoking can damage the brain's prefrontal cortex

...arm will respond in a natural way. We're basically listening in on what the nervous system would be telling the natural arm, and translating that into signals that will move the artificial arm in the same way." Finally, says Clark, "this new arm will provide sensory feedback to make the arm feel like a perso...

Born with a love of speech

...a Vouloumanos, point to a genetic predilection for listening in on speech above other similar sounds. "It's well established that neonates have a preference for speech above other sounds, but where does this come from? Is it something that's built in and there's something about the speech signal that they're...

Stanford study of owls finds link in brain between sight and sound

Just imagine listening to someone talk and also hearing the buzz of the overhead lights, the hum of your computer and the muffled conversation down the hallway. To focus on the person speaking to you, your brain clearly can't give equal weight to all incoming sensory infor...

UC Riverside psychologist explores human perception, finds 'wow factor'

...C Riverside Professor Larry Rosenblum's ecological listening lab, as volunteer test subjects show that they can...hat they can determine the locations of objects by listening to echoes as noise bounces off them. Other test subjects have used room echoes to figure out where t...

Research tracks whales by listening to sounds

...es ?a program now directed by Robert Dziak. While listening for earthquakes, the OSU researchers begin picking up sounds of ships, marine landslides ?and whales. An engineer at the center, Haru Matsumoto, then developed an autonomous hydrophone that can be deployed independently and Mellinger's colleagues pla...

Underwater listening devices yield discoveries about endangered large whales

...ic calls remains largely a biological mystery, but listening for the distinctive underwater sounds provides a valuable way to track the movements of endangered large whales. Autonomous data-recording devices equipped with hydrophones (underwater microphones), deployed in remote waters off Alaska, have been us...

Flick of whiskers helps tease out brain's 'shadow' signaling system

...asuring the amount of calcium inside the cells. By listening in the right way, her team has made a series of discoveries that have brought the once-obscure astrocyte and its signaling capability into prominence. In the latest work, graduate student Xiaohai Wang, M.D., led a team that focused the laser system ...

Coffee makes us more likely to say 'yes'

...ffect how persuaded a person is when, for example, listening to advertisements or a political speech on the radio/TV, reading a film review or in a business meeting to discuss work-related issues." ...

Researchers add to understanding of how brain cells communicate

...s on the surface of the "listening" neuron. If the listening neuron is strongly excited, magnesium ions are exp...ns then can flow through the open channel into the listening neuron at the synapse, causing the synapse to be strengthened and you to remember that "hot stove = ...

Slow brain waves play key role in coordinating complex activity

...when people are asked to do a simple task, such as listening to a list of words, the slow, theta oscillations i...nd high-gamma also changed with the task. Patients listening to a list of words would show strong coupling in a particular set of brain regions, but when they th...

Train your brain to hear your friends at a party

...gular computer games, but can target weaknesses in listening skills. By incorporating training exercises much like those performed by the ferrets, they can lead to auditory learning and an improved ability to listen." ...

Music genes and musical geniuses

... problems as well as potential treatments based on listening and producing music? The idea of combining music and genetics in a single event grew up within the European Genetics Foundation, on initiative of Professor Giovanni Romeo, medical geneticist at the University of Bologna: “We realized how music is ...

Sleep disturbances affect classroom performance

...d do something relaxing, such as reading a book or listening to music, until you are tired enough to go back to bed. Get up at the same time every morning. Avoid taking naps after school if you can. If you need to lie down, do not do so for more than an hour. Keep a regular schedule. Don’t read, write...

Study shows isolation of stem cells may lead to a treatment for hearing loss

Have you ever walked by someone listening to their i-Pod loud enough for you recognize the song? Studies have shown noise-induced hearing loss is going to become the next big epidemic affecting our younger generation though the effects won’t show until it is too late to treat. In addition ...

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