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Revolutionary nanotechnology illuminates brain cells at work

...esses and construct new drugs." "FRET is like two musical tuning forks, which have the same tone," Okumoto continued. "If you excite one, it gives a characteristic tone. If you bring the second fork close to the first one, it will also start to give you a tone even though they do not touch. This is resonanc...

Ancient humans brought bottle gourds to the Americas from Asia

...ard-shelled fruits were long prized as containers, musical instruments and fishing floats. This lightweight "container crop" would have been particularly useful to human societies before the advent of pottery and settled village life, and was apparently domesticated thousands of years before any plant was do...

Watching the brain switch off 'self'

...to look at the same pictures or listen to the same musical phrases, but to perform two different kinds of pro...o classify the images as animal/non-animal, or the musical passages as trumpet/non-trumpet. And to study introspection, the researchers asked the subjects to i...

Lost in thought: Brain research

...ked to think about themselves and how the image or musical selection made them feel. In the second, "sensory-motor" task, they performed quick recognition exercises ?such as identifying pieces that included a trumpet's sound. The scientists were particularly interested in certain regions in the prefrontal co...

Computer-based 'games' enhance mental function in patients with Alzheimer's

...d 2.5 to 3.5 hours of cognitive stimulation tasks, musical therapy, arts and crafts, physical activity and programs that reinforced instrumental activities of daily living. The third group participated in IPP as well, and used an interactive multimedia internet-based system (IMIS) which allowed them to carry...

Music genes and musical geniuses

...cation, to the study of children to understand the musical mind. Why do infant prodigies exist? Why haven’t we all become one? Are there any types of music that are objectively better suited to be more appreciated than others? And especially what is the purpose of music? These and other questions will be add...

Mitochondrial genes move to the nucleus -- but it's not for the sex

...ill recombine. It would be like breaking up a good musical duo." Mitochondrial and nuclear genomes replicate separately, and a new and beneficial mutation in the mitochondrion could be separated from partner genes in the nucleus -- in the production of eggs or pollen, via meiosis. But the mating system d...

Research finds music training 'tunes' human auditory system

... first to provide concrete evidence that playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brainstem’s ... "Our findings underscore the pervasive impact of musical training on neurological development. Yet music classes are often among the first to be cut when sch...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...ce hands-on demonstrations of acoustics, including musical instruments and a "ping-pong cannon" that creates ...nd, say a cat's meow, to another sound, such as a musical instrument. Kelly Fitz of Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, Calif. ( kelly_fitz@starkey....

The sound of proteins

...hers have found a way to present human proteins as musical notes. Rie Takahashi and Jeffrey H. Miller from t...ences and protein folding, and hence closer to the musical depth of popular compositions. They are currently piloting a computer program, written by a collabor...

Art and music for the birds

... arts at Rutgers University—Camden, is testing the musical tastes of our fine feathered friends with an exhibition featuring four 10-foot red perches offering what are considered to be the best in classical, rock, country, and jazz for local birds. Demaray’s concept of art for the birds hatched from a conv...

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