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Posts tagged pain receptors

May 17, 2013

 

Boiling water in pot

Ow! Why Hot Feels Cold

Have you ever dipped your toe into a hot bath and felt a flash of icy cold just before you realize that its really burning?

December 20, 2012

 

A paper cut on fingertip

Paper Cuts, Why So Painful?

Why does a paper cut hurt so much more than a cut with a razor blade?

July 25, 2012

 

man scrunchs after stubbing toe

The Highways Of Pain

Find out how pain travels along the body's complex nerve highway.

July 9, 2010

 

chili-peppers

How Do Chili Peppers Make Your Mouth Feel Like It’s On Fire?

When you bite into a pepper you feel a burning sensation on your tongue. How does this happen.

June 3, 2005

 

The Jalapeno Blues

How can something that’s not hot in temperature produce the same reactions as something that is hot? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

May 24, 2004

 

Hey! and then…Ouch!

Why does "Ouch!" always follow the "Hey"? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Which Hurts More, Horseflies or Mosquitoes?

The difference in pain is due to the way each insect obtains blood. Mosquitoes have mouth parts that are highly modified for piercing; they have a sharp proboscis, a prominent tube-like part that extends from their head and houses organs known as stylets which work like hypodermic needles to penetrate the skin and suck up your blood.

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