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Posts tagged senses

June 11, 2013

 

Rats, humans, and other vertebrates evolved from a common ancestor that already had a system of muscles for moving the eyes

Double Vision Normal For Rats

Rats have a strikingly different visual system than our own, one that is carefully attuned to their unique needs.

May 21, 2013

 

The box jelly has a distinctive four-sided structure

The Alien ‘Brain’ Of The Box Jelly

The box jelly has evolved a central nervous system unlike any other animal on Earth.

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?

May 15, 2013

 

blue eye close up

Change Blindness And The Mysteries Of Vision

Vision may not involve creating an inner model of the world in the brain.

July 16, 2012

 

helicopter upside down in the sky with clouds in the background

How Does Your Body Know Which Way Is Up?

Your body uses three senses to keep you balanced--to tell you what's up and down.

June 30, 2010

 

cocoa

Does What We Touch Affect the Way We Think?

Something as simple as an object's texture can affect how you think and feel about the world around you.

December 26, 2007

 

Freshly baked cookies

Anosmia

Anosmia, the term for the lack of a sense of smell, affects over two million Americans. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

February 21, 2006

 

coins

Cool Cash

It neat, it's educational, and best of all, it doesn't involve anything that could explode or become poisonous or make a terrible smell.

December 2, 2005

 

The Reappearing Hand

A surprising phenomenon sometimes occurs to people who have lost a hand. Soon after the hand is lost, they report that they can feel it again, this time when something touches the side of their face. A neurologist can lightly touch different areas on the cheek, for example, and the person will say it feels as if two spots were being touched simultaneously. One on their face, and one on their missing hand. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

November 19, 2004

 

A gold fish swimming around a bowl

Can Fish Smell?

Do fish have olfactory senses? How do they smell without a "nose?" Find out on this Moment of Science.

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