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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

Nov. 28, 2018 — Human skin contains sensitive nerve cells that detect pressure, temperature and other sensations that allow tactile interactions with the environment. To help robots and prosthetic devices attain ... read more

Wriggly, Giggle, Puffball: What Makes Some Words Funny?

Nov. 27, 2018 — Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study. The researchers determined that there ... read more

Why Small Size Matters: Tiny Mitochondria Stimulate Brain Cell Connections

Nov. 27, 2018 — New research suggests that mitochondria help neurons grow and make proper connections in the developing brain. The work could open up new lines of inquiry into may be at play when these processes go ... read more

Electrical Stimulation in the Nose Induces Sense of Smell in Human Subjects

Nov. 27, 2018 — Physicians have, for the first time, induced a sense of smell in humans by using electrodes in the nose to stimulate nerves in the olfactory bulb, a structure in the brain where smell information ... read more

ISS Microbes Should Be Monitored to Avoid Threat to Astronaut Health

Nov. 23, 2018 — Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The ... read more

Nov. 21, 2018 — Three clinical trial participants with paralysis chatted with family and friends, shopped online and used other tablet computer applications, all by just thinking about pointing and clicking a ... read more

Nov. 20, 2018 — One type of anticipatory timing relies on memories from past experiences. The other on rhythm. Both are critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world, and scientists have found they are ... read more

Swarmlike Collective Behavior in Bicycling

Nov. 19, 2018 — Nature is full of examples of large-scale collective behavior; humans also exhibit this behavior, most notably in pelotons, the mass of riders in bicycle races. Using aerial video footage of bicycle ... read more

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Helping Marvel Superheroes Breathe

Nov. 19, 2018 — Marvel comics superheroes Ant-Man and the Wasp possess the ability to temporarily shrink down to the size of insects, while retaining the mass and strength of their normal human bodies. But a new ... read more

Nov. 16, 2018 — New research suggests a link between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower allergic response among young ... read more

Nov. 9, 2018 — Facial massaging using a roller can increase skin blood flow for more than ten minutes after the massage. It can also improve vasodilation -- the widening of blood vessels, -- in the long-term, ... read more

How Beatboxers Produce Sound: Using Real-Time MRI to Understand

Nov. 7, 2018 — Beatboxing is a musical art form in which performers use their vocal tract to create percussive sounds, and a team of researchers is using real-time MRI to study the production of beatboxing ... read more

Nov. 7, 2018 — When Chlamydia trachomatis, the bacterium that causes one of the most common sexually transmitted infections worldwide, enters a human cell, it hijacks parts of the host to build protective layers ... read more

Singing May Reduce Stress, Improve Motor Function for People With Parkinson's Disease

Nov. 7, 2018 — Singing may provide benefits beyond improving respiratory and swallow control in people with Parkinson's disease, according to new data. The results from the pilot study revealed improvements in ... read more

Nov. 7, 2018 — Scientists have developed a noninvasive way of delivering drugs to within a few millimeters of a desired point in the brain. The method, tested in rats, uses focused ultrasound to jiggle drug ... read more

Nov. 1, 2018 — Researchers new evidence that the gut microbiota of immigrants and refugees rapidly Westernize after a person's arrival in the United States. The study of communities migrating from Southeast ... read more

Zebrafish Larvae Help in Search for Appetite Suppressants

Nov. 1, 2018 — Researchers have developed a new strategy in the search for psychoactive drugs. By analyzing the behavior of larval zebrafish, they can filter out substances with unwanted side effects right from the ... read more

Nov. 1, 2018 — Analyzing soil samples from across the country, researchers have identified an antibiotic capable of treating strains of tuberculosis that do not respond to existing ... read more

Nov. 1, 2018 — A new study puts a fresh spin on what it means to 'go with your gut.' The findings suggest that gut bacteria may control movement in fruit flies and identify the neurons involved in this ... read more

Empathetic Machines Favored by Skeptics but Might Creep out Believers

Nov. 1, 2018 — Most people would appreciate a chatbot that offers sympathetic or empathetic responses, according to a team of researchers, but they added that reaction may rely on how comfortable the person is with ... read more

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