Adult brain can change within seconds
(PhysOrg.com) -- The human brain can adapt to changing demands even in adulthood, but MIT neuroscientists have now found evidence of it changing with unsuspected speed. Their findings suggest that the brain has a network ...
Perception of effort, not muscle fatigue, limits endurance performance
(PhysOrg.com) -- The physiological theory that underpins all endurance training and coaching for the last 100 years has just been disproved.
Acid, not bubbles, responsible for distinctive 'bite' of carbonated beverages, researchers reveal
New research from the Monell Center reveals that bubbles are not necessary to experience the unique 'bite' of carbonated beverages. Bubbles do, however, enhance carbonation's bite through the light feel of ...
Japan scientist makes 'Avatar' robot
A Japanese-developed robot that mimics the movements of its human controller is bringing the Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" one step closer to reality.
ACS chemistry mavens stir up hot sauce science
Wearable display meets blindfold test for sensing danger
Device connected to tongue designed to help blind perceive images
An experimental device that uses the tongue instead of the eyes to "see" could be on the market next year, and a blind Fresno, Calif., teen hopes to be among the first to take one home.
Blocking protein may help ease painful nerve condition
Scientists have identified the first gene that pulls the plug on ailing nerve cell branches from within the nerve cell, possibly helping to trigger the painful condition known as neuropathy.
Born to be wild? Thrill-seeking behavior may be based in the brain
Sky diving and base jumping are not for everyone. However, for certain people, the more risk and adrenaline involved in an activity, the better! What draws some people to daredevil behavior while others shy away from it? ...
Brain's endocannabinoid signaling pathway kept in check by two enzymes
(PhysOrg.com) -- A research team has shown that blocking the degradation of two naturally occurring cannabinoids in the endocannabinoid signaling pathway of the brain produces marijuana-like behavioral effects in mice, according ...
Scientists see the light: How vision sends its message to the brain
Scientists have known for more than 200 years that vision begins with a series of chemical reactions when light strikes the retina, but the specific chemical processes have largely been a mystery. A team of researchers from ...
Researcher finds that flooring can affect how consumers make purchase decisions
From teachers to hairdressers, people who stand on their feet all day will tell you that the flooring beneath them can be the difference between a good day and a bad one. But can the difference between carpet and hard tile ...
Spirituality shaped through cultural understandings, anthropologist says
Culture makes a significant difference in how people experience spirituality, according to new Stanford research.
Video: Why some people just don't like music
For many people, enjoying music results in noticeable physical reactions – sweaty palms or a shiver down the spine. Music can cause the release of dopamine in your body, which provides a feeling of immense pleasure and ...