What number is halfway between 1 and 9? Is it 5—or 3?
A new information-theoretical model of human sensory perception and memory sheds light on some peculiarities of the nervous system.
Scientists discover one gene is necessary for mice to avoid predators
When a mouse smells a cat, it instinctively avoids the feline or risks becoming dinner. How? A Northwestern University study involving olfactory receptors, which underlie the sense of smell, provides evidence ...
Fruit flies with better sex lives live longer
Sex may in fact be one of the secrets to good health, youth and a longer life – at least for fruit flies – suggests a new University of Michigan study that appears in the journal Science.
Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers find
A new study in the journal Cognition overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one's ability to focus on tha ...
Gene discovery explains how fruit flies retreat from heat
A discovery in fruit flies may be able to tell us more about how animals, including humans, sense potentially dangerous discomforts.
Not so fast—our fishy friends can also feel pain
Do you still believe that fish are dumb and cannot feel pain? That we do not have to worry much about how they are cared for or caught? Think again, says Culum Brown of Macquarie University in Australia, ...
Looming sounds boost visual perception
(PhysOrg.com) -- Whether it’s the sound of a speeding car approaching from out of the blue, or the faint echo of footsteps following you along a dark street, such looming sounds not only make our ears prick ...
How the 'Quarter' Horse won the rodeo
American Quarter Horses are renowned for their speed, agility, and calm disposition. Consequently over four million Quarter horses are used as working horses on ranches, as show horses or at rodeos. New research ...
Junk-free pizza, engineered to please taste buds
Food researchers are looking for new ways to reduce the sugar, fat or salt content in ready-made meals without using additives. But will consumers accept this new type of food?