Exploring the potential of human echolocation

People who are visually impaired will often use a cane to feel out their surroundings. With training and practice, people can learn to use the pitch, loudness and timbre of echoes from the cane ...

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Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.

Sat 24 Jun 17 from Phys.org

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Chickens may illuminate how humans developed sharp daylight vision

Humans belong to a select club of species that enjoy crisp color vision in daylight, thanks to a small spot in the center of the retina at the back of the eye. Other club members include monkeys ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Phys.org

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MRI without contrast agents? Yes, with sugar

In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), contrast agents are used to enhance the imaging of tissue structures. While they enhance signals in blood vessels and in spaces between cells, they do not ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats

It's a classic conundrum: while rushing to get to an important meeting or appointment on time, you spot a stranger in distress. How do you decide whether to stop and help, or continue on your ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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Diabetes device scrutinizes sweat for a week at a time

While there are already biosensors that help people manage type 2 diabetes, they're single-use devices that have to be replaced on a daily basis. That could be about to change, however, ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Gizmag

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Study finds children carry implicit bias towards peers who are overweight

Even children as young as 9 years old can carry a prejudice against their peers who are overweight, according to a new study led by Duke Health researchers. They might not even realize they ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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The neural relationship between light and sleep

Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affect sleep indirectly ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet

A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected ...

Fri 23 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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Legalized pot may lead to more traffic crashes

(HealthDay)—Although states where recreational marijuana is legal may have experienced a slight bump in traffic collisions, the good news is that there wasn't an increase in crash-related fatalities ...

Thu 22 Jun 17 from Medical Xpress

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