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“Give me some skin! No, really.” “Give me some skin! No, really.” saikofish

Explainer: what is electronic skin?

Once a topic explored exclusively in science fiction, the notion of restoring sensory feelings to humans and to machines is now approaching reality. Scientists around the world are developing artificial…
Gentle physical contact activates a special type of nerve cell linked to emotion. Gentle physical contact activates a special type of nerve cell linked to emotion. Jonathan McPherskesen/Flickr

Nerves of endearment: how a gentle touch affects emotions

A soft and tender caress between two people can trigger a flood of emotions, and now we may have some idea why. Research published in Neuron today suggests that certain sensory nerve cells, known as C…

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Catfish hunts by detecting pH changes

A species of catfish locates its prey by sensing tiny changes in seawater pH. John Caprio from Louisiana State University…

Better understanding of the brain’s sensory signals

New research into how the brain processes conflicting sensory signals has found that neurons have a way of applying the correct…