Fossil flies from what is now Denmark reveal some striking similarities between insect eyes 54 million years ago, and our own vision today.
Our sense of touch lets us know how hard or soft something is, how solid or pliable it is to handle. That's an important skill if you want robots to handle things safely.
As climatic conditions change, plants’ odours are altered, with direct consequences for pollination, especially by bees.
New research involving temporary 'finger amputations’ raises hope for more effective stroke rehabilitation.
As we get older, the way we experience taste can change drastically – but it's not all down to one sense.
Would you rather lose your sense of touch or your vision? Here are the pros and cons of each, according to science.
Your brain's sensory talents go way beyond those traditional five senses. A team of geoscientists and neurobiologists explored how the human brain monitors and responds to magnetic fields.
Our ability to smell is a function of the brain, so it makes sense that an impaired sense of smell can point to cognitive decline. The good news is training our noses may be effective.
Virtual reality can be more than a mirror that gives you a realistic simulation of the current world: it can bring the past into the present.
The parts of the brain that get 'smell signals' from the nose also do other things, such as storing memories or provoking emotions. That is why some smells can bring back old memories.
Smelling odours that aren't there can be annoying. It can also be a sign of a serious underlying condition.
Blind people don't have superhuman ears but their brains can rewire themselves to give them an edge over those who can see.
Print advertising increasingly makes use of linguistic and visual syneasthesia to create multisensory experiences.
Researchers are training dogs to detect lung cancer in breath and saliva samples, with the aim of developing early-detection screening and a functional “electronic nose” for diagnosing lung cancer.
Compounds in your breath could help AI detect illnesses, including different cancers.
Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.
Perhaps you've noticed something unusual in the bathroom after you consume this healthy spring vegetable. A Speed Read explains there's two parts to the stinky puzzle: production and perception.
Rather than trying to out-compete each other, flowers may work together to attract bees en masse. It's the sort of approach that is effective in the world of advertising too.
People have wondered for years and scientists still don't know for sure.
Many living vertebrates have the ability to detect electric fields, especially in other animals when hunting. But what can the fossil record tell us about the origins of this sensory system?