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A lot, it turns out. Some animals can detect forms of energy invisible to us, like magnetic and electrical fields. Others see light and hear sounds well outside the range of human perception.
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Fish have specialized cells that help them detect movement in the water so they don't end up as dinner.
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One of the joys of growing up in the South is that time in the early summer near dusk when fireflies put on their enchanting display. It was practically a rite of passage to catch and place them in a Mason jar with holes poked in the lid.
In this video NPR tackles the questions why do we play, and are we the only ones who play?
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What can "sweet-blind" mice tell us about sugar and our brain?
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The human brain has been compared to a lizard's brain, a jellyfish's brain, and now it is being compared to an ice cream cone.
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It's not just size that matters for brain power.
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This website looks at seven mammal brains and determines if their size is what makes them smarter.
  • The Brain From Top to Bottom
Aiming for a moving target means compensating for your brain's own tardiness.
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Today's New York Times has a nice video showing how stimulating a small set of neurons in the amygdala can turn off a rat's motivation to eat. The stimulation relies on a newly discovered technology called 'optogenetics'.
During development, cells in the retina converge to form the nerve that will transmit visual information to the brain.
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How do we compare to other animals in terms of braininess, and why are researchers still looking for the best brain test?
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