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VibriSee: Ain't Those The Cat's Whiskers?

Reflective lights and clothing let bicyclists be seen at night, but one invention, created by students at California State University Long Beach, went a few steps further.... They created VibriSee, cat-like whiskers for your bike that make the bike and the biker more visible in daylight as well as at night.  And though the whiskers may look like a cat's, their biomimetic functions are actually more like peacocks, rodents, octopuses, and ctenophores.


Oxytocin: Not Just A Sex Hormone, But A 'Bonding Agent'

You know that 'love at first sight' thing?  Much of that feeling, including the feeling of sexual arousal, is due to the hormone oxytocin (not to be confused with the drug 'oxycodone'), which is produced by the hypothalmus and released by the pituitary gland.  Researchers at the University of Tokyo recently performed experiments with dogs applying an oxytocin spray to their noses, and learned that the hormone has other effects besides sexual arousal.

Can't Stand The Heat? Hug A Tree

Trees are a common hangout for many animals and insects. Under them, on top of them, next to them, around them, trees may be habitats or just places to go for temporary respite.  For some creatures trees are a source of food or a sharpening tool for their beaks, claws, or teeth. Some trees provide shade and shelter. Others provide a hiding place for certain animals.  Researchers at James Cook University in Australia recently learned of another function of trees, which they reported in the June issue of Biology Letters.

Live And In Color, McGill Neuroscientists Prove Famous Hebbian Theory Is Correct

In 1949, Donald Olding Hebb, a psychologist at McGill University proposed this theory: "Cells that fire together, wire together. Cells that fire out of sink, lose their link."  Sixty-five years later, neuroscientists from the same university, along with those from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, have finally seen the Hebbian Theory in real time, in real living creatures, in action, and in color.

Probiotic Pet Spray Claims To Keep The Vets Away

Derma Pet Pro, a new probiotic spray for pets, debuted today on Amazon.com.  It's an exciting new product for us pet lovers and owners, as it promises to keep everything from fleas to ear mites off your pet, cure his bad breath, and perform several other miracles..  And you have nothing to loose, as it comes with a 100 percent money back guarantee if it fails to meet its claims.  Here's how it works...

Of Mice And Men: Study Finds Mice Stressed Out By Male Researchers

... It was found that the male researchers and their (worn) t-shirts brought on stress responses from the mice equivalent to 'forced stress' responses, such as restraining the mice in a tube for 15 minutes or forcing them to swim for 3 minutes....

Researchers Learn Optimal Working Conditions For Therapy Dogs

More and more, dogs are being used in the management of human health and rehabilitation situations. Dogs are trained to help blind persons identify visual cues in their sphere, to help hearing-impaired persons identify auditory cues, to be companions to heart patients and cancer patients, and buddies to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder and other debilitative conditions.... But what needs do therapy dogs have to keep them happy and alert?  Specifically, what can humans do to reduce any stress these dogs might experience?

Saving Hands With Salmon Eggs: Restorsea's Innovative Hand Repairing Treatment

Not only are salmon delicious, you can now use them to restore your hands. An innovative hand treatment harnesses salmon-egg enzymes to give your hands a total makeover.

Department Of Agriculture Is Fostering Innovation And Enterprise

For those of us that don't really know what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been up to lately, the Department has announced its innovative initiatives and patents acquired during fiscal year 2013, and I think you'll find some of its activities pretty impressive. And did you know that the USDA might even be a resource to get one of your own inventions off the ground?

New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.