If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then scent, as revealed by a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is in not only a smeller’s nose, but their DNA. Continue reading New Study Reveals How One Person’s ‘Smellscape’ Can Differ From Another’s
It’s difficult to imagine for many people, but for a certain percentage of the human population, music may evoke colors, words stir up flavors or sounds may even curl into shapes. This mash-up of senses is known as synesthesia and has baffled scientists for decades. Now, reports Michael Price at Science, researchers have identified some of the genes that may be responsible for these unusual experiences.
PEOPLE LIKE TO imagine that they’re the pinnacle of evolution, but the animal kingdom suggests otherwise. The discovery that bumblebees use hair on their legs to detect a flower’s electromagnetic field offers another reminder that human senses don’t always measure up. You share the planet with creatures that can smell veins, see colors you can’t imagine, and communicate through their feet. Here are just a few animals with senses sharper than yours.