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    Learning a New Sense

    Weizmann Institute researchers find that humans are able to learn to use ""whiskers"" to locate objects in their environment, much as rats do. The findings give new insight into the process of sensing and may point to new avenues in developing aids for the blind.

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    June is Men's Health Month

    Anchored by a Congressional program, Men's Health Month aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment. The Weizmann Institute is benefitting men's health in ways ranging from timely cancer diagnosis to to new insights into emotional behavior.

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    Tears Are a Turnoff

    Prof. Noam Sobel has found that emotional signals are chemically encoded in our tears. He demonstrated that merely sniffing a woman's tears reduces testosterone and sexual arousal in men.

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    Behavioral Changes Seen After Sleep Learning

    Prof. Noam Sobel's lab, which discovered that we can learn in our sleep via conditioning with odor, has now shown that smokers used fewer cigarettes after a night of olfactory training. The study involved exposing the sleeping smokers to the smell of cigarettes paired with rotten eggs or fish.

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    Bats Remember Directions

    Bats - and humans - can find their favorite fruit stand (or coffee shop) even when it's hidden behind a screen or buildings. How? Prof. Nachum Ulanovsky and team have now identified the neurons that point bats in the right direction, even when their destination is obscured. This could shed light on Alzheimer's and other disorders.

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    Less Than Meets the Eye

    Prof. Shimon Ullman and colleagues at MIT found that humans beat computers at identifying partial or grainy images; however, there is a certain point at which everyone becomes unable to recognize the whole picture. The study's results could help develop successful robotic and computer vision systems; creating such systems has been challenging.

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    Scientists from the Weizmann Institute and the University of California at Berkeley discovered that the molecular structure of a substance can help predict how we will perceive its smell.  

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    Science Tips, June 2015

    Three updates from the the Weizmann Institute: colon cancer genes go back before moving forward, providing an opportunity for clinical intervention; UV light helps pinpoint why stars that explode as supernovas blow up in the first place; and identifying a personal olfactory ""fingerprint"" that could help screen organ donors and detect diseases such as Alzheimer's.