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For centuries, we've noted the importance of improving one's natural senses. "That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet," lamented Juliet famously in Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." But a rose—or anything else—will only smell as sweet as your senses allow it. Our senses are incredibly complex, and all five of them work together to inform and educate us about the world. They are interconnected, designed to work with one another, and move through phases of efficiency throughout our lives. Some factors affecting the efficiency of our senses are beyond our control, such as age or illness.

But there are ways in which we can improve our senses, making the world around us come alive with sounds, smells or sights we may once not have been picked up on. Our sixth sense tells us that you might find some of the tips here useful.

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Prosthetic hands that feed signals directly into the nervous system could soon let people who have lost an arm reconnect with the world through touch Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25008-natural-sense-of-touch-restored-with-bionic-hand.html
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Meditating on an object or thought during yoga meditation is a great way to become aware of all the senses. Learn more about focusing on an object during yoga meditation and relaxation with tips from a fitness instructor in this free yoga video. Expert: Cassie Naumann Bio: Cassie Naumann developed the styles of Lyenger, Ashtanga, Viny, and Hatha Yoga. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA
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Hearing aids as we know them are about to take a technological leap forward thanks to a new system devised by students from Argentina. Anthony shows us what how their invention works and how it might change lives. Watch More: Imagine Cup 2013 Winner: SEED: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fpQ-rMRBIQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUQXR8pItA More from the Imagine Cup Games: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1BIsPTsFJE Phone App Detects Malaria: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0aEGd3HY9c ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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If you played a lot of video games growing up, it's likely that your parents told you that sitting too close to the screen is hurting your vision. Well, Tara is here to report on new research showing that playing video games can actually improve your vision! Follow DNews on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dnews Follow Tara on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/taralongest Watch Tara on Rev3Games: http://www.youtube.com/rev3games Read More: Vision Hack: How Video Games Can Help Improve Poor Eyesight http://mind-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/vision-hack-video-games-can-help-improve-poor-eyesight-0155097/ "If you're one of the lucky people who received the gift of terrible eyesight from your parents at a young age, chances are you ate an awful lot of carrots growing up." The Effect of Video Game Training on the Vision of Adults with Bilateral Deprivation Amblyopia http://psych.mcmaster.ca/maurerlab/Publications/Jeon_VideoGames.pdf "Amblyopia is a condition involving reduced acuity caused by abnormal visual imput during a critical period beginning shortly after birth." How Video Games Could Improve Our Vision http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/science/how-video-games-could-improve-our-vision.html?pagewanted=all&_r=3& "The developmental psychologist Daphne Maurer made headlines this year with research suggesting that people born with cataracts could improve their eyesight by playing Medal of Honor, the 'first-person shooter' video game." Watch More: Watch Dogs Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgbE1xUgm7M ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Trace Dominguez on Twitter https://twitter.com/tracedominguez Tara Long on Twitter https://twitter.com/TaraLongest Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com Download the TestTube App: http://testu.be/1ndmmMq
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Digital technology has allowed a more customizable fit for hearing aids. Learn about hearing aid fitting and functionality from an audiologist in this free health video. Expert: M.J. DeSousa Contact: www.listenupcanada.com Bio: M.J. DeSousa is Chief Audiologist and one of the founders of ListenUP! and is responsible for staffing and clinical practices, including all Audiology. Filmmaker: Kevin Fletcher
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The comic book character Daredevil revolves around a man who loses one sense, and his other senses are heightened. But what if it was possible to heighten your senses without having to to lose one? Well, Trace is here to tell you that it might be possible, and how simulating blindness could cause you to have better hearing! Read More: Out of LSD? Just 15 Minutes of Sensory Deprivation Triggers Hallucinations http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/10/hallucinations/ "You don't need psychedelic drugs to start seeing colors and objects that aren't really there. Just 15 minutes of near-total sensory deprivation can bring on hallucinations in many otherwise sane individuals." 'Blindness' May Rapidly Enhance Other Senses http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120508152002.htm "Not only is there a real connection between vision and other senses, but that connection is important to better understand the underlying mechanisms that can quickly trigger sensory changes, according to new research." Simulated Blindness Can Lead To Recovery of Hearing Loss http://scienceblog.com/70246/simulated-blindness-can-lead-to-recovery-of-lost-hearing/ "Minimizing a person's sight for as little as a week may help improve the brain's ability to process hearing." Crossmodal Induction of Thalamocortical Potentiation Leads to Enhanced Information Processing in the Auditory Cortex http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S089662731301091X "Sensory systems do not work in isolation; instead they show interactions that are specifically uncovered during sensory loss." Altered Cross-Modal Processing in the Primary Auditory Cortex of Congenitally Deaf Adults: A Visual-Somatosensory fMRI Study with a Double-Flash Illusion http://www.jneurosci.org/content/32/28/9626.abstract?sid=554f9c9c-ec7e-4c33-87a0-3f2416e52e24 "The developing brain responds to the environment by using statistical correlations in input to guide functional and structural changes-that is, the brain displays neuroplasticity." Watch More: How the Blind Sense Light http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdYyhZLG3jo TestTube Wild Card http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-173-how-music-affects-your-brain?utm_source=YT&utm_medium=DNews&utm_campaign=DNWC Bionic Senses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31WqzM5QyQI ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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Bionic tools are no longer restricted to the pages of science fiction literature. Real, amazing advances are being made and promise to transform the way humans experience the world. Trace runs down a list of some of the most exciting bionic inventions to date. Read More: Electronic taste could allow television viewers to sample cookery show creations http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10465142/Electronic-taste-could-allow-television-viewers-to-sample-cookery-show-creations.html "Television viewers could soon taste the food produced by celebrity chefs on cookery programmes thanks to new technology that recreates taste electronically" How technology is slowly developing its sense of smell http://gigaom.com/2013/04/13/how-technology-is-slowly-developing-its-sense-of-smell/ "It's easy to be sniffy about the concept of sending odors through the internet, but researchers are nonetheless hard at work on folding the sense of smell into the digital repertoire." A taste of the future: Bionic eye will receive software updates to enable color vision, increased resolution http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/163308-a-taste-of-the-future-the-usas-first-bionic-eye-will-be-receive-a-software-update-to-enable-color-vision-increased-resolution "Providing us with a delightful glimpse of the future of humanity and bionic implants, Second Sight — the developer of the first bionic eye to receive FDA approval in the US — is currently working on a firmware upgrade that gives users of the Argus II bionic eye better resolution, focus, and image zooming." Scientists may have found the cure for deafness caused by too many rock shows, loud noises http://www.avclub.com/article/scientists-may-have-found-the-cure-for-deafness-ca-103636 "Here's some news that should be exciting to all readers hearing a gentle high-pitched ringing right now: Scientists in Britain think they may have found a cure for deafness caused by loud noises, infections, and toxic drugs." Prosthetic Limbs Offer a Sense of Touch http://theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/technology-topic/prosthetic-limbs-offer-a-sense-of-touch "The sense of touch allows us to process data about our everyday world. Without it, we might have to visually calculate how wide to stretch our fingers each time we reached for the phone or how much pressure to apply when typing on a keyboard. For those with prosthetic limbs, these simplest of tasks are an ongoing struggle." Watch More: Bionic Eye Cures Blindness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh3MaoPVdNM Test Tube Wild Card http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-536-honey-is-magic?utm_source=YT&utm_medium=DNews&utm_campaign=DNWC Why People Taste Differently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ_uyux8i_M ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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The colors in our environment make a major impact on how our food tastes! And it doesn't end there. Trace shows how a bit of color can influence our lives. DNews is a show about the science of everyday life. We post new videos three times a day, every weekday. Watch More http://www.youtube.com/dnewschannel Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzWQYUVCpZqtN93H8RR44Qw?sub_confirmation=1 DNews Twitter https://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni Twitter: https://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green Twitter https://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez Twitter https://twitter.com/trace501 DNews Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DNews DNews Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/106194964544004197170/posts DNews Website http://discoverynews.com/
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    All five senses are used in determining if a taste is "good" or "bad".

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    Appearance and how others perceive a certain food also play a role in taste and popularity.

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Although most people think of taste as one of the five senses, it is actually a complex process that involves not just our mouth and taste buds, but also other parts of the body. Although most people think of taste as one of the five senses, it is actually a complex process that involves not just our mouth and taste buds, but also other parts of the body. The reason why some people think certain foods taste good, and others do not has to do with personal conditioning from the interaction of all five senses in relation to the food that is being consumed. Once food has entered our mouth, the chemical receptors in our taste buds distinguish five distinct flavors namely bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and umami, a Japanese word to express a savory flavor such as roasted meats and soy sauce. Smell is an essential part of our ability to taste different flavors. A 2007 study found that there are taste receptors in the small intestine that can sense sugars and release insulin into a person's bloodstream. While this explains some of our physiological reactions to food, external factors like the appearance of food and how others perceive it also influences how we taste it. For example, when researchers put a drop of red food coloring into white wine, even wine connoisseurs reportedly thought it tasted like red wine. It turns out taste is a far more complex relationship than we originally thought.
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