Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Special (Picture of the Day: 2/14/13)

Face massage. Source

In honor of Valentine's day, I thought I'd bring you this news story. Apparently, scientists have discovered the neurons in mice that respond to gentle, stroking touch. These scientists believe that these neurons may explain why animals like mice, cats, and humans enjoy grooming each other. Alan Basbaum from the University of California San Francisco even went so far as to say that this new discovery could even lead, one day, to a sort of "massage pill" that makes these neurons fire as if the person were getting a massage. Ultimately, this research has only been done with mice, but it seems likely that humans have similar neurons. Just remember, giving a gentle massage to that "special someone" can be a very good bonding experience this Valentine's day.
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