Beyond The Basic Five

September 2016

Featured Stories

Sensory Biology Around the Animal Kingdom
Sensory Biology Around the Animal Kingdom

From detecting gravity and the Earth’s magnetic field to feeling heat and the movement of water around them, animals can do more than just see, smell, touch, taste, and hear.




Meet some of the people featured in the September 2016 issue of The Scientist


Speaking of Science


Multiple Sclerosis: Is Yawning a Warning?

Neuropsychologist Simon Thompson found a possible link between yawning and multiple sclerosis. So what better way to get under the skin of his research than volunteering to take part in one of his experiments?

Smart Skin Enables Magnetoreception

Researchers develop a wearable technology that can detect magnetic fields and translate the signal into a visual display—a first step toward equipping humans with an entirely new sense.

The Flower Sense of Hawkmoths

The pollinators of a wild tobacco plant use the tip of their proboscis to determine whether they should stop for a drink.

Critic at Large

Thought Experiment

Opinion: Acquiring Extra Senses

Animals’ diverse sensory abilities will guide a technology-based revolution that gives humans perception beyond our natural senses.

Modus Operandi

The Literature


Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools


Reading Frames


ESP on Trial

In the 1930s, parapsychologist Joseph Banks Rhine aimed to use scientific methods to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception, but faced criticisms of dubious analyses and irreproducible results.