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Written By: grant on August 14, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American has more on the weird quantum effects that make consciousness go bye-bye:

General anaesthetics may extinguish consciousness through mysterious quantum biological effects that cause subtle changes in the electronic state of proteins, rather than through ‘conventional’ pharmacological mechanisms such as directly interfering with receptors or ion channels, new research proposes.

The work, carried [...]

Written By: grant on August 13, 2014 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment reveals recent findings (as cannabis becomes easier to research) that the marijuana plant might make better supercapacitors than the “wonder material” graphene:

David Mitlin explains that supercapacitors are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today’s rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over [...]

Written By: grant on May 19, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily pokes a hole in the optimism around electronic cigarettes with findings that they’re really not that different from the kind you light and burn:

The devices, which are rapidly gaining a foothold in popular culture particularly among youth, are marketed as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking, as an effective tool to stop [...]

Written By: grant on April 10, 2014 No Comment

ABC (the Australian network) muses on the next generation… wondering why the kids are avoiding alcohol nowadays:

The findings of a survey of more than 2,500 young people published today in the medical journal Addiction shows half of Australian teens do not drink.

Between 2001 and 2010 the number of teens aged 14 to 17 [...]

Written By: grant on March 17, 2014 No Comment

The New York Times looks at the first new research into LSD therapy in four decades:

“I’d never taken the drug before, so I was feeling — well, I think the proper word for it, in English, is dread,” said Peter, 50, an Austrian social worker, in a telephone interview; he asked that his [...]

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Written By: grant on March 13, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has promising research from Notre Dame in the fight against antibiotic-resistant germs – a new class of chemicals that should kill bacteria like MRSA, the “super bug”:

The new class, called oxadiazoles, was discovered in silico (by computer) screening and has shown promise in the treatment of MRSA in mouse models of [...]

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Written By: grant on March 12, 2014 No Comment

The New York Times investigates the strange history of American antibiotics – and how the medicine hailed as a “superdrug” in the 1940s might have made us an overweight nation:

And yet, scientists still could not explain the mystery of antibiotics and weight gain. Nor did they try, really. According to Luis Caetano M. Antunes, [...]

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Written By: grant on February 12, 2014 No Comment

Nature explains the unusual effects that chloride ions can have on our developing brains, and what that means for a drug that seems to help autistic kids socialize:

The findings, reported today in Science, do not suggest that autism spectrum disorders can be prevented in children. But researchers not involved in the study say [...]

Written By: grant on January 15, 2014 No Comment

And your mood, of course, but Laboratory Equipment doesn’t get into that. No, all they focus on is the boost caffeine gives your long-term memory:

Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his team of scientists found that caffeine has a [...]

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