Online v. print reading: which one makes us smarter?

“It’s no mystery that publications have been taking a beating as more and more people read their news on the Net. But there’s a catch. The online info may be instant and abundant — and in many cases free — but it may come at a cost, says a new study published in the Journal of Research in Reading. [More]

“Online v. print reading: which one makes us smarter?”, Scientific American – Official RSS Feed

General Anesthesia: Sleep During Surgery, Wake up in Pain

“Researchers studying the effects of general anesthesia recently made a startling discovery: the drugs used to knock out patients during surgery may lead to increased pain when they wake up. [More]

“General Anesthesia: Sleep During Surgery, Wake up in Pain [News]”, Scientific American – Official RSS Feed

Controversial New Idea: Nerves Transmit Sound, Not Electricity

Controversial New Idea: Nerves Transmit Sound, Not Electricity
“Nerves transmit sound waves through your body, not electrical pulses, according to a controversial new study that tries to explain the longstanding mystery of how anesthetics work.”

Ok, this is really radical, but the reason I’m publishing this here is because I have real interest in finding how anaesthetics work.

Study: Nicotine Increasing in Cigarettes

Study: Nicotine Increasing in Cigarettes: “Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say they have confirmed a study by the state that found nicotine levels in cigarettes increased from 1997 until 2005.”

Like my friend Andrew said: “They were just improving their product.” 😮

Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers

Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers: “It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their ‘immortality'”

This certainly puts a new perspective on the cancer and its cure. Two things come of this for me: No human laws are written on stone. In this case cancer growth is dependant on the metabolism of the cells, not just genetics as scientists have affirmed until now. The other thing, is that I hope that this drug continues to be “cheap”.

Parasite turns women into ‘sex kittens’

Parasite turns women into ‘sex kittens’ – Yahoo!7 News: A common parasite can increase a women’s attractiveness to the opposite sex but also make men more stupid, an Australian researcher says.”

Please ignore the title of this news item and read the full article by following the link. I think I’ll start a vegetarian diet…

Aurora Over Iowa

APOD: 2006 December 18 – Aurora Over Iowa: Last Thursday evening, stars were not the only lights in Iowa skies. Spectacular northern lights also shone from the heavens, extending across the midwestern USA and other locations not often graced with auroral displays. The wide-ranging auroral activity was triggered as a large solar flare – an energetic cloud of particles blasted outward from the Sun a few days earlier – collided with planet Earth’s magnetosphere. Alerted to conditions ripe for aurora, photographer Stan Richard recorded this apparition over Saylorville Lake, near Des Moines, Iowa, USA. While the colorful rays seem to end just above the water, they are actually at altitudes of 100 kilometers or more.”

There are some amazing pictures of space and sky on this site. Click on the link to view an amazing picture.