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A new product designed to fight motion sickness promises to put the “NASA” back in “nasal spray.”The space agency announced October 12 that it had signed an agreement with a pharmaceutical company to develop, test and bring to market a nasal gel designed to ward off queasiness from spaceflight, as well as from more mundane travel.The active ingredient, scopolamine, is about as effective as antihistamines (such as dimenhydrinate, used in Dramamine) in preventing motion sickness, but carries less risk of common side effects such as drowsiness, according to a recent Cochrane Review...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - venomous mammal not extinct, cell phones track malaria, Ada Lovelace, academic parents, and more.
- Kate Clancy - Personal Agency, My Arse: Policy, Not Agency, Needed to Improve Outcomes for Academic Parents - John R. Platt - Solenodon: ‘Extinct’ Venomous Mammal Rediscovered in Cuba after 10-Year Search - Judy Stone - Book Review: The Breast Cancer Checklist - David Bressan - Book Review: An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience - Khalil A...
#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - attention, chemistry Nobel, waterless fracking, singing mice, smart cockroaches, and more.
Today we present both the Image of the Week and the Video of the Week.- John McCarthy - How the brain does “attention” is still unknown - Ashutosh Jogalekar - G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) win 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Jason G...
My high school biology teacher once told me that nothing was binary in biology except for alive and dead, and pregnant and not pregnant. Any other variation, he said, existed along a continuum...
Your everyday cockroach might not seem terribly intelligent. But new fossil evidence from 520 million years ago suggests that this insidious insect might have had some surprisingly smart early ancestors.Cockroaches and other insects belong to a group called the arthropods, which arose some 540 million years ago...
Video of the Week #64 October 10th, 2012: From: Rhythms of the Solomons - A Stunning Harmony Between Island People and Marine Life by Carin Bondar at PsiVid .
"Big" me. "Little" me. Watch these two versions of me--which are really the same size--explain why I appear petite in one place on screen and large in another.
Sci is over at Neurotic Physiology today, looking at a study on singing in the general population. Is singing a generalized human trail? Or is it just for the talented?
Image of the Week #63, October 10th, 2012: From: De Loys' Ape by David Bressan at History of Geology .
Humans can focus on one thing amidst many. “Searchlight of attention” is the metaphor. You recall a childhood friend’s face one moment, then perhaps the dog you loved back then, and then…what you will...
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