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Could You Look Down from 24 Miles Up and Jump? Felix Baumgartner Just Did

DID YOU WATCH! Did your heart pound, your palms get sweaty, your muscles tense! Did you join the millions around the world gripped by fear and tension as Felix Baumgartner rose to more than 24 miles in a balloon-lifted capsule, opened the door (OH MY GOD!) stood out on the bar outside with a camera over his head looking down (OH MY GOD!!!!!),…AND JUMPED!!!!!!!!!!!...

October 14, 2012 — David Ropeik

NASA Plans to Commercialize a Nasal Spray for Motion Sickness

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...

October 12, 2012 — John Matson

#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...

STAFFOctober 11, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Complex Brains Existed 520 Million Years Ago in Cockroach Relative

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...

October 10, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Rhythms of the Solomons

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 .

October 10, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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