Les denne: A Short History of Nearly Everything av Bill Bryson

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Wherever you go in the world, whatever animal, plant, bug or blob you look at, if it is alive, it will use the same dictionary and know the same code. All life is one. – Matt Ridley


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Remarkably, we are quite closely related to fruit and vegetables. About half the chemical functions that take place in a banana are fundamentally the same as the chemical functions that take place in you.

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NeuroSky to offer thought control without those pesky brain implants – Engadget – www.engadget.com

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NeuroSky to offer thought control without those pesky brain implants – Engadget – www.engadget.com: “NeuroSky (a fab(u)less startup of US chip designers and Russian neuroscientists chillin’ in NorCal) claims a “breakthrough” in non-invasive neural sensors allowing low-cost, dry (no contact gels) neural mapping solutions to be applied to those things you’d most like to mind control (spouse, voters, TV, game console, cellphone).”

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Scientists study space hibernation – Space.com – MSNBC.com

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Scientists study space hibernation – Space.com – MSNBC.com: “Biggiogera and his colleagues were able to create a hibernationlike state in cell cultures using a substance called DADLE, which has opiumlike properties and is similar to a family of molecules produced in the human brain.

In cells, DADLE reduced proliferation and the transcription of genetic material, effectively putting the cells to sleep.

‘The most interesting thing is that you can reverse everything by taking the molecule away,’ Biggiogera said. ‘At least in cell cultures, you reduce the risk of side effects.'”

Scientists develop ‘hibernation on demand’ – LiveScience – MSNBC.com

Can somebody please inject some of this stuff into Bush, perhaps 50 years worth?

Scientists develop ‘hibernation on demand’ – LiveScience – MSNBC.com: “Using a natural chemical that humans and other animals produce in their bodies, scientists have for the first time induced hibernation in mammals, putting mice into a state similar to suspended animation for up to six hours and then bringing them back to normal life.

The breakthrough suggests that humans along with other mammals might harbor a mostly unused ability to hibernate on demand. Further research into the phenomenon could lead to medical advances, such as buying time for humans awaiting an organ transplant, scientists said.

‘We are, in essence, temporarily converting mice from warm-blooded to cold-blooded creatures, which is exactly the same thing that happens naturally when mammals hibernate,’ said lead researcher Mark Roth of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

During the induced hibernation, cells virtually stopped working, reducing the rodents’ need for oxygen.

‘We think this may be a latent ability that all mammals have — potentially even humans — and we’re just harnessing it and turning it on and off, inducing a state of hibernation on demand,’ Roth said.”

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Flies

ABC News: Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Flies

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Apr 8, 2005 – Yale University researchers say their study that used lasers to create remote-controlled fruit flies could lead to a better understanding of overeating and violence in humans.

Using the lasers to stimulate specific brain cells, researchers say they were able to make the flies jump, walk, flap their wings and fly.

Even headless flies took flight when researchers stimulated the correct neurons, according to the study, published in the April 7 issue of the journal Cell.

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

In a culture that hails mobile phones and plasma-screen televisions as the great innovations of our time, Smith is gloriously out of step. She designs medical devices and labor-saving machines for people who live at the far end of dirt roads in Africa. Her inventions cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few pennies. ”You can’t understand how important a grain mill is,” she says, ”until you’ve spent three hours pounding grain and gotten a cup and a half of flour.” It is this kind of understanding — of tedium, of tired muscles, of hunger pangs — that Smith brings to her work.