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    Strange Science: Tardigrades

    by  • March 23, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Tardigrade

    Tardigrades, aka water bears or moss piglets, have experienced a recent upsurge in popularity. They’re tiny little critters (only about 0.5 millimeters, or 0.02 inches), and scientists have known about them since the eighteenth century. But despite scientists studying them for hundreds of years, there’s plenty we are still learning about tardigrades. For example,...

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    Strange Science: Ketamine For Treating Depression

    by  • March 9, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Molecular structure of ketamine

    Scientists have recently been studying the possible use of ketamine as a fast-acting treatment for depression, particularly major depressive disorder and bipolar depression. Ketamine is predominantly used as a medication for starting and maintaining anesthesia, for humans and domestic animals. It has also been used as a recreational drug. But with low, subanesthetic doses,...

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    Strange Science: Plants Under Sedation

    by  • February 23, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Closed flower bud

    We know that plants are alive, but did you know that they can be sedated with the same drugs used to sedate humans? Scientists have recently published a study in the Annals of Botany that details their experiments on the effects of a variety of drugs on pea plants. “Under anesthetics, the physical properties of...

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    Strange Science: Cloned Monkeys

    by  • February 9, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Berber monkeys

    These monkeys are just as shocked as we are that that some of their cousins have been cloned! Using the same technology that allowed for the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, Chinese scientists have now created identical long-tailed macaques named Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong. While monkeys have been cloned previously using a...

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    Strange Science: Resurrection via Stem Cells?

    by  • February 2, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Neurons rendered in black and white

    A research team in Pennsylvania hopes to experiment with injecting stem cells into the spinal column of brain-dead individuals to see if it will restore them to functionality. The stem cells aren’t the only method that will be used–“an injected protein blend, electrical nerve stimulation, and laser therapy directed at the brain” are other...

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    Strange Science: Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality?

    by  • January 19, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Hypernom

    Alien geometry is a common trope in cosmic horror. You can’t swing a dead eldritch horror without hitting geometry that is “abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.” But what does that look like? Some mathematicians and game designers have worked to make exploring strange geometry fun. There’s certainly...

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