Tuesday, October 30, 2012

science is amazing. just read about this last night: when exposed to high but not lethal concentrations of hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg gas), mice can go into a 'hibernation-like' stage, where the body temperature drops and metabolic processes slow down to minimise oxygen use. a paleontologist, Peter Ward, said that it's a mammalian adaptation to exposures to hydrogen sulphide in the past earth's history. it's not yet demonstrated to be succesful in people or larger mammals, but if it is, that would mean significantly reducing the risk for ischaemic damage to body tissues during trauma or procedures done under general anaesthesia! if only..

anyhoo, article talking about it here: what a year! website

*also, i added an Etsy widget on the sidebar on the right showing my favourite items from etsy sellers, but for some reason it doesn't want to show up in Chrome (it works in Firefox).

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