Archive | May, 2013

Translating teenage grunts

Linguistics of adolescent phonetics If you don’t get it, then I just have one thing to say and it’s: “A voiced alveolar stop and breathy-voiced low-back unrounded vowel, with advanced tongue root” – duuuuh… (That latter words is described by James Harbeck in his accompanying article as aiming to sound as stupid as possible. Of […]

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A design for life

As the average age of the population goes up with people surviving many years more than their allegorical three score years and ten, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of senile dementia will rise too. Many people can suffer symptoms for many years and yet live independent lives or at least with minimal […]

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Dexmedetomidine may be an effective treatment option for opioid-induced hyperalgesia

We know that,  Dexmedetomidine (trade names Precedex, Dexdor) is a sedative medication used by intensive care units and anesthetists. It is relatively unusual in its ability to provide sedation without causing respiratory depression. Like clonidine, it is an agonist of α2-adrenergic receptors in certain parts of the brain.  It is the S-enantiomer of medetomidine, used in veterinary medicine. The drug has been developed by Orion Pharma… Now researchers have reported that, Dexmedetomidine may […]

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How did feathers evolve?

Carl Zimmer offered some insights at TED-Ed into how dinosaurs got their plumage and evolved into the flying birds, excellent birds, we see today. This is witty animation plucks up the courage to fill in the gaps. On an entirely unrelated note, I wrote a song about flight, which you can hear on my SoundCloud […]

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