Seasickness and science: Are your ‘sea legs’ in your brain or your muscles?

8138924-3x2-940x627There’s nothing like the joy of being in a boat on the open sea — fresh air, wind in your hair and… oh wait, the overwhelming urge to throw up.

Sea travel predates the written word and for millennia our ancestors have suffered the ignominy of seasickness. Even the great Charles Darwin was afflicted by it on The Beagle.
Scientists generally agree the best defence against seasickness is the ability to adapt to the motion of a boat or a ship — this is also known as getting your ‘sea legs’.
But there is debate about how we do this.

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Life getting you down? There are always dogs !

image1Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them,
Filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.

They have a particular kindness, gentleness and intuition when it comes to understanding their human friends.
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Five reasons the brain is more idiot than super computer

Our brains can make us afraid of silly things. . .but excited by the genuinely terrifying.

As our understanding of the human brain increases, so too does our reverence for its abilities. But neuroscientist and comedian Dean Burnett says our dearly-held belief that the brain is a “super computer” doesn’t quite stack up.  Dr Burnett is a prolific science blogger and also an author. And the name of his first book — The Idiot Brain — has raised some eyebrows.
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The 14-year-old boy who turned down $44 million

SCCZEN_120516SPLRECMED1_620x310Taylor Rosenthal is a budding Bill Gates. The 14-year-old’s start-up company is so hot, he’s already turned down a $44 million takeover offer.
The high-school student from Alabama is the creator of RecMed, a vending machine that dispenses first aid products.
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