“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.”—Rita Mae Brown (via psych-comedy)
Harvard biologists have developed oxygen-filled microparticles that can be directly injected into oxygen-deprived patients (like those who aren’t breathing). Rabbits tested with the technology obtained normal blood oxygen within seconds, and were able to survive without a breath for 15 minutes.
Considering that critical brain regions can die within ten minutes of oxygen starvation, and a mere five minutes starvation can lead to brain damage, this could change medical treatment of cardiac arrest.
And I can’t be the only person thinking of how deep someone is going to try and dive underwater using this stuff … right?
“One of the beauties of evolution is that the complexity does not come from complex ideas. The ideas are actually quite simple. You can show on a computer how those simple forces can generate complexity given enough time and enough variation in the environment, which is just what the history of Earth supplies.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson (via sagansense)