Thursday, March 17, 2005

13 things that do not make sense

New Scientist (article)

DON'T try this at home. Several times a day, for several days, you induce pain in someone. You control the pain with morphine until the final day of the experiment, when you replace the morphine with saline solution. Guess what? The saline takes the pain away.

This is the placebo effect: somehow, sometimes, a whole lot of nothing can be very powerful. Except it's not quite nothing. When Fabrizio Benedetti of the University of Turin in Italy carried out the above experiment, he added a final twist by adding naloxone, a drug that blocks the effects of morphine, to the saline. The shocking result? The pain-relieving power of saline solution disappeared.

There is some good stuff in this article. About half of it i already i have heard about, such as the WOW signal. The other half is very interesting, for example, there is evidence that light reacted differently with metals in the past, and that electrons are losing charge.
Strange things abound in this article.

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