This post is unlike other posts I have done, but I thought that with this week’s news cycle, a lot of really cool science was either published or reported on and it was likely overshadowed by rogue bombings, a Facebook scandal and President Orange + Co. So, without further ado, check out these amazing articles, a handful of scientific and medical breakthroughs, that have recently not been given the attention they deserve. Think of it as a little positivity and distraction from the rollercoaster of craziness.
#1: The Neuroscience of LSD Unlocks the Doors of Self-Perception: Cutting-edge LSD research may lead to new treatments for psychiatric disorders.
This article is a continuation on the evolving topic of psychedelics and their role in correcting mental health disorders, such as depression. If you are unfamiliar with the research, I recommend googling psilocybin trials and depression (also MDMA and ketamine). This article brings to light the latest LSD trials, and as far as I’ve read, the thoroughest research that has been done on human participants using the drug. According to the article, this research may have implications on future drug production that can help with diseases like schizophrenia. One thing that always stands out when I read on topics like this, is how far we are from even somewhat understanding the human brain and all it’s intricacies. Similarly, I’m enthralled with how far we have come and I am excited to see what the future holds in this area of psychological study.
#2: Macular degeneration: ‘I’ve been given my sight back’
#2.5: ‘Revolutionary’ Nano-Drops can help banish eyeglasses, Israeli researchers say
2 & 2.5 are both about eyes…. Fixing bad eyes so they can see. Seriously, though!? Eye drops that get rid of glasses and stem cells that fix blindness. Getting old might be tolerable by the time I get there! Add some 3D printed knees to the mix and I might be able to rip the slopes up ’til I’m 100! Well, if there is still snow to ski on then… Here’s to wishing the nuclear radiation doesn’t effect the yearly snowpack.
#3: Stephen Hawking’s ‘breathtaking’ final multiverse theory completed two weeks before he died
Talk about a mic drop. This dude did the most incredible things. Can you imagine writing a paper on anything without a pen or a computer to type on… Writing a blog post by hand would be a task in and of itself and I’d probably end up just not writing it… Now, how about publishing a new theory on multiverses backed by mathematics while being unable to move? GANGSTA SHIT. I’d say RIP, but Stephen would robotically be like, “Dane, I am dead. There is no place I will be rest-ing. My body is going to decompose and fertilize the so-il.” And, I’d be like, “You’re so smart, Mr. Hawking.” So, in conclusion, although it is sad to lose one of the greatest minds of our time, at least he left something rad for us to remember him by and a new theory for future scientists to further evolve.
#4: Turns Out Coffee Acts on Your Brain Like Cannabis, But in Reverse
And, then there is this… As a consumer of, umm, coffee… and copious amounts of it. I found this to be rather interesting.
Oh, and lastly, what the fuck was that thing in Annihilation… That movie was nuts.
Cheers 🤙 ,