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Most Dangerous Drug In The World November 21, 2007

Posted by Lauren in Science.
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The most dangerous drug in the world is a colorless, odorless, tasteless drug known as  Scopolamine.  Check out the facts taken from the site below:

1.) Scopolamine was used as a chemical defense in cocaine cases: This is because the chemical formula for cocaine, C17H21NO4, is identical to that of Scopolamine. Both have the same molecular formula but have differing structures, causing the different effects of each drug.
2.) In a 1963 Supreme Court Case, Townsend vs. Sain, it was concluded that “serum-induced confession” was a form of torture and therefore unconstitutional. The ruling was based on the confessions of Townsend, whose admissions were made under the influence of Scopolamine.
3.) In 1922 it occurred to Robert House, a Dallas, Texas obstetrician, that the drug scopolamine could be employed in the interrogation of suspected criminals. Scopolamine was later used by Dr. House on criminals under interrogation in Dallas. His experiment attracted wide attention, and the idea of a “truth” drug was thus launched upon the public consciousness.
4.) In the early 1920’s, a Dallas obstetrician named Dr. Robert House concluded that Scopolamine could be used to interrogate criminals, based on his experiences with women under the influence of the drug. Dr House was later allowed to conduct experiments with the drug on criminals in interrogation, which received wide attention, catapulting the idea of a “truth serum” into public consciousness.
5.) Treatment with scopolamine hydrobromide blocks muscarinic cholinergic receptors and produces a rapid, robust antidepressant response in depressed patients with unipolar or bipolar depression, Maura L. Furey, Ph.D., reported at an international congress sponsored by the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry -http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-166189623.html
6.) Early in this century physicians began to employ scopolamine, along with morphine and chloroform, to induce a state of “twilight sleep” during childbirth. In this twilight sleep, doctors noticed patients answered questions accurately and provided exceptionally candid answers.
-Reuters via cursor.org.
7.) Scopolamine was one of a number of drugs used in a now declassified secret CIA program to discover mind control drugs. The project was known as Project MK Ultra. -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA
8.) Scopolamine is often taken as one half of a medication known as “ScopeDex,” which is a combination of Scopolamine and Dexedrine. It is given to astronauts and people in similar training to prevent nausea and vomiting.


What’s New Pussy Cat? November 21, 2007

Posted by Lauren in Adorable, Science.
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Nature has it’s own way of making things right and in turn making things, well interesting.  Check out the image below of the kitten born with three eyes and two faces.  Pretty trippy if you ask me:

Space Odyssey… August 16, 2007

Posted by Lauren in Photography, Science, Technology.
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Astronomers have been lucky enough to photograph the tail of a comet behind a star in space.  Apparently nothing like this has even been seen around a star and it has NASA folk in an uproar.  Check out the corresponding link here.