Skepchick Quickies 1.11.11

  • Pills with a mind of their own – “A main problem with prescriptions is getting patients to follow dosage properly. Technology steps in with some ideas.”
  • Tree-like giant is largest molecule ever made – “With a diameter of 10 nanometres and a mass equal to 200 million hydrogen atoms, this huge molecule festooned with tree-like appendages, paves the way to sophisticated structures capable of storing drugs within their folds, or bonding to a wide variety of different substances.” Via Sophie.
  • To your brain, music is as enjoyable as sex – More realistic title: Music or anticipation or both cause the release of dopamine. From Donnie.
  • Sex, spines, and videotape: Digging up dirt on echidnas – “A team from the University of Tasmania has been using ultrasound and cameras and digging up echidnas near Hobart to learn more about their breeding.” From John.


Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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