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 works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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