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22 April 2005 @ 12:48 pm
Edited again 12:57 PM  
Science: The day may soon come when humans will be able to hibernate in suspended animation a la every other science fiction movie ever. [/.] The worrying part is the use of hydrogen sulfide as the primary agent, a chemical known for being fatal in dose of 100 ppm.

Not Science, but More Important: Microsoft withdraws support for a Washington bill that would "protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in employment, housing, banking, insurance, and other matters by adding sexual orientation to a state law which already bars discrimination". The bill was defeated yesterday, 25-24. Additional coverage at NY Times

Happy fucking Earth day, people.
 
 
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lyght on April 22nd, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
The suspended animation thing? Some folks studied some buddhists (Mahayana? Can't remember) who went into the state of no-mind and found that they flatlined, at least to the sensitivity of the instruments that were used. I can't remember if other functions ceased too, but I would assume so given that the brain regulates all that. Leary talked a bit about the possibility of teaching oneself to hibernate, too. Using a chemical agent would just make it easier for anyone to do without years of mind training. And we all know how much we hate mind training.