G'day again all!
Gotta share these links with you.
I randomly came across two articles in the media that discuss the same thing in different contexts - how our poor brains, when faced with disaster, decide to go "la la la, I'm not listening/seeing/thinking about that!" which then means that we do pretty much exactly the wrong thing for the situation. It also explains why we won't do much about climate change.
Sci Am has contributed a few fantastic articles:
Coeliac disease as a model for auto-immune disease. How do autoimmune diseases (eg rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's disease, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, MS) arise?
Are chemicals in our environment changing the expression of our genes? Why is that important? (Epigenetics is totally fascinating!)
Is perfectionism good or bad?
Nature News has an article suggesting that there are neurons specific for itch but not pain. Gosh I'll be happy if that is true and if there is a drug that can silence the beggars without affecting my brain chemistry!
Ancient trilobite predator or toothless jellyfish eater?
OK that should keep you busy for a while! Lots to think about there!