1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

The nerve of them, I don't like the sound of this...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/070307075703.htm

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Danish scientists challenge the accepted scientific views of how nerves function and of how anesthetics work. Their research suggests that action of nerves is based on sound pulses and that anesthetics inhibit their transmission.
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If, however, the medium in which the sound propagates has the right properties, it is possible to create localized sound pulses, known as "solitons", which propagate without spreading and without changing their shape or losing their strength.

The membrane of the nerve is composed of lipids, a material that is similar to olive oil. This material can change its state from liquid to solid with temperature. The freezing point of water can be lowered by the addition of salt. Likewise, molecules that dissolve in membranes can lower the freezing point of membranes. The scientists found that the nerve membrane has a freezing point, which is precisely suited to the propagation of these concentrated sound pulses. Their theoretical calculations lead them to the same conclusion: Nerve pulses are sound pulses.
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This points out one of the things I don't like about scientists, rather than keep an open mind they pump dogma and burn anyone who disagrees in a fire of disdain. If anyone had said nerve impulses traveled by sound they would have been banned from using the secret science handshake.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 8th, 2007 10:52am
Propagate without spreading?
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
March 8th, 2007 10:55am
muffin tops. they do that.
Permalink $-- 
March 8th, 2007 11:03am
Now you're just being mean.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 8th, 2007 11:06am
> The scientists found that the nerve membrane has a freezing point, which is precisely suited to the propagation of these concentrated sound pulses.

Does that mean that when I work out at the gym, I get dumber because my nerves heat up and are less able to propagate nerve waves?

Or do I get dumber for a different reason? :)
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 8th, 2007 11:12am
I remember years ago noticing that the quoted speed for nerve impuse speed was the same as the speed of sound. I just assumed it was coincidence.

I also remember one of my physics lecturers pointing out that the characteristics of the heat sensors in a rattlesnake were the same as that of a bolometer.
Permalink Billx 
March 8th, 2007 11:53am
And a bolometer would be...?  Something that measures the length of a 'bolo'?

Something that measures the fat content of a bologna sandwich?

Something that measures how sexy a Bollero was being danced?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 8th, 2007 12:06pm
Okay, so it measures incident radiation, and was invented by Langley (of Smithsonian fame) in 1878.

And this applies to sound how?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 8th, 2007 12:09pm
"If anyone had said nerve impulses traveled by sound..."

That explains why I keep hearing these weird noises when I lift my arm...
Permalink Practical Geezer 
March 8th, 2007 1:01pm

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