Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Speaking of things moving into new places (sortof), West Point student Alexander Raggio won the Brig. Gen. Carroll E. Adams Award for his senior thesis arguing against the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and its ban on gays in the military. Good job Alexander!
Wake Forest researchers have found that nitric oxide seems to enhance brain awareness, in a sense helping the brain 'boot up' to process sensory and possibly other information. This is pretty cool stuff, and likely just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of what this relatively recently-discovered neurotransmitting compound can do.
Other brain proteins have been implicated in anxiety and alcohol consumption in rats: CREB-controlled gene BDNF seems to act in the amygdala to reduce anxiety and alcohol consumption. Very interesting!