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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Deja pue? 

Scientific investigation into the occurrence of deja vu has been pretty sparse. The main prevailing theory, that information from one eye might sometimes reach the brain's processing centers before information from the other eye, has little real evidence behind it. University of Leeds researchers have, amazingly, found evidence of deja vu-like phenomena in blind subjects, forcing them to reconsider the very term itself (blind people being famously inept at the whole vu bit).

The subjects seem to be having the deja-whatever sensation from aural, olfactory, and tactile stimuli. This is really cool.

Unrelatedly, a Harvard cohort study suggests that eating bacon five days a week might up your bladder cancer risk. Ditto for skinless chicken. There seems to be all kinds of confounding in the study, but maybe it's a good excuse to switch to the (tastier) skin-on variety of chicken.

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