Saturday, December 29, 2007

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Snorting a Brain Chemical Could Replace Sleep

It's been around for a long time it's called Meth.

But a prescribe one is coming soon. A nasal spray of a key brain hormone cures sleepiness in sleep-deprived monkeys. With no apparent side effects, the hormone might be a promising sleep-replacement drug.
In what sounds like a dream for millions of tired coffee drinkers, Darpa-funded scientists might have found a drug that will eliminate sleepiness.
A nasal spray containing a naturally occurring brain hormone called orexin A reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys, allowing them to perform like well-rested monkeys on cognitive tests. The discovery's first application will probably be in treatment of the severe sleep disorder narcolepsy.

Once it's deleted it's gone for ever

Wal-Mart return policies in the news

MP3 Player Father Bought for Daughter, 10, Was Preloaded With Porn
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — A father gave his 10-year-old daughter a Christmas present that would make Santa blush.
Now Daryl Hill wants to know why an MP3 video player he bought at a Wal-Mart in Sparta was preloaded with pornography and explicit songs.
Hill bought three of the players as Christmas presents for his children. He said one of the devices had apparently been returned to the store from a previous owner who loaded sex clips and songs with lyrics about using drugs.
"Within 10 minutes, my daughter was crying," Hill said Thursday. "I wish I could take the thoughts and images out of her head."
Hill questioned why Wal-Mart Stores Inc. would sell used merchandise as new, which he said violates its own policies.
A company spokesman said in an e-mail to WSMV-TV of Nashville that stores are not supposed to return opened packages to the sales floor and that the matter was under investigation.
Hill said he declined Wal-Mart's offer to replace the MP3 player. He said he has already bought his daughter a new one and is hanging onto the controversial one until he talks to a lawyer.

Girl Gets Bizarre Note Instead of iPod
A little girl who thought she was getting an iPod for Christmas ended up getting a rude surprise — the iPod had been replaced with a bizarre note.
The note reads in part "Reclaim your mind from the media shackles."
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Jay Ellis, the girls father, returned the iPod to the Wal-Mart store where he purchased it. The store manger told him that another customer returned an iPod with a similar issue.
MyFoxDC attempted to reach Apple for a comment, but got no response.

Small Bits of News

Put your damn Blackberry away:
Man texting while driving hits, kills a kid.

The man accused of killing a 13-year-old boy in a hit-and-run in Taunton told police he was behind the wheel typing a text message on his cellphone when he lost control of the sport utility vehicle and hit what he thought was a mailbox, a prosecutor said today in court.
Wig didn't fool police

Patrick Joseph Hall, 21, a Moundsville fugitive who managed to elude police for nearly two weeks was arrested in a Bellaire home on Thursday while attempting to conceal his identity with a wig.
Cold burglar returns to crime scene to warm up
Jeremy M. Hart, who was drunk and wearing a Santa hat, robbed a house, then crashed his car into a snowbank, went back to the house, said he was sorry and asked if he could come in because he was cold.