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2006-09-07 12:30:00

People who must stay awake for long shifts "“ soldiers, pilots, truckers, students, doctors, parents of newborns "“ may take comfort from new research showing that preventing the gas nitric oxide from building up in the brain may ward off the sleep urge. The research, conducted by investigators from Children's Hospital Boston and the University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland), ties together previous observations about sleep and finds that nitric oxide production in a specific...

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2005-10-13 13:50:00

Discovery could explain why some experience deeper slumber than others Swiss researchers have identified a gene variation that might explain why some of us are sound sleepers, and some are not. "Animal studies suggested that sleep intensity is under genetic control, yet the physiological mechanisms remain unknown," explained study author Hans-Peter Landolt, an associate professor at the University of Zurich. His report appears in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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