Virginia state legislators just passed a bill that makes cannabidiol and delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid (THC-acid or THCA) legal for the treatment of intractable epilepsy. You can read the bill here.

The problem is that while there is some evidence that cannabidiol might help treat intractable epilepsy, for which GW pharmaceuticals is testing Epidolex, there is little evidence for THCA.
The TransAsia GE235 Accident - The Taxi, the Transmission Lines and the FDR - some details

The skills of the pilots of GE235 have been questioned.  The mere fact that Transasia is requiring its pilots to undergo tests is not proof of pilot error.  It is most likely a precautionary measure.  The FDR - flight data recorder - shows some very strange readings.  The graphic representation of the engine data published by Taiwan's ASC is reproduced full size below.  (If it does not show full size, right click and select 'view image'.)

This blog will have a new, testable hypothesis for classical gravity. Start at the beginning of mathematical physics, with work by Newton himself.


Yesterday, phys.org posted a story titled, “No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning.” Coauthors Ahmed Farag Ali and Saurya Das, “have shown in a paper published in Physics Letters B that the Big Bang singularity can be resolved by their new model in which the universe has no beginning and no end.” (Read the full article here.)

On the other hand, Alexander Vilenkin says the universe probably did have a beginning:


Question: I am a 30-year-old woman, very active in my home routines. But during my menstrual cycles I have noticed excess weight around my abdomen. I am really confused about it. My friend told me it may be due to water retention.  I really want, to know does water retention cause weight gain and how much?



Research shows that six month old infants who have been introduced to salted starchy food have a greater preference to salty taste as compared to infants who are not yet fed such foods. This early exposure to salty food is carried on to preschool with preference to salty food.

It was a hell of a ride to our hellish sister planet.

Eight long years of studying Venus is way more than ESA scientists were expected from its mission.

Venus Express spacecraft that launched on Nov. 9, 2005 and entered the orbit of its target planet on Apr. 11, 2006, was originally planned to last for 500 days. The mission was successfully extended three times and ended in slow death while entering Venusian hostile atmosphere this January.
Cute, clever, incorrect.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations's Forest Resource Assessment for 2005 used the word "alarming" 20 times to describe the trend lines for def
TransAsia GE235 crash - Plane Missed Power Cables


The Transasia ATR 72-600 which crashed into the Keelung river narrowly missed flying into high voltage power cables strung across the Keelung river.  Flight into those high voltage power distribution cables would have been unsurvivable: fire would have been a virtual certainty.

The images below, from Google and from SETnews.net show that power distribution lines cross the Keelung river at a point which the ATR 72-600 would have reached had it not banked left.

The plane's wings were level approaching the power lines across the river.


In 2011, in Washington, DC, Dr. Robert Shiller, an economics professor at Yale, gave a seminar at the Society for Neuroscience meeting as a special “Dialogue Between Neuroscience and Society.” You can watch the seminar here. His presentation got me thinking about how supply and demand dynamics in economics might help me better understand biological processes.

As a pharmacologist, I work with a very simple supply and demand dynamic. On a basic level, I am interested in how a drug interacts with a receptor. To this end, when I have taught classes, I try to incorporate simple finance to help students understand how drugs interact with biological systems. I will provide a simple example today.