Tuesday, August 23, 2005

TECH -->Better than Caffeine

CX717 promises to reverse the effects of sleep loss. The drug is a type of ampakine, which acts on a chemical receptors involved in cell-to-cell communication between neurons. Open channels mean clear thoughts.

Imagine a sleepy brain as a city street with the stoplights turned to red. When a thought comes to a light, it has to sit and wait for it to turn green. CX717 is like joy-riding through the city in the middle of the night with the windows rolled down and never hitting a red light, or at least that's what the monkeys who took it said.

DARPA has gotten involved and is apparently working on making it into something it can feed pilots instead of uppers.

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