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Monday, March 12, 2007

 

Scientists say nerves use sound, not electricity

‘The common view that nerves transmit impulses through electricity is wrong and they really transmit sound, according to a team of Danish scientists. [..]

The physicists say because the nerve membrane is made of a material similar to olive oil that can change from liquid to solid through temperature variations, they can freeze and propagate the solitons.

The scientists, whose work is in the Biophysical Society’s Biophysical Journal, suggested that anesthetics change the melting point of the membrane and make it impossible for their theorized sound pulses to propagate.’




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