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Drugged Honeybees Do the Time Warp 103

sciencehabit writes "Waking up from surgery can be disorienting. One minute you're in an operating room counting backwards from 10, the next you're in the recovery ward sans appendix, tonsils, or wisdom teeth. And unlike getting up from a good night's sleep, where you know that you've been out for hours, waking from anesthesia feels like hardly any time has passed. Now, thanks to the humble honeybee, scientists are starting to understand this sense of time loss. New research shows that general anesthetics disrupt the social insect's circadian rhythm, or internal clock, delaying the onset of timed behaviors such as foraging and mucking up their sense of direction."
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Drugged Honeybees Do the Time Warp

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  • Not Rocky?! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by slimjim8094 ( 941042 ) <slashdot3@justconnect e d . net> on Tuesday April 17, 2012 @03:20AM (#39708087)

    Damn, was expecting something quite different from the title.

  • by isorox ( 205688 ) on Tuesday April 17, 2012 @05:52AM (#39708469) Homepage Journal

    My disorientation is that I didn't "wake up" after my knee surgery so much as "get shaken until I threw up" followed by demands that I vacate the premises for the next person. The surgery ran over time due to a routine complication, and the conveyor-belt outpatient hospital didn't have enough recovery beds for me to wake naturally from the extended anesthesia. In the end, they wheeled me into the parking lot, vomiting the whole time.

    But the republicans are always scoffing about how terrible the NHS is, and how your "pay $10k to give birth" methods are so much more civilised.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 17, 2012 @08:18AM (#39708903)
    I'm not trolling, and I'm sorry if this offends, but when you think of blacking out at parties as normal, perhaps you need to have a long hard look at your drinking habits. Think, "Am I *that* guy? The guy who gets wasted at *every* party?"

    I'm not some soppy recovering alco, but I did go through a few years where I was treating booze (and black-outs) the wrong way. Hopefully I've misunderstood your post. If so, I apologise for boring you.

Nothing is faster than the speed of light ... To prove this to yourself, try opening the refrigerator door before the light comes on.