What is freezing rain, do cats control their owners, how do accents arise, why does hair go grey, what is the origin of deja vu, why did my glass table spontaneously explode and is the world population becoming more or less genetically diverse? Dr Chris tackles this week's round up of the best science questions from South Africa...
Didn't we discuss this already? Geezer, Fri, 10th Feb 2012
I knew this thread was going to go this way............. ;D Sprool, Tue, 14th Feb 2012
In his marvellous book "The man who mistook his wife for a hat", Oliver Sachs hinted at a process which could explain deja vu, which consisted of a small delay in the brain processing memory and interpreting events, thus the eye could picture a scene and the brain register it in the memory banks, then a moment afterwards the interpretation of the scene could take place whereby the 'live' image was compared to the initial one already preserved in the short term memory only 1/10 of a second beforehand. The brain would thus see the live scene as the same as the memory and you would get a feeling you had 'been there before'. Sprool, Tue, 21st Feb 2012
Slightly related is the "onosecond".