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Tue, Feb 24

The mysterious science of motion sickness

The wide expanse of blue water that covers most of this world holds many mysteries. Humans have explored a mere five percent of the oceans over the long and storied history of seafaring, and even this knowledge has come at a cost. For so long as man has attempted to tame and traverse the sea, the sea has punished him for it. With barfing.

“The misery I endured from sea-sickness is far far beyond what I ever guessed at,” Charles Darwin once wrote to his father. “If it was not for sea-sickness, the whole world would be sailors.” Even farther back, Greek physician Hippocrates presaged our current term, “motion sickness,” writing, “sailing on the sea proves that motion disorders the body.”

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