It’s Almost Good For You

In a somewhat paradoxical finding, being intoxicated on alcohol could help you survive a traumatic injury, according to a study to be published in the December issue of the journal Alcohol. “At the higher levels of blood alcohol concentration, there was a reduction of almost 50 percent in hospital mortality rates,” explained Lee Friedman, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “This protective benefit persists even after taking into account injury severity and other factors known to be strongly associated with mortality following an injury.”

Laurax: it’s like white noise for your nose.

I’ve spent time this week debugging some MOSFET-based motor drive apparatus. I was reading that the FET part of MOSFET stands for “Flame Emitting Transistor”. I haven’t seen any flames yet, but enough smoke to wonder if I’ll ever get the eau de MOSFET out of here.

Reality has finally seeped into the Allen West campaign bunker. After a partial re-count of ballots in St. Lucie County cost him even more votes, West reluctantly conceded the election to Democrat Patrick Murphy this morning.

Bergmann’s Rule proclaimed that cold-climate animals tend to be larger and stouter than animals living in hot or dry climates. Well, new research makes it clear that insects don’t care much for what Bergmann thinks.

The Desertec project has lost the support of Bosch and Siemens, but the promise of using solar collectors in the equatorial deserts to power Europe lives on. China has shown interest in investing, if only to gain access to cutting edge power transmission technology.

A BBC video clip on replicating physicist Sir John Herschel’s experimental determination of the energy content in sunlight.

There’s word on the street (via Reuters) that an Egyptian-brokered truce has been agreed in the West Bank-Israel conflict, and will go into effect sometime today. Global Security has informative overviews on both  the types of rockets used by Hamas (including the Iranian Fadjr-5) and the Israeli “Iron Dome” anti-missile system. Iron Dome has what appears to be a 90% rate of success.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced that the UK officially recognizes the National Coalition of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (AKA the Syrian rebels). Maybe NCSRO works for them, but they would have stronger branding with a name like “Revolutionary Ecumenical Brotherhood for Effecting the Liberation of Syria”, or REBELS for short.


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