Posts Tagged ‘booze’

From “Know-How” to “No-How!”

September 11, 2013

In a 1969 letter, Asimov wrote in exasperation: “The people of the United States spend exactly as much money on booze alone as on the space program.” {Americans actually spent lots more on booze}In 1983, three decades before the precarious state of space exploration we face today, Isaac Asimov was interviewed for Muppet Magazine on the enormous cultural benefits of space exploration.

One of the world’s largest aquifers has been discovered from orbit under the northern Kenyan desert.

How’s that sequester working out for you? New study shows close to 1 in 5 U.S. scientists has considered moving their research overseas in search of better funding.

Home on Lagrange: how NASA will grow salad in space.

Reflect on the 47th anniversary of “Star Trek”, and how old that makes you. Don’t worry about William Shatner, though. He’s jamming with Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye of YES fame.

A new study suggests possibility of selectively erasing unwanted memories. Okay, there was most of the third season….

Chris Carter talks about the 20th anniversary of “The X-Files”. It racked up quite a few now-familiar guest stars over its 9 year run.

“The Truth is out there” quote of the day:

We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity….. anything you can imagine we already know how to do.

Ben Rich, former Head of the Lockheed Skunk Works

bioMASON, a start-up that harnesses ‘microbial induced carbonate precipitation’ to make bricks from sand without a kiln, just got a $500K prize for being aswesome.

John Robb has some thoughts on “How to deal with Countries that Use Chemical Weapons? Make it Personal”. Think of it as ‘piercing the corporate veil’ for despots.

The NYPD announced today that it busted a group of drug dealers that strictly observed Shabbat.

Suck it, Prius! The new 887-horsepower Porsche 918 Spyder gets up to 94 miles per gallon with a top speed of over 200MPH.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as marketed today:


Happy long weekend everyone, and remember those vets!

May 25, 2013

Say hello to JC Penny’s Hitler kettle. It’s a miracle!
(Thanks, TylerD!)

Thousands of cave paintings recently discovered in north-eastern Mexico suggest that at least three groups of hunter-gatherers dwelled in the San Carlos mountain range.

A Sacramento man has been arrested for calling 911 more than 100 times in the last month because he believes his body is controlled by satellites.

‘Universal’ flu vaccine effective in animals. Self-assembling nanoparticles could make updating seasonal vaccines easier.

The Lessons of Operation Swill: Six Ways to Tell Your Bar Is Passing Off Cheap Liquor as the Good Stuff.

Kansas lawmaker opposes ‘encouraging the behavior of purchasing food’ with lower food taxes. Maybe we should tax being an asshole?

Mutant roaches are evolving to avoid sticky traps. They still work on Kansas lawmakers, though!

How Voltaire made a fortune gaming the French lottery. The way he did it, it wasn’t gambling.

Conspiracy theories as a mythologization of capitalism.

Mataerial 3D printer builds gravity-defying structures directly onto walls.

Solar Kettle boils water using the Sun’s rays. Yeah, you do want to boil that water.

OX: the flat-pack truck designed for developing nations. Damn, he’s developed my Kar/Truk idears!

Flat spray-on optical lens created.

Inteliscope turns your iPhone into a tactical gun sight, and a new “self-aiming” rifle can help even a novice hit the target at long range on the first go.

Archaeologists working in Europe and the Middle East have recently unearthed evidence of a mysterious Stone Age “skull-smashing” culture. The 10,000-year-old skulls appear to have been separated from their spines long after their bodies had already begun to decompose. Did they only pose a threat to the living long after their original burial and death?

Being Christopher Robin was Hell

It’s Almost Good For You

November 20, 2012

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.