Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Coffee and Provocation

Beyond Antibiotics
Scientists have successfully engineered a synthetic antimicrobial peptide that can kill bacteria -- even those that are antibiotic resistant.

Not Running Flat
New airless and tubeless bicycle tires could make flats a thing of the past. Nexo tires are made from polymer blends that offer a balance of "cushion and resilience" as well as durability, and are created in a one-step injection molding process of about 30 minutes.

Killing all the Elephants for Greed and Vanity
Most ivory on sale is from newly killed elephants. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers studied 231 samples of ivory that were confiscated between 2002 and 2014. Specifically, they analyzed the carbon-14 in the pulp cavity, which would reveal the last two or three months of growth before the death of the animal.
They found that about 90 percent of the collected ivory came from elephants that died less than three years before the confiscation by the government. Only one out of the 231 samples had a lag time of over six years.

Meanwhile at Slithering
The world's smallest snake has been found on the Caribbean island of Martinique. Tetracheilostoma sp. nov is even smaller than the previous title holder, the Barbados threadsnake, a clos cousin. Standing at only 10 centimeters long, the new record holed can pass through a lead-less pencil. In other snake news, Jean-Claude Savoie who owned the Reptile Ocean pet store below his Campbellton, New Brunswick apartment, is on trial for the death of a four-year-old and a six-year-old who were strangled to death by a Rock Python while they had a sleep over with his son.

From Poop to Oil in Minutes?
"Hydrothermal liquefaction" (HTL) takes sewage and subjects it to extremely high pressures and temperatures turning poop into oil within a few minutes. Wastewater facilities treat 34 billion gallons of sewage each day; that’s enough to produce 30 million barrels of oil per year.  

In Good Hands
My guidance counselor was Marijuana Pepsi Sawyer and my next doctor is going to be Loki Skylizard.

Three in 10 Cancer Deaths
Three in 10 cancer deaths are related to smoking.

Tolkien's Service Revolver
"Probably powerful enough to kill an Orc, but you'll want speed rounds," said Gandalf as he slid a box of pre-loads across the counter.

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