December 28, 2009
December 16, 2009
Oh, how delightful to discover that the volcano is larger than expected. Because it wasn't like it was already going to send us all into the ZA once it blows or anything.
Seriously, the determination by some portions of the Warmenistas to ignore natural formations such as this is enough to make one believe that they don't actually give a crap about or understand the natural environment at all.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go watch Woody stand there and watch Yellowstone explode because he wouldn't be incinerated instantly or anything. Oh Emmerich, you do fill my life with joy.
December 14, 2009
Via emzanotti's twitter feed.
December 08, 2009
A Pentagon study is using pigs to test a technique that would drastically slow a wounded soldier's metabolism in order to extend the "golden period" for life-saving medical treatment.
The institute’s research will be based on previous Darpa-funded efforts. One project, at Stanford University, hypothesized that humans could one day mimic the hibernation abilities of squirrels — who emerge from winter months no worse for wear — using a pancreatic enzyme we have in common with the critters. The other, led by Dr. Mark Roth at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, used nematode worms and rats to test how hydrogen sulfide could block the body’s ability to use oxygen — creating a kind of “suspended animation” where hearts stop beating and wounds don’t bleed. After removing 60 percent of the rat’s blood, Dr. Roth managed to keep the critters alive for 10 hours using his hydrogen sulfide cocktail.
The next logical step: Try the same thing on pigs. They’ve got a similar cardiovascular system to humans, and TIPS researchers Theresa Fossum and Matthew Miller think they can accurately predict human results from the swine trials. Using anesthetized pigs, the doctors are testing various compounds, some containing hydrogen sulfide, to find one that can safely keep the hemorrhaging animals “as close to death as possible.”
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