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Alcohol substitute that avoids drunkenness and hangovers in development - Telegraph

The Imperial College of London is developing a synthetic alcohol chemically related to Valium that acts like alcohol on the nervous system but can be counteracted in minutes after ingesting a counter-agent in pill form.
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Lost "Sleeping Beauty" Mummy Formula Found

The method for creating one of the world's best-preserved mummies, the body of two-year-old Rosalia Lombardo (shown here) was discovered in the notes of Dario Piombino-Mascali, a Scicilian embalmer who died in 1933. The secret, apparently, was zinc which gave the body rigidity, resulting in the almost life-like appearence of the mummy.

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Warner Brothers has released the script for The Dark Knight online (pdf), free for downloading.

This year's Remembrance day (Veteran's Day in the US), marked the 90th anniversary of the World War I armistice.

A new long-range climate model says that we are heading for another ice age between 10,000 and 100,000 years from now. That is, unless we can't get our carbon dioxide emission levels under control. The authors are quick to stress that this is not an argument against global warming.

A Swedish team has shown that strands of DNA can be used to create optical fibres. The process they developed combines DNA with chromophores, molecules that absorb and transmit light, to create optical wires up to 20 nanometers long a a few nanometers in diameter that can transmit as much as 30% of the light they receive. Not only that, but the wires are self-assembling and self-repairing.

MIT researchers have developed an omniphobic material, capable of repelling both oil and water. The secret is a surface made up of 300-nanometer-tall silicon-dioxide-capped "toadstools", making the surface universally repellent to liquids.

Following closely on the recent demise of the Phoenix Lander, the Mars rover Spirit may also on its last legs. The rover has entered "silent mode" because its solar panels are not able to gather enough energy to perform any tasks or even respond. NASA is keep an ear open in case the rover gathers enough energy to re-open communication.

A team of astronomers lead by a Canadian researcher has captured an image of four planets around a start 130 light years from Earth using the Hubble Space telescope in combination with two ground-based telescopes.

A German doctor appears to have cured a patient of AIDS by replacing their bone marrow with that of a donor who has a natural immunity to most known strains of HIV. They have been unable to detect the virus in his blood for the past 600 days despite having ceased anti-AIDS treatment.

For your reading pleasure, The Journal of Cartoon Over-analyzations.
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According to Wired, Battlestar Galactica fans will be interested to learn that many of the props used on the show will be available for sale in January, including a full-sized Viper fighter and various costumes.

PhysOrg presents and interesting article on the challenges involved in generating a high-resolution 3D model of the Palazzo Medici in Italy.

University of Laval researchers have developed an adaptive mirror made from iron particles suspended in antifreeze (what is referred to a a ferrofluid) and coated with silver grains. The resulting mirror can be reshaped using a magnetic field, allowing it to quickly compensate for distortion in fields like astronomy and opthomology.

A recent study by the University of Nevada has concluded that, contrary to popular belief, static stretching of muscles before exercising may, in fact, weaken them, sometimes by as much as 30 percent. They recommend a brief, no more than 5 or 10 minute, aerobic warm-up to raise muscle temperature before stretching, something many modern coaches now advise, but suggest recommend dynamic, rather than static stretches to avoid the inhibitory response that causes muscle weakness.

Forensic investigators' work may just have gotten harder with a new breed of cleaners that use oxygen rather than chlorine. It seems that the oxygen will destroy hemoglobin. Chlorine has been used to remove bloodstains but the hemoglobin was still detectable after more than 10 washings.

Ottawa graffiti artists have taken to acid-etching their work into glass surfaces around the city, presenting a new and expensive headache for the city and store owners who must replace entire sheets of glass to remove the artwork.

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