Over Easy: Monday Science
Happy New Year!
In the old days, new years basically meant nothing. People told time by the seasons, not by the Gregorian calendar. So the nearest holiday was the winter solstice. The calendar as we use it didn’t even exist until 1582
While ethanol from corn turns out not to be the wisest idea we’ve ever had, ethanol as an alternative to petroleum is not without merit. It’s less efficient, but releases way fewer pollutants per mile. Here’s a company actually selling alcohol made from algae! They claim a cost of $1.00/gal.
Assuming you’re smart enough not to get caught drinking and driving, here are some suggested hangover cures. Boxturtle’s recommendation: Drink a packet of alka seltzer in twice the recommended amount of water before crashing. Hangovers are caused by dehydration and impure alcohol, among other things. This will prevent the dehydration, dilute the toxins, and give you a had start on the headache.
I learned something from this. UV sterilization of public water is a good thing, but I didn’t think it was this complicated. Different bugs die differently under different frequencies. Different, no?
Hawaii is dissolving. Starting in 1.5 million years or so.
Boxturtle (Will avoid New Years Hangover by drinking Iced Tea. Works every time.)
Photo by Spencer E Holtaway released under a Creative Commons No Derivatives license.