Archive for October, 2010

hand sanitizer is not as effective as you’d like to think

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Germiphobes have something to worry about again: Hand sanitizer only lasts for about two minutes after application.  That means that almost constant reapplication would be necessary for it to provide long-term protection.

Adds Dr. Len Horovitz, attending physician and internist at Lenox Hill Hospital:

“Hand sanitizer is better than nothing if you are going to shake someone’s hand or if you are out on the street with no sink or paper towels, but the best germicidal thing you can do is wash with soap and water.”

So use hand sanitizer in situations where you won’t have access to a sink — everywhere else, a good ol’ fashioned sink and soap will do much better.

ozzy osbourne has some interesting dna results

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

We all know that Ozzy Osbourne was the lead singer of Black Sabbath.  We know that he bit the head off a bat.  We know he’s referred to as the “Prince of Darkness.”  We did NOT know that Ozzy is a man of science.

Ozzy Osbourne is one of the only people in the world who’s had his entire genetic code deciphered!

According to researchers at Knome, a company which specializes in analysis of human genomes, Ozzy’s blood sample reveals that he has inherited some DNA from the extinct race of Neanderthals.  Aside from his Neanderthal background, Ozzy is also a distant relative of Russian tsar Nicholas II, King George I, and outlaw Jesse James.  Cool!

Here’s what Ozzy has said about his reasoning for getting his DNA analyzed:

“Given the swimming pools of booze I’ve guzzled over the years–not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol…you name it–there’s really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive.”

“Maybe my DNA could say why.”

Pretty interesting stuff.  Heh, I like that he can acknowledge the medical marveling we’ve all experienced when it comes to him still standing.  My, I’d just love to see my entire lineage …hmm, well, would I?

“black swan” tutu talk

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Kate and Laura Mulleavy aka the designing sisters that make up Rodarte are spilling the details on those amazing tutus they created for Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan.

Laura says the constructing the 40 costumes for Natalie Portman and the rest of the cast was difficult:

“A tutu is 13 layers of tulle sticking straight out and then it’s over the body, so you can imagine. It’s crazy! Building a tutu is one of the lost couture arts. Everyone will know it’s like getting your hand on the prize, like a coveted piece of couture that no one ever gets to see. You can’t go rent a tutu. You have to own it…They’re never actually perfect, but from afar, when you’re in the audience, it looks like one of the most beautiful things in the world.”

I’m willing to bet the costumes will see an Oscar nod along with some other categories.  I am SO excited to see this one!

(pst, if you want to see some of the beautiful poster art CLICK HERE)

smart people drink a lot (or something like that)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

This is the best excuse for drinking ever (if ever there was one)!

According to two long-term studies, there’s a correlation between intelligence and desire to drink.

“[The] more intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children,” says Liz Day at Discover magazine.

There are a couple theories as to why this happens.  One is that smarter kids spent their childhood studying, and now that they’re older are finally letting off some steam.  Another theory is that smart people “booze so we can tolerate everyone else,” says Greg at Food & Wine Blog.  Ha!  I know the second one is my reason for any mind altering substance decisions I’ve made …not that I’ve ever made any of those, no sir…

Some of that makes sense to me, then on the other hand I’ve known some some seriously giant idiots who happened to drink a lot too, probably had something to do with the drinking a lot …vicious cycle that is.

cool new dna security gadget

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

In London, they’ve recently developed a new, high-tech, really cool gadget called SelectDNA, which is a canister filled with a spray that contains synthetic DNA.

Here’s how it works: If a criminal attempts to break into a place that has this device, an employee can hit a panic button, which simultaneously alerts the police and shoots out a fine mist from the canister, which covers everyone in the room.  Every batch of spray in a particular canister will have a unique DNA signature, which glows blue under ultraviolet light, so police can connect burglars to the scene of a crime!  How wild is that?!

Here’s what Andrew Knights, managing director of SelectaDNA, has to say about the product:

“It will come off within a number of hand washes, but if you run through a spray it’ll accumulate on the inside of your nostrils and ears and under the fingernails; areas that are difficult to get off.”

Looks like they’re already using this spray in hundreds of retailers and banks throughout the U.K., Europe, and New Zealand. They’re not in the U.S. as of yet, but the company is currently in talks with U.S. companies.

Pretty neat idea.  I’m interested to see if these become popular in the U.S.  I don’t see why not.