Mother of Satan, Exploding Whales, Lawns, Snark
..triacetone triperoxide (TATP)..TATP is one of the most sensitive explosives known, being extremely sensitive to impact, temperature change and friction...The explosion of TATP involves entropy burst, which is the result of formation of one ozone and three acetone molecules from every molecule of TATP in the solid state. Just a few hundred grams of the material produce hundreds of litres of gas..TATP can be easily prepared ..using commercially available ..acetone, hydrogen peroxide.. sulfuric acid..Richard Reid's shoe had 8 or 10 ounces of triacetone triperoxide and PETN...many nitrogen-based detection devices fail to detect explosives such as ANFO ..and .. (TATP)..
For its instability, it has been called the "Mother of Satan" .. cannot be detected by bomb-sniffing dogs,
..the work done by the detonation of TATP is about 80 per cent that of TNT, its detonation velocity being about 5250 m/s.
The NYPD now report that the explosive used in London was a different triperoxide, HMTD,
..penthrite, a World War I-era explosive ..
"They love it," Brower said of the whaling captains. "It's four times the strength of black powder. With black powder, the meat [Bowhead] has a gas taste."
world-scienceThe NF1 mutation creates hyperactive Ras molecules..disrupts cellular conversation and undermines the learning process.
..Statins, which lower cholesterol in the blood, blocking the effects of certain fats.
Because Ras requires fat to function, less fat results in less Ras, ..
..mice bred with the NF1 mutation. They displayed the same symptoms as people with NF1: attention deficits, learning problems and poor coordination.
The NF1 mice on statins showed a 30 percent improvement in their ability to pay attention, outperforming normal mice, ..also beat normal mice on a maze test.
[fish oil caps anyone?]
... satellite-based estimate, lawns constitute the largest
area of irrigated crops in America.
..Milesi..I estimate there are three times more acres of lawns in the U.S. than irrigated corn..128,000 km²
..water use for lawns would be 695 to 900 liter per person per day if all lawns were well-watered.
[carbon sink if clippings left]..growth boost provided by the recycling of nitrogen from the decomposing grass clippings more than makes up for the carbon being released.
gizmag goodies... Kiwi Killer copter
28 feet longgizmag
empty weight 480kg gross 1133 kg payload 680 kg..which blows anything comparable in the UAV area completely out the door.. hung a Maverick under it too. It has the potential to be seriously nasty.
[Given that NZ opposes the USAIraq invasion, and will only sell the Snark to 'Military & Government' ...]
kills bacteris, but not Giardia which is some weird ancient pre-Cthulhu bug