Science

19 Years On

Listening to the radio this morning on my way to Naas, I was reminded that today marks the 19 year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Adi Roche also brings it into perspective that if any more than the 3% of the reactors power was released in the explosion, Europe basically wouldn’t exist. Or at least be uninhabitable. The phrase “80 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb” was being used all too often. Surely that miracle is due to the efforts of the people sent in to contain the fires and build the sarcophagus around the reactor. 25,000 of these people are already dead, leaving another 70,000 dying. She went on to add that the full effects of the disaster are not yet known and will not become evident for another 50 years. Without constant reinforcement and rebuilding is Chernobyl’s nuclear facility just another accident waiting to happen? Adi Roche seems to think so.

Prickly hair-of-the-dog discovered

Cactus juice; the new wonder cure for the effects of the morning after the night before.

The juice of the prickly-pear cactus has been shown to reduce the symptoms of the morning after problems associated with getting trollied. Nausea, headache upset stomach and dehydration can all be avoided after a bellyfull of pints, but only if the potential sufferer remembers to dose themselves before heading out.

The cactus, known in botany circles as Opuntia ficus indica, has been the subject of a study at the Tulane Health Sciences Centre in New Orleans where it has proved to benefit human test subjects who got pissed in the name of science.

The fruit of the cactus, which is already known as a delicacy in Mexico, can do no harm if munched on, according to Dr. Jeffrey Wiese.

I think I’ll stick to my classic combo of Chipsticks, Vanilla Ice-cream & Lucozade.