Beer Might Save You From Alcohol Poisoning. Seriously.


Beer Helps Alcohol Poisoning


Drinking in excess is the American way. No truer statement has been made, just ask anyone down at your friendly neighborhood redneck bar and grill and they’ll tell you that getting soused up and rowdy is just called a Thursday night in these parts. But, if we’re being completely honest, the act of consuming copious amounts of booze to the point of becoming a drunken imbecile who slurs his speech, picks fights with strangers and maybe even pisses his pants by the time it is all said and done is a massive component of a variety of cultures from all over the world.

Booze is without a doubt the global inebriant of choice, turning millions of people into full-blown alcoholics every year. And while some of these poor slobs will live to suffer the intoxicating blows of a lifelong battle with the bottle – you know, divorce, homelessness, cirrhosis and all of that other fun stuff —- others, at least the more enthusiastic of the breed, will find themselves face down in a puddle of puke, snuffed out in an instant due to an unsavory party peril known as alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol poisoning is responsible for killing more than 2,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means as many as six die hardcore drinkers are pushing the sauce beyond their physical limits each day, a trend that is only getting worse as time progresses.

Some of the latest research shows that alcohol abuse has increased substantially over the past two decades. There are now more than 30 million people on any given week relying on intensive cocktail therapy to provide them with the numb to motor through this thing called life without losing their shit.

Unfortunately, this increase in booze consumption is putting more people at risk of having the grim reaper gnaw at their booze-soaked souls long before it is time. And let’s face it, fellas, getting shit-faced is really only fun when it simply leads to a fucked up night, with a crazy story that doesn’t end with “and he died.” There is nothing romantic or dignified about fading away in our youth.

But what if we were to tell you that Vietnamese medical professionals have determined that beer can actually prevent alcohol poisoning? You’d probably ask us to go back to bed and starting writing again after we’ve sobered up. You might even accuse of spreading fake news and chastise us for our lack of journalistic integrity. Well, the joke’s on you hotrod, we never had any of that, to begin with. Still, we are giving it to you straight here – our favorite sudsy beverage has been used to keep at least one rabid boozehound from being put down before his time.

A report from Tuio Tre News claims that doctors at the Quang Tri General Hospital in north-central Vietnam saved a man’s life over the holidays after he nearly killed himself through the consumption of a “massive amount of alcohol.”

Forty-eight-year-old Nguyen Van Nhat was rushed to the emergency room after falling unconscious during one hell of raging Christmas party. A blood test revealed that the amount of methanol coursing through his veins was well over 1,000 times the legal limit. If emergency staff didn’t do something fast, the man would have died from alcohol poisoning for sure.

To prevent this from happening, doctors immediately fed Nhat three cans of beer. This was done, the report indicates, to hinder the liver’s ability to process the methanol and ward off the life-threatening effects. From there, the patient was prescribed 15 beers ( 1 per hour) as part of his treatment. That’s right – Nhat was given permission to consume 15 beers during his stay in the hospital to sort of dumb down his liver until the methanol was out of his system. We are happy to report that the beer saved this man’s life.

Now, if you’re asking why in the hell this man was drinking booze made with methanol — a substance that is used in the United States to manufacture industrial products — the truth is he probably wasn’t aware of it. Methanol smells similar to ethanol, which is found in alcoholic beverages, but it is often used in foreign booze – it is prevalent in Vietnam — because it is less expensive.

Yet, this dirty liquor is extremely dangerous, even when consumed in small doses. In fact, it takes about two ounces of methanol to kill someone dead. Recently, a student from the University of North Carolina Wilmington died as a result of methanol poisoning while he was studying abroad throughout east Asia. The use of methanol is considered an “epidemic,” in some parts of the world. It’s a dire enough situation that some schools in the United States have started warning students about the dangers of impure booze before they get involved with international travel.

However, beer is a life-saving treatment for people poisoned by this substance.

Dr. Le Van Lam, head of the Quang Tri General Hospital’s intensive care unit, told the news source that methanol turns into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) when it is broken down by the liver. But when ethanol (found in beer) is administered, it supersedes the methanol and prevents the body from being poisoned so quickly. Essentially, the beer keeps the liver from recognizing the methanol, which gives medical professionals more time to eliminate the trouble- causing toxins. All of the left over methanol is dispelled from the body safety through urination.

On the plus side, Dr. Lam says ethanol doesn’t cause severe poisoning when processed by the liver. So maybe sticking to regulated alcoholic beverages is the best way to proceed here. We’re just saying.

It is important to point out that while this Vietnamese beer treatment could save some lives, it is not going to do anything to prevent the massive hangover that is sure to come from this level of stunt drinking. If you live through it, you may even wish you were dead.

Furthermore, do not allow this article to be your guide to surviving alcohol poisoning. We’re simply reporting on what one medical professional did to help some drunk bastard live to drink another day. It is always best to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect that a member of your crew has pushed the party to dangerous heights. If their breathing gets weird or they become unresponsive, call 911 and get him or her to a hospital right away. If a doctor decides to start feeding them beers, so be it! Just don’t discount them as being really drunk and let them go untreated.


Mike Adams is a freelance writer for High Times, Cannabis Now, and Forbes. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Watch the electrifying gymnastics routine that has the internet flipping out



Sometimes there’s a video that’s so amazing, so full of life and exuberance, that not even the internet can ruin it. Like this one of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi at Saturday’s Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, California.

Set to a medley of classic Motown tunes like Tina Turner’s "Proud Mary" and the Jackson 5’s "I Want You Back," her performance is electrifying. Ohashi leaps and flies across the mat with an energy, enthusiasm, and a beaming smile that’s impossible to resist. 

Just look at the way her teammates react, too, around the 30-second mark, echoing her moves and cheering her on. Ohashi got a perfect 10 and helped push UCLA to a win at the weekend tournament. Read more…

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US Secret Service is probing how crooks use smart credit cards for fraud



Credit card thieves have been taking advantage of smart card technologies to avoid getting caught, according to Krebs on Security. The US Secret Service offices in New York and St. Louis have apparently been working on a criminal investigation involving fraud rings using Fuze Cards to store stolen card data. Fuze Cards allow you to store up to 30 credit card details, and you can switch between them using the small screen on the front. It makes the data of the card you want to use available to merchants via a magnetic stripe and an embedded chip. You can also use them to withdraw money from ATMs.

According to the internal Secret Service memo Krebs got his hands on, credit card thieves are using smart cards to avoid raising suspicion. Someone changing the numbers used on a single smart card after a transaction has been declined will look less suspicious than someone rifling through dozens of physical cards, after all.

Krebs notes that fraud rings would often purchase thousands of stolen debit and credit card data, which were mostly obtained through skimmers and hacked point-of-sale devices, online. They can easily use those numbers with a smart card. That said, the Secret Service’s memo explained that “smart card technology makes up a small portion of fraudulent credit cards” at the moment. It’s not entirely clear if smart card makers can implement additional safety measures to prevent the use of stolen data, so in the end, all you can do is keep a close eye on your credit card statements.

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The Photography Mafia – A fictional work in progress


“The Photography Mafia? That’s ridiculous,” she said. “There is no such thing.”

I knew she didn’t want to believe it and yet, I saw a flicker of terror in her eyes. She had seen too much to believe with all certainty that what had just happened was a coincidence. We all had seen too much.

I pulled my chair closer and took her hand in mine. “Listen, I know this is hard to comprehend, but it’s important you know what we’re up against. The Workshop Syndicate is not just some harmless partnering of people who put on workshops; they are dangerous. They are the people who put other people on the back of milk cartons. They are like the Cosa Nostra, but with tons of estrogen and mermaid camera bags.”

She shook her head. “But…but…this is insane. They aren’t mafia; they are just a bunch of grown-up mean girls. That’s all. There isn’t anything more to it.” I felt her hand begin to shake. “Right? RIGHT?”

Poor Darlene. The enormity of the situation was hitting her hard. At least I had time to come to terms with the truth, but not Darlene. She was gasping for air like a goldfish in an inch of water.

“Darlene,” I said, “Think about what has just happened. Think about all of it. Put the pieces together.”

I watched as she closed her eyes, organizing the events of the past week into order. Her lips moved silently, recalling conversations and screenshots. She opened her eyes and looked at me in despair.

“Darlene, I’m sorry, honey, but you know I wouldn’t lie. I’m going full-on Darth Vader, here: Search your feelings. You KNOW it to be true.”

The color slowly drained from her face and she began to sob. “No. No. No. No.”

There was nothing left to do but hold her until her sobs quieted down. I remember feeling the same mind-numbing shock upon learning the truth, but in my case, I was comforted by a Grey Goose. Many geese, actually. And some club soda.

After a few minutes, Darlene lifted her head and wiped her eyes with the back of her sleeve. She managed a weak smile and said, “Well, unlike Luke Skywalker, at least Darth Vader’s not my dad.”

“Yeah,” I said, reaching over and tucking a lock of fallen hair behind her ear, “and unlike Luke, as least you still have both of your hands.“

(Note: This is a fictional work-in-progress and not about any one person. It is a mafia, people. A mafia. xoxo)

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Missy Mwac is a photographer/eater of bacon/drinker of vodka and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can follow her social media links here: FacebookTumblr. This article was also published here and shared with permission

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NASA’s deep-space nuclear-power crisis may soon end, thanks to a clever new robot in Tennessee


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  • NASA relies on plutonium-238 (Pu-238), a human-made radioactive element, to power its longest-operating and farthest-flying spacecraft.
  • Nearly all Pu-238 was made during the Cold War, and supplies are running low. The shortage threatens to limit deep-space exploration.
  • The Department of Energy is now making new Pu-238 and recently achieved an eight-fold increase in production with a new robot.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory says its robot is "the next key step" in making enough plutonium to perpetually meet the needs of NASA.

The US government says a new robot is poised to help it create a reliable, long-term supply chain of plutonium-238 (Pu-238): a radioactive material NASA requires to explore deep space.

NASA uses Pu-238 to power its most epic space missions — among them New Horizons (now beyond Pluto), the Voyagers (now in interstellar space), and Cassini (now part of Saturn).

As Pu-238 radioactively decays and generates heat, devices called radioisotope power sources convert some of that energy into electricity. Because Pu-238 takes centuries to cool down, the contraptions can keep a robot humming for decades.

cassini radioisotope power source rps nuclear battery plutonium 238 nasa jpl 7513_97pc1536But Pu-238 is human-made and one of the rarest and most valuable materials on Earth. In fact, the last time anyone manufactured it in earnest was during Cold War-era nuclear weapons production. Today, NASA has perhaps three missions’ worth of the stuff left before the supply runs out.

NASA tried to address the shrinking of its supply in the 1990s, but the agency and its partners didn’t secure funding to create a new pipeline for Pu-238 until 2012.

That work, which gets about $20 million in funding per year, is finally starting to move from the research phase toward full-scale production. By 2025, the Department of Energy hopes to meet the NASA-mandated need of 3.3 pounds (1,500 grams) per year.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is located in Tennessee and leading the work, says it recently proved there is a way to produce eight times as much Pu-238 as it made just a couple of years ago, thanks to a new automated robot.

"You can’t go to Wal-Mart and buy something that will do this," Bob Wham, the Pu-238 supply program manager at Oak Ridge, told Business Insider.

A new recipe for Pu-238 is reborn

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Oak Ridge made the first plutonium for NASA in decades in December 2015. It was a small amount — just 1.8 ounces (50 grams) — but it was tangible proof the lab had created a recipe and the tools to get the job done.

"That was huge accomplishment, but just a first big step," Jason Ellis, a spokesperson at Oak Ridge, told Business Insider.

This week, the lab said in a press release that it’s ready to push annual production to more than 14 ounces (400 grams) per year, an eight-fold increase.

"This is another big accomplishment and a huge step because we’re going to a production scale," Ellis said. "It’s a more efficient process."

The old recipe for plutonium-238 doesn’t work anymore, says Wham, because "nobody has the huge production reactors that were in use during the Cold War." So he and his colleagues had to come up with a modern and safer recipe.

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He said a batch of plutonium-238 takes about 28 to 36 months to make from start to finish, and the process requires a starting material called neptunium-237.

The neptunium-237 is pressed into small pellets, slipped inside an aluminum sleeve, and inserted into a special nuclear reactor at Oak Ridge called the High Flux Isotope Reactor. After a few months of bathing in a stream of neutrons from the reactor’s core, some of the neptunium-237 is transmuted into plutonium-238. (Plutonium-238 is not used in nuclear weapons cores, though its sister radioisotope plutonium-239 is.)

After the targets cool off in a pool of water for many months, workers dissolve them in acid, chemically separate the plutonium and neptunium, and refine both materials. The purified plutonium is set aside for NASA and the purified neptunium is put back into more targets.

However, the neptunium poses a risk to human workers: A mall fraction decays into a very radioactive substance called protactinium-233. Half of this radioisotope decays every 27 days, releasing powerful gamma rays in the process.

"A tiny bit of that protactinium can go a long way to delivering a lot of dose to workers," Wham said.

This radioactive exposure limits the amount of time a trained worker can make the neptunium-237 targets for reactors, and Wham only has a few workers to use.

What’s more, and full-scale production of plutonium-238 for NASA will require making perhaps 20,000 to 25,000 pellets per year. Wham also said the tedious and repetitive process must be done through a protective working unit called a hot cell.

"It would drive me nuts to have to press 20,000 pellets in a year," he said. "It’d drive me cross-eyed crazy."

Heating up production for NASA

To create more than a couple of ounces per year, Wham and his team worked with others within the Energy Department to create an automated machine that fits inside a hot cell.

They made two just in case.

"We don’t necessarily need it, but it’s a good idea for redundancy," Wham said. "If we have a problem or something fails with the mainline machine, it won’t take forever to catch back up."

The robot has a multi-purpose arm that can do repetitive work more quickly and safely than human workers. It picks up a funnel, carries it to a die, pours in a pre-measured amount of neptunium-237 and aluminum, presses the pellet, and loads it into a tray. Workers then pack the pellets into tubes that are inserted into the reactor.

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Wham’s team will have to kick up production about another four-fold to meet its NASA-mandated goal. But he said he’s confident the project is on the right path, adding that the pipeline is not working at its fastest — he wants to ensure every step of the process is well-understood before scaling it up.

"There are a lot of requirements to manage a radioactive material and do so in a safe manner," Wham said.

Once Oak Ridge is ready to scale up production, it will have help from Idaho National Laboratory across the country. There, the lab has a facility called the Advanced Test Reactor that is also capable of forging neptunium-237 into plutonium-238.

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If push came to shove, Wham thinks the Department of Energy could crank out about 11 pounds (5,000 grams) of plutonium-238 per year — more than three times the amount it’s been asked to make.

"I think we could go larger to meet a higher demand for NASA, if they asked for it," Wham added. "Right now we’re fitting in to what they believe their cadence is for nuclear-enabled missions."

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Man says Laser from self driving car nuked his Sony a7R II


We know show lasers are dangerous to cameras. Heck, we all remember that RED sensor getting fried from a direct laser hit in a light show. With self-driving cards anticipated to rule the roads, the world may become a totally unsafe place for cameras.

Ars Technica reports that During CES  Jit Ray Chowdhury, an autonomous vehicle engineer at the startup Ridecell, took some photos of a car equipped with lidars made by AEye. He used a $1,998.00  Sony a7R II. Later, Mr. Chowdhury noticed that all the photos he took after taking that car photos had a couple of bright purple spots on them. Each spot being the center of a cross-like purple pattern.

He told Ars Technica that

All my pictures were having that spot, I covered up the camera with the lens cap and the spots are there—it’s burned into the sensor

Here are the shots that Mr. Chowdhury took with the lidar units on top.

and here is a closeup of those same photos showing the marks.

And here is the photo that was taken with the lens cap off, showing sensor damage

Lastly, here are some of the photos taken showing that same bright purple cross pattern in various exposure conditions


AEye CEO, Luis Dussan, told Ars Technica that “Cameras are up to 1000x more sensitive to lasers than eyeballs,” Dussan wrote. “Occasionally, this can cause thermal damage to a camera’s focal plane array.” He did not confirm or deny that the lidars can cause damage to camera sensors.

Chowdhury says that AEye has offered to buy him a new camera.

What is Lidar, and is it dangerous to cameras?

Lidar is a crucial component in the autonomous cars industry. It is a Sonar-like device, only it uses light instead of sound to measure the proximity of objects. While lidar is often referred to as a sensor, it is actually an active component and does more than just “sense”. A lidar sensor sends light into the air and measures how long it takes to come back.

Self-driving cars relay on lidars, but they also rely on “conventional” cameras. If Lidar is indeed capable of damaging cameras, this is bad news to the entire autonomous cars industry. Statistically, since some areas are filled with (semi)autonomous cars and photographers alike and this is the first that we’ve heard about such incident, I would like to speculate that not all lidars will harm a camera.

Dussan also told Ars Technica that AEye is “fully committed to implementing mitigation technology” and described camera safety as “a complex issue that the entire LiDAR and laser community will need to address.” Which to me reads that even if not common, the issue of protecting cameras from lidars is known. As I mentioned before, the stats show that this is not a common problem.

Just as a reminder, here are a few short videos demonstrating how a party laser projector can kills CMOS sensor

[via Ars Technica, illustration based on Wikimedia Common]

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Photographer creates a tactile wedding photo album for a blind bride


I have a deep respect for photographers who will go an extra mile to make their clients happy. Australian photographer James Day did exactly this for a couple whose wedding he recently captured. Along with videographers Shaun and TJ of Lemon Tree Film House, James photographed the wedding of Steph and Rob. Unfortunately, Steph is completely blind, but James had a special multi-sensory album made for her so she can remember her big day. He shared with us some details of the wedding day and how he and his team made it more memorable for the bride, but also for everyone else.

Steph has Cone-Rod Dystrophy, an inherited eye disorder that completely took away her eyesight shortly before she met Rob. Her mother Linda is also blind, so the multi-sensory wedding album meant a lot to her as well. The couple got married in November, and James told DIYP that it was by far the most emotionally overwhelming wedding for him, Shaun and TL to be a part of.

There was one question constantly repeating in their heads: “How do we produce a film, and create an experience, that can be enjoyed by someone with no sight as much as those with sight?” And in my opinion, they did a marvelous job!

Even though James, Shaun, and TJ are visual artists, they consider audio to be just as important as the visuals. However, this time it was even more important. So, they captured as much narrative as possible. During the wedding day, the team and James would describe every little detail to Steph as much as possible: the direction of the sun, the landscape, expressions on loved ones’ faces, how beautiful Steph looked in her dress, and so on. But the sensory journey through memories of the wedding day goes even further.

Steph and her mom were presented with 10 pieces of fabric throughout the day, and each of them was infused with a different essential oil. The idea was that the feel of those fabrics and the scent of those oils bring back the precious moments of the day into their memories.

The day after the wedding, James, Shaun, and TJ created a short clip about the wedding. They showed it to the guests, but everyone was wearing blindfolds while listening to Steph’s and Rob’s vows. This way, the guests could have experienced the event from Steph’s perspective. And a month after the wedding, there was a special surprise for the newlyweds. The Private Sony Cinema who offered their facility to screen their wedding film for the first time. And James explains, this is so much more than ‘a wedding film’: “It tells their incredible story; their stories as individuals and their story since becoming a couple.”

As a gift to the couple, James got textured prints from Vision Art Australia. He had them arranged in a tactile wedding photo album so that Steph and her mom Linda could run their hands over the photos. Although they couldn’t see the colors, they could have imagined the colors and scenes as they felt raised outlines and shaded areas. But other than the sense of touch, the team behind Vision Art created this album so that it included the senses of sound and smell, too.

Remember those 10 pieces of fabric with essential oils? They were also included in the album, along with 10 crystal bottles containing the corresponding scents. There were James’ photos that matched each of the scenes, as well as audio snippets captured during those moments of the day. All this combined helped Steph and her mom to be transported back to the wedding day in every possible way, but I believe that Rob enjoyed this unique album as well.

As I said, I have huge respect for photographers who go an extra mile to do something special for their clients. And in this case, I think that James and his team went extra few miles, so to say. They aren’t only dedicated professionals, but they are also caring human beings: and I definitely respect both of these traits.

Make sure to check out more of James’ work on his website, Instagram and Facebook page, and you can find more from Lemon Tree Film House on their website and Facebook page.

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