Is blood plasma salinity the same as seawater?
No, but that proves evolution. "The answer is most definitely NOT that oceans were 1/3 as salty back then. It most definitely IS that the earliest vertebrates did evolve in salt water and then moved into fresh water....They have devised an extremely clever trick in kidney structure to allow salt transport pumps which really take salt back INTO the body from the urine but still manage to use them to produce urine much more concentrated that their body fluids and so excrete salt FROM the body."
posted by Brian B.
on Feb 10, 2007 -
Recombinant Activated Factor VII
--the Food and Drug Administration said that giving it to patients with normal blood could cause strokes and heart attacks... the Army's faith in the $6,000-a-dose drug is based almost entirely on anecdotal evidence and persists despite public warnings and published research suggesting that Factor VII is not as effective or as safe as military officials say. ...
posted by amberglow
on Nov 21, 2006 -
If you know monster makeup, you already know the name Jack Pierce
, who created the makeup for Frankenstein's monster
, The Wolf Man
, The Mummy
, and many others
. But Pierce's career with Universal Studios, for whom he created these masterpieces, came to a sudden, and unexpected, end when, in 1945, he and his entire staff were fired.
The trouble? Pierce's methods were time-consuming and painstaking, involving, among other things, building up his creatures features with cotton and collodion
, a process that took many hours. Universal had fallen on hard times
, with mergers, sales of its catalogue, and the loss of its 1,500-screen theater chain bringing the bean counters to the fore. They wanted to cut back on Universal's grand-spending ways, and out with the bathwater went the baby.
The sorts of makeup men the bean-counters like were George
and Gordon Bau
, two brothers from Minnesota who had worked at Rubbercraft
and brought with them a knowledge of how to make reusable appliances from cheap, lightweight foam latex
. Their major accomplishment was House of Wax (1953)
and they revolutionized the industry (Dick Smith's work in Little Big Man
would be unthinkable without it, as would the entire career of Rick Baker
. Best still, it's now possible to buy monstrous
rubber appliances right off the shelf.
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jun 18, 2006 -
Two years after the Abu Ghraib scandal, new research shows that abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantánamo Bay has been widespread, and that the United States has taken only limited steps to investigate and punish implicated personnel. A briefing paper issued today, 'By the Numbers,' presents findings of the Detainee Abuse and Accountability Project... the first comprehensive accounting of credible allegations of torture and abuse in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo. The project has collected hundreds of allegations of detainee abuse and torture occurring since late 2001 – allegations implicating more than 600 U.S. military and civilian personnel and involving more than 460 detainees. U.S.: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse
See also Projected Iraq War Costs Soar
, See also The Trillion Dolllar War
posted by y2karl
on Apr 27, 2006 -
Films by Thorsten Fleisch, experimental filmmaker. Fleisch "became recognized
as one of the world's leading innovators of experimental film with the release of his 16mm film, Blutrausch, a film made entirely from his own blood." "Fleisch feels a compulsive need to attack everyone's eyes and ears... challenging the eyes and mind with wickedly clever films that combine mathematical systems of editing with reflexive commentary." Check out some interviews
or Fleisch's stimulating article, Animating the 4th Dimension
posted by MetaMonkey
on Feb 3, 2006 -
Autopsy: Life & Death. Following on from Anatomy for Beginners which concentrated on the anatomy of life, anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens and pathologist Professor John Lee now turn to the process of understanding death.
Full video clips.
posted by srboisvert
on Jan 21, 2006 -
Blood Flows With Oil in Poor Nigerian Villages
An insightful NYT article on "the desperate struggle of impoverished communities to reap crumbs from the lavish banquet the oil boom has laid in this oil-rich yet grindingly poor corner of the globe"
Ok, so the quotes a little heavy handed but the pic on the 2nd page speaks volumes.
posted by Mr Bluesky
on Jan 1, 2006 -
Have you checked your
humors today? Not the gunky jelly stuff
in people's eyes
, the other kind
Are you melancholic
, or choleric
? Are you a salamander, gnome, nymph or sylph? Earth, water, air or fire
? Elf, Ninja, Pirate or Dwarf
? (arrrr! buckets of blood! flagons of phlegm and barrels of black bile!)
If nothing else, the theory of humors adds to one's arcane vocabulary.
posted by Capn
on Mar 23, 2005 -
Loyola University has received approval to investigate PolyHeme®'s use as a blood substitute
for critically injured and bleeding trauma patients at accident scenes. Blood has a very short shelf life, requires refrigeration, and matching types takes too much time too carry blood in ambulances. The blood substitute has a long shelf life and is compatible with all blood types. It's designed to furnish oxygen which will "prevent organ damage in the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys," until a transfusion can be done at the hospital. - pretty damn cool. I hope it works. [cross-posted on my site]
posted by giantkicks
on May 27, 2004 -
Jarrett's Blood Splatter Photoshop Tutorial.
Learn to create horrific violence in this step-by-step guide from a Fark Photoshopper. "After you're done with the blood splatters, you might want to add shreds of clothing or body parts at your discretion." And they say reading Fark won't teach you anything.
posted by vraxoin
on May 1, 2003 -
Argentinian Blood Pops?
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
is warning consumers about "reddish-brown spots" that were found in Lipo Brand lollipops from Argentina. "Based on available information, consuming the candy is unlikely to pose a health risk...however, consumers may wish to exercise caution by not consuming this product." I guess you should always stick with candy
you know is safe to eat.
posted by boost ventilator
on Nov 12, 2002 -
Late for Halloween, but could come in handy the next time you want to give someone the finger
posted by rushmc
on Nov 10, 2002 -
Growing meat in a laboratory
may seem like a good idea. They evey suggest that it might stop us "having to slaughter animals for food." But, to do it, they have to soak the meat in the blood of unborn baby cows.... Somehow, that doesn't sound right.....
posted by dwivian
on Mar 21, 2002 -
Arafat gives blood
This moved me. Did you see the look in Arafat's eyes yesterday when he offered his condolences to the Americans? Despite his vociferous and frequent criticism of the US, even he has been taken aback..
posted by Mossy
on Sep 12, 2001 -
Fellow Canadians, if you want to donate blood, call 1-888-236-6283 to set up an appointment. A friend at Canadian Blood Services said that the level in NY is very low - it's the least we can do.
posted by theNonsuch
on Sep 11, 2001 -
The results are in.
Blood and gore killed the video star. Laughable, eh? That $40K and a bundle of sticks could out-perform $10M and Hollywood's bottomless ketchup bottle?
posted by ZachsMind
on Nov 3, 2000 -