When seafood scientists became food-poisoned by their own holiday seafood

December 15th, 2018

Having failed to perish, they proceeded to publish.

Serendipity and not-careful-enough cooking technique by Norwegian shellfish scientists (for their own Christmas gathering) led to a nasty illness for two-thirds of their group, which led to a biomedical investigation, which led to a published scientific study about it all, which led to a report in Forskening.no which begins:

When seafood scientists became food poisoned by their own seafood
There was a skew when seafood scientists were to arrange their own Christmas table—Then the pursuit of the answers began.

Friday 13th of December 2013: It is morning and Arne Duinker is in full swing making the food that he and colleagues have to enjoy on the Christmas table a few hours later.

Doves, a daily seafood scientist, have allied themselves with a few colleagues and some professional seafood chefs.

Little do they know that something is going to be terribly wrong.

“This was the first Christmas table where we decided to make seafood for everyone, and we should do it ourselves,” said Duinker.

In 2013 he was working at the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Institute (NIFES), which has today become a part of the Institute of Marine Research (HI)….

(Thanks to Kjell Ivar Øvergård for bringing this to our attention.)

BONUS: Basic info about norovirus, the little protagonist in this drama.



The Animalia Chorus, a bio-hallelujan vocal treat

December 14th, 2018

Behold, or more to the point, listen to this performance by the (sometimes one-person) singing group A Capella Science, of “The Animalia Chorus”:

(Thanks to Stan Malcolm for bringing this to our attention.)


Double helix conductors and their ‘extraordinary promise’ (new patents)

December 13th, 2018

Medical Energetics Ltd. of Galway, Ireland, has just been granted (Nov. 2018) a US patent for the invention of ‘Agricultural applications of a double helix conductor’ (DHC)
The extraordinariness of which can probably only be appreciated by reading the patent document [click link or image above].

The company has also applied for another patent (March 2017) in which the DHC relates to humans rather than plants : ‘Health Applications of a Double Helix Conductor’

In this case, the DHC can be connected to an audio amplifier which can replay previously recorded sound samples into the coils :

“For example, sound signals having one or more specific frequencies, waveforms, waveshapes, and/or amplitudes may have regenerative effects and/or other health effects. In some embodiments, the sounds may include human voices producing one or more of the following sounds: “Om,” “Uh,” Όοο,”, “Oh,” “Ah,” “Eye,” “Aye,” “Eee,” and/or other sounds and/or phrases.”

Note: The Irish company is likely to be an affiliate of, or associated with, or linked in some way to Medical Energetics USA Inc. of San Diego, California, US, which holds a series of patents for Double Helix Conductor (DHC) devices.

“Medical Energetics has explored and protected a broad variety of applications of the DHC technology —including applications of the double helix design in diabetic neuropathy and stem cell therapy — and other novel applications in agriculture and material science that show extraordinary promise.”

[ Research research by Martin Gardiner ]

Abulziement and Abusion

December 12th, 2018

Abulziement and Abusion can each be found in James B. Montgomerie-Fleming‘s Notes on Jamieson’s Scottish Dictionary,  published by W. Hodge in 1899.

Here is a photograph of Major James B. Montgomerie-Fleming displaying his knees. This photo was taken during Major Montgomerie-Fleming’s lifetime. One might note that Major Montgomerie-Fleming’s left and right hands are not displayed:

Adding broccoli powder to coffee—A new taste sensibility

December 11th, 2018

“Green, nutrient-rich coffees may be on the horizon after researchers have developed a powder made from imperfect-looking broccoli that would have previously been wasted,” says a press release sent out earlier this year by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Mary Ann Augustin is the lead researcher on the experiment.

Ashitha Nagesh wrote an essay about this for BBC3, with the headline: “Broccoli coffee: the new health trend nobody asked for—Please don’t make us drink this.”

(Thanks to Vaughn Tan for bringing this to our attention.)

Broccoli and coffee may be an unusual combination, but so was the combination some decades ago of Broccoli and James Bond, which turned out to be appetizing and lucrative for many people.

BONUS: For an even more full-bodied experience, consult the 1990 University of Copenhagen study “Cytochrome P450 IA2 activity in man measured by caffeine metabolism: effect of smoking, broccoli and exercise.”

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