## At last a True Scientific Breakthrough

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### At last a True Scientific Breakthrough

The Independent wrote:'Hangover-free alcohol’ could replace all regular alcohol by 2050, says David Nutt

A new type of synthetic alcohol has been discovered which could allow people to enjoy the sociable effects of a few pints, but skip the hangover that usually follows.

The new drink, known as 'alcosynth', is designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol but doesn’t cause a dry mouth, nausea and a throbbing head, according to its creator Professor David Nutt.

The Imperial College Professor and former government drugs advisor told The Independent he has patented around 90 different alcosynth compounds.

Two of them are now being rigorously tested for widespread use, he said – and by 2050, he hopes alcosynth could completely replace normal alcohol.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 24076.html

But why the heck 2050?!?

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This seems to fit:

Killing me with humorous lines will not Clark Kent the egg salad. ~Skeptoid

It seems that our RIVER has run dry.

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Benzodiazepines

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzodiazepine
Benzodiazepines (BZD, BZs), sometimes called "benzos", are a class of psychoactive drugs whose core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. The first such drug, chlordiazepoxide (Librium), was discovered accidentally by Leo Sternbach in 1955, and made available in 1960 by Hoffmann–La Roche, which, since 1963, has also marketed the benzodiazepine diazepam (Valium). In 1977 benzodiazepines were globally the most prescribed medications.
Why 2050?

See those Rs? They can be pretty much any organic functional group. As you can imagine, you can create a huge number of different molecules with the same core structure. The core structure is what is biologically active. Different functional groups create slightly different effects. Apparently, this Nutt thinks he's found a series of functional groups that can potentially produce the same effects as alcohol without the acute side effects. Of course, he doesn't mention the chronic effects.....
Benzodiazepines are generally viewed as safe and effective for short-term use, although cognitive impairment and paradoxical effects such as aggression or behavioral disinhibition occasionally occur. A minority of people can have paradoxical reactions such as worsened agitation or panic.[6] Long-term use is controversial because of concerns about adverse psychological and physical effects, decreasing effectiveness, and physical dependence and withdrawal.
But at least you won't have a hangover the first time, and the first one's free....
Such potential!

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Aggression or behavioral disinhibition? Gee, what does that sound like?
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Wenn ich Kultur höre, entsichere ich meinen Browning!

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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"Gender Prediction Kit"? Is that for real?

http://www.intelligender.com/gender-prediction-test/
IntelliGender’s Gender Prediction Test™ is a simple urine analysis similar to the pregnancy test you took a few weeks ago. It uses first morning urine and a proprietary mix of chemicals which reacts with a combination of hormones to indicate the gender of your baby. It can be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy (six weeks from the first day of your missed period). It is an easy test to perform and provides results in-home so the news can be shared right away. Please note that IntelliGender may not predict your baby’s gender with 100% accuracy.
http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-bab ... -accurate/
The most inexpensive type of gender prediction kit uses urine to check for the presence of testosterone, the male hormone, as early as 10 weeks. Pee into a plastic cup or container included in the kit and within 10 minutes, a mix of chemicals (manufacturers won't say which one pending patent approval) causes it to change color. They're sold online starting around $20. The problem is, the concept is bogus. "There are no sex hormones in urine that change color at this stage of pregnancy and prove one way or another the sex of the baby," says Daniel A. Potter, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility in Newport Beach, California. Last August, one major manufacturer of these kits offered to settle a proposed nationwide class action suit that said it falsely advertised the accuracy of its product. Anyway, just wait for that first ultrasound. They can usually find out by then. (Or is it the second one; it's been so long I can't remember) You don't have to wait till it pops out. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare Witness Posts: 18847 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: At last a True Scientific Breakthrough A scam. Manufacture "tests" giving either answer, mix randomly (or just 50/50) when packaging for resellers. Nobody will ask for a refund. Abdul Alhazred Posts: 73392 Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:33 pm Title: Yes, that one. Location: Chicago ### Re: At last a True Scientific Breakthrough How could it not be a scam? After all, gender is socially constructed. Any man writes a mission statement spends a night in the box. -- our mission statement plappendale Anaxagoras Posts: 23284 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: At last a True Scientific Breakthrough Witness wrote:A scam. Manufacture "tests" giving either answer, mix randomly (or just 50/50) when packaging for resellers. Nobody will ask for a refund. If it was really that cynical, the Federal Trade Commission (in the U.S.) or some sort of consumer protection agency should be able to shut it down if they can prove it. It might take some time though. This sort of thing is not covered by the FDA. According to my link above, at least one maker of these products has already offered to settle a class-action lawsuit. Here's what I could find out about the lawsuits: http://community.babycenter.com/post/a2 ... its_a_scam http://www.10news.com/news/team-10/laws ... nt-deliver Maybe they are hoping they can settle the lawsuit and still make a profit? A$2.5 million dollar offer is probably just a small percentage of their profits.
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Babycenter.com wrote:If a judge approves the proposed settlement, IntelliGender would refund $10 to each person who bought the$29.99 Gender Prediction Test between November 2006 and January 2011 and received inaccurate results.
1. Best case you're out of 2/3 of the price;
2. do you have to prove you "received inaccurate results"? Good luck with that;
3. did you keep proof of purchase from 2006 – 2011 for 30 lousy bucks?

An analogous scam exists in vanity publishing (where it's the author who pays for his book's manufacture): the sharks print but don't bind, or just do nothing. If the client complains, he gets an immediate refund (so no lawsuit), but most of these people are so emotionally involved in their work that they don't act. (And anyway most of these books, if printed for realz, just gather mold in garages & attics, after having embarrassed friends & family as "gifts"…)

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Witness wrote:
Babycenter.com wrote:If a judge approves the proposed settlement, IntelliGender would refund $10 to each person who bought the$29.99 Gender Prediction Test between November 2006 and January 2011 and received inaccurate results.
1. Best case you're out of 2/3 of the price;
2. do you have to prove you "received inaccurate results"? Good luck with that;
3. did you keep proof of purchase from 2006 – 2011 for 30 lousy bucks?

Probably the lawyers are the only ones here to get a payoff worth their effort. That they would "settle" for only \$10 per customer shows whose interests they were really looking out for.
Brian Strange of Strange & Carpenter, who represents the plaintiffs, said they agreed to settle the lawsuit because IntelliGender might have gone under if the litigation continued.

"The settlement was in large part motivated [by IntelliGender's] financial conditions," Strange said. "It's better to get the consumers at least something."
I wonder what the breakdown is between how much of the settlement goes to paying the lawyers and how much goes to the consumers.

That's why I think you need the FTC to step in and not just rely on class-action lawsuits.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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