Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

It Was Only A Matter of Time

September 12, 2010

Quantum Cryptography Breached With Lasers

Using lasers to blind quantum cryptography photon detectors, Norwegian computer scientists were able to obtain a copy of a secure key without leaving any trace of their presence.

More here.

And how they did it here.

Bulgarians Plan Tourist Attraction in the Middle of a Lake

November 9, 2008

What Could Possibly Go Wrong Here?


Seuthopolis is the most famous underwater archaeological site in Bulgaria – it is the only completely studied Thracian city in Bulgaria. The city is not only unique as an archeological and historical site, but it’s also a “treasure-house” containing vast knowledge for the everyday life of the Thracians. The city was completely uncovered and studied between 1948 and 1954, during the construction of “Koprinka dam”, near Kazanlak. The research team was led by prof. Dimitar Dimitrov, thoroughly studied and photographed the site, before it was covered by the waters of the Koprinka dam.


Kind of looks like a giant drain plug in the middle of the lake.

More about this project here.

Marijuana kills antibiotic-resistant MRSA

September 11, 2008

Substances harvested from cannabis plants could soon outshine conventional antibiotics in the escalating battle against drug-resistant bacteria. The compounds, called cannabinoids, appear to be unaffected by the mechanism that superbugs like MRSA use to evade existing antibiotics. Scientists from Italy and the United Kingdom, who published their research in the Journal of Natural Products last month, say that cannabis-based creams could also be developed to treat persistent skin infections.

More here.

Marijuana Kills Leukemia Cells

November 24, 2005

Here’s some good news for some people up here on the North Coast.

New research seems to show that the active ingredient in marijuana kills leukemia cells.

The New Drug Study Group in London discovered that Δ9-THC, the active
ingredient in marijuana, works to kill leukemia cells by affecting the
gene, MKP3, which may serve as a critical target for new drugs that are
less psychoactive and less controversial.