Police destroy the largest synthetic drug production site ever discovered in Europe. There goes everyone’s winter holiday in Spain.
A vast ecstasy laboratory, the largest ever discovered, was recently busted and dismantled in Belgium. The site was run by five men, four Dutch and one Belgian, covering 1000 square meters and pumping out millions upon millions of euros worth of party fuel.
There are lots of weird lakes out there, but one lake in Tanzania has just the right pH so that any animal unlucky enough to fall into its waters are preserved and calcified for eternity. Apparently, there are such frozen bodies of birds and bats all over this demon pond.
Hydrogen, and hydrogen bonds are the building blocks of everything physical. These tiny bits of stuff, just a few atoms attached to another few atoms, was photographed for the first time ever by scientists in Communist China. Commies! Damn!
To create these remarkable images, a team led by Xiaohui Qiu and Zhihai Cheng of China’s National Center for Nanoscience & Technology, along with Wei Ji of Renmin University of China, used noncontact AFM to scan for the forces that rest between molecules in variety of compounds. The winning combination was 8-hydroxyquinoline (an organic compound) deposited on a copper surface.
The deeper we peer into the workings of the universe, the weirder things get. For example, it turns out that chemical reactions in the cold depths of space happen on a regular basis, even with almost detectable energy to cause them to happen. And that’s where quantum tunneling comes into play…
Humans have enjoyed hallucenating since literally the dawn of the Human Age, some would say even further. And all this time, not shamans nor poets, philosophers or scientists have been able to entirely explain why your brain goes on this inside out universe distorting existential geometric river ride through the center of your very being. Oh, there have been some very good explanations, but hallucinogens aren’t like deconstructing other drugs. We know very well what Tylenol, cocaine, heroin, nicotine and alcohol do to the brain, but even with all of our 21st century knowledge of the brain, and we know quite a bit, tripping balls has always kinda sidestepped an exact definition.
Okay, so it may not look high resolution like your TV looks high resolution, but when you’re talking about pictures of atoms, this is as high res as it gets. This is the first ever image atoms in a molecule breaking apart and then reforming chemical bonds. Stuff that happens all day every day around you and inside you.