Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

The battery of the future could be made from paper. You’ll be able to cut it into pieces, crunch it into a ball, roll it up into a tube or any other shape required to power the ever growing array of electronic devices that are hitting the market at light speed. The new battery consists of paper that’s been infused with an electrolyte substance and microscopic carbon nanotubles that form electrodes. Current flows from one side of the paper to the other. Even more amazing, the paper battery also functions as a capacitor, a device that stores electricity, so you’ll be able to charge it, wad it up and stick it in your pocket and stuff it into your cell phone whenever and wherever you need. ***MARLAR: And spit-wads would suddenly become deadly electro-magnetic weapons.

About the only snow you’ll find in Southern California is in the movies. But sled dogs are hot in a region where sand dunes outnumber snow drifts. Now, urban mushing allows owners of huskies and other sled dogs to give their animals a workout. The dogs pull scooters instead of sleds.  The Southern California Working Snow Dogs group has about 240 members. But not all the scooter-pullers are huskies or malamutes. Some people harness their standard poodles to the scooters for a weekend run in the park.  ***MARLAR: They should make sled dogs street legal… dog food is more affordable than regular gas!

A few Fort Wayne, Indiana, police officers will have to leave the high speed chases to someone else.  The police department is buying three new three-wheeled electric scooters. Officers will use them to patrol the downtown area. The rechargeable scooters will help cut the city’s gasoline bill, but they don’t go very fast; the top speed is just 23 mph.  ***MARLAR: So if you plan on robbing a bank, please be thoughtful and drive your getaway vehicles veerryy slowwwly.

Supporters of the Atkins diet are calling the results of a study comparing it to other weight-loss regimens “vindication.”  The two-year study conducted at a nuclear research facility in Israel focused on the low-carb Atkins-style diet with a low-fat diet and a Mediterranean-style diet.  A report in The New England Journal of Medicine determined that the 322 participants all achieved weight loss and improved cholesterol. But it also found that a low-carb diet similar to the Atkins diet helped improve cholesterol levels more than the two competing diets. Some critics had predicted the opposite.  The study is remarkable not only because it lasted two years, much longer than most, but also because of the huge proportion of people who stuck with the diets — 85 percent.  ***MARLAR: But is life without French fries worth living?  And just how many times can you stand making a sandwich with turkey between two slices of turkey?

A recent study suggests that kids are getting fatter because lack of sleep is changing their metabolism… another study found that children who watch violent, R-rated horror movies make lower grades in school.  ***MARLAR: They’re getting low grades because they’re so scared they can’t sleep; lack of sleep is making kids fat.  Hence, horror movies make kids fat!

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is warning people not to drink sodas.  ***MARLAR: And why shouldn’t they warn us?  They’ve already warned us not to eat any food on Earth, so it’s not like we need to wash anything down.

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