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Red Wine and the Secret of Superconductivity 105

cold fjord writes "Red wine is a popular marinade for meat, but it also may become a popular treatment for creating iron-based superconductors as well (Link to academic paper): 'Last year, a group of Japanese physicists grabbed headlines around the world by announcing that they could induce superconductivity in a sample of iron telluride by soaking it in red wine. They found that other alcoholic drinks also worked — white wine, beer, sake and so on — but red wine was by far the best. The question, of course, is why. What is it about red wine that does the trick? Today, these guys provide an answer — at least in part. Keita Deguchi at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan, and a few buddies, say the mystery ingredient is tartaric acid and have the experimental data to show that it plays an important role in the process. ... It turns out the best performer is a wine made from the gamay grape — for the connoisseurs, that's a 2009 Beajoulais from the Paul Beaudet winery in central France.'"
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Red Wine and the Secret of Superconductivity

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  • Re:Prohibition (Score:5, Informative)

    by Khyber ( 864651 ) <> on Saturday March 24, 2012 @08:19PM (#39463415) Homepage Journal

    Your link is bullshit - "They acknowledged some limitations, including the use of self-reported data, the lack of adjustment for a family history of psychosis, and possible bias from selected recall" - that much doubt means it's not even worth considering. When they eliminate all those doubts and get within 6-sigma I'll consider it.

    Ditto your sciencedaily (which is about as reliable as the Daily Mail) - [] - in fact there are hundreds more reliable studies than the crap you're posting, which aren't even from reliable sources.

  • Re:Prohibition (Score:4, Informative)

    by Khyber ( 864651 ) <> on Saturday March 24, 2012 @09:34PM (#39463673) Homepage Journal

    Again, your links suck. Especially with a SELECTED SAMPLE GROUP OF TEN FUCKING PEOPLE.

    Do you know how studies with reputation work? It isn't with a shitty sample that small.

  • Re:Prohibition (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 24, 2012 @09:48PM (#39463721)

    Dude your are late in medical sciences : the latest definitive study from the Journal of American Medical Association:

    That studies analyzing the data on more than 5000 persons conclude that marijuana alone is almost harmless, marijuana + tobacco == really bad and finally tobacco == quite bad

    Stop it with your propagandist hysterical DEA funded rhetoric.

  • Re:Prohibition (Score:5, Informative)

    by six025 ( 714064 ) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @03:43AM (#39464669)

    He says it would be great to hear a positive drug story, but he doesn't actually tell a real one. I guess it's supposed to be funny as long as you aren't the one on a bad trip, or dying.

    Trends in Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths []

    If you actually read the linked article you will find that these "drug overdose deaths" are not attributed to street drugs (heroin, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy etc) but to prescription drugs or "opioid pain killers" (OxyContin and Vicodin). This is just one of the choice quotes (there are many) from a quick scan of the linked article and summary:

    One might assume that the increase in drug overdose deaths is due to an increased use of street drugs like heroin and cocaine, because we have in the past associated such drugs with overdoses. However, in a paper published in 2006, the CDC drilled down to another level to look at the codes given to the specific drugs recorded on the death certificates through 2004. When these more specific drugs were tabulated, we found that street drugs were not behind the increase. The increase from 1999 to 2004 was driven largely by opioid analgesics, with a smaller contribution from cocaine, and essentially no contribution from heroin. The number of deaths in the narcotics category that involved prescription opioid analgesics increased from 2,900 in 1999 to at least 7,500 in 2004, an increase of 160% in just 5 years.[1] By 2004, opioid painkiller deaths numbered more than the total of deaths involving heroin and cocaine in this category.

    In future, when attacking a subject you know very little about, at least have the decency to provide links and analysis that back up your claims instead of fear driven media bullshit. Thank you.


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