5. September 2008

Lethal Water Overdose: Water Intoxination


Pretty much every substance can be unhealthy or even lethal when taken in large enough quantities. This also holds true for plain water.

If one digests too much water, the level of sodium in the blood gets out of balance. There is enough sodium, but too much water. The consequence is a hyponatremia, or water intoxination. The possible symptoms are quite scary:

”Initial symptoms typically include light-headedness, sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, headache and/or malaise. Sodium levels below 100 mmol/l (2.3 g/l) frequently result in cerebral edema, seizures, coma, and death within a few hours of drinking the excess water.” (Wikipedia)

In extreme cases it is even possible to die of water. This should be quite impossible through any sane consumption (so don’t panic), but every now and then some people indeed manage to die of water – usually in the context of strange contests.

» read on!

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: intoxinationoverdosewater

26. April 2008

Eccentric Aquarium “Silverfish” by Octopuss Studios


Silverfish Aquarium

Aquaria are usually known in the form of big cuboids. The Silverfish Aquarium belongs to the more exotic specimen.

» The Silverfish Aquarium

The large connected bowls look beautifully strange and futuristic. Commenters over at Boing Boing are worried, though, whether this aquarium could be a royal pain to clean. :) The manufacturer, Octopuss Studios, claims that it is no more difficult to clean than other aquaria.

A definite downside with the Silverfish Aquarium ist he price: 2300 Euro. :)

By the way, does anyone know why this aquarium is named like a rather unloved insectoid species?

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: aquariumfishwater

3. April 2007

Floating MP3-Player: Music for your bath tub


JVC XA-AW33

JVC Japan presented an MP3-Player which floats in water. The JVC XA-AW33 (shiny name…) is waterproof and equiped with circular LED lighting for visualization effects. The manufacturer even claims that the music creates ripples in the water while playing music.

Unfortunately, the floating player can only load 256MB of music and plays music in mono. However, it’s cool! :)

Now if it was available in Europe and didn’t cost 125 Euro (~165 USD)….

(via Golem.de)

Topics: bathtubgadgetmp3musicplayerwaterweird

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