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NY Times Innovative Top 20

NY Times Innovative Top 20

The NY Times recently posted 20 Great Innovations that Will Soon Change the World. Considering many Australians may be nursing a considered hangover today following the epic State of Origin last night, their number 20 innovation might be of special interest today. Researchers at Imperial College London are closing in on a formula for a new kind of booze — synthetic alcohol. The team, led by David Nutt, a psychiatrist and former British drug czar, has identified six compounds similar to benzodiazepines — a broad class of psychoactive drugs — that won’t get you rip-roaring drunk but will definitely provide a buzz. According to Nutt, the alcohol substitute would be a flavourless additive that you could put in a non-alcoholic drink. And when you want to sober up, all you’d have to do is pop a pill. NY Times says it’s a few years away – so maybe it will be ready by the time New South Welshmen can show safely wear a Blues jersey in Queensland again without being laughed at while being given the 7-finger salute. Read the rest of NY times innovation wish list here.

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