Archive for December 2011

User responsability in a low energy house.

December 31, 2011

‘Usually one more degree increases consumption by 7 percent. But in a low energy building, the increase is 16 percent. 50 percent if one goes from 19 to 22 degrees. In absolute terms, 16 percent of 40 kWh is reasonable, but it’s a real problem’.
Enertech’s E.Goy, quoted by Technicités 221 dec 2011.


H2O2 for a whiter smile?

December 24, 2011

‘When a person has inherited naturally grey teeth, clarification will be much more difficult to obtain than with slightly orange or yellow teeth.’
Paris Saint Louis Hospital’s Dr Finelle, quoted by Que Choisir 498, dec 2011.

Indeed, the color of the tooth is not given by enamel, the superficial component, but by dentin or ivory, the layer within the tooth. Its colour varies according to the genetic heritage of each person.

(H2O2 is hydrogen peroxyde)

French sharks.

December 21, 2011

Death of a surfing instructor in Boucan Canot, Reunion Island. Fourth shark attack occurred in 2011. Second deadly attack this year. 32 attacks were recorded off the coast of the island, including 14 fatal. in 2011, the local representative of the french State launched a measure to eliminate some sharks and a research program on habitat and ecology of 2 sharks species. One shark was captured. The two hunted species are considered ‘near threatened’. European Union also banned the practice of finning, which involves cutting the fins of sharks and discharging the animals still alive into the sea.
(source Technicités 220, dec 2011)

Tap water in France, current status.

December 19, 2011


in 2006, 3.1 million people were serviced at least once by tap water unfit for consumption on the sole criterion of pesticides. In 2008, five million people were affected. Of the 96 french metropolitan departments, only 19 are served, continuously for the entire population, by a water that is compliant with the regulation of pesticides.
(source: Technicités 220, dec 2011)

About the map: population supplied with water that does not comply with quality limits for pesticides in 2008.

She moved in me.

December 11, 2011


(source: La Chambre Des Officiers, novel by Marc Dugain, 1998, Lattès)

Who needs connected TV?

December 10, 2011

‘the portals of our televisions are not for those who receive television through a box and are already in the world of connected TV without knowing it. They are intended more to those who pass by TNT (earth broadcasted digital TV) and have a basic Internet connection.’ (Panasonic’s Christophe Décloux, quoted by Que choisir 498)

The real issue of french 2012 presidential election?

December 3, 2011