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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Cazekiel I gotta say (1469 comments)

I knew this story would be on here, knew it'd have more comments than any other story and that a ton of them would say "This isn't news for nerds." Because the supposed non-/. stories always get a crapload of comments. That's probably why they go up; it's well-known that topics like these will garner the most attention, and we prove it time-after-time.

I don't have a problem with it being up myself (it's important, even if it's not tech-y), but if anyone else does, just don't comment and give it attention/hits. I dunno, seems logical to me.

about 2 years ago
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Curiosity Rover Fires First Laser Beam At Martian Rock

Cazekiel But can it sing? (167 comments)

Now I'm picturing Curiosity roaming around, singing, "On planet Mars, I feel safest of all, no more humans around, and I get to shoot rocks, on Mars..."

about 2 years ago
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Curiosity Rover Fires First Laser Beam At Martian Rock

Cazekiel Re:This means war! (167 comments)

You almost got me PMSL... good show, Sir or Madam...

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Does anyone realize the consequences? (407 comments)

Don't you love it when a new, wonderful and advance in science is reduced to "YEA! Now we can get even with the wimmins for all those RIGHTS they have!" with these guys? It's not about, "Nice, now I can control what my body does and what it WON'T do, preventing unwanted pregnancies." No. It's an immediate, ill-perceived tool of revenge.

I'm just gonna say it, cos' I've had it: to those guys, with all your accusations and revenge tactics? We don't want to be pregnant with your kid. Sorry to disappoint, but we're not all lining up for your DNA like you think we are. It's like being scared of a gay guy cos' he's gonna check you out--the assumption that you're worth being checked-out makes most of them laugh.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Beats paying child support! (407 comments)

I don't see how my saying that a man should support his child means that I think total absolutes about women getting everything they want with no accountability. I'm honestly trying to find the words to say to this, because I'd said I wasn't going to say anything else (I've raped this topic comments-wise today), so I want to make everything clear in these "final words". Or what I HOPE are final...

Never once have I said anything about women getting everything and men getting nothing, but that doesn't seem to matter; to some men, it seems that anytime someone brings up a disadvantage in the 'Woman's World', they jump up and start pointing fingers, saying "we have it bad, too!" What's funny is that while I have a small feminist side, I see the bullshit that goes on on my side of the court. I could give examples, but I've been too wordy already. Fact is, I try my best to be a reasonable, well-rounded and deep-thinking individual. I can shoot off the mouth and be opinionated, but if no one did that, there wouldn't be anything interesting on the internet.

We DO have a little more responsibility. And in a lot of cases, that's what fucks us up the ass without the benny of a reach-around. We're damned if we do, damned if we don't. If you're a pregnant teenager, some schools will try to bar you from attending but let the baby-daddy (gah, hate using that, but it seems right here, dunno why) roam the halls without repercussion. If we choose to abort when the man doesn't want us to, we're baby-killing bitches. If we choose to keep the baby, we're money-hungry bitches. If we choose to not have sex on the first or second date, we're labelled prudes. If we DO have sex on the first or second date, we're sluts. We do have options, and we DON'T have options, simply because we can be vilified for any one of them. Saying this, I'm not trying to play the tearful, "WOE IS ME, I'M A WOMAN!" card, it is what it is. How do we win? Give the man the decision entirely? Compromise, when it's already too hot to touch? What about the families on both sides, do they have a say? I DO side with women on this issue a little more, yes, because the products of both abortion and pregnancy will stay with her forever. I know the latter well; I had to have a c-section, because my son was born at 11.6 pounds, no lie. I've never recovered from it, even when I joined a gym and went through serious fitness and dieting routines. I'd never take it back, however. All this doesn't mean the man doesn't get a say in what happens, but it IS hard to say how it's finalized, as yes, the woman is the most affected. Sorry... you might not like it as a man, but it's just fact. Sometimes I don't like it either, because I'm a person who wants to be completely impartial, even in things like this. But I always keep coming back to the "who's affected the most by this?" point.

The best solution is what a lot of men (and some women) do not want to hear: this can allllll be avoided in NOT having sex with someone on the first, second or even third date. This goes for both sexes. If Jane and Joe have sex on the first date and Jane gets pregnant, neither one of them can bitch about the decisions being made on either side, whether or not the woman's insisting on it being her way. If Jane got to know Joe, she'd learn he didn't want kids and would want an abortion be done and nothing but. If Joe got to know Jane, he'd learn that she didn't want an abortion, even if it was with some guy she just met. Would this seriously kill anyone? I'm not talking "Wait for marriage," crap, just KNOW the person you're going to sleep with before you sleep with them. Neither side can feign ignorance. And it doesn't even have to be a two-hour lecture on 'Why Joe Doesn't Want Kids: Part VII, Money'... just, "Not without a condom--too young for kids *wink*" or the like.

It's not hard. In the end, it's 50/50, because someone else isn't responsible for another person, no matter how deceitful the man or woman may be. If a man has sex (especially unprotected sex, taking her word that she's on the pill) then they have to understand that not even birth control is 100%, and she may not be lying but forgot to take the pill two days before and poof, the statistics go up in pregnancy's favor. Or maybe she IS lying. It happens--just not in the proliferation or as exponentially as the guys here are saying. If it's happened once to one guy, it happens all the time, or in 90% of pregnancy cases? I thought this site was more aimed at scientific observation, not making facts out of a few personal experiences...

If you've read my original post/comment to this article, you'd find that I WANT this option on the table, because it gives the man an edge and gives him a level of personal responsibility, instead of relying on the woman solely. I myself always had to have a combo of condoms and contraceptive foam, because I had awful, mentally-crippling reactions to birth control (seriously--three days after starting the regimen, I'd cry every time I heard the pill's timer go off, constant insomnia, depression, etc.). If I were back to being a college-aged girl, wanting sex without the kid and this sort of option was out there? Betcher ass I'd go for it. And if I make make a superficial statement? A guy that would do that would attract a LOT of girls, almost in the same way as a man buying tampons for his wife/girlfriend. It means you're willing to take part, take care and share sexual responsibility. I don't know what kinds of girls half the guys here are talking about, but I'd only say that they should pay more attention to the female population. Someone like me would find it hawt. That's with an A-W, hawt.

So there, my last statement, and I'd state it again if I had to... if I don't reply, it's only because I've done this one too many times for my tastes. I'm not going to argue anymore, I'm not going to keep defending my opinions/views/personal facts, it is what it is.

about 2 years ago
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How Technology Might Avert an Apocalypse

Cazekiel Re:Can't wait for January 1, 2013. (201 comments)

Sure, we've done damage. But are we going to turn the planet into kitty litter? No. The planet will just shake us off then rebuild itself, sans people. As George Carlin once said, who knows, maybe the planet would make something really cool, new life and what not out of plastic.

Mainly, the only reason we want to "protect the planet" is self-preservation. For US, it's important to live, but what effect do we have in other solar systems? Hell, half a solar radii away--what's our impact there? I don't see this view as virtuous, I see it as realism. It makes my life a little richer, knowing that all I've got is me and what I do with my time. So I make it valuable, and try to make an impact, because it's all I've got.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Beats paying child support! (407 comments)

Waaaaaitaminnit. I've been commenting a lot around here, and all I've been saying is that I WANT the male birth control. Where the hell do you read my NOT wanting it in here? My entire stance is based on men taking part in the birth control process, instead of it being on the woman solely, having control over the choice to have kids or not. Why twist everything around? Are you that desperate to give chicks the shaft? Seriously, I'm SUPPORTIVE of men having this choice, wtf is your deal?

about 2 years ago
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How Technology Might Avert an Apocalypse

Cazekiel Re:Can't wait for January 1, 2013. (201 comments)

But you know what'll happen. Like the last prediction of the End of the World, they'll try to say it was off by a couple days. Then again, once 2013 slips up on us all, they'll then move on to saying, "Oh, they meant 2021!"...

about 2 years ago
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How Technology Might Avert an Apocalypse

Cazekiel Can't wait for January 1, 2013. (201 comments)

Or, y'know, maybe applying human-generated myths to actual, present-day scientific observations isn't needed, as humans are so completely inconsequential it's laughable.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Wishful thinking (407 comments)

I said voice, didn't I? Even if I didn't, the voice change doesn't last longer than a few years, neither does the formation of an Adam's Apple. By the time a man is grown at 18-21, they're basically in the same body they'll be in at 60. Changes, yes, but the norm for both sexes. Erectile dysfunction is stay or go, yes. But I'm talking long-term effects that you have to deal with, some quite unpleasantly.

"Perhaps we don't actually give birth, but aside from that, the physical frustrations of our sexes are at least equal, any day." ...now I'm sorry, but this is so completely false. I'm not being snarky, it's just that... you don't bleed out of your penis every month with severe cramping and even vomiting (that was a big, big issue in high school and college for me--still happens every now and again), you don't lose your penis' functions as a whole through male-menopause (erectile dysfunction doesn't trump menopause, I'm sorry; you can still have a kid at 80, if you so chose) and your chest doesn't explode out at 12 or so to make back-breaking lumps you gotta lug around for the rest of your life. Men have their changes, but they don't come close.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Beats paying child support! (407 comments)

Ah, that fine gentleman! Yes, indeed. I can see him now, going to his spawn... "Okay kids, do Daddy a favor: don't eat for the next seven or twelve years 'til I figure this shit out."

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Cazekiel Re:Beats paying child support! (407 comments)

The only way I would agree with you is if it was decided beforehand that she WOULD have an abortion if she got pregnant. I mean... honestly, do you understand what most women go through in having an abortion? It's not a flippant contraceptive, but something that can destroy you mentally, emotionally, etc.

I'm being serious now, really, because the two options you have here is something that involves instant gratification: "abort the baby, done," and "she had the kid, I'm outta here." Do you understand how either one of those can affect you later on in life? Do you really and truly understand that 18 years later, you're going to be loathed and reviled by the person you fathered, or that maybe, just maybe, you might regret the abortion? It's not to say "THIS WILL HAPPEN!" it's to actually think. I'm a scientist at heart, and calculate every single little thing, not just how I feel at this very moment.

In the end, if you don't want a kid, don't have sex on the first date. Maybe not even on the second. Get to know the person you're interested in, let them know how you want things to go and see if you match. Not every woman is out to get you, you know. It's about being selective. I think this about friends of mine that hooked up with losers, thought they were great but ended up being abusive deadbeat-dads that won't take care of the kids they gave life to. I feel for them, but I went for the geeky guy all THEIR 'love interests' teased for playing violin instead of going to keg parties. "Well, you made your choice, even knowing what kind of person they were."

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Beats paying child support! (407 comments)

"I also think that a father has the right to know if he has a child, so I'm completely in favour of paternity testing"

Absolutely. The only times I'd say "Oh, c'mon," is if it's obvious he's just being a dick. Some men will do anything to get out of that responsibility, even if it takes lying, calling her a 'whore'. But even then, fine, have your paternity test. In that case I'd say that the father would have to pay for it, unless it turned out it wasn't his kid. That's to prevent defaming the woman he's accusing of cheating on him.

I think what a lot of men who bitch and accuse women of "trapping them with a kid" (because women can control the sperm count and what it does after it gets up in her uterus; let's face it, most women who get pregnant didn't have some master plan to keep the guy around. Some? Sure, but...) don't think on is that they've created a human, who will one day know that the man who fathered them saw them more as a trap than an actual person. I can't imagine that kind of feeling, especially if when I turned 18, they'd suddenly want to be in my life. What a hurtful, psych-bill inducing insult, knowing that your entire existence was spit upon by the person who should have loved you most.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Wishful thinking (407 comments)

I actually dislike women who do that. I find it disingenuous, and really, if you want to feel productive and empowered, do it your own effing self. Can't bitch later, "I'm a strong woman, don't treat me like a second-class citizen!" if you're pulling crap like that.

ANY-way. I was an insecure, introverted thing growing up, so it didn't take teasing. You can relate it to a guy's experience, getting an unwanted erection, only it's ALWAYS there. You feel like you're getting stared at, and I hated that feeling. I usually wore baggy shirts and other unflattering items of wear, but I'll never forget when we had to dress up for a mock trial of 'Mr. Alcohol' for a science-health class. I grabbed the only good clothes I had, a sweater I never wore (my Nana had the most boring taste in clothes) and it ended up being WAY too tight than I'd wanted. Suddenly, the geeky girl boys never paid attention to gained a crowd of sudden admirers. I find it funny nowadays, but back then I knew why and hated it.

You're right, not all girls feel that way. But when you're a sensitive, relatively unpopular girl who actually feared sex (for ex., I told my sixth grade boyfriend that I wasn't getting married, because my view was that marriage meant sexsexsex... funny, eh? Lol) you do NOT want guys staring at your boobs. I still feel that way sometimes, mainly because I'm the opposite of that girl you mentioned: I like being noticed for actual attributes, not my body. It ain't much to-do anymore, anyway. ;)

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Beats paying child support! (407 comments)

Of course she needs to take care of her kid. And single mothers who don't have the dads stick around DO. Are you saying they don't? Saying that it's a 50/50 deal makes me misandric? I'd say the opposite. Children need a father in their lives, imho, and the world would be a better place if more men stepped up to the plate. it's *getting* better, but it needs work.

I don't know what women you've met in life, but I assure you, I ain't one of them. Neither are many. Have you ever thought that your selection and choices are messed-up and you're honing in on the WRONG chicks? I hooked up with a great guy, a real, 100% geek, while nearly all of my friends decided to moon over the Bad Boys. I get jealous looks from them, especially from the single mother demographic, but I don't say, "Yea, men are assholes," but "Well, you made the choices."

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Wishful thinking (407 comments)

It's not being PC, that's not how I meant it. Of course we're different. It still stands, though; a lot of men would see this form of contraception as an intrusion. Most men I know are really good people, but get squeamish about body issues, even if it's their own. That's only one set of experiences from one person, but... yea.

My husband watched my c-section, though. He doesn't fall into that category, lol.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Wishful thinking (407 comments)

One time discomfort? What do you think boobs are, detachable?

And seriously, I don't know what your mom or girlfriend or babysitter did to you, but your martyr complex needs some attention. Do you honestly think all women get by on their looks and bodies, even when it comes to jobs (that, might I add, women get paid less than men in most cases, even when they work just as hard) and working on relationships? That's a crock. Maybe SOME do, but tons of men are just as asshole-y.

I've worked hard for everything I have. I made the right choices in almost every area, and while life isn't perfect, I'm not about to blame an entire race, sex or demographic for the crap in my life. I could sit here myself and complain, whine and make blanket statements about men, how my daddy cheated on my mom, broke up their marriage then left us in the lurch never paying a cent for my upbringing, or how half the guys I tried dating were only in it for the sex, whatever else. But... see, I don't do that. I'd rather take a scientific view, wherein I don't judge an entire people based on a small, insignificant set of personal experiences. Try doing that for yourself.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Wishful thinking (407 comments)

And may I add: by "stupid-ridiculous body issues" I meant an upheaval of your body's system. Getting boobs is a Big Deal. Try being a sixth grade girl with D-cups then get back to me.

about 2 years ago
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Cazekiel Re:Wishful thinking (407 comments)

I have DOUBLE-Ds, honey. E-cups when I was pregnant.

about 2 years ago

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Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus for Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "In January 2011, an Air Canada Boeing 767 carrying 95 passengers and eight crew members was on route to Zurich from Toronto when its First Officer, fatigued and disoriented from a long nap he'd taken, panicked in seeing what he believed to be a US cargo plane on a collision course with his aircraft. The panicking F.O. pushed forward on the control column to make a rapid descent, only it wasn't an aircraft he'd been looking at, but Venus. According to the article:

"The airliner dropped about 400 feet before the captain pulled back on the control column. Fourteen passengers and two crew were hurt, and seven needed hospital treatment. None were wearing seat belts, even though the seat-belt sign was on."

The only danger in this situation had been the F.O. napping for 75 minutes instead of the maximum 40, as the disorientation and confusion stemming from deeper sleep was the culprit in this mix-up. However, the Air Canada Pilots Association, quote, "has long pressured authorities to take the stresses of night flying into account when setting the maximum hours a pilot can work," taking into account that North Atlantic night-flights are hardest on an already-fatigued pilot."

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Cold beer: Soft-serve Head Keeps Brew Chilled

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "Sticking a mug in your freezer to ensure a cold beer may be made obsolete, if the Japanese brewing giant Kirin has anything to do about it. How? Kirin came up with a creative, delectable way to create frozen beer foam, dispensed the way you would a soft-serve ice cream cone.

Gizmag gives us the details:

"To make the topping, regular Ichiban beer is frozen to -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) while air is continuously blown into it. It's kind of like when a child makes bubbles in their drink, except inside a blast freezer. Once the topping is placed onto regular, unfrozen beer though, it acts as an insulating lid and keeps the drink cold for 30 minutes.""

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BOSS: The Universe's Most Precise Measurement? 13.5 Billion Years Old

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "Observing the primordial sound waves created 30,000 years after the Big Bang, physicists on the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) have determined our universe's most precise measurements: 13.5 billion years old.

This article detailing the study reports:

“We’ve made precision measurements of the large-scale structure of the universe five to seven billion years ago – the best measure yet of the size of anything outside the Milky Way,” says David Schlegel of the Physics Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), BOSS’s principal investigator. “We’re pushing out to the distances when dark energy turned on, where we can start to do experiments to find out what’s causing accelerating expansion.”"

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Survey Says Bosses Fear Being Filmed by Employees

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "If you think your boss is a fearless, miserable beast whose only worries lie in how well his company or business competes, think again. The 'Business Video Behavior Project' survey conducted by Qumu reveals that those in-charge are growing more and more paranoid about something the Average Joe fears just walking down the street nowadays: employees who will "secretly film him with his metaphorical pants down and then post the footage for public delectation.", as this article describes. It would seem that it doesn't matter if you're powerful, wealthy and lording over hundreds of cubicles; they know the internet exists, everyone has a cell phone camera and thick wallets don't make discarded banana peels magically move out of their path."
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After Anesthesia, Deep, Primitive Brain Awakens First

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "Studies using PET (positron emission tomography) scans on those waking from the effects of anesthesia show that the more primitive structures in the human brain start the process of regaining consciousness. Leading the study was Harry Scheinin of the University of Turku in Finland; he employed twenty-two volunteers who were administered dexme-detomidine or propofol (propofol being famous for its misuse by Michael Jackson). The PET scans showed that the primitive areas of the brain--brain stem, thalamus, hypothalamus and the anterior cingulate cortex as Scheinin explained--start connecting to the advanced sections through electrical nerve activity before full awareness occurs."
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Youtube Founders Readying 'Zeen' Magazine Platform

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have developed a new magazine application, which will allow users to "discover and create new magazines." The teaser is up, where those interested in using the service can reserve a username before its launch. The idea is being compared to sites such as pinterest.com and paper.li (according to this second source) and the brand-new twitter and facebook accounts for the service give the greeting, “Hello world! You’ll soon be able to discover and create beautiful magazines with us. Secure your username now at http://zeen.com/.”"
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Emergency Landing Due to Snakes on the Plane

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "Braden Blennerhassett, 26, probably could have used a purple lightsaber but more-than-likely used Samuel L Jackson's infamous cursing before making an emergency call to air-traffic controllers. The mayday-message?

"Look, you're not going to believe this. I've got snakes on a plane."

Indeed, it was not a belated April Fool's Day joke. The Air Frontier flight from Warren to the small town of Peppimenarti was put on hold to make an emergency landing, due to a snake suddenly appearing in the cockpit. Blennerhassett was particularly spooked when the snake crawled up his leg while landing: "My blood pressure and heart rate was a bit elevated — it was an interesting experience," he told Nine News.

If that wasn't odd enough, those inspecting the plane after its landing found a green tree frog as well. They deduced that the snake had been hunting the amphibian and--thankfully--the snake was non-venomous.

And if THAT wasn't odd, or even disturbing enough, Air Frontier's director Geoffrey Hunt told ABC News, "I have heard of crocodiles being loose in planes, but not snakes.""

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Facebooking 'God Does Not Exist' in Indonesia = Jail Time

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "It's not news that religious-extremists in power will occasionally conjure up severe consequences for non-believers (or other religious groups that disagree with them), but a new case out of Indonesia takes it to new lows. 31-year-old Alexander Aan may face five years of imprisonment for the simple act of declaring himself as an atheist on facebook in Ateis Minang ('Minang Atheist'), a group Aan had started. Indonesia recognizes and allows the religious practices of Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhism and Confucianism, but atheism isn't just reviled, but considered illegal. Aan, a Dharmasraya Development Planning Board civil servant had been placed in police protective custody after a mob in the dozens went to his office directly to attack and beat him.

Dharmasraya Police Chief Sr. Comr. Chairul Aziz was quoted as saying that in Aan's use of Koran passages referencing his atheism, "it meets the criteria of tainting religion, in this case Islam." Aan had accepted that he'd more than likely be fired but decided to take the hit in order to defend his beliefs in an outspoken way. He went so far as to ask the police investigators handling his case, quote, "if God really exists and has absolute power, why doesn’t God prevent bad things from happening in this world?""

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2014: The Year of the 20 MPH Elevator?

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "If you're susceptible to motion-sickness, you'd best avoid the 2,000-foot-high Shanghai Tower in China after 2014. The ear-popping technology has been developed by Mitsubishi Electric; illustrations of the components (including an 'emergency brake' that more than likely makes you become one with the ceiling if pulled) can be seen here. According to the article, the basement-to-the top, 1,850 foot journey is made in less than a minute. No word yet as to whether it will provide riders with seat-belts and vomit-bags."
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One-Man Wyoming Town Sold for $900,000 in Auction

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "Buford, Wyoming, going once... going twice... SOLD!... to the two Vietnamese men who put up $900,000 to own the one-man town (literally) between Laramie and Cheyenne, on Highway 80. That one-man resident, 61-year-old Don Sammons, had "managed the town's liquor sales, hardware sales, gas pump and hot dog warmer".

Buford, the state's second oldest town, was established in 1866 and had up to 2,000 residents, and had hosted Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Butch Cassidy. It did well as a railway town, but faded along with the railway itself.

You're still stuck thinking about how good the population of this town had it with all those hot dogs and kegs he'd "tend to", aren't you?"

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Studies Show Abnormal Brain Activity Linked to Eating Disorders

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "A presentation at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society on April 3rd revealed that cases of eating disorders have links to brain-activity. Certain areas of the brain show sluggishness for people who eat very little, while the same areas are hyperactive when it comes to over-eaters. The five test groups:

1. People with anorexia at 85% or less of a healthy weight
2. Recovered anorexics
3. Those at a healthy, normal weight
4. Those who are clinically obese
5. People suffering from a disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome, wherein a mutation on chromosome 15 causes developmental delays, mental deficits and prevents the sufferer from feeling full.

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“It’s important to study the extremes, because the biology is clearer in those individuals,” said psychologist Susan Carnell of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University. “That helps us understand normal weight variation.”

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A Rare Bone Disease Mimics Child Abuse, Ends in Tragedy

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "A child-abuse case from 2008 ended in tragedy, when accused child-abuser William "Dave" O'Shell committed double-suicide on June 30, 2008, killing his wife, Tiffany, a few weeks after losing their daughter to social services. Alyssa, the three-month-old daughter, had eleven broken bones, alarming doctors who brought in social services, believing her to be abused. However, the day after the double-suicide, a doctor at Colorado Children's Hospital grew wary and did more testing, finding that the infant suffered from a rare genetic disease known to cause brittle, easily-broken bones. She died from a condition known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), not intense physical abuse.

Four years later, the maternal grandparents have filed numerous lawsuits but have been unsuccessful:

"We were looking for action. We could care less about the money," said Paul Cuin, Tiffany O'Shell's adoptive father. "We wanted someone to sit up and say, 'This is wrong and we need to change things."

The case has brought serious speculation as to how aggressive this case was handled by social services."

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High School Juniors Create 'Flavor Strips' For Astronauts

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "The sense of taste for astronauts is dulled by microgravity, but four high schoolers, participating in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge have come up with a solution: Flavor Strips. They put a little more kick into space-food; from simple salt-and-pepper to Asian spices, astronauts get to add more taste to their meals without the space traveler, as Myra Halpin, a chemistry and research instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics says of one tale told to her, "spinning himself around to get the hot sauce out of the bottle." Never mind taste buds--hot sauce in the eyes? I'll pass."
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Gunther von Hagens Creates an 'Anatomical Safari'

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "Gunther von Hagens, famous for his 'Body Worlds' exhibition has created an 'Anatomical Safari' exhibit for the Museum of Natural History in London. Instead of focusing on the human body as he'd done in 'Body Worlds', he displays what's underneath the skin of animals. From elephants to ostriches, each image featured in livescience.com's image gallery documenting the exhibit is fascinating.

According to the museum's exhibition developer, Georgina Bishop, "At Animal Inside Out, visitors will see animals close up in a whole new way and in the most amazing detail as they get under the skin of some of nature's most incredible creatures.""

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Space Astronomy Archive and Distant Supernova now named 'Barbara Mikulski'

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "According to newswise.com, the Space Astronomy Archive and distant supernova (between Regulas and the constellation Sextans, according to this photo from the article) has been named after Maryland senator Barbara Ann Mikulski. A bit of a "huh?", but according to her wiki page under 'Political Positions', she is "a strong supporter of NASA and of expanding space exploration." It is also due to her long-standing career as a senator, this year marking her accomplishment in being the longest-serving woman in Congressional history. Considering that a new wing on the ISS was almost named 'Stephen Colbert', I won't argue it."
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'Living' Micro-Robot Could Detect Diseases in Humans

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel (1417893) writes "A tiny prototype robot that functions like a living creature is being developed which one day could be safely used to pinpoint diseases within the human body.'

Called 'Cyberplasm', it will combine advanced microelectronics with latest research in biomimicry (technology inspired by nature). The aim is for Cyberplasm to have an electronic nervous system, 'eye' and 'nose' sensors derived from mammalian cells, as well as artificial muscles that use glucose as an energy source to propel it. --sciencedaily.com"

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Public To Get Access To Spectacular Infrared Images Of Galaxies

Cazekiel Cazekiel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cazekiel writes "From redorbit.com:

For the first time, the general public will be able to browse detailed infrared images of more than 200 galaxies. The pictures, originating from data from the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, will be released later this year. Dr George Bendo of the Jodrell Bank center for Astrophysics will highlight the new imagery in a preview at the National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester.

He is delighted to be bringing the Spitzer material to the public: “These data show the intimate connection between the interstellar dust in galaxies, here seen shining in infrared light, and the formation of stars on a grand scale. Now anyone with Internet access can download these extraordinary pictures for themselves and take a look at some of the objects being studied by the world’s leading astronomers, as part of their effort to better understand the universe we live in.”"

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