top French Team Implants First Long-Term Artificial Heart
I always found that split in artificial heart design interesting and analogous to flapping vs fixed wing in aircraft design.
top US FDA Moves To Ban Trans Fat
Well, that sane and useful labeling allows things under a gram to be rounded down and not be mentioned, so anything you see thats "0g Trans Fat per serving!" probably still has transfat.
top Grocery Delivery Lowers Carbon Dioxide Emissions Over Individual Trips
It baffles me how many people make special trips for things, i never go just one place, if i need one thing it can wait until i have more places to go. Go to the grocery store 2-3 times a week, theres 3 on the way home from work. We do big grocery shopping for staples and nonperishables at one further away probably every other weekend, but we also go to target, the hardware store and sams club on those trips.
about a year and a half ago
top New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games
Whole Foods has Oscar Mayer bologna on sale this week.
top Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol
Thats why we use gasoline. While hydrogen does have a higher specific energy, Octane and other hydrocarbons of similar lengths have some of the highest energy densities of any readily available compounds. Hydrogen has a specific energy of about 142 megajoules per kilogram, while gasoline has about 48mj/kg. BUT, a kilogram of gasoline is about 1.4 liters, and a kilogram of liquid hydrogen is a little over 14 liters. so not only would you need a fuel tank nearly four times the size for a car of similar range (and thats assuming hydrogen would be as efficient as an internal combustion engine), but hydrogen is only liquid at 20 degrees kelvin, or about 250 degrees below zero. Maintaining that low a temperature requires even more energy.
top Facebook Tests 'Want' Button To Hoard User Data, Save Its Stock Price
Will targeted advertising become a feedback loop and lose all cost effectiveness? If youre only going to show me products im interested in in the first place, why waste money on advertising it to me?
top The History of 'Correlation Does Not Imply Causation'
I would argue that correlation absolutely IMPLIES causation, but does not PROVE causation.
top Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints
I think many of them DO actually at least partly approve of these things, but feel guilty enough to lie about it. If there are so many of these purported "moderate christians" who
dont want to burn gays at the stake and dont want to tell women what to do with their bodies and dont want to teach creationism in science class and just want to be good people and love their neighbors and follow the teachings of christ... do they not vote?
Because various referendums around the country definitely indicate that these mythical voiceless moderates dont really represent a significant percentage of christians, much less the general population.
top $60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day
But it wouldnt happen. If people start using less power, the company will just raise their rates to compensate and actually make more profit. Why would a power company (or any company really) want to save its customers money if it didnt benefit them somehow.
top Using Non-Newtonian Fluids To Fill Potholes
Actually you can most places depending on the circumstances. If the pothole was reported and the city hadnt done anything about it in X number of days they can be held liable depending on local regulations.
top UK Police Investigate Alleged Phorm Lunch With Officer
I know those words, but that sign makes no sense.
top Television Next In Line For Industry-Wide Shakeup?
Smart TVs are nice for things like streaming for a secondary TV, in a bedroom or basement, where you dont want a bunch of boxes and cables, but for my living room... i have a cable box, i have a game console, i have a networked dvd player. The TV is ONLY a display. This is one place where with some technologies moving as fast as they are, convergence is a bad thing. If some new streaming service comes out, i can reasonably assume theyll have a PS3 app. Depending on how proprietary things are they may not have an app for a smart TV even a few years old. Heck, i dont even need the main TV in the home theater to have speakers, i just want a big dumb good quality monitor with a digital video input. Let my receiver handle all the AV stuff and one or two boxes handle TV and recorded media.
Convergence has its place, its nice having a camera in my phone in my pocket all the time, but i dont want a cheap, prone to mechanical failure, blu-ray player or cheap PC that no one will make software for in 9 months stuck on the side of my nice high end tv.
top New Study Confirms Safety of GM Crops
Most people have issue with eating GM crops, i certainly dont, i dont think theyre going to damage my health or cause mutations or anything like that (although i'm sure a fringe do).
The issues with GM food come from introducing a laboratory spliced gene into crops out in the wild and the effects of that when it may cross breed. The effects of a gene from a completely unrelated KINGDOM entering the ecosystem could be a lot more drastic than traditionally selectively bred crops. No mater how much cold resistance you breed tomatoes for, theyre not going to get flounder genes in them. Plants that produce their own pesticides? If those crossbred with something wild, we could be killing off helpful insects and collapse entire food chains. We simply can not know the long term ramifications of this.
The other issue is the patenting of genes and all the associated issues of suing farmers when GM crops crossbreed, etc etc.
Monsanto is just a comic book evil corporation, they should just change their name to Lexcorp or Weyland Yutani or something.
top Hard Drive Prices Slide As Thai Flood Aftermath Subsides
Because they could?
top Earth's Core Made In Miniature
Is a miniature Aaron Eckhart and douchey french guy?
top Judge Makes Divorcing Couple Swap Facebook Passwords
'Neither party shall visit the website of the other’s social network and post messages purporting to be the other,'
So they cant send people facebook messages as eachother, but for better or for worse, nowadays facebook is your defacto online presence for most of the internet.
Recent activity -
"_Ex husband_ liked horsefuckers.net [thumbsup.gif]" "_Ex husband_ liked midgettrannyhookers.com [thumbsup.gif]"
Or less malicious, but possibly more professionally damaging...
"_Ex husband_ liked NORML.org [thumbsup.gif]"
You get the idea. This sort of thing should be handled carefully by a third party. In a bitter divorce, if one party doesnt mind going to jail for contempt of court, you could pretty much ruin someones personal and professional reputation with access to their facebook account. I mean, there have been cases of people coaching their children that the other parent had molested them in attempt to effect divorce proceedings as well as ruin the other party, this sort of thing has the potential to be at least as damaging.
top Mobile App Search: So Broken AltaVista Could Do It
I was looking at the wikipedia page for
web search engine and looking at the timeline along the right; i didnt recognize a single one on there after 1999.
We can start measuring internet time in
Before Google and After Google i think.
top The White House Responds To We the People Petition
"Preventing drug use is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America."
Huh? So preventing drug use reduces drug use?
top The Real Job Threat
Ok, sure, TVs have gotten bigger and cheaper. Thats a very small segment of "goods".
In 1985 the federal minimum wage was $4.88 and a loaf of bread cost $.56, thats working 7 minutes for a loaf of bread
In 2010 the federal minimum wage was $7.25 and a loaf of bread cost $1.79, thats working 14 minutes for a loaf of bread.
top The Real Job Threat
Except lowering the cost of production hasnt resulted in cheaper goods for the most part, its resulted in higher profits.
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