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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

FirephoxRising Re:A drop in the bucket. (420 comments)

ER...Isn't the alfalfa dried in situ before shipping? Wouldn't the water go into the local atmosphere?

about 3 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

FirephoxRising Re:Growth is not necessity (331 comments)

Reversing accidental moderation.

about 3 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

FirephoxRising Re:oh good (202 comments)

Really, I think W8 looks flat, old and ugly.

about 4 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

FirephoxRising Re:AKA (99 comments)

Only locally. As for the bees, a small change could be very bad for us. Asian honey bees are undomesticatable, they do pollinate, but may be very hard to deal with in fields/gardens. There are so many insects that our controlling them in local areas will not be a large impact. I'd like to see this tech extended to rodents and pest birds. Insects and rodents eat more of our food than we do, one could argue that we have artificially inflated the population of many species. I think we have the right to locally defend our areas. I also think we need to reduce our population to about 4 billion.....

about 4 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

FirephoxRising Re:Jenny McCarthy (395 comments)

My point is that society remembers that sort of crap and it takes many years for the distrust to dissipate.

about 4 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

FirephoxRising Re:And the product name? (99 comments)

I stand corrected, they do pollinate. I'd still kill them all near me. It shouldn't really damage their population. Many are introduced here in Australia anyway. Perhaps it will apply selection pressure for mozzies that don't go near human habitation!

about 4 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

FirephoxRising Re:Jenny McCarthy (395 comments)

Many people are stupid, but it wasn't that long ago that doctors did pretend to treat black people so that they could observe how untreated syphilis develops.....

about 4 months ago
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It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing

FirephoxRising Re:Not even close to the worst. (290 comments)

Er, it's pretty easy to drink 40 glasses of water over a week..... That's why I have a filter to block the F in my water. I brush with toothpaste and then SPIT IT OUT! Do not swallow F, it doesn't work to drink it and it may be harmful. F in water is an unmetered dose, they don't know how much you drink, concentration is not dosage. The CDC recommends against F water for those under 1 year. I'm also concerned about how f will concentrate in the food chain as it is added at all points in the production chain and then concentrated by cooking and processing.

about 4 months ago
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

FirephoxRising Re:O RLY (259 comments)

Yes, they should plant this on a rotation with different varieties and using sprays on some fields.

about 4 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

FirephoxRising Re:It must, absolutely must (99 comments)

Cool, need a volume knob though, for night time! Maybe they can vary the power to only blind the bug/damage the wings. Then it may be effective over a larger area too.

about 4 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

FirephoxRising Re:Related TED Talk (99 comments)

Put it up on high poles and allow it to only shoot down into the ground/fence and wear protective glasses when you must go out there. Or turn it off before going out. Farmers wear all sorts of PPE now, they're not going to mind new sunnies! Have to put up signs on fields/yards...... There must be frequencies that are eye safe.....

about 4 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

FirephoxRising Re:AKA (99 comments)

I don't think protecting our fields/homes will seriously damage the food webs over the whole range of the species. Besides, this will allow much reduced use of pesticides, benefiting the whole environment, and the farmers through reduced costs. We can also target pests of bees, we desperately need to protect our bees so that they can pollinate our crops. This system can target small hive beetle etc and directly benefit us.

about 4 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

FirephoxRising Re:And the product name? (99 comments)

Mosquitoes are not pollinators. They can and do harm us and often they're not native to the areas where they are biting us. Besides, we're not talking about eradicating them from their whole range, just killing the ones near us/our crops.

about 4 months ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

FirephoxRising Re:And the product name? (99 comments)

Just kill both sexes of the species we'd like to eliminate! Exterminate! There's no reason to be selective.

about 4 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

FirephoxRising Re:Greenspan's right (516 comments)

Interesting, thanks. I'm sure you're correct that feet will be dragged over reforms even with drastic unemployment and inequality. It may end up being settled over the barrel of guns.

about 4 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

FirephoxRising Re:Consequences of raising wages (516 comments)

No, I agree with rich0, it must be a level playing field, China gets to do things much cheaper than developed nations, so tariffs can be applied for their poor worker conditions and pollution. We are not willing to do what they do, so they shouldn't reap the benefits of cheap and dirty production. We should also carbon tax the hell out of their products as they get here on terribly polluting ships. Yes prices may rise, but at least more people would have decent jobs.

about 4 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

FirephoxRising Re:Greenspan's right (516 comments)

I agree about the credit, but more needs to be done on the supply side as well. We have insanely high house prices/rents, and they wonder why personal debt is so high and savings are low?! WTF?

about 4 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

FirephoxRising Re:Living in 1925 kinda sucked (516 comments)

Not everyone wants to or can start their own business. Real mode average wages have declined sharply since the 1980s. The system would work better if the wage/cost of living curves were more like they were in the 50s and 60s. Ultimately a civilized society is about benefiting society as a whole, not the 1%. We've been in places where 1% have everything, the fucking dark ages! Or you can see it in shithole countries around the world today where the rich live in luxury walled compounds. I don't want to go there! I don't want to live there. People will stand up eventually if the 1% wont share more evenly, they're setting up the system to only benefit themselves.

about 4 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

FirephoxRising Re:Greenspan's right (516 comments)

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand his idea at all. More H1Bs will increase the income problem. You'll have more people being paid less and fewer local people employed. I'd do the reverse, make H1Bs be paid the same with the same conditions as locals....

about 4 months ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

FirephoxRising Re:Take your pants down (151 comments)

I'm ashamed to be Australian today. These idiots don't represent most Australians. I'll have to contact my local member of parliament.

about 4 months ago

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Discovery of a mechanism that makes tumor cells sugar addicted

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about 4 months ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "For almost a hundred years ago is known that cancer cells feel a special appetite for a type of sugar called glucose. The tumor uses this molecule is like the gasoline which depends a sports car to burn faster and grows and multiplies rapidly. It is a little cash process from the energy point of view but allows a superaccelerated cancer cell division. It is what is known as the Warburg effect, which was described in 1927.
"The interesting part is to study whether future treatments that fight the tumor and also quit the energy source of the tumor cells, the tumor dies because it cannot easily be adapted to use other substrates for energy to survive," concludes Esteller."

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New ultrasound technique provides a new radiation free way to visualize tumors.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about 6 months ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "Traditionally ultrasound has seen limited use in cancer treatment due to clarity and resolution issues. But researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have overcome this limitation by combining ultrasound with a contrast agent composed of tiny bubbles that pair with an antibody that many cancer cells produce at higher levels than do normal cells.“The SFRP2-moleculary targeted contrast agent showed specific visualization of the tumor vasculature,” said Klauber-DeMore. “In contrast, there was no visualization of normal blood vessels. This suggests that the contrast agent may help distinguish malignant from benign masses found on imaging.”"
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New anti-cancer research destroys metastatic tumor cells.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about 6 months ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "A novel use of TRIAL anti-cancer treatment causes tumor cells in the blood to self destruct. Excitingly it appears to be even more effective in the bloodstream than in invitro studies. The new method attaches to white blood cells which enables them to be more efficient and last longer in the body."
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Australian University unveils new carbon trapping bricks.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about a year ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "A research pilot plant in Newcastle will trial world-first technology that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction industry. More efficient and stable than storing gas in the ground, the new method will sequester carbon and can work anywhere, unlike geo-sequestration which is site specific."
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New treatment for all cancers from Australia.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about a year ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "New protein based treatment from the University of NSW breaks down cancers by destroying their internal protein structures. The approach has been tried before but always resulted in too much damage to muscles and the heart. The new approach allows the new class of drug can attack tumours without damaging normal cells."
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Global food threat, no one know or cares?

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "Wheat stem rust has been a scourge since Roman times, in the '60s we bred resistant wheat and sparked the green revolution. In 1999 it came back in Africa, and is spreading across the middle east. It has crossed oceans before, and can decimate global food supplies, yet little is heard of this."
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