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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

FirephoxRising Re:Religion of peace? (865 comments)

The Australian muslim hierarchy will need to police their member really strictly now or face a backlash. I am proud of the tolerance shown by the "I'll ride with you" response on social media. This appears to be a nutjob who should have been in gaol in a psych ward, they are tightening the bail laws now.

2 days ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

FirephoxRising Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

Doesn't work for everyone, I have to run 70km/week and do weights and eat very carefully to lose any weight. On diet alone, I only start to lose weight slowly at 800Kcal/day, which is malnutrition level, I'm 6`3".

about a week ago
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Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

FirephoxRising Re:IANAL, but IAC (62 comments)

Yes intent counts, but how can you prove intent? I think that as long as they don't have a direct financial benefit, then the truth is OK.

about a week ago
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Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

FirephoxRising Re:IANAL, but IAC (62 comments)

That's one of the stupider laws I've heard of. The truth should be a perfectly valid defense against defamation and libel. Obviously a law written for our overlords.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

FirephoxRising Re:Great (602 comments)

Except that the 40 week is becoming the 60-70 hour week for both mum and dad if you want to keep your jobs, with poor job security and higher costs. We're still riding the tail of the baby-boom economic benefits, but it's shrinking rapidly. I earn much more in dollar terms than my dad did, but all things considered I'm worse off than he was. My wife and I both have to work to pay off an average house and all other costs are high and rising rapidly. Wages are stagnant, or growing more slowly than inflation. Oh and we have our 80K of combined student debt that we're paying off too. The middle class is being systematically dismantled for the benefit of the 1%.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Can Get the Flu Right

FirephoxRising Re:Who cares? (31 comments)

That's probably not the influenza virus you're describing, Most people with the real flu are sick for a week plus.

about a month and a half ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

FirephoxRising Coolest T-shirt idea ever! (212 comments)

I want a radio-active wild boar shirt!

about 4 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

FirephoxRising Re:Will they ban this ? (748 comments)

I think they need to add a misandrist one as well. I'm sick of the male bashing and men being a joke in the media. Fair's fair!

about 4 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

FirephoxRising Re:I believe solar thermal does benefit from scale (409 comments)

I like the idea of spinning up a big flywheel with extra energy and harvesting it back at low levels at night.

about 4 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

FirephoxRising Re:Funny money (409 comments)

End the subsidies and favourable treatment for fossil fuels while you're at it.

about 4 months ago
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E-Visits To the Doctor To Top 75 Million In the US, Canada This Year

FirephoxRising Re:Saves the hospitals money (35 comments)

I agree, but the most important one is NOT being in the waiting room with loads of infectious people for minutes or hours!

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX Chooses Texas Site For Private Spaceport

FirephoxRising Re:And minimum regulations ... (113 comments)

How would reducing their budget help? Half of the ones I know can't do their jobs properly BECAUSE they don't have the necessary funds.

about 4 months ago
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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 7 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

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Body weight heavily influenced by gut microbes: Genes shape body weight.

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about a month ago

FirephoxRising (2033058) writes "Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. So we are what we eat, what we do and what we got from out parents."
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Discovery of a mechanism that makes tumor cells sugar addicted

FirephoxRising FirephoxRising writes  |  about 8 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 a year 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 a year 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 3 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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