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Scientists Discover Compound In Baby Diapers Can Enlarge Brain Cells

The Real Dr John Re:Tissue samples. not live brain (75 comments)

exactly, it is only being used to swell up a block of tissue that is going to be used for confocal microscopy. So they are just using the properties of sodium polyacrylate to swell the tissue block and hopefully retain the micro-architecture in order to see smaller details.

about two weeks ago
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New Implant Lets Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

The Real Dr John Re:Why put 'e' in front of it (35 comments)

if you read the abstract, you would have seen that the e stands for electronic, as in electronic dura.

about three weeks ago
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Space Policy Guru John Logsdon Has Good News and Bad News On NASA Funding

The Real Dr John Just cancel one or two unneeded weapon systems (78 comments)

and you would be able to double the NASA budget and have plenty of money left over. The F35 comes to mind, but many other unneeded and excessively costly weapons systems could be cut back in order to boost NASA funding.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

The Real Dr John Re:America... fuck yeah (556 comments)

No, what was not printed by the WSJ was Lawrence Krauss' response to the WSJ piece, wherein Dr. Krauss refuted the claims made by Mr. Metaxas.

about a month ago
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"Disco Clam" Lights Up To Scare Predators Away

The Real Dr John Re:Useless TITLE. (49 comments)

Title at Science Magazine where the video is posted: "'Disco clam' lights up to scare predators away". From the article "The clams, which live off Indonesia, flash twice as much when they spot predators". Somehow, the title does not seem inconsistent with the findings. Maybe folks should read the content before commenting on it.

about a month ago
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War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

The Real Dr John Hmmm (290 comments)

No mention of Peace on Earth POE, OPE...

about a month ago
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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

The Real Dr John Re:Antipodal eruptions (78 comments)

I've never been convinced by the Chicxulub-killed-the-dinosaurs theory, and have always preferred the more gradual theory that seems better in line with the evidence as you remind us. Many dinosaur lineages had been dying out in various locations for millions of years, and the climate was changing. There was a relatively short-lived finale, but that seems more in sync with the Deccan traps in terms of the timing, and began well before Chicxulub.

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

The Real Dr John Great show (106 comments)

I chipped in for their funding campaign, and I am glad I did. So far the first 3 episodes are great. Mignogna and crew have really done a wonderful job on Star Trek Continues.

about a month and a half ago
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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

The Real Dr John Re:Antipodal eruptions (78 comments)

The Deccan traps have long been suspect, and the antipodal theory has been around for some time too. From the article: "The researchers suggest that the Deccan Traps eruptions and the meteorite impact near present-day Chicxulub, Mexico, need to be considered together when studying and modeling the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event."

about a month and a half ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Real Dr John Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (391 comments)

That is not a rebuttal to what I said. How about offering something more pertinent? Are you suggesting there are no significant differences between living organisms and robots? Can you explain what makes a living organism different from a robot? I can describe huge numbers of differences, but I can't say why one is alive and the other isn't. But the differences have been apparent to humans since before we started writing stuff down. If we found the universe populated with machines, that would be the dominant technology in the universe, not the dominant life form.

about a month and a half ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Real Dr John And the scientific evidence for this conclusion is (391 comments)

Let me guess, science fiction movies? Boy are they going to be shocked when they find out that the dominant form of life in the Universe turns out to be microorganisms. Did anyone mention to these folks that robots are not life forms?

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

The Real Dr John Not really news (56 comments)

Almost everything you do has an effect on DNA histone methylation, acetylation and other histone modifications. In order for the transcriptional complexes required for gene activation and transcription to gain access to DNA segments for copying (making messenger RNA) the histone complexes that protect DNA from damage must be opened up. So exercise, hormones, fasting, and even drinking alcohol will result in epigenetic DNA histone modifications associated with gene transcription. This has been known for many years now. It is not even slightly surprising that exercise would result in gene transcription, which requires histone modification. This is not "changing your DNA", it is modifying the proteins that protect DNA from damage (histones).

about a month and a half ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

The Real Dr John Enforcing pot laws is big business (484 comments)

in many states, and they don't want to lose that revenue. It is not about right or wrong, legal or illegal, it is really about money. But as the various other states see revenue flow into states like Colorado in the form of pot taxes, they may change their minds, just like all states changed their minds about gambling and lotteries.

about a month and a half ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

The Real Dr John Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Why is that? Please edify me as to how I am a sucker because I think Greenpeace is more responsible in their actions than BP? I notice that you had to make an ad hominem comment, rather than actually saying what was inaccurate about my comment? Also, whoever moderated my comment down, why not join the discussion and tell us what I said that was so offensive to you?

about a month and a half ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

The Real Dr John Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Like I said, a very reasonable assessment. BP = mistake, Greepeace = evil egomaniacs. Of course the profit motive for BP was much less evil than the trying to save the earth from the likes of BP, which is the motive that drives Greenpeace. Very reasonable indeed.

about a month and a half ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

The Real Dr John Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

So they are as despicable as BP, who trashed the Gulf of Mexico, because they made a mistake? That sounds like a very reasonable assessment.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

The Real Dr John I thought drunks (134 comments)

were the only people still posting on Facebook

about 1 month ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

The Real Dr John If you read the article in Science (135 comments)

you'll see they have pretty solid evidence that this particular type of comet (Jupiter family) had a deuterium/hydrogen ratio in water that is very different from earth, whereas many asteroids (chondrites) have about the same D/H ratio. All they were saying was that this type of comet was not responsible for delivering most of earth's water, which seems reasonable based on their evidence (see figure 3 from the article).

about 2 months ago

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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

The Real Dr John The Real Dr John writes  |  about two weeks ago

The Real Dr John (716876) writes "Vic Mignogna and crew have launched their second Kickstarter campaign to produce 2 or more additional episodes of Star Trek Continues, a fan-based web series finishing up the 5 year mission of the original Star Trek television series. The first Kickstarter campaign raised enough money for 4 episodes, 3 of which have already been aired. Depending on how much funding they get this time, they plan to produce up to 4 additional episodes."
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NSA spyware "DROPOUTJEEP" gives agency full access to your iPhone

The Real Dr John The Real Dr John writes  |  about a year ago

The Real Dr John (716876) writes "The US National Security Agency can reportedly sniff out every last bit of data from your iPhone, according to leaked NSA documents published by German magazine Der Spiegel.Known as DROPOUTJEEP, the spyware is said to be one of the tools employed by the NSA's ANT (Advanced or Access Network Technology) division to gain backdoor access to various electronic devices. From the leaked documents: "DROPOUTJEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.""
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Pro Fracking Study Run by Industry Insider

The Real Dr John The Real Dr John writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Real Dr John writes "Previously reported by the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal, a University of Texas fracking study claimed that some of the convincingly scientific-sounding concerns of opponents of fracking don't hold up to scrutiny. An investigation by the Public Accountability Initiative has found that the study was actually led by a gas industry insider and UT faculty member, Charles Groat, who sits on the board of the fracking company Plains Exploration & Production. Groat failed to disclose this position and forgot to mention his $1.6 million stake in the company."
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