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Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive

Wandering Wombat Re:A word to the wise: (599 comments)

My laser vasectomy took 15 minutes, didn't hurt, had no side effects, and was covered under basic medical.

Also, frickin' laser beams.

more than 4 years ago
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Beliefs Conform To Cultural Identities

Wandering Wombat Re:A partial solution: (629 comments)

He was in Poland! Punch was served!

more than 4 years ago
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Life Imagined As One Big RPG

Wandering Wombat Re:troll (176 comments)

Do I get points for sticking the kittens IN trees, since I am helping other people to gain karma?

more than 4 years ago
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Aging Discovery Yields Nobel Prize

Wandering Wombat Re:Good find (187 comments)

Want to mod +1 Funny...

more than 4 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

Wandering Wombat Re:So it's a fnacy nmae (1345 comments)

Go on... go to www.trollswithwoodenspoons.com and tell them that.

about 5 years ago
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Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession

Wandering Wombat Re:It's about goddamn time (640 comments)

I want to make almost all drugs legal, or at the very least not a jailable offense. I was just making a point about how, just because the government SAYS something is good/bad/true/false, that doesn't necessarily make it so. I'm trying to get people thinking.

Then I realized this is Slashdot, and I'm wasting my breath.

about 5 years ago
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Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession

Wandering Wombat Re:It's about goddamn time (640 comments)

A person makes X dollars. He is determined to be "poor" or "not poor" based on Government definitions. Being "poor" or "not poor" affects what you can do, such as getting government stipends to help you out.

A person commits X act. He is determined to be "criminal" or "not criminal" based on Government definitions. Being "criminal" or "not criminal" affects what you can do, such as getting a decent-paying job.

Is this really such a difficult thing to understand?

about 5 years ago
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Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession

Wandering Wombat Re:It's about goddamn time (640 comments)

In similar news, Presidents Bush and Clinton both saved millions of people from poverty by simply lowering the poverty line. Everyone still made the same amount of money, but now millions more of them weren't classified as living in poverty!

about 5 years ago
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Teen Diagnoses Her Own Disease In Science Class

Wandering Wombat Re:Remeber it is practicing (582 comments)

He wouldn't refer me for an EEG because he didn't believe a word I was saying. I had to try for years just to get referred to a specialist, and then wait 8 months because neurologists are just REALLY busy.

more than 5 years ago
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Teen Diagnoses Her Own Disease In Science Class

Wandering Wombat Re:Remeber it is practicing (582 comments)

Trust me, I've been there. Here's a common scenario from my teenaged years:

Me: I'm having seizures.
Doc: No, you're not.

After six years, four doctors, and one car crash, I finally get hooked up to an EEG machine.

Doc: Oh, hey, check this out. You have epilepsy.
Me: I know. I told YOU that.

more than 5 years ago
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US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles

Wandering Wombat Re:Rumor has it.. (922 comments)

I wasn't aware you were at war with the general citizens of either of those countries to the degree that no other military devices at your disposal were capable of dealing with them, should the need arise.

more than 5 years ago
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US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles

Wandering Wombat Re:Rumor has it.. (922 comments)

Because there's no-one left to nuke?

more than 5 years ago
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ISS's Node 3 Might Be Named "Colbert"

Wandering Wombat Re:weak (276 comments)

They should name it the Coulter, since the Node 3 recycles and feeds off of it's own waste products.

more than 5 years ago
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Doctors Silencing Online Patient Reviews Via Contract

Wandering Wombat Re:non-issue (324 comments)

What confuses me is... your doctors give you contracts? To HEAL you?

...

I think I've found a flaw in your medical system. In Canada, doctors give us medicine.

more than 5 years ago
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Yahoo Spent $79 Million To Fend Off Microsoft

Wandering Wombat Re:advisors (82 comments)

Doh-eth, positive it said 179... still, doesn't change the general gist of my post.

more than 5 years ago
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Yahoo Spent $79 Million To Fend Off Microsoft

Wandering Wombat Re:advisors (82 comments)

So... Yahoo basically paid out $179,000,000 to have someone do their homework assignment for them? Maybe if they applied themselves a little harder, they wouldn't be in this situation.

more than 5 years ago
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Canadian ISPs Speak Out Against Net Neutrality

Wandering Wombat Re:"Designed"? (213 comments)

Can you work a tube/truck/horse analogy into it somehow? Then it will make sense to the old former-phone-company employees who run the ISPs.

more than 5 years ago

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Triggering Super-Rapid Healing

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "A combination of drugs could trick the body into sending its repair mechanisms into overdrive, say scientists. The technique could be used to speed the healing of heart or bone damage. The bone marrow of treated mice released 100 times as many stem cells, which help to regenerate tissue. The mice were given firstly a "growth factor" drug — substances that already occur naturally in the bone marrow, then a new drug called Mozobil. Both endothelial and mesenchymal cells were released at a much greater rate. "It now seems increasingly likely that the bone marrow also contains cells that have the capacity to repair damaged internal organs, such as the heart and blood vessels, but that too few of them are released to be effective." Their hope is that clinical trials in humans may be possible within the next 10 years."
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Religion Determines Views On Nanotechnology

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "Apparently, nanotechnology is not meant to be the realm of mankind, according to a new European study. From the article, "Attitudes to nanotechnology may be determined by religious and cultural beliefs, suggest researchers writing in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. They say religious people tend to view nanotechnology in a negative light." More religious countries were found to hold nanotechnology in a more negative opinion, whereas less religious countries were more positive. Maybe if we made a nano-Bible..."
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Antioxidants May Not Slow Aging

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "In what has to be a devastating shock to the cosmetics world, a research team from University College London said, in the Genes and Development journal, there was "no clear evidence they could slow ageing," despite the unproven 1956 theory that they do. Dr Gems said: "The fact is that we don't understand much about the fundamental mechanisms of ageing — the free radical theory has filled a knowledge vacuum for over 50 years now, but it doesn't stand up to the evidence. It is clear that if superoxide is involved, it plays only a small part in the story — oxidative damage is clearly not a universal, major driver of the ageing process.""
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Opening Locks With A Cel Phone

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "Be careful where you take your keys out of your pockets... pretty soon, people won't have to steal them to break into your house. "Scientists in California have developed a software algorithm that automatically creates a physical key based solely on a picture of one, regardless of angle or distance. The project, called Sneakey, was meant to warn people about the dangers of haphazardly placing keys in the open or posting images of them online." I'm sure the scientists involved promise to keep this software under lock and key."
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Chemical Nano-Brain

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "A tiny chemical "brain" which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented. The molecular device — just two billionths of a metre across — was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously in a test. One day they may be able to guide the nanobots through the body and control their functions, he said. "That kind of device simply did not exist; this is the first time we have created a nano-brain," he told BBC News. The machine is made from 17 molecules of the chemical duroquinone. Each one is known as a "logic device"."
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Drought-Proof Crops On The Way?

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "Some scientists are closer to getting plants, particularly crops, to survive droughts. FTA:

Researchers in Finland and the United States say they have discovered a gene that controls the amount of carbon dioxide a plant absorbs. It also controls the amount of water vapour it releases into the atmosphere. This information could be important for food production and in regulating climate change. In extremely dry weather, a plant can lose 95% of its water in this way.
Is anyone else worried that telling plants to suddenly stop absorbing as much C02 might just be a bad thing?"

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Giant Sheets Of Dark Matter Detected

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "The largest structures in the universe have been, if not directly found, then at least detected and pounced upon by scientists. FTA:


The most colossal structures in the universe have been detected by astronomers who tuned into how the structures subtly bend galactic light. The newfound filaments and sheets of dark matter form a gigantic features stretching across more than 270 million light-years of space — three times larger than any other known structure and 2,000 times the size of our own galaxy. Because the dark matter, by definition, is invisible to telescopes, the only way to detect it on such grand scales is by surveying huge numbers of distant galaxies and working out how their images, as seen from telescopes, are being weakly tweaked and distorted by any dark matter structures in intervening space.

By figuring how to spot the GIGANTIC masses of dark matter, hopefully we can get a better understanding of it and find smaller and smaller structures."

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Americans Losing Faith... In Faith

Wandering Wombat Wandering Wombat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wandering Wombat writes "With the vast social penetration of science and technology, are Americans finally giving up on faith? From the article:

The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds. The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population.
Is there truly no place in the computer-loving world for the God-fearing?"

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