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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

advertisehere Re:Sounds like (1229 comments)

There's a significant difference between cross-pollination and directly inserting the genes from one organism into another.

more than 3 years ago
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US Government Poisoned Alcohol During Prohibition

advertisehere Re:Ah yes... (630 comments)

because they're told not to..?

more than 4 years ago
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ACTA Internet Chapter Leaked — Bad For Everyone

advertisehere Re:Tyranny vs Liberty (410 comments)

Can't both be true?

more than 3 years ago
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Subversives In South Carolina Mostly Safe

advertisehere Re:problem is not that they were communists or not (200 comments)

And so can a socialized version of it, just like efforts to privatize social security, medicare, and education.

It would also be really difficult to gain support and implement the elimination of an entire industry. I support the idea in principle, but I don't think it's the most practical solution. The only reason the UK has it is because they had a golden opportunity after WWII.

more than 4 years ago
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Subversives In South Carolina Mostly Safe

advertisehere Re:problem is not that they were communists or not (200 comments)

It doesn't really need to be socialist though, just well regulated. Only a few countries have truly socialized medicine, the rest just have a heavily regulated insurance industry.

Although I agree that socialism is demonized for some pretty bad reasons.

more than 4 years ago
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Nothing To Fear But Fearlessness Itself?

advertisehere Re:Come to California... (660 comments)

But the legislatures aren't supposed to represent the country, they're supposed to represent their constituents, and the vast majority of them do and have done that with a few exceptions.

more than 4 years ago
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Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range

advertisehere Re:cue exploding battery packs.... (650 comments)

The engine block isn't the insanely heavy part, the chassis is, since it has to be safe and car companies don't value simplicity.

about 5 years ago
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Green Cement Absorbs Carbon

advertisehere Oh wait.. (213 comments)

When i first read the title i thought the concrete was actually green.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA Sticking To Imperial Units For Shuttle Replacement

advertisehere Re:drug dealers have switched (901 comments)

I think most drugs are sold to the consumers in grams, using the rough conversion of 28 grams/ounce.
An ounce of pot is a lot...

more than 5 years ago
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US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

advertisehere Re:Then its not insurance... (925 comments)

So why do we pay for the health care and housing and food of people who kill other people and steal things and peddle drugs to our children?

more than 5 years ago
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German Parliament Enacts Internet Censorship Law

advertisehere Re:proof of system failure (273 comments)

Yeah, most people suck at their jobs.

more than 5 years ago
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Game, DVD Sales Hurting Music Industry More Than Downloads

advertisehere Re:Not just that (223 comments)

It could be that downloading games is a little more of a hassle (takes longer, no guarantee of a stable game, among other things).
Record companies are still stupid though.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Says 3% of GDP Should Fund Science Research And Development

advertisehere Re:Administration (753 comments)

Raising taxes to spend more money to spur the economy is a losing game, since the biggest waste of money is the administration of the programs that tax and spend. Every dollar spent on administration is a loss to the GDP.

This is only true when the government doesn't spend the money wisely and taxes those who need it the most, or the consumers, since rich people get rich by saving money, which doesn't stimulate the economy...

more than 5 years ago
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Baby To Be Born Without the Gene For Breast Cancer

advertisehere Re:Tough choice (259 comments)

actually, there are animals that can trick their eggs into starting development without a sperm, resulting in almost identical offspring.

more than 5 years ago
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Samsung Mass Produces Fast 256GB SSDs

advertisehere RAM? (280 comments)

Wouldn't this make RAM effectively useless?

more than 5 years ago

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Broken glass changes how we look at climate change

advertisehere advertisehere writes  |  more than 3 years ago

advertisehere (1384731) writes "

Clues to future climate may be found in the way an ordinary drinking glass shatters. Results of a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences find that microscopic particles of dust can break apart in patterns that are similar to the fragment patterns of broken glass and other brittle objects. The research, by National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Jasper Kok, suggests there are several times more dust particles in the atmosphere than previously believed, since shattered dust appears to produce an unexpectedly high number of large fragments. The finding has implications for understanding future climate change because dust plays a significant role in controlling the amount of solar energy in the atmosphere. Depending on their size and other characteristics, some dust particles reflect solar energy and cool the planet, while others trap energy as heat. "As small as they are, conglomerates of dust particles in soils behave the same way on impact as a glass dropped on a kitchen floor," Kok says. "Knowing this pattern can help us put together a clearer picture of what our future climate will look like." The study may also improve the accuracy of weather forecasting, especially in dust-prone regions. Dust particles affect clouds and precipitation, as well as temperature. "This research provides valuable new information on the nature and distribution of dust aerosols in the atmosphere," says Sarah Ruth, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, which funds NCAR. "The results may lead to improvements in our ability to model and predict both weather and climate."

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