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10-Centimeter Single-Celled Organisms Photographed 6 Miles Underwater

black soap Re:Largest single cells (134 comments)

Of course, many fungi are multi-nucleic, and form connections between the cells, essentially turning the entire thing into a single cell. And fungi can be huge.

more than 2 years ago
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10-Centimeter Single-Celled Organisms Photographed 6 Miles Underwater

black soap Re:Heavy metals? (134 comments)

Cadmium and Mercury. Then thallium. We don't want those floating around in the environment.

more than 2 years ago
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10-Centimeter Single-Celled Organisms Photographed 6 Miles Underwater

black soap Re:Heavy metals? (134 comments)

Well, for vertebrates it is more complex than that. Those lipids that line your cells? The ones that have just the right viscosity at the pressure you live at? How do they behave at depth?

How do lipids that are fluid enough to function within a single-celled organism at depth (>15,000 psi) behave when they are brought up to our measly ~14psi?

more than 2 years ago
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Rendering Synthetic Objects Into Old Photographs

black soap Re: (134 comments)

With some Presidents, it would not even be all that unreasonable to have caught him on film with the same dead hooker as everyone else...

more than 2 years ago
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Can the Hottest Peppers In the World Kill You?

black soap Re:Water can kill you too (337 comments)

Interesting link. The rule for divers is usually to stay below 1.4 atm partial pressure of oxygen (and above 0.1)

And yet, there are only 2 medical conditions I know of where providing oxygen to the patient is not recommended.

1) In long-term bed-bound hospital patients with very weak respiration, providing supplemental oxygen can reduce the blood CO2 concentration (raising blood pH), which can block the respiration reflex, causing the patient to *stop* breathing. Outside of long-term hospital care of the elderly, this is unlikely to be a concern.

and 2), The patient is actively on fire. In this case, extinguish the fire, then administer oxygen.

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

black soap Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

In this case, the voltage rounds up.

more than 2 years ago
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Renaming the Very Large Array

black soap Submission? (176 comments)

I wonder just how many of my fellow nerds submitted this same story?

more than 2 years ago
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Renaming the Very Large Array

black soap Re:FVLA? (176 comments)

The Even Larger Array?

From the article, there are no more dishes than before, and they aren't any bigger, they are just more sensetive. The "Just as Large Array"?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ergonomic Office Environment?

black soap Re:Fighter-pilot posture... (235 comments)

doesn't fighter plane seat angle have more to do with g-forces and blood movement? Or was that just something I read on the internet?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How to Exploit Post-Cataract Ultraviolet Vision?

black soap Re:Perhaps back in WWII (350 comments)

I've seen accounts of using UV beacons for clandestine boat landings on the English Channel (transporting spies etc) on dark nights - only old people who'd had cataract surgery could see the UV beacon, and it was unlikely the enemy would have any such people on watch.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How to Exploit Post-Cataract Ultraviolet Vision?

black soap Re:Is there anything.. (350 comments)

So are the raptors looking for UV, or glow caused by UV?

Because most people can see the visible glow when certain materials are illuminated by UV.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How to Exploit Post-Cataract Ultraviolet Vision?

black soap Re:Is there anything.. (350 comments)

Don't forget underwater - it turns out that corals, cnidarians, lobsters, crabs, shrimp etc. flouresce, while most fish don't. Ongoing research suggests that some fish actually alter UV patterns to communicate.

I am going to pretend that all these nerds on /. are intentionally conflating seeing UV with seeing flourescence, (the visible-light glow observed in many objects when illuminated with UV,) because I would be very sad to find out so many failed basic science.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress May Permit Robot Calls To Cell Phones

black soap Re:Debt collectors already call... (619 comments)

I spent a whole summer getting strange phone calls from guys asking for a girl... Eventually I caught on that she was meeting guys in clubs, and giving out a wrong number to lots of guys, telling them to call her later. Unfortunately, the number she made up turned out to be mine. The only way to put a stop to it was when I managed to figure out her real number, and telling it to any guy who tried to call her. I hope she didn't just pick some other number to give out, but at least I quit getting those calls.

about 3 years ago
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Thermite Reaction Responsible For WTC Collapse?

black soap Great.... (6 comments)

Now the "truthers" will confuse that with the wacky "nano-thermite" they are so keen on, and come out believing this actually supports their case for demolition conspiracy.

Also, the lab that did this test, are they hiring?

about 3 years ago
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Congress May Permit Robot Calls To Cell Phones

black soap Re:Seriously? (619 comments)

Your results may vary, usually by state law.

about 3 years ago
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Science Manual For US Judges

black soap Re:Just judges? (123 comments)

I think the political debates ought to be preceded by an "academic decathlon" style competition, televised, and their scores commented on by smart people. At least one of the events should be "can you do your own taxes without an accountant," to make it clear that tax laws are too complicated. And rather than speaking/interviewing (we already know politicians can do that), there should be a practical skills competition - can they change a tire, build a treehouse, and balanace a checkbook?

about 3 years ago
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Graphene and Quantum Hall Effect Could Help Redefine Metrics

black soap Re:No. 1 Unit Needing Urgent Definition (92 comments)

But they are loaning us the dollars we are paying them with, and charging interest. As long as the interest rate they charge exceeds inflation, they'll still get paid.

about 3 years ago
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Graphene and Quantum Hall Effect Could Help Redefine Metrics

black soap Re:OK Sorry, now I R'd the FA - summary is wrong (92 comments)

When the imprecision of the definition of the unit is exceeded by the imprecision of the experiment, we usually call that "not a problem."

about 3 years ago
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Graphene and Quantum Hall Effect Could Help Redefine Metrics

black soap Re:did nothting to earn it (92 comments)

By that standard, the Catholic Church should make me a saint, because I'm not the Devil.

I like where this is going.

about 3 years ago

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