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New Study Concludes Math Gender Gap Is Cultural, Not Biological

deglr6328 Re: The way things are supposed to be. (472 comments)

So the ridiculously flagrant persecution complex the author of that page opens with in the very first paragraph didn't set off any alarm bells for you?

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Expires On Best Selling Drug of All Time

deglr6328 Re:Example of a publicly developed vaccine (491 comments)

Maybe because it's so trivially easy to find the sources for everything I said they're all in the damn wikipedia page for Cevarix and included in just about every news article published on the thing in the past 5 years.

more than 2 years ago
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Patent Expires On Best Selling Drug of All Time

deglr6328 Re:Example of a publicly developed vaccine (491 comments)

I don't have the slightest clue as to why you're modded at +5, but I do know that you have literally no clue as to what in the hell you're talking about. I assume you're referring to the anti HPV vaccine Cevarix rather than Gardasil because you mention "the Australian taxpayer" and some of the technology used in Cevarix was discovered at Uni. Queensland. You conveniently neglect to mention that the Queensland researchers were collaborating with others at Georgetown, the Uni. of Rochester and the US National Cancer Institute, among others. The technology behind the discoveries made at these places was licensed to GlaxoSmithKline, a British company. The idea that the Australian taxpayer footed the bill for the FDA trials in the US is, frankly, idiotic. The trials were conducted by Glaxo, obviously. Additionally, there is no "US drug company that licenced [sic] it", it's being sold by Glaxo here just as it is everywhere else.

I know it's a crying shame that none of this fits into your wacky worldview where all corporations represent the nexus of evil and steal all their product ideas from "the people", but I guess you'll just have to find some way to get over it. I suggest you take some of your own advice about "paying more attention before writing" before your next post.

more than 2 years ago
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Glowing Cats a New Tool in AIDS Research

deglr6328 Re:Annoying at night... (107 comments)

Oh, I guess /. doesn't render =/= signs, like the ones that were supposed to appear in between all those terms in my last msg. Megalamesville. C'mon, what is this 1997?

more than 3 years ago
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Glowing Cats a New Tool in AIDS Research

deglr6328 Re:Annoying at night... (107 comments)

Mmmmmno, they don't. The fish are FLUORescent, not PHOSPHORescent. They're transfected with GFP like these cats. Hence the name GFP: green fluorescent protein.

FLUORESCENCE PHOSPHORescence ELECTROluminescence GALVANOluminescence BIOLUMinescence

All these phenomena are distinct. I'm wondering if anyone has ever heard of any naturally occurring PHOSphorescent molecules.

more than 3 years ago
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Glowing Cats a New Tool in AIDS Research

deglr6328 Re:Annoying at night... (107 comments)

Oh fer cri, it's 2011 people, we've been doing this kind of thing for DECADES. The cat isn't self luminous, it's NOT BIOLUMINESCENT, IT'S FLUORESCENT.

It does get me to thinking though, are there any phosphorescent proteins known?

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Probe Orbiting Asteroid Vesta

deglr6328 Re:Sending astronauts? (132 comments)

Nope, not saying any of that hilariously absurd, contrived, strawman bullshit at all. But I genuinely appreciate that you saw my totally unrelated point sufficient reason to fire up your obviously well oiled Chomskybot, such that you could spout your long, soporific list of dimestore, cryptofascist mewlings. Better luck next time in arguing against a transparently ridiculous point opposite to the one I was obviously making, though. Have a nice day :)

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Probe Orbiting Asteroid Vesta

deglr6328 Re:Sending astronauts? (132 comments)

I work on its scaled testbed twin. I think I'm slightly more familiar with its priorities than you. Thermonuclear ignition in a pure fusion fueled microcapsule is now, and has always been the primary endpoint goal for building the device.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Probe Orbiting Asteroid Vesta

deglr6328 Re:Sending astronauts? (132 comments)

"....Patriotism has no place in science."

Patriotism may have no place in science, but science unquestionably has a place in patriotism.
I'm proud that my country built and operates the Tevatron which discovered the top quark, I'm proud we built the world's most powerful laser, the National Ignition Facility which is on the verge of demonstrating controlled thermonuclear fusion in a laboratory, I'm proud we were the first to decipher the 3 billion letter sequence of the human genome, I'm proud we invented the transistor, the laser, the nuclear reactor and the Polio vaccine that is on the verge of wiping that disease from the face of the Earth forever, I'm proud we engineered the microcomputer revolution and invented the internet those machines operate on, I'm proud we were the first to robotically explore every planet in the solar system with the exception of Venus and sent probes into interstellar space, and I'm proud of a thousand other things my country did to push back the darkness of ignorance about the physical world, thereby elevating the human condition to previously unimagined heights. And I hope that someday, instead of being proud of something as stupid as military might, or the number of gold medals we win in the Olympics, that my countrymen can join me in the more nuanced and altruistic flavor of patriotism that I am proudly guilty of indulging in. My style of patriotism is anything but the last refuge of scoundrels, and scientific achievement plays a central role in its maintenance.

more than 3 years ago
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US Pays $2B To Develop Concentrating Solar Power Projects

deglr6328 Re:Who let the cat out of the bag? (219 comments)

Well, I'm from liberal about-to-legalize-gay-marriage (wo0t!) New York and I think it's a ridiculous waste of money too. 2 Billion dollars for a 500 megawatt generating plant? Please. This is some kind of sick joke.

The 500 MW is obviously peak power output, meaning that average power is going to be 200 MW, TOPS. 2 BILLION dollars for a 150 MW generating station. That's beyond pathetic. A natural gas fired station that provided that kind of power output could be built for 5% of that kind of money. The argument for this being a good investment into the technology is even more absurd. It's just a solar thermal plant using hot oil /molten salt. We've been doing this stone-age level crap since the early 70's.

Do I really need to explain what kind of advancements the nuclear fusion community could do with 2 billion dollars? We're right on the edge (like, this year) of demonstrating fusion ignition in the laboratory at the National Ignition Facility, a lab that houses the most powerful laser in the world and the largest, most complicated optical system ever constructed, at a cost barely more than 50% of this useless, make-work, feelgood project. $2 billion could go a long way toward building a gigawatt level power plant demonstration reactor after NIF achieves ignition, instead of wasting it on this nonsense that produces laughably insignificant amounts of energy.

more than 3 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

deglr6328 Re:Two weeks old, no citations or trackbacks (264 comments)

Yeah, I guess that's why he just co-authored "Unification of gravity, gauge fields, and Higgs bosons" with Perimeter Institute physicist Lee Smolin then, huh.....'cause he's just such a joke.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

deglr6328 Re: move along now (264 comments)

Nice use of ridiculous hyperbole to claim things I never said and simultaneously ignore my points about the paper's poor, and largely absent data. This is Slashdot though, so I'm sure scientific skepticism plays second fiddle to your desire to believe in the latest cold fusion/room temp superconductor/martian microbe/supercapacitor/infinite capacity data storage scheme claptrap that comes down the pike, so please carry on as I'm sure you will regardless. Judging from the way this thread is being moderated, you're apparently in good, like-minded company.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

deglr6328 Re: move along now (264 comments)

Actually, everything I said was relevant and it's called considering the source. Something Slashdot editors, and apparently yourself, care little for. Single author papers in the twenty-first century are the hundred decibel alarm bells of pseudoscience and there is NO WAY in a million years that a paper with a substantial result about something as earth-shattering as room temperature superconductivity is going to be single author (and it sure as hell isn't going to first appear on the freakin' ArXiv).

Your claim that the paper itself is somehow mischaracterized in this story's post is a joke. The title of the paper is "Indications of room-temperature superconductivity at a metal-PZT interface", it's practically identical to what the story here claims. I read the paper and the author is clearly claiming RTSC effects in a PZT transducer, an extraordinary claim if there ever was one. Furthermore, he pompously refers to himself as "we" throughout the paper, even though he's the only author. Credible physicists who are NOT CRACKPOTS, do not put the phrase "room temperature superconductivity" in the title of a paper without making sure the rest of that fucker is filled to the brim with the most spectacularly extraordinary evidence that anyone in the field has seen in years, in order to support such a wildly sensationalistic claim. This paper has exactly none of that kind of evidence and because of it, the author deserves to have his name now associated with a certain Pons and a certain Fleischmann. It doesn't even have a plot showing K vs. ohms at the Tc, the paper is a joke, it's not even fit for burning.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

deglr6328 Re:Two weeks old, no citations or trackbacks (264 comments)

Lisi's E8 paper has been cited like 17 times. I'd say that's pretty good and hardly constitutes "no scientists commenting on it in 3 years". It's usually a good bet, but overhyped media publicity doesn't ALWAYS automatically mean someone's work is shit. Lisi's theory makes concrete falsifiable predictions for new particles that will either be confirmed or ruled out using the LHC's dataset.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

deglr6328 Re: move along now (264 comments)

Uhhhm no, you don't have to wait for replication. All you have to do is move on to the next story and ignore this stupidity. It's a SINGLE AUTHOR PAPER from some dude at the University of North Bengal, which was reported by a laughably sensationalistic pseudoscience mongering blog and regurgitated here by perhaps the dumbest, most credulous editor on /.'s staff: kdawson (who posts trumpet-blaring room temperature superconductivity stories with such regularity that you could probably set your watch by it). Hang your head in shame /.

more than 4 years ago
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Price Shocks May Be Coming For Helium Supply

deglr6328 Re:Lets mine the Moon! (362 comments)

I don't know why the post above responding to you is at +3 insightful. It is not. Because if you "multiply that by the number of all other people doing such experiments / fun and telling themselves that they don't have an impact" as Sznupi says, you still only end up with a trivial fraction of He use overall, since only 7% of all He production is used in "fill" applications for buoyancy etc. I'm pretty sure the majority of that 7% is going to fill weather balloons and blimps and the like as you note, and the overwhelming majority ISN'T being used as kid's party decoration.

So don't worry, go out, get your kid one of those small $40 tanks and have fun. Better still, use your imagination and take the opportunity to teach your kids about some physics / chemistry. Start with the phenomenon of buoyancy and how that works (look at how a He filled balloon weirdly behaves in a car), show how helium is non-flammable and explain where its inertness comes from (electron valency - It's already "happy" with the number of e- it has), pick up a cheapo $10 vacuum thermos from Wal-mart or wherever and have your local welding supply shop fill it with liquid nitrogen ($5) so you can demonstrate how gasses expand/contract with temperature changes (the air in a balloon that has been manually blown full will liquefy in LN2, but a He filled balloon won't - explain WHY!), show them some videos about liquid helium on youtube and how much colder it is than LN2, explain how breathing it shifts the speed of sound - thereby shifting the pitch of your voice, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Is some of this well beyond the level of your 8yr old? Hell yes, and that's why you should do it! It doesn't matter if kids "get it" 100% all the time as so many stultifying grammar school teachers stupidly seem to believe. It matters much more that they are exposed to new things that make them think about familiar phenomena in new ways. They'll remember how fun and interesting the experience was, and the curiosity bred from that will stick with them forever. [/tangent]

more than 4 years ago
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ITER Fusion Reactor Enters Existential Crisis

deglr6328 Re:Knowledge is power... (470 comments)

Ya still around, stopped editing wikipedia a while ago though. Seemed like a futile waste of time with all the vandals. Maybe I'll start again after ignition on NIF. Sad to see you have seemingly gone to the dark side of wind/solar advocacy though ;))

more than 4 years ago
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ITER Fusion Reactor Enters Existential Crisis

deglr6328 Re:I smell a dirty troll (470 comments)

truly, you've shattered through the final boundaries of what humans have heretofore known as the limits of megadouche pedantry.

more than 4 years ago

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ITER Fusion Reactor Enters Existential Crisis

deglr6328 deglr6328 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

deglr6328 (150198) writes "The long beleaguered experimental magnetic confinement fusion reactor ITER, is currently in what some are calling the worst crisis of its 25 year history. Still existing only on the paper of thousands of proposed design documents, latest cost estimates for the superconducting behemoth are soaring to nearly 20 billion USD; roughly twice the estimates of as recent as a few years ago. Anti-nuclear environmentalist organizations have seized upon the moment as an opportunity to use the current global economic crisis as a means to push for permanently killing the project. If ITER is not built, the prospect of magnetic confinement fusion as a technique to reach thermonuclear breakeven and ignition in the laboratory would be in serious question. Meanwhile, the largest laser-driven inertial confinement fusion project, the National Ignition Facility, has demonstrated the ability to use self generated plasma optical gratings to control capsule implosion symmetry with high finesse, and is on schedule to achieve ignition and potentially high gain before the end of the year."
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A novel negative entropy source for life on Europa

deglr6328 deglr6328 writes  |  about 5 years ago

deglr6328 (150198) writes "Richard Greenberg, professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona, has presented findings at the current 41st meeting of the American Astronomical Society ("Vertical Transport through Europa's Crust: Implications for Oxidant Delivery and Habitability") suggesting that the oxygen content of the enormous oceans (suspected to be twice the volume of all Earth's oceans combined) on Jupiter's moon Europa, could be a hundred times higher than the previous estimate — story at MSNBC. Greenberg hypothesizes that the oxygen produced there from radiolysis of Europan surface ice as a result of Jupiter's intensely radioactive magnetosphere, could be sufficient to support ~3 million tons of complex multicellular life, should such life have oxygen requirements comparable to that of terrestrial animals."
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CERN's LHC Suffers Massive Magnet Quench

deglr6328 deglr6328 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

deglr6328 writes "The Large Hadron Collider suffered a "massive" superconducting magnet quench in sector 34 at 11:27 local time today. Reports indicate over 1 ton of superfluid liquid helium was vaporized and vented into the beam tunnel. Vacuum in the beam pipe was lost. Superconducting magnet quenches occur when part of the electromagnet, for whatever reason (heat or locally high magnetic field), goes normally conducting and dissipates the huge amount of energy stored in its magnetic field into ohmic heating at the location of the quench. This can sometimes result in permanent magnet damage, though only time will tell if the LHC's magnets remain functional. Temperatures are now being brought down again but ~0.5 TeV collisions scheduled for next week will certainly be postponed. A small NMR machine magnet quench can be seen here."
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World's highest energy-most powerful laser online

deglr6328 deglr6328 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

deglr6328 writes "The OMEGA EP laser at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics was dedicated today at the Robert L. Sproull Center for Ultra High Intensity Laser Research. The new laser, which has been in design since ~2002 will, at 1 kilojoule per 1 picosecond pulse, be the highest energy petawatt (1 petawatt = 1 million billion watts) scale laser ever created by far. For a fleeting fraction of a second, it will deliver a beam of infrared light at 1054 nm that is more powerful than the total energy consumption of all human activity on the planet, to a tiny spot the size of the head of a pin. Previous petawatt scale lasers such as the one created at Lawrence Livermore labs in the late 90's (and dismantled in 1999) were capable of only several hundred joules per pulse. The new OMEGA EP laser will be able to manifest power densities sufficient to examine Unruh and Hawking radiation-like phenomena in the laboratory and will have the capability to directly produce nuclear reactions through ultra high electric field initiated photodisintegration, thus allowing it to transmute (albeit in very tiny amounts) long lived nuclear waste into stable isotopes. OMEGA EP's primary purpose will be to investigate fast-ignition inertial confinement laser fusion, which attempts to compress a microscopic pellet of hydrogen-ice fuel using the older 60 beam 30Kj 60 terawatt OMEGA laser to pressures exceeding 15 times those found at the core of the sun and temperatures in excess of 100 million K, and then at the exact moment of maximum implosion, injecting the EP petawatt beam to heat the core electron energies to multi-Kev temperatures — igniting a nuclear fusion burn wave through the remaining fuel, producing energy gain. Petawatt scale lasers such as EP may even be able to attain zetawatt powers using some very clever tricks, and would thus be in the realm of having the ability to "boil the vacuum" or generate matter by merely focusing light into empty space. On today's birthday of the first visible light laser 48 years ago, the future of laser physics is extraordinarily bright indeed."
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