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New Study Links Video Games and Mental Problems

telomerewhythere Re:I'm getting sick of these "studies" (306 comments)

I would like to see a study where random non-gamers are given a psych review and then given a month to play WoW or SC or CoD or such and then removed from game. All the while studing the effects, physical, mental, and emotional. I hypothesize that those with addictive personalities will become addicted. I also hypothesize that the games will effect all the subjects, in one way or another.

PS I also would like to see a study that looks at what happens when parents remove games from a gamer. (Not the morality, just the effects) I do think that this is a emotionally charged debate, and therefore it will take some time to get the whole picture...

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

telomerewhythere Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

Did you read the first link? Factcheck.org supposedly is a nonpartisan website. If I am wrong, please let me know. The numbers are very precise and as accurate as possible. The simplest way I can explain how I understand it is, "of the ~30,000 guns confiscated by Mexico over a two year period around 2006-2009, ~11,000 were given to the US ATF to trace. Of those that were traceable, 93% were traced to American sources." ~38% of total guns were traced. 36% of total guns were definitively traced to USA. Any other supposition is just that.

I seem to have googled for the 'vietnam mexico m16' link and didn't find an article within the first 10 results. Maybe you could send me the article? I will retract if you are correct.

Hey, to me, the second amendment means a US citizen can own any armament that a militia could field. Such as Javelin, M203, M1A3 (Abrams), F16, M60, Cruiser, maybe even a destroyer, Howitzer, etc.

Answer me this, if there were no controls on arm types sold to US citizens, would that make it easier or harder for Mexican drug runners to get RPGs and M19s? (also which a militia (well-regulated) could field.)

First you say "Gun control wankery" and then you use the difficulty to get guns as a defense for your position. Which way is it?

When does it become wankery? Honestly, If you answer no other question, I would like that one answered, I am curious on what your viewpoint is.

I agree that a gun in and of itself is not necessarily extremely dangerous to human life.

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

telomerewhythere Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/04/counting-mexicos-guns/ Between 36% and 93% of guns recovered by Mexican LE are traced to US sources.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081116211345AAiwdoQ How to make a AR15 into a M16. Seems to be pretty easy.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/charged-121070-connection-grenade.html Does this mean there were successful attempts? IDK, but it's been tried in USA...

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-arms-race15-2009mar15,0,229992.story This article says that many of the grenade launchers and rocket launchers come from south of the (Mexican) border, but note the gem in par. 5: "Some of the weapons are left over from the wars that the United States helped fight in Central America, U.S. officials said."

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

telomerewhythere Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

1)Where do Mexicans get their guns from? 2)What causes the (gun) violence?

1)The USA. 2)Illegal drug exports to USA.

I am neutral regarding gun control, but I do like truth. And I'm not too fond of murder.

more than 3 years ago
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Running Your Own Ghost Investigation?

telomerewhythere Re:Burden of proof. (810 comments)

The way I was thinking of it is there can be an infinite number of squares in a cube and they will never interact. If the physical realm is measured in four dimensions only, then is it possible that a 5 or 6 dimensioned object can be really close to us in the four that we understand, but far in the fifth or sixth, so much that we never perceive it?

Or am I misunderstanding completely?

more than 3 years ago
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Running Your Own Ghost Investigation?

telomerewhythere Re:Burden of proof. (810 comments)

Just some questions. Maybe dumb ones, but one I wanted to ask somewhere in this thread.

According to M-Theory there are 11 dimensions. Are we in four of them? (Space-Time?) What are in the other seven?

Is it possible for them to interact in "weird" ways?

more than 3 years ago
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Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

telomerewhythere Re:Homeopathic Medicine (430 comments)

Ha, you may have a point. *gets the .22 for the ingrown beard hair*

more than 3 years ago
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EU Wants Power To Block China's Tech Buying

telomerewhythere Re:Considering that they have tied their money ... (203 comments)

I googled "Clinton accord" and got nothing like what you describe. Could you please direct me to the proper references?

Thanks in advance.

more than 3 years ago
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Once-Darling Ethanol Losing Friends In High Places

telomerewhythere Re:Quoting Homer (586 comments)

You are so close to understanding the past two years' "housing crisis"
s/two-bedroom apartments/mom and dad's house
/sarcasm... I think

more than 3 years ago
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Pickens Wind-Power Plan Comes To a Whimpering End

telomerewhythere Re:And so (346 comments)

A friend of mine said once, "Whatever the bill's/law's title is, it actually accomplishes the opposite."
I am no longer sure if he is a cynic.

more than 3 years ago
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Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

telomerewhythere Re:Homeopathic Medicine (430 comments)

That's why the statement, "No scientific study has demonstrated homeopathic preparations to have an effect greater than a placebo," cannot be factual if it's been studied 20 times.
But like I said before, I am disinclined to believe homeopathy's efficacy also. Just don't overstate the facts, that's all.
What could be said accurately is that all meta-analyses of double-blind randomized studies show no benefit of homeopathy over placebo.

more than 3 years ago
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Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

telomerewhythere Re:Homeopathic Medicine (430 comments)

I'm not trying to contradict you, but the phrase:

No scientific study has demonstrated homeopathic preparations to have an effect greater than a placebo.

can mean two things.

Namely, this has been studied x times and every time the result was the same. where x => 0
So the catch here is that with your phrasing it sounds like there is definite scientific consensus, where there may or may not be.

There are scientific studies that show greater effect than placebo, but they questionable. Maybe what you meant is randomized double-blind studies. Search Google "homeopathy double blind randomized", from what I did find, none of them showed clear benefits, but read the abstracts of a few of them. Interesting. Some of them show some effects greater than placebo. The ones I looked at the benefit was not statistically significant, but hey, that would be a more accurate nuanced answer than

No scientific study has demonstrated homeopathic preparations to have an effect greater than a placebo.

If you want my personal predisposition, I was given homeopathy when young, but as an adult looking at the principle of it, I am moderately predisposed to disbelief.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

telomerewhythere Re:Stupid (828 comments)

I have always understood sex (even consensual)to be mentally, emotionally, and physically dangerous. (Not that all sex is necessarily damaging) That is why I always understood pedophilia is viewed as wrong, to protect kids from danger they don't understand. Not that sex is mysteriously no longer dangerous at 18.

So to say 'you can't have sex with kids because it's dangerous for them' doesn't mean the rough converse, 'sex with adults is safe' is true. But it seems to be Conventional Wisdom...

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

telomerewhythere Re:Stupid (828 comments)

I see where you fall on the issue. I said I take no opinion.

To play along though, (and I am talking about male circumcision, not female, which I do have an issue with) both irrevocably change the future of the child, and no pain is remembered. And they both make life a little less dangerous (long hair gets caught in stuff and uncircumcised men get more STDs)

To be honest, my first comment was hyperbole.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

telomerewhythere Re:In other (more accurate) words, (828 comments)

Nice turn. What I meant is that if you ask an oilfield worker that has spent time in the Middle East around the locals, and they are honest with you, they could tell you many Muslim men are gay, and it's not that secret.

It's my fault for replying seriously to a funny post.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

telomerewhythere Re:Stupid (828 comments)

There is one glaring fault with claiming pedophilia is as wrong as it is because it fails the 'consenting adults' test. pedophilia is so wrong simply because it is so damaging to the psyche of children. To a lesser extent it is because it harms them physically.

To say sex between an Adult and a child is wrong only because the child can't consent makes circumcision equally deplorable (I am aware that there are some that have the view it is evil/bad, I take no opinion) Really it also would be equal to piercing ears of a minor or cutting a kid's hair, they can't 'consent' to what is done to their bodies.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

telomerewhythere Re:In other (more accurate) words, (828 comments)

Let me explain something. If you don't respect someone, you can't really love them. Therefore, in a group of people where all the males are taught to actively not respect women men will not be able to love women. So the love will be going to who they respect, other men. And with that love comes sex.

It's no real secret that there are a lot of 'gay' men in Muslim countries, just ask anyone who has spent time really embedded with them.

The same would be true of any group, such as those fundie 'Christians' that also teach no respect for women.

more than 3 years ago

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Helicopter Crashes While Filming Autonomous Audi

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 4 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "A helicopter commissioned by Audi to film its autonomous Audi TT climbing Pikes Peak crashed early this morning. Four people on board were hurt, the pilot seriously.

It's a surreal story--a manned vehicle crashes while the one climbing a mountain driven only by computers and sensors carries on.

For more on the autonomous Audi, a project undertaken with the help of Stanford University check out our past coverage here."

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Self-assembling Photovoltaic Tech from MIT

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 4 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "Michael Strano and his team at MIT have made a self-assembling and indefinitely repairable photovoltaic cell based on the principle found in chloroplasts in plant cells.
The system Strano's team produced is made up of seven different compounds, including the carbon nanotubes, the phospholipids, and the proteins that make up the reaction centers, which under the right conditions spontaneously assemble themselves into a light-harvesting structure that produces an electric current. Strano says he believes this sets a record for the complexity of a self-assembling system. When a surfactant is added to the mix, the seven components all come apart and form a soupy solution. Then, when the researchers removed the surfactant, the compounds spontaneously assembled once again into a perfectly formed, rejuvenated photocell."

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Stickybot, gecko inspired robot climbs walls.

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 4 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "Stanford mechanical engineer Mark Cutkosky is using the biology of a gecko's sticky foot to create a robot that climbs. In the same way the small reptile can scale a wall of slick glass, the Stickybot can climb smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the intricate design of gecko toes.

The team's new project involves scaling up the material for humans. A technology called Z-Man, which would allow humans to climb with gecko adhesive, is in the works."

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Thin Film IR Night Vision for Cell Phones, Glasses

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 4 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "Adapting technology found in flat screen television sets, scientists have created a thin film that converts infrared light into visible light. The technology could give cell phones, eyeglasses and car windshields cheap, lightweight night vision. Franky So, a researcher for OEMDlab, says that even a full scale device could weigh as little as 10 grams and be only a few microns thick."
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Scientists Demonstrate Mammalian Limb Regeneration

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 4 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "A quest that began over a decade ago with a chance observation has reached a milestone: the identification of a gene that may regulate regeneration in mammals. The absence of this single gene, called p21, confers a healing potential in mice long thought to have been lost through evolution and reserved for creatures like flatworms, sponges, and some species of salamander.

Researchers found mice lacking the gene p21 regrew limbs instead of creating scar tissue.

Here is original link for those with PNAS access."

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Quantum Mechanics at Work in Photosynthesis

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 4 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "A team of University of Toronto chemists have made a major contribution to the emerging field of quantum biology, observing quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis in marine algae.

"We stimulated the proteins with femtosecond laser pulses to mimic the absorption of sunlight," explains Scholes. "This enabled us to monitor the subsequent processes, including the movement of energy between special molecules bound in the protein, against a stop-clock. We were astonished to find clear evidence of long-lived quantum mechanical states involved in moving the energy. Our result suggests that the energy of absorbed light resides in two places at once — a quantum superposition state, or coherence — and such a state lies at the heart of quantum mechanical theory."

Article found in Nature"

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Boys with 'Warrior Gene' More Likely to Join Gangs

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 5 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "From LiveScience:

Boys who have a so-called "warrior gene" are more likely to join gangs and also more likely to be among the most violent members and to use weapons, a new study finds.

"While gangs typically have been regarded as a sociological phenomenon, our investigation shows that variants of a specific MAOA gene, known as a 'low-activity 3-repeat allele,' play a significant role," said biosocial criminologist Kevin M. Beaver of Florida State University.

Here is more on the MAOA Gene."
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Robot Teacher for Japanese Elementary Schools

telomerewhythere telomerewhythere writes  |  more than 5 years ago

telomerewhythere (1493937) writes "In line with the desire to have a robot in every household in Japan in 6 years, a robot is now teaching primary students in Tokyo.

"It is multilingual, can organise set tasks for pupils, call the roll and get angry when the kids misbehave."



I for one welcome our new robotic overlords."

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