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Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

toQDuj Re:Particles are baloney (20 comments)

Actually, I've been working with Prof. Moriarty and he's great fun. He has some "sixty symbols" and "numberphile" videos up on youtube if you are interested.

about 2 months ago

Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

toQDuj Re:Particles are baloney (20 comments)

Additional links: A big discussion has taken place on PubPeer following a pre-publication arXiv release of a paper (full disclosure: I'm a co-author on the second version of this paper). The paper is well worth a read, and should be coming out soon in PLoS One.


about 2 months ago

Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

toQDuj Particles are baloney (20 comments)

Except that the stripy particles used here are not real. Stellacci has been claiming to make these, but there are big doubts over the evidence:

about 2 months ago

The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

toQDuj Re:false dichotomy_we can solve this problem (509 comments)

Piss off. It's the entire system that's failing here. You can't blame one party for all the faults in a two-party system.

about 6 months ago

A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

toQDuj Re:Bitcoin is vulernable to government manipulatio (396 comments)

All the government needs to do to make it worthless is to ask the NSA to mine with their resources for a while. That would quickly make the government the richest in terms of Bitcoin, and therefore gain even more power!

about 8 months ago

Researchers Crack Major HIV Mystery

toQDuj Both Science and Nature? (84 comments)

This is how you milk science. I won't contest that it is incredibly useful, but the decision to publish in *both* Nature and Science shows the direction science is heading in. All for papers.

about 9 months ago

Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

toQDuj Re:Captured at the end of the War (123 comments)

indeed, it is an engineering marvel: a submersible aircraft carrier! If that's not cool, I don't know what is.

about 10 months ago

Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

toQDuj Re:Not bad at all (138 comments)

This is very important, as they did not randomly pick studies but rather chose the ones they "Deemed Worthy". As they did not want to be proven bad scientists (I assume), their conscious or unconscious bias will have been towards sound or easy studies.

about 10 months ago

China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

toQDuj Re:And here we go again (519 comments)

The solution is to give one island to North Korea, one to South Korea, One to Taiwan and one to Japan. Watch the fireworks for a while, and realise when the smoke has lifted that there are no spots left above the waterline. Everyone has had their opportunity to blow off some steam and very few citizens will get hurt.

about 10 months ago

China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

toQDuj Re:China just wants to expand its sphere of influe (519 comments)

You could consider that, but the stockholders would get personally offended. They'll then split up the companies and sell the bits for scrap to maximise their profits. Nearly happened to Philips a while back.

about 10 months ago

China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

toQDuj Re:Most of this will be about internal politics (519 comments)

There was a report the other day saying that China is trying to claim enough islands around the east china sea so that it can claim the entire sea as an "inland sea". Hence the disputes over islands with everyone, from Indonesia to Japan. It seems like they are hoping to claim enough barren rocks to make this dream a reality.

It was said back then that this is necessary for fishing and mining.

about 10 months ago

A Makerbot In Every Classroom

toQDuj Re:As a mechanical engineer... (152 comments)

"The reason it has been around so long, perhaps is an indicator it has merit."
No, that's an argumentum ad antiquitatem. Just because it is old does not mean it is good. The bible and its ideas are quite old and tenacious, but that does not necessarily mean they have any merit.

Just wanted to point that out, and would like to indicate that if you google "how to win every argument", you'll end up with a PDF of a quite nice book detailing the argumentative fallacies.

about 10 months ago

Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

toQDuj Re:Ethical fishing (274 comments)

Most ports do not allow nuclear-powered ships to moor, so change that first.

about 10 months ago

Samsung Offers Patent Cease-Fire in EU

toQDuj Re:Just wait (80 comments)

FYI, the EU consists of quite a few countries, not just four.

about a year ago

Two-Laser Boron Fusion Lights the Way To Radiation-Free Energy

toQDuj Re:no "radiation"? (140 comments)

Don't you mean beryllium? That has the benefit that if a few beryllium atoms leave the surface and enter the plasma, you don't immediately collapse your plasma. Also, beryllium is one of the nastier materials to machine.


about a year ago

Japan Promises an Ultra-High-Tech 2020 Olympics

toQDuj Re:8k (106 comments)

Actually, you can use most ATMs around the country, but most close in the evening and at night.

But yes, they generally distrust computers. And given the latest NSA/GCHQ revelations, I have to agree!

about a year ago

The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

toQDuj Re: there is no reason an STEM job requires 60 hou (284 comments)

Funny enough, when they build something here in Japan, they *can* build it on time and within budget. There's a lot wrong with the Japanese, but they do know how to plan and budget construction. It seems like we are under a mass delusion in Europe (place of origin) that it is impossible to build things on time or within budget.

1 year,20 days

The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

toQDuj Re:Fight it if you want to. (555 comments)

Why should the severity of border checks be proportional to land area?

And the .jp security checks at their international airports never gave me anything but very professional responses. It is one of the few places where they also don't raise a stink when I ask them to hand-check my photographic film.

1 year,21 days



Scientists show turning pigs into catalysts works quite well!

toQDuj toQDuj writes  |  about a year ago

toQDuj (806112) writes "Imagine you could turn pigs into catalysts. You might think that that would take quite some work, but it turns out to be surprisingly easy as long as you have a good oven and some salts lying around. This has been demonstrated by Zoe Schnepp (of the newly formed Schnepp Group at the U. of Birmingham)in collaboration with Yuanjian Zhang, Martin Hollamby, Brian R. Pauw and others. The work has just been published here, and has already made the university front page with this press release."

New Japanese Neutron Source Remains Unscathed

toQDuj toQDuj writes  |  more than 3 years ago

toQDuj writes "After a significant investment into the field of science by the Japanese, a new Neutron Spallation Source was built alongside the existing accelerators and rings already in place at J-PARC. The earthquake and tsunami threatened to scrap the lot as it struck very closeby. The pictures shown in their latest assessment ( shows the fortunate fate and success through good engineering: No tsunami damage, impressive external damage (gaps, undulations, etc.), but very, very little damage to the parts that matter most. The Japanese scientists can breathe a cautious sigh of relief."
Link to Original Source

toQDuj toQDuj writes  |  more than 7 years ago

toQDuj (806112) writes "Once upon a time, non-Danes could have the pleasure of understanding at least the written language using online dictionaries (
Funnily enough, the knowledge of turning one language into a (more) intelligible one, is now deemed copyrightable by publishers of dictionaries.
As can be read from the site, where the site owner has published the (two) cease and desist letters, no longer is this translation site to exist. The lawyers, on behalf of Gyldendalske Boghandel have requested the cessation of the site. In time, other publishers step in line and abolish all that is online translation-worthy."


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