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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

voodoo cheesecake Re:Or this (139 comments)

You would never go hungry.

about 5 months ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

voodoo cheesecake Re:Ummm.... (143 comments)

I won't comment on whether or not this will work, but in bush Alaska that $1 per Kilowatt Hour is during the prosperous warm times when the fuel to run the diesel generators doesn't have be flow in because of pack ice or a fuel barge delayed because the Coast Guard is holding it for repairs. Now imagine sitting way out on the Aleutian chain where it blows like hell for long periods of time and barges ice over. I once had to wait, through a fuel rationing for a month, for fuel in the middle of winter. One year fuel had to be flown in to McGrath in the interior - gasoline was going for $12 a gallon. Last year, the a town along the inside passage (panhandle) froze over. They were without power for over a month because of the record snow.

Now, I don't know (don't care to fact check helium cost at the moment), but I would compare that to the cost of keeping communities from freezing to death.

about 8 months ago
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NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

voodoo cheesecake Back to the drawing board (127 comments)

Since it will probably be quit a while before the next suit redesign, I have one suggestion.

If you just have to have wires that light up, then having them individually change colors to reflect biological conditions would be a wiser use than just for the glow in the dark function. This way your suit could visually convey critical medical information to the rest of the crew. For instance you could monitor heart rate, respiration and pucker factor on a space walk or during the realization that you are wearing a shower curtain when tiny high velocity particles pierce your suit.

about 8 months ago
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Horseshoe Crabs Are Bled Alive To Create an Unparalleled Biomedical Technology

voodoo cheesecake Ummm perhaps... (159 comments)

I would call it "post-modern" if we had figured out how to synthesize coagulogen in the lab - negating the need for harvesting horseshoe crabs. Pssst, don't spread the word about GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein) was discovered.

about 9 months ago
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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island

voodoo cheesecake Re:It's deja vu ... (121 comments)

Thought you might like this from Troubled Lands The Legacy of Soviet Environmental Destruction by D. J. Peterson
http://www.rand.org/pubs/comme...
(Chapter 5)

"For example, in the town of Sillamae in northeastern Estonia, nearly
300 children attending two kindergartens suffered a loss of hair in 1989.
When the story first broke in March of that year, the Soviet press agency,
TASS, reported that specialists initially had suspected the cause to be
natural radioactivity emanating from local shale deposits. Subsequent
tests, however, revealed that background radiation in the town was
normal. After months of speculation and controversy, the former director
of the Baltiets enterprise, a local defense industry, revealed that his com-
pany had dumped radioactive wastes in the town. The two kinder-
gartens were built over the dump, separated from it by only a thin layer
of sand."

about 9 months ago
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VA Tech Experiment: Polar Vortex May Decimate D.C. Stinkbugs In 2014

voodoo cheesecake I'm callin' BS... (112 comments)

They won't be decimated, they survive here in Alaska. Not sure if it's an adaptation but they make it through 8 months of snow and ice just fine.

about 9 months ago
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Plastic Waste Threatens Marine Diversity

voodoo cheesecake Re:Could or Do? (48 comments)

This is quite frustrating. The article says "could" all the while pointing to everything that indicates that they "do". The article says that POP's (persistent organic pollutants) have been found in the marine life within the area of the study and that the same POP's were found in higher concentrations to varying degrees in the microplastics analyzed and that these microplastics were found in the tissues of these animals. So, take it as you will. Bon Appetit! PCB's DDT's yum yum!

about a year ago
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Plastic Waste Threatens Marine Diversity

voodoo cheesecake Re:it's only an hypothesis (48 comments)

J.P.G.L. Frias, P. Sobral, A.M. Ferreira, Organic pollutants in microplastics from two beaches of the Portuguese coast, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 60, Issue 11, November 2010, Pages 1988-1992, ISSN 0025-326X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.07.030.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X1000336X)
Keywords: Microplastics; PAHs; PCBs; DDTs; Plastic pellets; Portugal

Organic pollutants in microplastics from two beaches of the Portuguese coast

I apologise for referring you to a paywall, but this journal article does show that "chemicals could transfer from plastic when they are eaten by animals and accumulate in their bodies and reduce important functions that maintain their health."

about a year ago
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Plastic Waste Threatens Marine Diversity

voodoo cheesecake The food chain.. (48 comments)

Some may argue that such research is pointless because pollution goes hand in hand with civilization or that we will never be able to clean up what is already out there. I disagree. Understanding how organisms are affected may give valuable insights into how pollution is and will alter the food chain. The article mentions "accumulation of toxins", this is bioaccumulation of not only different sizes and types of microplastics, it is also the bioaccumulation of the plasticizers that leach out as these microplastics degrade in a particular environment over time. Then some of these organisms are eaten by others which results in bioamplification of whatever toxins linger - mainly in fatty tissues. These organisms migrate and here you and I sit at the top of the food chain ready to devour what we assume is safe to eat. Some of the plasticizers - such as bisphenol-A (synthetic estrogen used to harden plastics) and phthalates (used to soften plastics) are well known endocrine disruptors; i.e. they mimic hormones which can alter development of offspring. Wouldn't such biological activity of these contaminants be worth studying - say in the realm of genetics - specifically epigenetics?

Food for though. Do a load of laundry that is all 100% cotton and you end up with quite a few cotton fibers in the dryer's lint filter. Do a similar size load of clothing containing synthetic fibers and notice there is far less in the lint filter and that the fibers are considerably smaller. Do another load of synthetics and filter out all of the water drained from the washing machine and take a look at what wind up in a settling pond (unless there is a storm surge that overloads the sewage system) and eventually to the ocean.

Not only are the toxins from microplastics a concern, but so are the fibers themselves which can block gills and also act as substrates for organisms from one environment to flourish upon, be transported upon and potentially become an invasive species in another environment resulting in loss of resources for the fishing industry rippling through the global economy.

about a year ago
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

voodoo cheesecake Re:Shitty arcade (283 comments)

No question! Galaga was the first game I got a high score on and the first game where I wiped all other players off the list.

1 year,14 days
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Computer-Designed Proteins Recognize and Bind Small Molecules

voodoo cheesecake Suggestions and comments (70 comments)

An off-planet laboratory seems like an intelligent first move - a lunar-synchronous asteroid perhaps? My imaginary implications mostly point out the need for operational security - at least in practice. Who wants to bio-engineer organisms to transform mars here on earth anyway? Minimizing the oh s%^t factor should be a priority.

The article would have been much more interesting if the author(s) would have elaborated beyond "computer-designed." I mean get real down and nerdy about it! This is Slashdot, don't be shy.

about a year ago
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Lavabit.com Owner: 'I Could Be Arrested' For Resisting Surveillance Order

voodoo cheesecake Re:Federal prison (255 comments)

FTFA, he has raised $90,000 in the past few days. That seems to have helped. He has brought attention to legal conflicts that people should be talking about - that will help in a broader sense. It seems like you have given up any notion of progress. It's people who stand up and put things to the test who make a difference - no matter how big or small. If he goes to the joint over it, that's his choice. This media attention IMHO will be of benefit that could have the feds go easier on him because he's not just some unknown guy getting black bagged in an alley and stuffed into a room with no windows - blah, blah, blah.

about a year ago
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Lavabit.com Owner: 'I Could Be Arrested' For Resisting Surveillance Order

voodoo cheesecake Federal prison (255 comments)

I hear it's actually pretty nice - decent food and opportunities for education, (might come in handy since his business is gone). And best of all you pretty much have an idea who you're getting ganked by. In the mean time, staying in the public eye will assure the feds tread carefully and just might save his a$$ - no pun intended.

about a year ago
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North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

voodoo cheesecake Re:In words: ONE missile. (636 comments)

That's one 'friggin' rocket controlled by a whack job.

By the way, I read all over the news that NK can't hit the US - while Alaska is within striking distance. Still goes to show that Alaska isn't considered a part of the US. NK could strike the Aleutians before an interceptor could intervene.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams

voodoo cheesecake Not showing up on google... (104 comments)

Have a nice diurnal anomaly!

about a year and a half ago
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Can You Potty Train a Cow?

voodoo cheesecake Re:News for nerds. (214 comments)

If this is Slashdot 2013, then I propose we be allowed to mod articles.

So, let me kick it off by modding this article as bovine jenkem!

Well, what the hell else could I say?

about 2 years ago
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Heavy Metal and Emergent Behavior

voodoo cheesecake Re:Hi, Heavy Metal fan here (92 comments)

Dude, I remember when the Ramones debuted on SHA NA NA and "fight club" was the status-quo - at home, after school, during class, in the principals office, wherever! Calling somebody puss-puss these days just makes them sad and run away to the grief counselors.

about 2 years ago
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Heavy Metal and Emergent Behavior

voodoo cheesecake Re:Peer review...... (92 comments)

Hmmm.

That's a good point! Perhaps my analogy refers more to square dancers.

Yes, you are correct - the lattice structures do immediately alternate in form with respect to differences in twang.

Thank you for your insight.

about 2 years ago

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Military Asserts Right to Return Cyber Attacks

voodoo cheesecake voodoo cheesecake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

voodoo cheesecake (1071228) writes "The U.S. must fire back against cyber attacks swiftly and strongly and should act to counter or disable a threat even when the identity of the attacker is unknown, the director of the National Security Agency told Congress. Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, who is the Obama administration's nominee to take on additional duties as head of the new Cyber Command, also said the U.S. should not be deterred from taking action against countries such as Iran and North Korea just because they might launch cyber attacks."
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