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Comment: I dont know how - but dousing works (Score 1) 266

I tried it as a skeptic, but its hard to deny what happens in your own hands. It was demonstrated by someone who works in archeology and is highly respected in her field with a track record of finding buried structures (roman villas, neolithic burials etc).

Ignoring or ridiculing an observable phenomenon because you have no explanation. Even though that ridicule has precluded any sort of mainstream scientific study. Is pretty unscientific IMO.

Superposition or the simultaneous wave/particle properties of light sound pretty batshit to the layman. But im glad they are being investigated enough to at least present hypotheses to test.

Comment: Re:So... outsource ALL OF IT (Score 0) 74

by BeCre8iv (#47763269) Attached to: UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons
It already has been. Thats the problem. The civil service service is run by pension farming bureaucrats who pushed a lifetime of paper to get to the middle. For example vanloads of paper docs are secure couriered around the country because nobody knows enough about encryption to ask ATOS to make it so.

       

Comment: As a former employee... (Score 1) 74

by BeCre8iv (#47763245) Attached to: UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons
I can attest that the British MoJ is a Gilliamesque farce. It was as if an overzealous technocrat saw 'Brazil' and rebuilt the Civil Service in its image.

I was an temp admin-monkey for 6 months after things went to shit in 2008/9, in what we called the 'Ministry of Paperwork'. The HR offices for the MoJ. Holders of 60k+ complete records of everyone who ever applied to work in the UK courts. Right up to the top judges and bigwigs.

At this point we were using WinNT on boxes with XP CoAs and paying meeeelions for the privilege. All to run a bespoke Oracle client that topped out NTs user profile limits with excessive caching and borkt the windows session. All built and supported by one of the most predatory firms in the UK, affectionately known as Twatos.

The decision-makers were in another city and were clueless about the day to day running of a computerised office. Let alone data protection.

This sort of incompetence runs to the core of the Civil Service and they get fleeced at every turn. Including by the recruitment agency supplying staff to the HR department.

The idea of the government fining itself is preposterous. Terry Gilliam must be laughing in his grave.

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Comment: Re:Bio-accumulation - MOD Parent UP (Score 1) 116

by BeCre8iv (#47687785) Attached to: Fukushima's Biological Legacy
The short term death-toll is less of an issue than the long term dietary exposure.

Ironically it is the American denialists that are most likely to exposed via Pacific seafood.

The risk is not one of average exposures but a crapshoot of who gets to be the offspring of the person who ate the fish that ate the wrong mollusk which ate the wrong particle of the wrong isotope.

Americans could limit you exposure by choosing seafood from the west coast. oh wait.

Comment: Re:Recycle the Oceans? (Score 1) 184

by BeCre8iv (#47681589) Attached to: Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut
Actually recycling mixed plastic particles for re-use is impossible. but brealing the long polymer chains can produce refinery feedstock of similar quality to light-sweet-crude.

Hydrothermal Depolymerisation.can turn mixed plastic particles back into crude.

Same for Plasma Gasification and potentially Hydrokinetic Cavitation.

+ - Water filtration with tree branch->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Dirty water is a major cause of mortality in the developing world. The most common water-borne pathogens are bacteria (e.g. Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerae), viruses (e.g. adenoviruses, enteroviruses, hepatitis, rotavirus), and protozoa (e.g. giardia). These pathogens cause child mortality and also contribute to malnutrition and stunted growth of children.

In search of a low-cost and simple solution for filtering dirty water in developing nations, researchers have rediscovered the humble tree. A piece of freshly cut sapwood from pine trees can remove 99% of Escherichia coli bacteria in water.

Approximately 3 cm3 of sapwood can filter water at the rate of several liters per day, sufficient to meet the clean drinking water needs of one person.

White pine growing on Massachusetts, USA was used. The pine was identified as pinus strobus based on the 5-fold grouping of its needles, the average needle length of 4.5 inches, and the cone shape.


1 inch-long sections were cut from a branch with approximately 1 cm diameter. The bark and cambium were peeled off, and the piece was mounted at the end of a tube and sealed with epoxy. Approximately 5 mL of deionized water or solution was placed in the tube. Pressure was supplied using a nitrogen tank with a pressure regulator. For filtration experiments, 5 psi (34.5 kPa) pressure was used. The filtrate was collected in glass vials.

For bacteria filtration, the feed solution was prepared by mixing 0.08 mg of inactivated Escherichia coli in 20 mL of deionized water (~1.6×107 mL1) after which the solution was sonicated for 1 min. The concentration of bacteria was measured in the feed solution and filtrate by enumeration with a hemacytometer (inCyto C-chip) mounted on a Nikon TE2000-U inverted epifluorescence microscope. Before measurement of concentration and filtration experiments, the feed solution was sonicated for 1 min and vigorously mixed.

The flow rate was proportional to applied pressure."

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