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Comment: Next = Examiner Competence in their field (Score 2, Interesting) 124

I have had an examiner on a recent patent application who was not knowledgable in the required physical-geometric structures.

She insisted that a straight object was actually a helix! My patent attorney and I explained the difference, but she and her boss ignored the plain geometric truth and refused to budge and threw out my claims.

I'ld rather have a high level of competence and accept some level of goofing off. You do need a break once in awhile to stay sane.

Comment: Space Travel = Fast Evolution or Perish (Score 1) 196

by BoRegardless (#47898669) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Science Fiction author? At least that is what I thought.

Evidence from our oribital flights gives plenty of evidence of tissue damage in space from both lack of gravity and radiation. We can't reasonably do much about the radiation without having massively heavy spacecraft which does not seem practical.

Comment: Re:NASA needs to get it's act together (Score 1) 109

by BoRegardless (#47769709) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Another thing which I have not seen discussed is the mutation of the biota that humans carry into outer space.

We put these microbes in zero gravity, far higher background cosmic radiatio & occassional Solar storm radiation.

It will not surprise me that they mutate as a result and I certainly don't have an idea how fast or what those mutations might do.

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