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Comment What about the Planck temperature? (Score 1) 143


If you managed to reach temperatures sufficient to bring this field back into its inflating state, you would effectively hit the “reset” button on the Universe, and cause inflation to resume, resulting in the Big Bang starting all over again.

Would such a temperature have to be above or below the Planck temperature? If an object were to reach the temperature of 1.41 x 10^32 Kelvin, the radiation it would emit would have a wavelength of 1.616 x 10^26 nanometers (Planck length). Beyond that, if there's even a beyond, is the behaviour of matter even predictable at all?

Comment Re:Plot Hole (Score 2) 179

You're right that Galadriel is not a first-born. However, the entire race of elves is also referred to as First-Born in the Tolkien universe, as they awakened in the world before mortal men did. The LOTR movies do feature a first-born elf, just for a fraction of a second—right at the beginning, when three elves hold up the rings of power, and right at the end when Gandalf and Frodo set to sea. This elf is Círdan the shipwright, of the Grey Havens.

Comment Hormones in dairy? (Score 5, Interesting) 298

Dutch people ale avid milk drinkers and meat eaters. The average height of Dutch people has increased significantly over the past generations since WW-II, coinciding with the increasing availability of dairy products (there's been a surplus, referred to as 'The Milk Puddle' and the 'Butter Mountain') and cheaper meat ('Kilo Crackers' and 'Poof Chickens'). In the 60s and 70s there were elaborate national media campaigns to encourage milk consumption. Milk was even distributed for free by elementary schools in the 70s and early 80s. The use of growth hormone in dairy cattle is forbidden. Yet, it leaves me wondering whether there's a relation between hormones, dairy intake and increased height of Dutch people over the generations.

Comment Re:Bad marketing (Score 1) 181

Thanks, Anonymous Coward #1 and Anonymous Coward #2. And apologies. I shoudl have scrolled down the page a bit more, rather than jump directly to the store and try find it there. These 'Web 2.0' and HTML5 things have rendered my spoilt brain pretty much dyxlectic for retro, 1993-style hypertext content.

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