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Submission + - Scientists in China predict pentagonal graphene

TechkNighT_1337 writes: Chinese scientists made calculations and predict that a new 2D allotrope of carbon based in a pentagonal form resembling an common pavement in the streets of cairo can be synthesized, they call this new form penta-graphene from the announcement in the Chemistry World they say: "The team found that not only should a pentagon-containing version of graphene be fairly stable, it should also be stronger than conventional graphene and be able to withstand higher temperatures, up to 730C. It would also be a natural semiconductor, unlike conventional graphene, which is a highly efficient conductor and has to be chemically modified to turn it into a semiconductor."

Comment Needless complexity or necessary evil? (Score 2) 413

I'm sure I'm being incredibly naive, but what's wrong with a plain old popular vote? I don't know why there's always this obsession with districts, electoral colleges, all of that bollocks. If you get the most votes you get the job, why must that be complicated? I'm not trying to be facetious here I'm honestly curious.

Comment Re:Fallacy (Score 2) 937

I think that generally speaking, Atheists respect the scientific process because it is the same one that leads them to conclude there probably isn't a god. A good scientist is always ready to be proven wrong and the null hypothesis is central to the entire process. These principles are anathema to Theism which is, by definition, based on claims without supporting evidence - aka "faith". From a personal standpoint, the idea that anyone could actively oppose the ideals and principles of the scientific method seems completely insane, but then I'm not American.

Comment points of ingress (Score 2) 41

I like the quote at the end of TFA: “Things that are hostile to China, or not in conformity with the outlook of China’s government, won’t be allowed [under the new rules]” said Ministry of Culture head Cai Wu earlier this year. “We want to open the window a crack to get some fresh air, but we still need a screen to block the flies and mosquitoes.”

I like how they're worried about cracking the window when - given that actual PCs are already widespread - the door is basically wide open for anyone who cares to turn the knob.

Comment Re:This only apply to "amateurs", or works for hir (Score 2) 334

Not the same thing. Porn 'stars' sign a contract before they appear in films or magazines or whatever, just like models or other entertainment professionals. Thus there is a legally binding agreement covering who owns the rights to the resulting media preceding any photos or videos being created, which is a very different situation indeed to the one we're discussing now.

You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.