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Comment: Re:Nothing like a beating to make a believer. (Score 1) 907 907

Buddhism does not have teachings about "soul and such".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/notself2.html

I suggest reading about Kamma (Karma in Sanskrit). The typical western interpretation of the word is far from what was taught by the Buddha.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/kamma.html

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Julian Assange's Online Dating Profile Leaked 334 334

Ponca City writes "The Telegraph reports that an online dating profile created by Julian Assange in 2006 has been unearthed from OKCupid disclosing that the WikiLeaks editor sought 'spirited, erotic' women 'from countries that have sustained political turmoil.' Writing under the pseudonym of British science fiction author Harry Harrison, Assange described himself as a 'passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual.' Assange said he was seeking a 'siren for [a] love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy' adding that he was 'directing a consuming, dangerous human rights project which is, as you might expect, male dominated' and added enigmatically: 'I am DANGER, ACHTUNG.' Among Assange's listed interests were the 'structure of reality' and 'chopping up human brains' – although he added the caveat '(neuroscience background)' lest the latter put off potential admirers. 'I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil,' Assange wrote. 'Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!'"
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PARC Builds iPod-Sized HIV Detector 93 93

MikeChino writes "Right now it's difficult, if not impossible, to quickly detect HIV in patients living in impoverished countries. That may all change soon, though — researchers at a California outfit called the Palo Alto Research Center have built an iPod-sized handheld device that can provide an immune check-up in under 10 minutes — all with a prick of the finger. With millions of people around the world without access to a full-size laboratory, PARC's device could revolutionize the detection and treatment of HIV."

Comment: Re:I love TED. (Score 1) 58 58

I have to agree. I learned about quorum sensing and work over a decade ago. To say she "discovered" quorum sensing is utter rubbish. I don't care to read her publication record to find out what she actually discovered, but quorum sensing it was not.

Here's a paper from 1994 for example:

Interchangeability and specificity of components from the quorum-sensing regulatory systems of Vibrio fischeri and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Gray KM, Passador L, Iglewski BH, Greenberg EP.
J Bacteriol. 1994 May;176(10):3076-80.

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