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Comment Re:Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic (Score 1) 452

I recently bought the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop (the keyboard-only model isn't available locally, down here in NZ) to replace my old Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, and I think it's been one of the worst purchases I've made in some time. In their defense, the main keyboard is actually very nice to type on, and the separate numeric keypad is nifty.

But. You're stuck if you want the standard cursor + home block keys layout. And I hope you like having substandard buttons (which wobble, and sometimes need to be pressed twice to register) replacing the function keys. And hopefully you didn't use the programmable or media buttons on the NEK4000 - the included toggle switch is a band-aid on a bad design decision. (Incidentally, I couldn't use the included mouse for any length of time without noticeable discomfort, as the way my little finger splays outwards (even at rest) meant it was continually dragging along the tabletop no matter how I held the mouse - the downside to an ergonomic design is when you don't quite fit within the parameters for which it was designed.)

I've just gone back to my NEK, and while it feels like typing on marshmellows in comparison, the decisions they made in order to reduce the number of keys (and keyboard size) have left the Sculpt keyboard as something of a lame duck for my purposes.
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Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees 112

sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Wood is great for building and heating homes, but it's the bane of biofuels. When converting plants to fuels, engineers must remove a key component of wood, known as lignin, to get to the sugary cellulose that's fermented into alcohols and other energy-rich compounds. That's costly because it normally requires high temperatures and caustic chemicals. Now, researchers in the United States and Canada have modified the lignin in poplar trees to self-destruct under mild processing conditions—a trick that could slash the cost of turning plant biomass into biofuels."

Comment Re:Misleading Summary; Less than exhaustive resear (Score 1) 459

The point is, none of the funding bodies wants to pay the extremely large sums required for *real* nutritional science, so researchers make do with lots of observational studies and a lot of data massaging that will get treated as SCIENCE by an uncritical and generally scientifically-illiterate press, and by not rocking the boat by coming out with articles that challenge the status quo, they're able to continue to receive funding.

Comment Re:Organic vs processed (toxic) sugar. (Score 2, Informative) 1017

Please bear in mind that HFCS (in mainstream use) is either 55% Fructose/42% Glucose (used mainly in drinks) or 42% Fructose/53% Glucose (typically used in food and baked goods). Table sugar consists of Sucrose, which when absorbed by the body breaks down into 50% Fructose/50% Glucose. Any difference between the two is a matter of marketing.

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