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Comment: Re:Details (Score 1) 222

by Major Blud (#47936327) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

So this is crazy....from Ars:

"the team got seven healthy volunteers to start consuming high levels of saccharin (the FDA's recommended maximum daily dose). At the end of a week, four of them ended up with a reduced insulin response."


"gut bacteria were analyzed from 381 non-diabetics averaging age 43"

So which one is correct? Does anybody have the data from the actual Nature publication? It's paywalled on their site.

Comment: Details (Score 5, Informative) 222

by Major Blud (#47935641) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

I read up on this yesterday when it was posted to ArsTechnica. I'm a type 1 diabetic so studies like this catch my interest. The interesting part is that the mice that were given artificial sweetners had higher glucose levels than those with regular sucrose diets. The theory is that the artificial sweetners are affecting the bacteria in the gut of the mice, which is affecting how glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream.

One should not though that the human trial only included 7 volunteers, which is hardly enough for a good sample. I'm interested to see the findings of a test conducted on a larger sample group.

Comment: Re:Stop using tax dollars (Score 1) 347

by Major Blud (#47874597) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

Sure, but can we assume that the other researchers didn't receive grant money from *their* governments?

One of the points of Ig Noble is to "make people laugh, and then make them think". After thinking about some of these nominees, you can sort of think about what their research could impact. However, some seem absolutely silly, and it would seem wrong to give them federal funding at some other projects expense. Deciding which projects are grant worthy is tricky, especially when you have so many PhD's wanting to get their hand in the cookie jar.

Comment: Re: Stop using tax dollars (Score 1) 347

by Major Blud (#47874083) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

You bring up valid points. I'd actually love to see the report if I could find it (I'm sure it's out there somewhere). The most reliable source I can find is from the NY Times, which itself doesn't list any references either.

I guess I chose a bad example to run with. The point I'm trying to make is that some science is worth government Fermilab for example....where as some isn't. If I were to write a grant application on deconstructing the contents of this Slashdot post, I would hope the government would turn me down.

Comment: Re:Please stop and think (Score 1) 359

by Major Blud (#47695209) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Unfortunately, I think the only way to stop such corruption in Liberia would be through massive aid combined with a foreign military presence (probably a U.N. peacekeeping scenario). Such scenarios end-up lasting years with no end-game in sight, and are almost always labeled as empire-building or meddling in the country's internal affairs (like happened in Somalia). It's a nasty catch-22 that doesn't work out for anyone in the end.

I'm not saying that help shouldn't be offered in some way, but as long as such countries have illegitimate governments, I'm not sure there is going to be a non-violent solution.

Comment: Re:November? (Score 1) 148

by Major Blud (#47469347) Attached to: US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Interesting, thanks for the info. So is this a tax on service fees or products purchased over the Internet (or are there separate taxes for both)?

Is this tax earmarked for a particular item, or added to the country's general fund? Sorry I realize you may not know the answers to these questions.

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