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Comment Re:Queue the misinformation... (Score 1) 25

Well, it wasn't a malaria drug before she did the actual science necessary to prove that a 2000-year-old book wasn't simply full of shit

I'll bet the physicians who used the plant and the people who were cured by the plant 2000 years ago had a little proof themselves.

Hypothesis, experimentation and publishing results were not invented by Roger Bacon. Human beings didn't suddenly become smart in the 13th century.

Comment Re:Worst taxi experiences ever... (Score 0) 70

Yes, that's true, more and more these days awards are given for political purposes.

Las Vegas cabbies are terrific. In 25 years' worth of Vegas trips (some with my wife!) I've never had a negative experience with them.

They're not as cool as New Orleans cabbies, who are among the best in the world, but the Vegas hacks are pretty damn good.

Comment Re:Queue the misinformation... (Score 1) 25

Queue the comments from idiots who think a drug derived from old herbal remedies is the same thing as using old herbal remedies...

"The fact that this researcher won a Nobel for isolating an effective drug from old herbal remedies is proof that old herbal remedies are completely useless!"

The first known medical description of Qinghao lies in a 2000-year-old document called "52 Prescriptions" (168 BCE) that had been unearthed from a Mawangdui Han Dynasty tomb. It details the herb's use for soothing hemorrhoids. Later texts also mention the plant's curative powers. Tu discovered a passage in the Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies (340 CE) by Ge Hong that referenced Qinghao's malaria-healing capacity. It said "Take a handful of Qinghao, soak in two liters of water, strain the liquid, and drink." She realized that the standard procedure of boiling and high-temperature extraction could destroy the active ingredient.

With this idea in mind, Tu redesigned the extraction process, performing it at low temperatures with ether as the solvent. She also removed a harmful acidic portion of the extract that did not contribute to antimalarial activity, tracked the material to the leaves rather than other parts of the plant, and figured out when to harvest the herb to maximize yields. These innovations boosted potency and slashed toxicity. At a March 1972 meeting of the Project 523 group's key participants, she reported that the neutral plant extract —number 191—obliterated Plasmodia in the blood of mice and monkeys.

So basically, she found a 2000 year-old book that says the plant heals malaria, extracted the malaria-healing part and got a Nobel for discovering a malaria drug.

Ge Hong is laughing his head off.

Comment Re:Which Side Fought Against Disclosure, Again? (Score 1) 142

Spinning this hack as bad for Gamergate requires some desperate mental gymnastics.

Indeed it is. I would have thought it was far worse for people who donate to causes that Gamergate doesn't like. After all, it's Gamergate fanboys who do most of the harassment and doxxing, and whether or not you are doxxed does not depend on whether or not you are a journalist or donator to journalists; just ask Felicia Day.

(I use the term "Gamergate fanboys" to avoid the argument about who is inside Gamergate and who is outside.)

Comment Blind as a Bat-Man (Score 1) 153

I wish I could see the difference between a regular display at and 4k one. 8k is just too damn many pixels.

I should have listened to my Ma when she said not to sit so close to the TV screen, but Julie Newmar as Catwoman was too much to resist.


Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 534

HFCS tastes like sugar, only morons would claim it "tastes like ass". It is also engineered to have a balance of fructose to glucose similar to sucrose specifically so it would taste the same.

So then, why do soda pops made with cane sugar taste so different from the same pop made with HFCS?

If you take a teaspoon of HFCS (you can buy a bottle at the supermarket) and a teaspoon of sugar and taste them one after the other, you'll see the difference.

Maybe one of the problems caused by eating too much HFCS is that it dulls your tastebuds? Because if you couldn't tell the difference...well, I'd find that surprising.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 534

HFCS tastes nasty, though.

I'm surprised that so few of you have noticed the difference. It's got a treacly, too-sweet flavor with a slightly metallic aftertaste. And,I believe patenting basic foodstuffs is almost criminal. Bad economically, bad for the environment and immoral. So, HFCS is unhealthy for a lot of reasons, in that it's bad for people.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 534

It doesn't matter if the fructose comes from HFCS, sugar, or fruit, it's unhealthy to consume it. ...but fuck you if you say anything bad about fruit, as it is the icon for healthy eating, as it's the only source of addictive fructose that those natural foods types get and they sure as hell don't want to give it up.

At the risk of stating the obvious, there's a difference between fruit and fruit juice. Juicing has the effect of concentrating the sugar and diluting or removing the parts of the fruit which make it worth eating (e.g. vitamins, fibre, antioxidants if you buy that argument).

Despite popular belief, trees don't create fruit because they love us and would never do anything to harm us, they're just doing whatever helps them to survive, [...]

Actually, a lot of fruit is made for us, in that it's the product of many generations of artificial selection. The ones that aren't are usually clones (e.g. grafts) of the small number of varieties that humans like.

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