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Comment: Re:Ask the EPA (Score 2) 172

by MiskatonicAcademic (#45912909) Attached to: How Do You Move a City?
Correct. Expropriation is done on the basis on market value in Sweden. Guess what the market value is when there's a mine about to devour the house? Exactly the same issue with the town of Malmberget, located 100 km or so south of Kiruna, where the mine has created several holes mid-town that has grown and engulfed numerous buildings over the last few decades.

Comment: Re:Why not just fill the mine? (Score 2) 172

by MiskatonicAcademic (#45912875) Attached to: How Do You Move a City?
It's still an active mine with a huge body of ore beneath the city. The problem is not mainly that the rock is like swiss cheese under Kiruna, but that further mining risk destroying the city. Filling it up would require new tunnels to be built anyway in order to get the ore up, hence the need for unorthodox moves.

Comment: Re:Natural result of government power over somethi (Score 2) 207

by MiskatonicAcademic (#43282645) Attached to: No "Ungoogleable" In Swedish Lexicon, Thanks to Google
In addition: The head of the Swedish Academy, which is the institution that produces the most comprehensive dictionary of the Swedish language (SAOB) and also the dictionary that is generally considered most standard and normative (SAOL), recently commented that what Google is doing is actually making people more aware of the word, with the consequence that it's now much more likely that the word will make it into SAOB and perhaps even SAOL. But maybe that was Google's intention all along. I should probably also mention that the Swedish academy is an independent cultural institution and not under government control.

Comment: Not such a novel idea (Score 1) 227

by MiskatonicAcademic (#39727459) Attached to: Wind Turbine Extracts Water From Air
So a few years ago I met this old retired engineer who explained what he'd been doing in his working life. The one thing he was most proud of was being part of a project where (waaait for it...) turbines that condensed water from the air were installed somewhere in Asia (can't remember exactly where) where drinkable water was hard to come by. Although I applaud this effort, it seems that the concept is hardly novel and similar machines have been used before.

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