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Comment: Re:Wow .... (Score 3, Funny) 154

Un-boiling an egg, the mind boggles.

I read the article, and still can't figure out what they are really doing or how they are really gonna use it, seems to be a processing technique more than a production technique. Somehow I suspect the unboiled whites are not quite the same as the original.

I guess the next step is to un-fry a chicken.

Comment: Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (Score 1) 385

Do you idiots seriously believe that if the government was going to target you for surveillance, and go to the length of breaking into your home in order to bug it, that they would do so while you were there????

They also have a guy set up in the abandoned house across the street.

+ - Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Jennifer Abel writes at the LA times that according to a recent survey over 80% of Americans says they support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Ilya Somin, writing about the survey at the Washington Post, suggested that a mandatory label for foods containing DNA might sound like this: "WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children."

The report echoes a well-known joke/prank wherein people discuss the dangers of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide" also known as hydrogen oxide and hydrogen hydroxide. Search online for information about dihydrogen monoxide, and you'll find a long list of scary-sounding and absolutely true warnings about it: the nuclear power industry uses enormous quantities of it every year. Dihydrogen monoxide is used in the production of many highly toxic pesticides, and chemical weapons banned by the Geneva Conventions. Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all tumors removed from cancer patients, and is guaranteed fatal to humans in large quantities and even small quantities can kill you, if it enters your respiratory system. In 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky, David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, a public body that operates Waterfront Park, wished to deter bathers from using a large public fountain. "Counting on a lack of understanding about water's chemical makeup," he arranged for signs reading: "DANGER! – WATER CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF HYDROGEN – KEEP OUT" to be posted on the fountain at public expense"

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 1) 304

by Mr D from 63 (#48895431) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes
True, and in most cases that is just fine. I realize they are addressing the majority of situations, but sometimes you do not want to slow down when rapidly changing lanes, depending on where other vehicles are. I know, its not the most probably of situations, but I have more than once in my many years of driving encountered such conditions. In fact, I've had to accelerate to change lanes safely and avoid a car that suddenly moved in front of me after first almost running off the road.

Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 1) 210

by Mr D from 63 (#48894979) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far
If the thought experiment ignores a significant factor, is it better just because it is simpler?

Low humidity = low heat capacity Low heat capacity = faster cooling given a set amount of radiance (be it soil or air) which equates to high temperature swings.

Obviously, heat from the sand is lost almost entirely by radiance. I agree little is absorbed by the dry, low heat capacity air. I agree radiance is a primary factor in cooling.

But you must understand that surface characteristic play into it as well as moisture in the air. If you have ever been to a desert city where asphalt absorbs much heat during the day, you will find that even with dry air and clear skies, the surface air temperatures do not follow such drastic, rapid swings.

Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 1) 210

by Mr D from 63 (#48894467) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far
I never said any of the poster were right or wrong, I was just elaborating on factors that were being overlooked. There are multiple factors at play, simplifying it to "just radiant cooling" is fine if you want to keep it simple, but I guarantee a higher heat capacity soil would provide more heat to the surface air for a longer period during the night if all other factors were the same. There is simply less stored heat to radiate.

The 'warmer' just below the surface is exactly what you expect from a low heat capacity, reflective soil.

Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 1) 210

by Mr D from 63 (#48894437) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

Why are you so opposed to the idea of radiant cooling?

I don't understand what you are talking about. If you read what I said, the sand cool quickly because of its low heat capacity. That cooling is can be from radiant heat loss, I never said it was not. Obviously you have both factors at play.

You do realize that, Hollywood stereotypes aside, desert != sand, right?

Can't you freaking read? I specifically was talking about sand. Pay attention and don't get so defensive. Clouds = moisture in the air.. .another thing I specifically mentioned. Moisture in air retains heat. As for paying attention, if you had done so to start with I could still take you seriously.

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 1) 304

by Mr D from 63 (#48892901) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes
Not arguing your point, but it would be just as interesting to see the stats on accidents avoided. In many situations, swerving with controlled braking is more effective than braking alone or 'panic braking'. I'd hate to lose that ability to have that braking control. But I do understand the point of the proposed requirement is those that have no clue what is happening in front of them.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 304

by Mr D from 63 (#48892841) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes
Its hard to pre-emptively determine who is safe or not except through our driving tests, which are pretty much a joke. Even with tougher driving tests, a person would do just fine in the test when they aren't texting or allowing other distractions to take hold like the do all to often.

But, its hard to have any hope of good drivers overall when it seems that 20% of people seem to stupid to how to use a passing lane properly.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.