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Comment: Re:I thought evolutionists had it all figured out? (Score 1) 110

by Muros (#48801889) Attached to: Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

The evolutionists used to say that human intelligence could be explained by evolutionary process of natural selection, and they made no reference to viruses

The article has nothing to do with natural selection. There are two main components to evolution, mutation and natural selection. Natural selection is the description given to processes that determine what mutations remain in the gene pool, and what ones die out due to giving a poorer chance of survival and/or reproduction. The article here is about the mutation side of evolution.

Comment: Re:Do it in your free time (Score 0) 300

by Muros (#48753851) Attached to: The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

but really, such a creature would more likely be what's commonly called a "civilization".


"Which is to say, what astronomers may have taken to be two massive balls of plasma locked in a gravitational embrace could actually be a very large, very hungry civilization devouring a hapless star."

+ - Learning breakthrough - Returning the human brain to a child-like state->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "It sounds like something out of a film, but scientists may have discovered a way to make you smarter – by reverting the brain to a “plastic” child-like state.

Researchers at Stanford University experimented by interfering with PirB, a protein expressed in animal brain cells that allows skills to be recalled but which also hampers the ability to learn new skills, and realised they could disrupt the receptor’s regular function, allowing the brain to make faster connections."

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+ - Interviews: Ask Rachel Sussman About Photography and The oldest living things

Submitted by samzenpus
samzenpus (5) writes "Rachel Sussman is a photographer whose work covers the junction of art, science, and philosophy. Perhaps her most famous work is the "Oldest Living Things in the World" project. Working with biologists, she traveled all over the world to find and photograph organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Sussman gave a TED talk highlighting parts of the project including a clonal colony of quaking aspen 80,000-years-old and 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast. Rachel has agreed to put down her camera and answer any questions you may have about photography or any of her projects. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post."

Comment: Re:One sample (Score 1) 128

by Muros (#48211063) Attached to: Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals
Now who's trying to sound smart. The fragmentation of neanderthal DNA strings in modern genomes is chaotic, because of repeated mixture of genomes with differing amounts of aforementioned genes, and with varying numbers of generations since it's introduction. The article even states that the timeframe for the introduction of neanderthal genes into this individuals genetic makeup is more accurately defineable than is possible for modern humans.

Comment: Re:Quality of life in Sweden (Score 1) 346

by Muros (#48106289) Attached to: Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

A superior education system... for a country which mysteriously produces a tiny fraction of the R&D that the US does? Tell me, why is that that almost all the big and great inventions come from people working the in United States?

Firstly, Sweden has a tiny fraction of the population of the US. Secondly, I note you said people working the in United States, not people educated in the United States.

Comment: Re:Quality of life in Sweden (Score 1) 346

by Muros (#48106127) Attached to: Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Now, what's left is to determine, that the 7.38 vs. 8.02 difference is thanks to, rather than despite of their taxes being higher — rather than, say, those demography, social and cultural characteristics

You obviously misunderstand. Their higher taxes are a result of those different social and cultural characteristics, as also is their better quality of life.

Comment: Re:Maybe these people.. (Score 1) 460

by Muros (#48021279) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Are more interested in discovering new things or proving old things wrong, than trying to make friends with everyone.

That is quite possible. However, I would like to point out that scientists are rated as some of the friendliest, or warmest, people. If you look at the diagram in the article, it lists about 45 jobs (I wasn't too careful counting). Scientists appear to be in 13th place.

Comment: Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (Score 1) 494

by Muros (#47929925) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
You're missing the scare-mongering by many nations in the EU that have regions with aspirations of self determination, eg. Italy & Spain. They do not like the idea of other countries allowing break-away regions, and threaten barring Scotland re-entry to the EU as a warning to their own dissatisfied citizens. Even China has had a few politicians pipe up, because they fear the impact Scottish independence might have on dissidents in places like Tibet. Of course, it is all rubbish. Scotland has something far more precious to the EU than it's oil and gas, which only make a difference to the other constituent parts of the Union. Scotland has vast fisheries which are shared with the EU at large, over which it would gain sovereign control.

"If anything can go wrong, it will." -- Edsel Murphy