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Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 628

All four nuclear nations

There are 9 nuclear nations: France, the UK, China, Russia, the USA, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea. Out of those, the first 5 are all recognized in the NPT. India, Pakistan, and Israel never signed the NPT. North Korea withdrew. Which 4 are you talking about?

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 628

North Korea has a huge assortment of artillery buried in the mountain that's designed to survive almost short of a nuke. And speaking of nukes, they have those as well. I doubt they could cause much damage to the US, but they could cause a lot to South Korea, China, and Japan.

Comment Re:They ARE the memo (Score 1) 628

The US is more likely to attack Iran. It needs some war, but it would be easier to get away with one against a country with a supposed WMD program that is sponsoring terrorists than one that definitely has a WMD program. Also, all of the NK refugees would spill into China and SK. Neither of those countries could deal with them.

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Submission + - Earthquakes Deposit Gold in Fault Zones (

sciencehabit writes: Gold deposits may be created in a flash—literally. Along fault zones deep within Earth's crust, small cavities filled with fluids rich in dissolved substances such as gold and silicate minerals can expand suddenly to as much as 130,000 times their former size during a major earthquake, a new analysis suggests. In such circumstances, pressure drops accordingly, driving a process the scientists call flash evaporation. And when the pressure in the cavity suddenly drops, so does the solubility of minerals in the water there. Along with substantial quantities of quartz, large earthquakes could deposit as much as 0.1 milligrams of gold along each square meter of a fault zone's surface in just a fraction of a second Typical rates of seismicity along a fault, such as the San Andreas fault zone shown in the main image, could generate a 100-metric-ton deposit of gold in less than 100,000 years.

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