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Comment: Re:Don't single out EPA (Score 2) 340

Medical studies in particular: you really don't want the public to have access to the private medical data which is used in medical studies.

I can not see how this is a valid argument -- of course such data should be anonymized and not traceable to an *individual* patient (this is where privacy kicks in), but it is done in publicly published medical research anyway ("Patient A [not Sam Smith!] was responding to treatment... ").

As to temperature data -- if there is suspicion that it is tainted by "local political concerns" -- should we even consider it to be valid *scientific* data?

Paul B.

Comment: Wavelength matters too? (Score 1) 327

by PaulBu (#48511463) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

My first though without even reading the summary:

Of course pointing it to the South would "catch" more integrated spectrum, but not all of that can be converted to electricity efficiently (they are more efficient for longer wavelength), so it should not *hurt* much to till them westwards (or eastwards), where/when blue light ("useless for") is filtered by the atmosphere...

By the way, blue light is still absorbed/heats/damages the cells, but not gets converted to voltage. Or some such... ;-)

Aligning with peak demand might make more sense though.

Paul B.

+ - Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain->

Submitted by Diggester
Diggester writes: DON'T mind the gap. A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.

The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she'd had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn't walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6.

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+ - Google buys eighth robotics company in six months->

Submitted by spineas
spineas writes: Google recently acquired Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that has had a hand in many advanced defense robotics for the U.S. military, making it the eighth such purchase for the search engine giant in the last six months.

Boston Dynamics is well known for having developed the robot named "Cheetah," capable of running at speeds of 28MPH.

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