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Comment: Re:Uhm, wow... (Score 1) 417 417

Uhm, wow indeed.

According to your thinking California could pump the aquifers dry and let all the stored water flow to the oceans and it wouldn't be a problem because it had all gone back into the environment. If you're taking it out of the local environment faster than it's being replenished in the local environment you have a problem. Spoken like someone who thinks water comes in endless streams from a tap. If you hadn't noticed the environment isn't partitioned by state and national boundaries and the water returning to the environment is free to rain out in the ocean or on a wetter region.
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Designer Creates "Euthanasia Roller Coaster" 409 409

disco_tracy writes "Lithuanian amusement park worker and current PhD candidate in London's Royal College of Art's Design Interactions department, Julijonas Urbonas, has made a design for a hypothetical coaster that could be the future of humane euthanasia. Urbonas says that it is engineered to give a person a way to die with 'with elegance and euphoria.' From the article: 'The three-minute ride involves a long, slow, climb -- nearly a third of a mile long -- that lifts one up to a height of more than 1,600 feet, followed by a massive fall and seven strategically sized and placed loops. The final descent and series of loops take all of one minute. But the gravitational force -- 10 Gs -- from the spinning loops at 223 miles per hour in that single minute is lethal.'"

Comment: Re:dark in middle? (Score 1) 118 118

It's known as a dust lane. The particles of dust absorb light so obscure the stars behind.

The dust lanes in the Milky way are seen as a dark "constellation" depicting an emu by Australian aborigines:
<http://www.atnf.csiro.au/research/AboriginalAstronomy/Examples/emu.htm>

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