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Comment: Re:Money is money, it all adds up (Score 1) 594

by RealRav (#32148062) Attached to: On Pennies:

I was a Marine stationed in Japan, and we used dollars on base for everything. We didn't use pennies though; they said it cost too much money to transport them over (I'd think the total number would remain relatively static, but whatever).

Many people dump their pennies in a jar, leave them in their car console and don't bother to pick them up when they hit the ground. The BX/PX would have to constantly replace the supply.

Comment: Re:Teen Books destroy reading. (Score 1) 149

by RealRav (#32147974) Attached to: Do Children's E-Books Ruin Reading?
You missed the point of Shakespeare being taught in High School. The difficulty of reading Shakespeare is the point. By the time you reach High School you should already be a pretty proficient reader, but few have learned the skills necessary to trudge through something more difficult to read and gain anything useful from it. This is a very useful skill later in life. Ever read a tech manual?

Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal 220

Posted by samzenpus
from the tiniest-minds dept.
Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

Comment: Oh boy! (Score 2, Insightful) 145

by RealRav (#29273237) Attached to: Tetris Improves Your Brain
As interesting as this is I dread the assumptions that some will make of this. If Tetris can alter the brain then many will argue that violent video games also alter the brain, spurring their side of the debate. I would think that playing FPS games would alter the brain in a way that would make someone better at tasks that require quick reaction to visual stimuli.

Want to Eat Chocolate Every Day For a Year? 158

Posted by samzenpus
from the dental-nightmare dept.
Scientists from the University of East Anglia are studying the potential health benefits of dark chocolate, and need 40 female volunteers who would like to eat chocolate every day for a year. The chocolate loving 40 must be post-menopausal and have type 2 diabetes so it can be determined if the flavonoid compounds in chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease. Dr Peter Curtis, of the UEA's School of Medicine, said, "Our first volunteers are about to return for their final visit to see if the markers of heart health - such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels — have changed. A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease."

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun