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Comment: Autism and hypothyroid (Score 4, Interesting) 558 558

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this study yet. Perhaps Hypothyroid rates are skyrocketing and with it autism? http://www.sciencedaily.com/re... Autism four times likelier when mother's thyroid is weakened Pregnant women who don't make nearly enough thyroid hormone are nearly 4 times likelier to produce autistic children than healthy women, report scientists from the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and Erasmus Medical Centre in an upcoming Annals of Neurology. The association emerged from a study of more than 4,000 Dutch mothers and their children, and it supports a growing view that autism spectrum disorders can be caused by a lack of maternal thyroid hormone, which past studies have shown is crucial to the migration of fetal brain cells during embryo development.

Comment: Re:Oh. Oh no. (Score 1) 267 267

Scientists have just confirmed an effect, where there should be none, according to all of current science. Whether you like it or not, this is a crack in current science and there may be larger effects elsewhere. Disclaimer: For the record, I'm not even remotely a creationist.

Comment: Re:Is it so wrong? (Score 1) 223 223

And the other poster is right: NASA never stifled spaceflight; they don't control aerospace worldwide, and there was nothing stopping anyone in other countries from getting into spaceflight. They sure didn't stop the Chinese and Russians from building spacecraft.

The environment outside the US was even worse. For example look at OTRAG. Aerospace is a highly politicized field, not to mention risky.

Comment: Re:Enact mandatory voting (Score 1) 388 388

"Death Panels" were kind of inevitable if you look at the consequences, and not just at the text of the law. Guns: What do you think Fast and Furious was all about? It was used as an excuse to bring in gun control. Socialism: I'd say Obamacare counts. See, it's possibly for reasonable people to differ on the issues, and even what counts as an issue.

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