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Comment: Re:Fat Hatred (Score 1) 446

by Synesthes (#43835777) Attached to: Med Students Unaware of Their Bias Against Obese Patients
I'll pipe in as well. After doing my research, I found the Ketogenic Diet and it was fantastic. I lost 100lbs in a year (from 299 -> 199)

I'd highly recommend reading 'The Ketogenic Diet' and 'The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook' both by Lyle MacDonald, particularly if you have a scientific interest in it, as well as a nutritional one.

In response to your question, I did not feel like I lost any mental faculties during it. The first week was fairly difficult, hungry and all, but after that, it's pretty easy. Best of luck!

Comment: Re:I'm ready to check out now (Score 1) 813

by Synesthes (#41155363) Attached to: How Long Do You Want To Live?
I'm in the same boat as you.

And so far on this topic, not one person has stated that they'd want to live SHORTER.

I would. I'm a social introvert. Shy, self-conscious, without a spouse or kids. Another x hundred years of the same doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. In fact, another 20 - 30 doesn't really appeal to me.

Comment: Re:Assumptions ... (Score 1) 192

by Synesthes (#40741445) Attached to: Australians Receive SMS Death Threats
That actually happened in town here.

Some enterprising criminals phoned around to a 'borough' at the south end of town, and managed to convince a good number of people that they were calling from Emergency Services and wanted their assistance testing the 911 system at a certain time. Needless to say, at the specified time, 911 operators were flooded with fake calls. As is policy, every 911 call has to be responded to, so suddenly all police and emergency services were stuck in the south end of town.

The criminals then took the opportunity to rob the Costco at the north end.

As far as I know, they were never apprehended.

Comment: Re:utter pointlessness (Score 1) 1165

by Synesthes (#40337249) Attached to: Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

Two things here. First, you're paranoid. Second, you should always pick up your brass.

Have you ever fired a semi-automatic .22? It's not uncommon to go through a brick (1000 rounds) or two in a few hours. Most ranges don't even require you to pick up your casings - they just have a broom so you can brush them out of the way.

Medicine

+ - Redesigned cooler reinvents tuberculosis treatment->

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sarfralogy writes "It started with a basic soft drink cooler, a need for easier management of tuberculosis and $150,000 in innovation support.
A big challenge in managing tuberculosis is keeping the medicine cool, in addition to tracking and monitoring dose administration. These challenges can be life-threatening, especially in less-developed countries, where refrigerators and fancy cooling devices are rare; ice must be trucked in on a daily basis to keep medicines at controlled temperatures. A redesigned cooler with the ability to keep the medicine cool and record when medicine is dispensed is aiming to solve both these problems.
The design of the cooler is simple and practical — common characteristics of a scientifically sound experiment or innovation. It’s nothing more than a standard soft drink cooler but the team from MIT's Little Devices Lab equipped the cooler with the ability to sound an alert when the temperature inside the cooler becomes too high and transmit data wirelessly using a cellphone transmitter whenever the cooler is opened."

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Comment: Re:NOOOO!!!! (Score 1) 137

by Synesthes (#40113925) Attached to: Curt Schilling Fires Entire Staff At 38 Studios
I agree completely. Though I do have a couple of nits with Amalur. First, the stealth mechanism was almost non-existent. Even once the stealth skill was maxed out, managing to sneak behind a mob was an exercise in futility. Super fun if they were pointed away from you, but otherwise... Second, the lack of tooltips for the abilities on the hotbar was a bit of a pain. I went through most of the game using nothing but the default lightning blast because I couldn't tell what anything else was, and I was too lazy to try to match the picture to the icon on the skill tree. Much better than both Oblivion and Skyrim though. Comparing combat, Skyrim is just flat out boring. Amalur was way more exciting and over-the-top. Bigass Broadsword of Pwnage? Yes, I think so.
Science

+ - Researchers Turn Snail Into Fuel Cell->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "By implanting enzyme-coated electrodes into a snail, researchers have turned the invertebrate into a tiny fuel cell. The enzyme coating one electrode triggers a chemical reaction that consumes glucose produced by the snail and generates electrons. A different enzyme coating the other electrode takes spare electrons and gives them to positive ions in the snail's hemolymph, the invertebrate equivalent of blood. Together, these reactions created a voltage difference between the electrodes of a little more than 0.53 volts, generating power of a few microwatts. The snail-based fuel cell—the first such implant to operate for an extended time without harming its host animal, the researchers claim—provided power for months, with power dropping when the glucose supply lagged and then surging again after the snail rested or ate. Future generations of such fuel cells could power pacemakers or insulin pumps, for example, eliminating the need to change batteries regularly. Or, the electricity generated by similar implants in creatures such as worms or insects could one day power spy cameras or tiny microphones, or drive sensors that monitor the environment."
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