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Comment: Re:Nobel prize for Microsoft advancement (Score 1) 29

If they use the principles of physics to create technology that helps biologists and doctors scan the human body better than before, shouldn't it be a Nobel prize in biology or physics?

It's the manipulation of molecules, which falls under chemistry.

Comment: Re:Well .. most asian food in the US is crap (Score 3, Insightful) 103

by Translation Error (#48026897) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'
The offerings of ethnic restaurants in foreign countries are often adapted to better suit the tastes of the local people. Look at Chinese food in the US--it's quite different from what you'd get in China. Then look at Chinese food in Japan--it's different from both of the above. Or just look at pizza in Italy, multiple regions of the US, and Japan.

Comment: Re:difference between driver and passenger? (Score 1) 364

by Translation Error (#47871623) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
I'd expect a device (RFID?) that's active when the car is in operation would be installed in the owner's car, and the phone would have an app that's paired to the device check for its signal. Depending on the range, it may or may not reach passenger seats, but this would only be an issue when the person is a passenger in their own car.

Comment: Re:Le sigh.... (Score 1) 167

by Translation Error (#47834555) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
Well, if you'd quoted a bit more of the text, it might seem a bit more reasonable (emphasis mine):

"For any agricultural plant, having a genome is a prerequisite for any sort of high technology breeding or molecular modification. Without a genome, we couldn't do any real advanced research on coffee that would allow us to improve it — not in this day and age."

So, yes, you can do selective breeding without having the genome sequenced, and you can try to determine over the course of generations which plants have or may produce the desired traits, but if you do have the genome, you can greatly speed up the process by genetically checking the qualities of the plants and basing your choices on that.

Do not underestimate the value of print statements for debugging.