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Comment: Re:Competition (Score 2) 323

The Chinese have to build it within 6 years or they lose the concession. The route they are using is the same as the original route that the US was going to use way back when, before the French decided they had lost too many workers to malaria in Panama and the US started funding Panamanian rebels.

Comment: Re:Generational gap (Score 3, Interesting) 335

by abarrow (#43826983) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Teens' Mistakes Will Never Go Away

Agreed. In some ways you can see this happening today - what if 30 years ago a presidential candidate admitted pot smoking? What if a presidential candidate today claimed NEVER to have done it? Would you believe them?

Same is true here. The enlightened employers will get the energetic, creative young people who were willing to get out there and enjoy their lives, not the ones who wear tin-foil hats and button up their sweaters before going out for the day.

Comment: Re:It's an experiment now? (Score 1, Insightful) 1078

by abarrow (#43609791) Attached to: Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

Mod parent up. While I completely agree that the punishment here is beyond stupid, this is no more a science experiment than many of the stunts that we all pulled as teenagers. Does it teach something about chemistry? Sure, but this is more a case of "hey, I heard that when you put this, this and this in a bottle and screw the cap on, you better run like hell!"

Trip to the principal's office and maybe a couple days of suspension, or, a more creative principal would require the student to write a 5 page essay on the chemistry involved in what she did.

Comment: Hammers and Nails (Score 2) 200

by abarrow (#41202061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ad-Hoc Wireless Mesh Network For Emergency Vehicles?

Yeah, this definitely feels like a case of "When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail".

WiFi meshes like crap. Your first responders will spend valuable time just trying to get their devices to work. While your volunteer situation is well understood, and your budget is probably pretty low, don't ask people to depend on consumer stuff for this sort of thing. A trunk radio system (and one that is not too highly loaded) or something similar is highly recommended.

Comment: Re:Money Does Trickle Down (Score 0) 696

by abarrow (#40737079) Attached to: Economists: US Poverty On Track To Hit Highest Level Since 1960s

Where I come from, the word "trickle" is defined:
trickle (trkl)
v. trickled, trickling, trickles
1. To flow or fall in drops or in a thin stream.
2. To move or proceed slowly or bit by bit: The audience trickled in.
To cause to trickle.
1. The act or condition of trickling.
2. A slow, small, or irregular quantity that moves, proceeds, or occurs intermittently.

So, yeah, what the wealthy are getting in waves, the rest of the economy is getting in drops. Boy, that'll stimulate things!


+ - Sugar May Help Pave the Way for Synthetic Livers->

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An anonymous reader writes "Sugar is used to produce a variety of desserts and beverages, but with new studies, researchers may not be too far off from creating a synthetic liver with the help of sugar.

For years researchers and scientists have faced a number of hurdles while generating synthetically engineered cells. These cells frequently died before the tissue could be formed, but with the use of 3D printers, scientists were able to use sugar as a building material."

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+ - Small Molecule May Play Big Role in Alzheimer's Disease->

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aarondubrow writes "Researchers from UC Santa Barbara used the Ranger supercomputer to simulate small forms of amyloid peptides that are believed to be a primary cause of toxicity in Alzheimer's disease. They found that hairpin-shaped forms of the peptide initiated the aggregation of oligomers that ultimately led to the formation of a fibril. The simulations are leading to new diagnostic and treatment options they may stop the disease."
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