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Comment: Sodium Benzoate (Score 2) 249

by apostrophesemicolon (#37474872) Attached to: What You Eat Affects Your Genes
Just a side note, a common preservative Sodium(Natrium) Benzoate (NaC6H5CO2) used in most foodstuff is long known to cause alterations in human DNA. For example, almost all brands of ketchups use this preservative.

Wikipedia: Sodium Benzoate: Safety & Health

Diet Coke to drop additive in DNA damage fear

Comment: from Austria to Funky Bahia (Score 1) 585

by apostrophesemicolon (#36201156) Attached to: The world will end ...
It was supposed to end in the year 2029. The year mankind relinquish its power on this earth and give way to new robotic overlords.


But then he had to (finger quotes) "come clean" and tell the wife about the affair. Needless to say, he'll NOT be back and now we're stuck here longer to fight for Zion. Now let's just hope The One doesn't die prematurely, like blown to pieces trying to save people on a speeding bus.
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+ - Maths say Religion is on the Road To Extinction-> 1

Submitted by mvar
mvar (1386987) writes "A study presented Tuesday at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas noted a steady rise in the percentage of residents in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland, who claim no religious affiliation.
The study attempted to link these countries’ religious identities with the social motives behind belonging to particular groups. Researchers said that as the masses who claim religious non-affiliation swell, it becomes more appealing to join the ranks of that group. A 2006 Statistics Canada report noted that 16% of Canadians reported no religious affiliation in 2001, up from 4% 30 years earlier. However, young Canadians are even less religious, with close to half of 15–29 year olds claiming no religious identity in 2004. In the Netherlands, where close to 50% of the population identifies as not belonging to a religion, Weiner said they found that by mid-century close to 70 per cent of the country will be made up of non-believers."

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Comment: Re:Wider and shallower fridges (Score 1) 570

by apostrophesemicolon (#35569962) Attached to: A Look At the World's Dwindling Food Supply
Well whaddaya know.. I'm actually currently living in Indonesia. My shopping habit is pretty much similar to when I was living back in the US. I still do grocery run about once or twice a week, and inevitably, some food bought last week become hidden in the back corner of the fridge. Right now I just remembered there is a Feta cheese sitting in my fridge, most likely already expired. I usually remember to use it when I'm at work (like now), but once I get home I totally forget about it. If I just catch a glimpse of it when I peek in my fridge, surely the chance of me using it would be greater.

Where I live, we have no 'round-the-corner market where you can just pick up things to cook for tonight. In fact, many traditional market (with its heel-deep wet dirt, piles of strewn vegetables, smoke from public minibuses a feet from the sidewalk that doubles as meat/veg stall) are rapidly being replaced by hypermarkets.
There are of course, food hawkers and kiosks around town so they're quite easily reachable. But it's similar to the US where there are delis and fast food restaurants within short distances.

Back to fridge matters, capacity is important. It's one of the main selling points in fridge marketing. Manufacturers should be aware of this consumer habit, and provide a solution. Let the consumers know good (capacity) design actually saves money.

Comment: Wider and shallower fridges (Score 1) 570

by apostrophesemicolon (#35569316) Attached to: A Look At the World's Dwindling Food Supply
There's room for improvement on the consumption end, too, as 30 percent of food never makes it into a human stomach; in the developed world, we let produce slowly rot in the backs of our fridges...

This actually got me thinking. As I'm sure many of you have experienced often, buying things and stuff them in the fridge only to find it as the source of that barf smell in the fridge, rotten and oozing stuff. Instead of making bigger (deeper) fridges, why not make fridges w i d e r ?

With wider and shallower (around 1 foot deep) fridges -- with perhaps 3 to 4 doors, lined up sideways, preferrably at eye level -- foodstuff can be stored at a maximum two or three deep, making it easier to see and reach. I know it will take up space width-wise, but it will save in terms of depth. More doors than regular fridges are needed ,so that less cooling energy is wasted when door is opened. One can have a section for drinks, and others for vegetables & fruits, packaged foods, etc.

I also know it's not for everyone, apartment dwellers might not have enough space for this. But with the right marketing strategy, this may appeal to many middle-class families and McMansioners. With money saved with much more food actually eaten than being let to rot, the thing practically pays for itself!! [cue infomercial jingle]

Comment: Re:needed to head off next supervolcano? (Score 1) 215

by apostrophesemicolon (#35264740) Attached to: Iceland Eyes Liquid Magma As Energy Source
using geothermal energy extraction is just mooching little heat from the skin. Eruptions by supervolcanoes happen from deep down and made worse with small or blocked "spouts". To "defuse" volcanoes you'd have to drill large tunnels into their magma cores so the magma can be channeled out instead of bulging like week-old carbuncle.

Comment: Re:"the faster it will seem" ? (Score 1) 570

by apostrophesemicolon (#32168302) Attached to: Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans
The lack of noscript in chrome/chromium is a dealbreaker for me. Although I've heard some attempts at creating noscript-like features on Chrome, you can't possibly expect a browser by google to include googlead-blocking feature.

Also, I <HATE> the top location of tabs for two things; 1. You have to _look_ higher from the page you're currently browsing, as opposed to right above it, 2. You have to _click_ further up to switch between tabs. I know there's cmd+1/2/3 or ctrl+tab but sometimes it's faster to just drag n click.

Comment: Re:What could (Score 1) 403

by apostrophesemicolon (#32165224) Attached to: Bill Gates Funds Seawater-Spraying Cloud Machines
Thanks for the info on water vapor being responsible for 76% of greenhouse effect.

But a question arises, how much of sun ray is being deflected back by clouds? If the clouds keep out more energy than it keeps in, then this is good news.
As for electricity, surely you have heard of solar power? Obviously not around the area where they're making clouds but this venture/project/experiment should not be brushed off before weighing the cost/benefit.

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