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Comment: FYI, smallpox is not needed to make vaccine (Score 1) 187

For those who don't already know, the smallpox vaccine is the not made from smallpox.
It was originally made from a virus commonly known as "cowpox", although they may have used the horse version for development.

smallpox virus is "variola"
the vaccinating (cowpox) virus is "vaccinia"

The point is, we don't need smallpox to make more vaccine and would not do that anyway.

The CDC has enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone in the USA for smallpox, should it come to that.

Comment: Re:Homeland Security (Score 1) 55

by clovis (#47478811) Attached to: More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

So, the department that pretends to keep me safe on airplanes is now also the one that pretends to keep me safe from deadly airborne pathogens?

Why is the CDC not holding on to these for safekeeping? Their obvious failure here notwithstanding, I'd think that this is more their bailiwick than DHS's.

The samples are begin sent to Fort Detrick's The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, so it kinda makes sense.

Comment: Re:space exploration (Score 1) 507

by clovis (#47461729) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Good point, the word "exploration" includes the sense of searching, examining, or looking for discoveries which includes any manner.

However, I was using "exploration" in the sense of the first definition: http://www.oxforddictionaries.... :
"The action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it"

Some history
near earth space exploration:
1: sputnik
2: Yuri Gargarin ...
ISS

exploration of moon:
1: Luna series; Ranger series ...
2: Apollo 8

exploration of Mars:
1: Cosmos, Mars, Mariner projects, etc ...
2: year 2036, Sir Richard Branson's wheelchair gets stuck halfway up Olympus Mons, thus ending his second attempt to be the first to climb it. (joking)
However, many people believe (hope) the robotic exploration of Mars is to be eventually supplanted by human exploration.

venus, mercury, gas giants
1: well, yes, all robots. I don't believe we'll ever want to send a volunteer human there.
2: perhaps we'll send someone to the Jovian moons. I hope that someday our space exploration ability will allow that.

stars:
1: telescopes: radio, microwaves, infrared, visible, UV, X-ray, and gamma. also looking for extra-solar neutrinos
Will we ever get humans out of the solar system? Who would _not_ want that?

So, counting the number of planets explored by robots and those explored by humans, then historically robots outnumber humans.
You got me there.

As for the egregious insults, AC, why did you do that?

Comment: Get skills first, then decide (Score 1) 507

by clovis (#47460045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

She should focus on her skills first. I suggest that being able to write and speak well will take her to the front of whatever field she decides to choose.

The best place to begin that isn't in technical fields, but rather the so-called liberal arts.
Secondly, plan on getting an advanced degree in the field she wants - at least a Masters.
She can place math courses in as electives early on in case she decides to go for something technical later, or even decides to pursue a real MBA.

This guy started with a BA in history, but he's rather an exceptional person. I just mention him to point out that nothing is written in stone by your first choice of college. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 5, Funny) 128

by clovis (#47449189) Attached to: With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Please return your 4-digit ID.

Comment: Re:Saw the last launch of the Saturn V (Score 1) 146

by clovis (#47391141) Attached to: NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

I saw one of the early night launches(around 1990) from Savannah Georgia, but obviously only the latter part of the climb.
We walked to the south end of the island I lived on then so there was no trees obstructing the horizon.
In some ways it was cooler than the ones I saw from the space center.

Comment: How much dose exactly? (Score 1) 299

by clovis (#47377439) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

I did some google searching, and all I can find is "He was exposed to the highest dose of radiation from the chemical element americium ever recorded — 500 times the occupational standard".
When I don't see actual numbers, I get suspicious. Plus, it had the qualifier "from the chemical element americium". Some articles were otherwise copy-n-paste but left out th Americium qualifier. As we all know, there have been some boo-boos with plutonium and things like Chernobyl that resulted in immediate death.
All the articles extant seem to have been be copy and pasted from each other back in the 1970-80's, so that 500 times number would be related to the safety standards of 1976.

For one thing there are two different numbers to consider: the instantaneous dose or level of radiation, and the cumulative dose. There's a big difference between getting 10 Sieverts in an hour and getting it over 50 years.
I have to wonder if what we're talking about with Mckluskey is a cumulative dose because he had it inside him for years.

Has anyone seen an actual number in Sieverts or equivalent?

Comment: Re:They solved the wrong problem (Score 1) 579

by clovis (#47370779) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

wrong for USA, violation of law for pedestrian to walk against light, look it up. In fact, proof of pedestrain walking against light can get aquittal for manslaughter charges by driver. We can't have pedestrians clogging big city traffic if they think they can loiter out in intersection at any time with impunity. move it or lose it!

That's true about drivers being aquitted when hitting pedestrians crossing against light. We've even seen parents charged with manslaughter if they have children with them who get hit while "jaywalking"

However, in the USA we have many crosswalks where there is no light and some even where there is no intersection. Pedestrians ALWAYS have right of way in my state for those crosswalks. This is the case in the videos linked to above.
In fact, if a car is stopped at such a crosswalk it is illegal to pass that car.

Also, if the pedestrian entered the crosswalk while they had the light, they still have ROW even if the light changes against them while crossing.

Comment: have you tried whiteboard paint? (Score 1) 143

by clovis (#47370495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

The hospital I worked painted the walls of the conference rooms with whiteboard paint and put out baskets of dry-erase markers.
There's a drop-down screen with a projector for showing a computer screen.
There are many advantages.
You don't have to have your computer support person standing by all the time for when contractors/ sales people get in there and screw everything up.
You can have multiple people/teams in the same room working on different approaches (different walls) simultaneously while being able to see everyone else's ideas.
We snap photos of what we want to go with and then edit the work in a document later (if we want to preserve the results).
I suppose people off-site could watch through webcam/skype etc.

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