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Comment: Re:Cancer vs common cold (Score 1) 52

by eis2718bob (#49523543) Attached to: Protein Converts Pancreatic Cancer Cells Back Into Healthy Cells

Fighting cancer is fighting evolution itself.

Your body is composed of some 40 trillion cells. Each one comes from a line of cells going back billions of generations, every one of which succeeded in reproducing and projecting itself into the future. DNA is not easily squelched.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 167

by eis2718bob (#48423693) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

The specs on that unit give some idea of what's possible with a miniature peltier dehumidifier:

Weight: 3-1/2 pounds
Rate: 8 oz per day at 80% RH
Power: 22.5 W

That's a lot of weight, and it would take quite a bit of solar panel to get that much power. And all that for a thimble-full of water in an hour's ride.

Comment: Re:To Kill literacy (Score 3, Insightful) 410

by eis2718bob (#47976529) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Libraries are not, and cannot be, archival repositories of books. A library uses its fixed resources (in money, personnel, and space) to house a collection which is useful to its patrons. It's silly to complain about a library discarding books. How else would they have room for anything new? The librarians and administrators are the ones responsible for choosing and maintaining the collection. That's their call. If you think the collection should move in a different direction, send a letter to the librarian--you'll probably be pleasantly surprised with a coherent and reasoned response. This "outrage" is just dumb.

Comment: Re:Is Hydrogen more dangerous than other gasses? (Score 2) 479

by eis2718bob (#45217049) Attached to: Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel Cells Are 'So Bull@%!#'

Does hydrogen have a lower flashpoint or some other quality which makes it more dangerous?

doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2009.04.012
Limits for hydrogen leaks that can support stable flames, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Volume 34, Issue 12, June 2009, Pages 5174–5182

Hydrogen is an unusual fuel. It has a high leak propensity and wide flammability limits, 4–75% by volume. Among all fuels, hydrogen has the lowest molecular weight, the lowest quenching distance (0.51 mm), the smallest ignition energy in air (28 mJ), the lowest auto-ignition temperature by
a heated air jet (640C), the highest laminar burning velocity in air (2.91 m/s), and the highest heat of combustion (119.9 kJ/g). Hydrogen flames are the dimmest of any fuel. Hydrogen embrittles and attacks metals more than any other fuel.

Mind you, this is from researchers generally inclined towards the use of hydrogen.

+ - The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey writes: Cybersecurity, as an industry, is booming. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs as network systems and information security professionals are expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018. Yet, just like Hoffman doesn’t have any interest in plastics in 1963, young people today aren’t interested in getting jobs in cybersecurity. By all accounts it's a growing and potentially secure, lucrative job. But according to a new survey by the defense tech company Raytheon, only 24 percent of millennials have any interest in cybersecurity as a career. Forty percent of respondents would want to be a "TV or movie entertainer," while 26 percent had interest in being a lawyer. (Respondents could pick multiple careers.)
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Comment: Re:Good. (Score 2) 699

by eis2718bob (#45117595) Attached to: UK Court Orders Two Sisters Must Receive MMR Vaccine

Funny that the rise in shingles cases has occurred since varicella vaccination became common.

What's changed is that there is no longer a large amount of chicken pox virus floating around the community, constantly challenging folks' immune systems. To get exposed you now have to go to a doctor and buy it. (This is the "shingles vaccine".)

For many diseases, such as polio and measles, vaccination is undoubtedly a huge good, preventing a huge number of deaths and tragic illness. But for varicella, the vaccine may result in more harm than good.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.

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