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Comment Re:Mr President we have a flamethrower gap (Score 1) 181 181

Judging from the length of the flame being thrown in the demonstration video, I suspect a fair number of new owners will collect Darwin Awards. If the wind shifts, or you get splashback from a wall or earth bank ahead of you, you could easily set yourself on fire. If you then get an uncontrolled ignition of the fuel tank, it is definitely crispy critter time.

Comment Re: Slight change in title, if I may (Score 1) 326 326

A hobbiest who built his own working hydrogen-fusion reactor has given presentations at a couple of Phreaknics (an annual hacker convention in Nashville,TN, USA). One year he brought the reactor with him. Admittedly, he has not yet succeeded in generating more power than the reactor consumes, but neither have the large fusion experiments.

Comment Cop didn't fully state the law (Score 1) 1440 1440

According to what I can find online, Georgia law forbids HAND-HELD use of a cell phone while driving, for whatever purpose, and texting while driving, whether the phone is hand-held or hands-free. HANDS-FREE use of a cell phone for talking or using the GPS app is legal. So, if your phone is in a mounting bracket, you can legally use it as a GPS while driving.

Comment Re: Why not just 0? (Score 1) 996 996

So, you don't have any studies to back up your claim that Americans have a high rate of worm infestations, just your guess. One common symptom of worm infestation is that the patient eats a greater than normal quantity of food, yet remains skinny, except for a bloated belly caused by the worm's growth. Given that one of the primary health concerns in America is the number of obese people, I would say that there is strong evidence that most Americans DO NOT have intestinal worms. Also, if alcohol is the most effective vermifuge known, then why is it not the vermifuge of choice around the world?

Comment Re:Glowing Mosquitos (Score 1) 328 328

Oh, it will keep working in countries where evolution is just a theory.

Bert

This will only work if the people who don't believe in evolution choose, therefore, not to swat the glowing mosquitos. Otherwise, the genes for glowing will quickly be bred out of the population. I know a number of people who say that they believe in microevolution (survival of the fittest within a species), but who deny that a series of small changes can add up to macroevolution (a new species).

Comment Re:How is this a Nigerian scam... (Score 1) 312 312

Advance fee frauds have been around for over 500 years. In the days of Queen Elizabeth the First, this was known as a "Spanish Prisoner Fraud". England and Spain were at war, and some English con men would claim "Lord So-and-so has been imprisoned by the Spanish. If you will pay to bribe his jailers into letting him go, he will richly reward you when he gets back to England." Of course, the "bribe money" would simply go into the con-man's pocket, not to Spain.

Comment Re:Yet another great /. science discussion kicks o (Score 1) 224 224

Before the sill broke at Gibraltar, there would have been a salt lake in the deepest part of the Mediterranean valley (since water escaped only by evaporation). Even today, the amount of water that evaporates from the Mediterranean is greater than the amount that flows into the Mediterranean from rivers. The difference is made up by an inflow of water from the Atlantic Ocean. There is also a smaller outflow current of extra-salty water. During World War II, Allied submarines were able to use these two underwater currents to sneak into or out of the Mediterranean without running their motors, thus being silent and more difficult for German and Italian military vessels patrolling the surface to detect.

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