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Comment Re:best FF upgrade FAIL (Score 1) 383

I did the upgrade and received the notice that it won't work on my 10.4.11 Mac. Mozilla could have checked the useragent and known it wouldn't work and they could have posted something on the download page to tell me it wouldn't work but they didn't, until after I installed it.

Installation removed my working FF3.6.24. I backed it up but, for some reason, I can't move it back into the Applications folder. sudo cp -r {source} /Applications doesn't change the Applications directory.

So know I'm using Safari and lost all the plugins.

Does anyone know a way to go back to 3.6? I'm otherwise happy with the 10.4 macos.

Comment Re:Why not repeat the genome sequencing? (Score 1) 123

Well, my first response is, feel free to try it.

But remember the source material is one individual's genetic material. I believe in the original study they repeated the chemistry many times to be sure the findings were consistent. Assuming you can get this individual to give you some DNA why do you think it won't be contaminated as well. Remember that there are a large number of genes that have not been associated with some function. Personally I think it is more important to figure out what the proteins are doing and how they work together than worry about a 1% error in the bookkeeping.

Comment 50 years of ephaptic transmission (Score 2) 287

Ephaptic transmission was a buzzword in the 1950-60's, just google it. Yes it can be demonstrated to exist but it is way out of the mainstream.

In pre-digital telephones there was a phenomenon called crosstalk where you could here faintly and sporadically someone else's conversation. Imagine if you were studying the phone system to try and discover how the city or country "thinks". Would you spend a lot of time analyzing the crosstalk?

Oh, and notice that this research was done in brain slices, Perhaps the effects are even less prominent in intact brains.

Comment Re:Evolutionary perspective (Score 1) 223

From the abstract, it's a Calcium-activated Potassium channel (BK) that leads to the smooth muscle relaxation.

agonist > TAS2R (a GPCR) > Gaq > plB > IP3 > ^Ca++ > open BK > hyperpolarization > close voltage-sensitive CaV channels > relaxation

Maybe this study explains the action of Vick's Vapor Rub or the eucalyptus oil ingredient.

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing