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Comment: Astronauts lose 20/10 eyesight! (Score 1) 109 109

Astronauts tend to be proud of their eyesight... like Chuck Yeager:
http://www.achievement.org/aut...

From the early days of test pilots and the original Right Stuff astronauts they've typically had much better than 20/20 eyesight.
So it's probably easy to detect this sort of thing, and they might be a little ticked off to loose it :^O
Of course a lot of people would go to space even if they went blind... most of us risked that in Junior High School anyway!

Comment: Re: 350mm (18inch) wafer (Score 2) 267 267

Are you aware that 350mm is less than 14in, and that the actual wafers are 450mm (almost 18in)?
Note also that the larger size doesn't inherently reduce cost or increase yield, much less improve performance (density or speed).
It may however follow Rock's law that the price of a semi fab doubles every 4 years... (this set should hit $5B) .

Comment: Re:Valid science isn't the only yardstick. (Score 1) 134 134

And sapience is pretty much the only thing we can point to when trying to claim humans are "better" than other animals. Take away that yardstick and we may as well be experimenting directly on humans.

Rather telling that the same vanity is used to both support and oppose the act in question...

Comment: Re: One day must be the worst (Score 1) 152 152

You obviously haven't read the article which contains the graph showing that the risk of death due to elective surgery grows monotonically approaching the weekend. By the weekend, scheduled elective surgeries are almost twice as likely to kill you.
Two days are the worst, they are on the weekend, and the closer your surgery recovery is to the weekend the worse the expected outcome- 40%worse on Friday.

Read the fine documentation...

Comment: Re: Statistics can be misleading (Score 3, Informative) 152 152

These are scheduled elective surgeries, not emergency admissions!

Our analysis confirms our overall study hypothesis (with some heterogeneity) of a âoeweekday effectâ on mortality for patients undergoing elective surgeryâ"that is, a worse outcome in terms of 30 day mortality for patients who have procedures carried out closer to the end of the week and at the weekend itself. The reasons behind this remain unknown, but we know that serious complications are more likely to occur within the first 48 hours11 after an operation, and a failure to rescue the patient could be due to well known issues relating to reduced and/or locum staffing (expressed as number and level of experience) and poorer availability of services over a weekend.

Comment: Re: Statistics can be misleading (Score 1) 152 152

So can explanations of statistics... if the emergency staff available at the hospital is lacking, it won't matter that the surgeon is there. Also, it doesn't explain why those entering on Saturday are worse than those on Friday!
Sounds bites from question time are, just that...

Comment: but tee are better! (Score 2) 152 152

Most hospitals have restrictions on non- emergency surgeries over the weekend, because they have very limited staff.
However, surgeons are very powerful (especially those who do elective surgeries that bring in big $) and they often prefer to schedule surgeries around their own convenience rather than that of their patients or other hospital staff.

Stanford hip replacements are a known example.

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