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Comment Fermi paradox (Score 1) 133 133

And perhaps there is some intelligent life form here. They are staring at us too, but since this is 1000 light-years away, they see our middle-age radio emissions, which are nil.

They will have an opportunity to see us in 1000 years, but at that time they will have trashed their environment and it will not be compatible anymore with being able to listen to radio signals.

Comment Re:plenty of sugar (Score 1) 67 67

if these technologies can actually take the sugar out of our blood before it hits the liver, that would be great

Avoiding the liver will be difficult as bloodstream from the guts first goes through hepatic portal vein into the liver.

However, sugar overdoses is a problem for the whole body, therefore even if it would be removed somewhere else, it would still be interesting. But in the context of fixing sugar overdose, that will make a lot of energy to deal with. We probably cannot convert everything to heat, we need to figure a way to use it (make vitamin C? Omega 3 fatty acids?) or to waste it (make acetone? lactitol? )

Comment Re:What's a Tufte test? (Score 3, Interesting) 132 132

They are trying hard to pull a 'correlation is causation' scam

Except that in this case we have an intervention study, as some areas started fracking activity while other did not. Therefore looking at data versus time will tell us something.

And I also not we have explanations for causation. I see two obvious: chemical leaks, and nocebo effect.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"