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Comment: Re:I can see it now (Score 3, Interesting) 43 43

Other components -such as gas turbine engine blades - are required to made from a single crystal of metal, for strength and resistance against thermal creep. If I recall correctly, the crystal is essential "grown" in the manufacturing process. It's unlikely that 3d printing will ever suffice for certain components. That said, there are thousands of components that could benefit from 3d printing.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 5, Interesting) 379 379

I was talking to a colleague following the terrorist attacks last week in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. His wife was talking about going on holiday somewhere and he said "fine, as long as it's not a Muslim country". We then progressed on to how it was sad that the region that was the cradle of civilisation is now well behind the curve.

I also added that Iran is probably one of the safer Muslim countries to visit nowadays, which is ironic to say the least. He's still not convinced about going to Tehran for his summer holidays though!

Comment: Re:Flagrantly anti-consumer (Score 1) 327 327

Oh right, I got the idea you'd posted the three links to suggest that Uber drivers are more likely to be untrustworthy, so I just posted another three links to suggest that taxi drivers of every variety can be untrustworthy. In the interest of balance, that's all.

Quite frankly, I'd prefer that licensed taxis drivers were treated like Uber drivers - they get their photo and reg number sent to the customer's phone for posterity.

Comment: Re:Flagrantly anti-consumer (Score 1) 327 327

Guess what, licensed taxi drivers do that too:

Then there was the case in Dublin where a woman was dropped of by a taxi driver (after first dropping of the guy she was with), driving around the block and raping her. It turned out the taxi was sublet by the plate owner.

+ - Creating bacterial 'fight clubs' to discover new drugs->

Science_afficionado writes: Vanderbilt chemists have shown that creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. They have demonstrated the method by using it to discover a new class of antibiotic with anti-cancer properties.
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Comment: Re:Don't rule out sabotage (Score 1) 316 316

Saying that this launch failure has certainly put a crimp in SpaceX's plans to nuzzle up to the DoD/NSA funding teat.

Probably, but it shouldn't - it's not like ULA have had a perfect record*

* Actually, I looked that their success rate for Delta II, Delta IV, Delta IV Heavy & Atlas V and they're all pretty damn good. Lockheed and Boeing have been in the game since the start however, and they also know how to charge for their services.

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