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Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 336

I'm a reasonable, smart guy

Bias runs both ways.

Are the metabolic processes that absorb radio-isotopes into the food chain part of the studies to be a Nuclear Engineer?

Yes.

Your not the only smart person here and if you don't have the patience to defend your point of veiw when challenged then it must be pretty fragile.

If you had knowledge the world was round and MrsKaos was posting on a website about how it is obviously flat, and your shipping business depending on it, wouldn't you say something?

I'll get to answering your other points as I get time over the next couple of days.

I'll be here, "freakishly", waiting to help answer any questions you have.

Comment Nerve connections for muscles (Score 5, Informative) 97

Brain cells and associated nerve connections are necessary to operate muscles. If you exercise more, or perhaps even hone a skill associated with exercise (playing basketball or tennis perhaps), then you would also expect the brain to grow connections associated with these activities.

So yes, the brain grows. Does it make a person smarter? Not necessarily, it makes a person more able to move that muscle with finer control.

Also, this seems to be a repeat of the same study in the past, though its first occurrence on /.?:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/10/study-people-who-exercise-have-larger-brains-later-in-life/264017/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2013/10/13/how-exercise-makes-your-brain-grow/#18d2c88248c1

Comment Re: actually gas taxes pay for trains (Score 1) 600

In case you didn't see the reply of raymorris below, your guess that "you", the "train passenger", pays for infrastructure for motorists is quite in fact blatantly wrong and actually the inverse; motorists pay a portion of the infrastructure costs of a "train passenger."

Also I second what raymorris says; the problem of traffic jams is factors such as accidents. I would add that, related to Chicagoland, my rant:

Policemen sitting on the side of the road causes traffic to slow down dangerously and abruptly when 'stupid' drivers see the police officer (since everyone is 'speeding' above the 55mph) and think that by braking they are going to somehow help the situation; in fact it causes a chain reaction of brakeing aka traffic. On this topic I think it would be great public policy of Policemen weren't allowed to sit on the side of the road acting like they're going to pull someone over for speeding; they never do! What are they doing? Waiting for an accident to happen so they can go respond? They're really raising the probability of an accident it seems by creating traffic.

On that topic 90% of drivers think they are in the top 50% of skilled drivers, and that drivers who don't drive like them are 'wrong' and 'stupid', including myself. So this means when you get the idiot incapable of managing a short but safe distance, breaking irregularly, or enforcing a 60mph speed in a 55mph zone because "people who break the law by speeding are stupid and I need to do something about it", this also causes traffic. I follow cars extremely close and drive 70+mph like a majority of drivers in rush hour Chicago, and it works great as long as everyone else maintains the pattern; counting on the fact that the driver 4 cars ahead of you braking will cause the car 3 cars ahead of you to need to brake, etc., but not really caring about the driver directly ahead of you because for all intents and purposes the driver ahead of you should be driving and not braking on the interstate highway system.

I would gladly give up my extremely-close-following-speeding driving pattern when we all have cars driven by AIs and the cars are almost touching bumper to bumper in a much more optimal configuration for high density traffic, but for now I'll just have to continue cursing at the idiots who actually think they are helping by being the standout fool braking and leaving too much space. Thanks for the traffic today, stupid person!

Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 336

But when you drive down I-65 in Indiana and all the windmills aren't turning, what do you do?

1. Write a letter to Congress by the candlelight asking to re-institute regulated markets and then loosen regulations on nuclear plants and coal plants

2. Pray to the sky fairy for better storage technology next year before your third kid dies from lack of electricity at the local hospital.

Does it really matter that $WindPower can reach astonishingly low $/kWh "some" of the time?

Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 336

Which is also has not been subjected to any enrichment by nuclear industry processes. I specifically referred to artificially made elements.

Fission power plant fuel has minor enrichments to the level of 3-4% U-235. Artificially made elements that occur through the transmutation of U-238 and other transuranics in the fuel material are also contained within the cladding. What "artificially made" elements are you referencing? Humans do not come into contact with "artificially made" transuranic elements that are of concern for internal exposure in their daily lives.

Yes I can, I just don't know how much of them Fukushima, Chernobyl or other accidents have released.

Sorry but

Yes: http://science.time.com/2013/0...

You: http://www.world-nuclear.org/i...

Can: http://www.who.int/ionizing_ra...

You literally get more radiation living next to a coal power than you would living next to Three Mile Island at the time of the disaster, or presently.

Coal source 1: http://www.scientificamerican....

Coal source 2: http://www.reboundhealth.com/c...

Do you life next to the damaged Fukushima reactor? You have a problem. Do you live 15km away from the Fukushima reactor? You are getting less radiation exposure than living in Colorado. Were you exposed to radionuclides after the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus, Ukraine, or Russia? Take the iodine pills the Soviet Union gave you immediately; after that your biggest health risk is the stress of living in what you "perceive" to be a toxic environment (though it was later proved not!).

Just because you don't understand it, doesn't mean it's irrational. What you're doing is how social proof spreads ignorance.

Not that I should make an appeal to authority or that you should trust me solely based on my credentials, but since you "called me out" for not understanding it I will inform you that I am a trained nuclear engineer working in the nuclear industry, wasting my time posting on the internet fighting someone like you because the level of misinformation out there is too much to bear. Please listen to experts and stop your conspiracy theories and stop spreading true ignorance of the basic reality.

Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 336

The true problem is a stigma attached to the concept of radiation.

I do hear people in the U.S. fearing any exposure of radiation is negative.

Apologies with my reply to your other comment, I really wanted to back up and support your case, sorry that wasn't more clear.

Meanwhile check out MrKaos, the true enemy referenced earlier who replied to another of my posts here:

http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

Drafting a response to try to change his opinions with facts now...

Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 336

Please elaborate. Even though you shouldn't trust someone because of their title, I literally work as a nuclear engineer in the nuclear industry and deal with these issues on a daily basis. I have the scientific and engineering training to calculate, assess, and actually understand the problems you are posing.

Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 336

All of the waste of fission reactors are contained in the cladding. You actually get more radiation exposure living next to a coal plant, since the heavy metals are released into the atmosphere.

I don't want to discount your point that internal exposure is greatly more important for alpha emissions, but you cannot say that the environment has any alpha-emitting radionuclides that you can accidentally get into your body and worry about. Literally all radionuclides that you need to worry about for internal exposure are intentionally and deliberately ingested. The most recent case was the intentional poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko; that will not be happening to ordinary citizens.

TL:DR stop spreading irrational fear about nuclear fission power plants.

Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 336

So Potassium is a great example of internal radiation, which is in biological equilibrium with your body almost always. That's routinely discussed for laypeople.

In my example of professions, both things I noted are based on external exposures; there are no internal exposures.

How radionuclides get in the body just follow the same path as how any chemicals get in the body; breathing, eating, absorbing, etc.

What is your problem with my statement?

Comment Re:Correlation != Causation (Score 2) 600

A good point.

Midwestern American here, and lots of rural roads here are unpainted (and always have been) and, with the understanding that they are in sparsely populated areas, people do speed very fast there as well.

I guess the difference between our unpainted roads and those in the UK is it is suddenly "unexpected" for a UK driver to find an unpainted road.

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 600

If you're relying on reflective paint, what about fallen trees, deer, pot holes, other debris and road users not coated in reflective paint? If someone is using the road and relying on the lines to keep them on the route, then they are using the road unsafely.

I think you missed the point of the OP, evidenced by your comment.

Comment Correlation != Causation (Score 5, Insightful) 600

Why are they slowing down? The "theory" in the article posits that the removal of the line is the cause. However, like most things in "real-life", it's probably more complicated than such a simple and easy answer (CAPTCHA: headline)!

Another theory could be given that, hey, people who are plopped in an unfamiliar environment act cautiously. Here, they aren't familiar with a road without a visible divider, and hey, better be more cautious! This results in slowing down, for now.

But then in the future, when people are familiar to roads without lines, they resume their original speed. However now, this time, they can't guide their trajectory on the line and accidents increase.

Boom! All of a sudden, in our internet-crazy, fast-inciting lifestyle of simple theories we are poised on making a decision that seems good but will actually cause more accidents over time!

Damn, maybe things aren't really so simple in the real world after all. Maybe someone who actually puts some effort into the cause and effect of the situation will come along and produce a real set of theories to explain the drivers' behavior...

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