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Comment: 2 of 75 people who touched Duncan became infected (Score 1) 350

by peter303 (#48224159) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola
So this supports both sides of the article. First its hard to get infected in the early fever stages. Even Ducan's bedmate did not become infected. On the other hand two medical workers who thought they were taking precautions got infected when Ducan's disease had progressed further.

Comment: only one hotspot among dozens? (Score 2) 213

by peter303 (#48111147) Attached to: NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest
If its due to industry I wonder what they are doing wrong there that they dont do in several dozen other methane production areas around the country. This could eailly point out its some unusual natural cause. It will be scientifically interesting to find out what the cause is.

Comment: living in China reminded me of 1960s science (Score 3, Interesting) 238

When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s science culture was popular in the US. People looked forward to new discoveries and gadgets and careers in science. Big industry did need to be restrained by environmentalists and that did mostly work in the US. Then young people got seduced by higher paying jobs in finance, an industry that doesnt really create much else than money.

When I travel in China I see the pro-science and technology attitudes of my youth. It i s refreshing.

Comment: 500 lumen barrier for a while (Score 1) 243

by peter303 (#48083565) Attached to: 2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED
Thats about 40W incadescent bulb, the minimum many people require for evening reading. They just couldnt get a single white LED or small sets of them to work for long periods of time at this intensity. So they offered a "X Prize" and Philips won a few years ago. I've started to see some 1000 lumen LED bulbs around now.

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