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Comment: 99 Years (Score 1) 120

by physburn (#47127261) Attached to: Happy 95th Anniversary, Relativity
I make it 99 years since general relavity was written, and 110 years since special relavity was written, what is so special about the first confirming solar eclipse that marks it the beginning of relavity, the solar eclipse meanly showed that light could be bent by gravity, one of the prediction of general relaivity.

Comment: Re:In the UK I think we would be better (Score 1) 310

by physburn (#46446199) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time ...
Keeping summer time all year round, would lead to it getting dark at 3pm on the winter solistice, that's crazy, want to leave work in the light at much as possible. In the summer its good we have BST, leads to saving on lighting as it doesn't get dark till later, but still wake up for work in the light most of the time. Forget the moaner, i think we have the right time system.

Comment: He will be missed. (Score 1) 141

by physburn (#43954263) Attached to: Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At 59
I've read almost every thing by him, the culture books make for great reading, complete with chatty star ship Minds. Also loved some of his non sf book, like complicity and Espida (sp?) Street. Yes his book where somewhat dark particularly many of the ending, but also refreshing in parts. He will be missed.I've read almost every thing by him, the culture books make for great reading, complete with chatty star ship Minds. Also loved some of his non sf book, like complicity and Espida (sp?) Street. Yes his book where somewhat dark particularly many of the ending, but also refreshing in parts. He will be missed.

Comment: Don't believe a word (Score 1, Interesting) 368

by physburn (#42977939) Attached to: NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor
This device is never going to work, converting protons in neutrons in the metal isn't going to happen, the process requires nearly a MeV of energy that isn't there, (and Terahertz waves are no were near a MeV). This is a cold fusion under different name, cold fusion didn't work, and neither does this. Shame on NASA for supporting research so obviously wrong, and previously debunked.
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+ - Proteins behind mad-cow disease help brain to develop->

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ananyo writes "Prions are best known as the infectious agents that cause ‘mad cow’ disease and the human versions of it, such as variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease. But as slashdot noted in 2010, the proteins also have at least one known useful function, in the cells that insulate nerves, and are suspected to have more. Now researchers have provided the first direct evidence that the proteins play an important role in neurons themselves.
The team reports that prions are involved in developmental plasticity, the process by which the structure and function of neurons in the growing brain is shaped by experience, and also crucial for learning and memory."

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