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Submission + - Reserchers Say Fukushima Child Cancer Rates 20-50x Higher than Expected (

JackSpratts writes: From the article: A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.

Most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima prefecture (state) have been given ultrasound checkups since the March 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The most recent statistics, released in August, show that thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children, a number that rose by 25 from a year earlier. Elsewhere, the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children per year by some estimates.

Comment What if emission requirements are unrealistic? (Score 2) 414

While I think we should strive for a cleanest possible emissions at a specific price point, eliminating diesel engines entirely by making it too expensive to meet would do no favors to the environment. Diesels are more efficient than gasoline engines, so phasing them out in favor of gasoline engines will end up producing more total pollution.

The correct approach is incentives, tax pollution via fuel taxes and give out incentives to manufacturers exceeding the average. This way cleaner diesel, that are more expensive to produce, will be eligible for a credit, making them cost-competitive.

The root cause of VW fiasco is that they couldn't produce a clean engine at a price point. Making too-expensive car that very few people would ever buy (because it costs too much!) does not benefit the environment in any way.

Submission + - World's First 5G Field Trial Delivers Speeds of 3.6Gbps Using sub-6GHz

Mark.JUK writes: Global Chinese ICT firm Huawei and Japanese mobile giant NTT DOCOMO today claim to have conducted the world's first large-scale field trial of future 5th generation (5G) mobile broadband technology, which was able to deliver a peak speed of 3.6Gbps (Gigabits per second).

Previous trials have used significantly higher frequency bands (e.g. 20-80GHz), which struggle with coverage and penetration through physical objects. By comparison Huawei's network operates in the sub-6GHz frequency band and made use of several new technologies, such as Multi-User MIMO (concurrent connectivity of 24 user devices in the macro-cell environment), Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA) and Filtered OFDM (F-OFDM).

Assuming all goes well then Huawei hopes to begin a proper pilot in 2018, with interoperability testing being completed during 2019 and then a commercial launch to follow in 2020. But of course they're not the only team trying to develop a 5G solution.

Submission + - Did You Get the Best Chip In Your iPhone 6S? (

itwbennett writes: Apple is splitting the manufacture of the A9 processor for its iPhone 6S between TSMC (~60%) and rival Samsung (~40%) — 'and they are not created equal', writes Andy Patrizio. For starters, Chipworks noted that Samsung uses 14nm while TSMC uses 16nm. And a Reddit user posted tests of a pair of 6S Plus phones and found the TSMC chip had eight hours of battery life vs. six hours for the Samsung. Meanwhile, benchmark tests from the folks at MyDriver (if Mr. Patrizio's efforts with Google Translate got it right) also found that the Samsung chip is a bigger drain on the phone's battery, while the TSMC chip is slightly faster and runs a bit cooler. So how do you know which chip you got? There's an app for that.

Comment Re:Don't contact aliens. Don't. (Score 1) 186

You come across a giant ant hill, one that populated by ants that could probably bite you but unlikely to ever kill unless you let them. What do you do? Study it from a distance if it is novel, but mostly leave it alone. Unless it is on your property.

Lets hope we are not on anyone's galactic property.

Submission + - Stem Cell Treatment – Possible Limitations (

stromedau writes: The world of medical science has been trying very hard to tap on the unlimited power of stem cells in the direction of healing the often non-healing injuries. From osteoarthritis to tendonitis, from critical knee issues to otherwise incorrigible hip joint problems, the scope of stem cells appears to be making leaps in non-ventured territories. The fact that these cells are unspecialized in nature and tends to take the form of any different types of tissues for specialized functions makes them so infinitely special and full of potential.

Comment Young people? How about soccer moms? (Score 0) 140

Every time I am nearly run off the road it is usually 40-something soccer mom in a minivan full of screaming kids, checking her facebook while eating and appying makeup at the same time. Young people usually take a bus, since none of them have a job that could afford them pay young people insurance rates.

Comment What if discrimination is genetic? (Score 1, Interesting) 445

>>>"Racial bias has to be operating, inequities are rampant. Discrimination does exist whether intentional or unintentional"

What if discrimination is genetic? That is, there are more gifted kids born to high-status high-income parents. If you want to re-define gifted to be more affirmative, then you will have to use different definitions of 'gifted' for each socioeconomic class.

Darwin taught us about selection for traits, why are we failing to notice obvious here?

Comment Re:Different market with different customers (Score 1) 323

Yes, lease terms are fixed, but the value they are fixed at is market-driven. For example, say you lease for 2 years, and $130K car will be worth $95K. If it turns out that Tesla was wrong, and they can't hope to sell 2-year old one for more than $80K, they just gave you $15K discount and sold at a loss.

No market is completely price-insensitive. There will be more Tesla Model X sold at $120K than at $130K. As such, the expense of putting lambo doors on one will price someone out of buying it.

Comment Re:Door Sensors (Score 3, Insightful) 323

Such over-design tends to spectacularly and expensively fail as cars get older or get into accidents. With multiple hinges, sensors, control units that all could potentially fail, you will end up with a used car without functioning doors. Who wants that? On other hand, simple hinge just keep working.

So you think, "I will lease for 4 years, and will never see these problems". Well, resale value is affected by reliability, and as a result costs of these failures will be baked into your lease costs. So you will have higher monthly payments because some marketing type at Tesla decided to stick pointless lambo doors on this car, making it less reliable in the process.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan