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Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 116

Haha - you can't see the wood for the trees! (this idiom has a double meaning here)

See the tree? The wood is almost all 'fixed' carbon.

And when it dies, a tree doesn't go 'poof' in a cloud of CO2. Instead, organic matter gets trapped in the ground and new topsoil is created (again, mostly carbon).

Recall a well tended urban 'nature strip' in an older suburb (a century or more)? Typically, the strip tends to 'pops out' from its concrete lining. That's a small version of the same effect.

Some interesting info I just came across: http://managingwholes.com/new-...

Comment: Re:And airplanes without passengers... (Score 2, Insightful) 460

by sonamchauhan (#49421577) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

Instead of having airlines staff the flight deck back up again to previous levels (i.e. reinstating the flight engineer, or adding a third pilot), cue the snake-oil salesmen with the same pitch - irresistible to airlines - which got us into this mess.

"Shame about that last crash...
"You know, you _CAN_ increase safety _AND_ lower costs
"How? Well, for starters, one less pilot on the flight deck...

Comment: Re: Delivery drones (Score 1) 162

by sonamchauhan (#49368857) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

Dude : droning on against disbelievers is not helpful to your cause.

Stop the frankenstienish stretched analogies. Some folk here have creative alternatives and are not trolls ; they deserve serious answers.

And yes, they are right about the danger - a sudden gust of wind that lifts a large, twisting, plastic sheet can foul all of a drone's propellors - whether 6 or 16. Which can fly it into a powerline, a soft skull, another drone, or your windshield doing 67 mph.

  You do.not.want to be below one of these when it happens in crowded skies.

Comment: Re:Slashdot reports on an obscure mice experiment. (Score 1) 109

by sonamchauhan (#49310607) Attached to: New Alzheimer's Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function For Mice

Well, Biogen's drug may have its place but it isn't exactly a Speedy Gonzales, and its side-effects include brain swelling.

"Wall Street analysts predict could get the drug to market by 2020"

Also, this research is more elegant - it uses your blood's own cleanup cells to fight the plaques, versus injecting you with a foreign antibody like Biogen's does.

Comment: Re:Steampunked (Score 1) 389

The mind boggles....

Corded Wifi!
App Cartridges!
Or, for the ultimate in convenience -- Dial-an-App! Just dial "C","r","a","z","y"," ","B","i","r","d","s" using the convenient 26-character dial to enjoy the latest in fist-pumping, arcade-style gameplay in the expansive 2x60 character display

"You stay here, Audrey -- this is between me and the vegetable!" -- Seymour, from _Little Shop Of Horrors_