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Comment Re:Giving your life away (Score 1) 23

You're flat-out an idiot if you give your DNA to any database of any kind anywhere.

I disagree. The "standard" 67 Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Y-chromosome markers used for paternal-line genealogy are perfectly safe, with one exception. The exception is an extremely rare mutation of one of the markers (DYS410) which carries significant medical information, but it is so rare I have never heard of anyone having this mutation (although someone must have or we wouldn't know about it). So Y-chromosome testing for genealogical purposes is pretty safe. Dozens, hundreds, even thousands of men all share the same values for these 67 markers.

Comment Re:Like the Bible (Score 1) 622

So it's more like the Bible, then?

Amen to that! But I assume you are talking only about the New Testament of the Christian Bible, officially compiled and rewritten by some committee in the 4th century A.D. from prior works, some of which were composed before the birth of Jesus but which were not included in the Old Testament.

Comment Re:Which string theory? (Score 2) 148

Anyone interested in other aspects of this question should read (if they haven't already) "The Trouble with Physics" by Lee Smolin (New York, 2007). He used to be at the Perimeter Institute (maybe still is). Smolin's book isn't just about the physics but also about the sociology of some of the physicists. A good read.

Comment Another Problem (Score 1) 133

I don't know a lot about wormholes, but it seemed to me from the movie that they were entering the hole tangentially. Isn't that the worst possible way to enter a wormhole? The entry into the hole is prolonged and any stresses on the structure of the spacecraft have longer to act. As I say, IDKALAW, but a perpendicular, central entry seems safest to me.

Comment GMT? (Score 1) 38

Why is the time of eruption quoted in GMT? I don't think any observatory "keeps" GMT anymore. Don't forget that GMT is as much a method of deriving time as it is the time itself. GMT used astronomical observations, while UTC is kept by using ensembles of atomic clocks, all cross-compared between international standards organizations.

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