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Comment: Re: RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 495

Government can and should create money to provide for the General Welfare in the form of a Basic Income.

Create money just to give out to people? Seriously? Please open a history book and look up Germany in 1934, or a newspaper and look at Zimbabwe. Printing money to pay government bills just screws the public. Money printing must be offset by taxes or some other destruction of currency, such as a natural deflationary trend or a paper shredder, or you wind up with loaves of bread costing thousands of dollars.


SurveyMonkey's CEO Dies While Vacationing With Wife Sheryl Sandberg 176

Posted by timothy
from the short-life dept.
McGruber writes: Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and spouse of Facebook COO Sheryl K. Sandberg, died on Friday night. He was 47. 'We are heartbroken by this news,' Facebook said in a statement. Mark Zuckerberg, a friend of the family, said that Mr. Goldberg died while on vacation abroad with Ms. Sandberg. Goldberg built Surveymonkey into a provider of web surveys on almost every topic imaginable, with 500 employees and 25 million surveys created. News reports said it was valued at nearly $2 billion when it raised a round of funding last year.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 480

by wiggles (#49596617) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

> When somebody sounds like a total fucking crackpot, they almost always are.

At this point, we need to ask if he does indeed sound like a total crackpot.

A crackpot would say: "THIS WORKS! By mechanism xyz, this Definitely works, and you should PAY ME!"

A real scientist would say "Umm, when I do this, it does that. Anybody know why? This doesn't make sense." Then, with enough people saying the same, things get exciting.

The question is, are we the former or the latter? The former sounds like Rossi with his e-cat. The latter sounds like this situation. I think we're just starting to get to the exciting phase; let's hope we get more experiments to confirm what we think is happening is really happening.


New Chemical Tools Lead To Targeted Cancer Drugs 21

Posted by Soulskill
from the sniper-scope-built-out-of-proteins dept.
New submitter caudex writes: Proteins are encoded in DNA, and while the degeneracy of the genetic code works to minimize errors, a single DNA basepair mutation can change the structure of the encoded protein. When a mutated protein causes uncontrolled cell growth, we call it cancer. Unfortunately, proteins typically contain hundreds of amino acids, and developing a drug that will target the version of a protein containing one amino acid mutation is difficult. For this reason, most anticancer agents indiscriminately attack both mutant and healthy proteins and tissues. Researchers at Caltech have come up with a potentially general method for selectively drugging only the mutant protein at fault for cancerous activity, even in the crowded and complex milieu of living cells. Their proof of concept study published in Nature Chemistry targets the E17K mutation, which can be the causative mutation of many types of cancer.

Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 2) 365

by wiggles (#49470565) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

This is what killed Diesel as a car fuel in the US

That, and how dirty, sooty, and smelly the pre-EPA regulated diesel was. And the higher taxes levied by states in order to tax trucking more than cars due to their higher incidence of damage to the roads. And the tendency for non-treated diesel to gel in the winter time making it unreliable for cold environments until relatively recently.

The failure of diesel to catch on in the USA is hardly mysterious.


SpaceX Launch Postponed 77

Posted by samzenpus
from the second-time's-a-charm dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news about SpaceX's launch today and second attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a platform floating offshore in the Atlantic ocean. "You can watch live as SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket and attempts to recover the first stage portion via an automated, barge-based landing plan in the Atlantic ocean, with the first take-off attempted scheduled for 4:33 PM ET, provided conditions remain good and pre-flight checks go well. A big part of this mission, designated CRS-6 and designed primarily as a resupply flight for the International Space Station, is getting a second chance at recovering Falcon 9's first stage rocket. Once the second stage and the Dragon spacecraft detach from that first stage rocket, it'll undergo a controlled descent as it attempts to touch down with SpaceX's ocean-borne landing platform." Update: 04/13 21:43 GMT by S : The launch was scrubbed because of lightning in a nearby cloud. It's been rescheduled for tomorrow at 4:10PM ET.

In space, no one can hear you fart.