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Comment Where in the article does it say CO2? (Score 1) 467

Have you ever seen the smoke come out of a diesel truck!, Its black. That black color is not CO2, it is larger carbon chains. Black carbon soot. Its full of carbon black particles that are quite large and will integrate into the soil. This entire slashdot thread is full of retards, that keep obsessing about CO2 sequestering. Thats NOT what the article is talking about, and it never even mentions it. That dosent mean it works, but at least these trolls should be bickering about the right subject matter,

Comment Solaren Website down. Slashdotted? (Score 1) 274

It seems that Solaren's website has been slashdotted.

This Web site has exceeded its allotted bandwidth and has been temporarily suspended. To get this site back online, either wait until the used bandwidth for ...

How are you going to get a space based solar panel array up, if you cant even keep your website up?

Comment I demand a Recount! (Score 1) 256

I was on that ballot as a candidate for US congress. Now I know the reason I lost! I want a recount. It's a conspiracy, I tell you!

United States Representative
1st Congressional District
Humboldt County, California

Mike Thompson
Zane Starkewolf

Carol Wolman
Pamela Elizondo

If you add a couple of zeros behind the number of deleted ballots, I might have won!

/they are out to get us

Comment Not quite... (Score 4, Insightful) 139

They haven't shown that the cells can actually differentiate into any cell type. They have just shown that they express the biological markers that make it look like a pluipotent stem cell. Meaning that expresses a few surface markers that they tested. That dosen't mean that it can turn into any type of stem cell. I wouldn't hold my breathe.
Killing babies still has a much better chance of growing me a new liver.

/bring me another beer!

Advance In Making Stem Cells From Skin 139

KillerBob writes with an advance on the news from a year back that stem cells can be produced from human skin — discussed here. Now Canadian researchers have found a safe way to generate stem cells without using viruses to modify the genome, a process that can have its own dangers. "The ethical debate over embryonic stem cell use may soon be moot, thanks to a Canadian team of researchers who, together with a team out of Scotland, has found a safe way to grow stem cells from a patient's own skin. The revolutionary finding, described in a paper published yesterday by the international science journal Nature, means doctors may be one step closer to treating a multitude of diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes and Parkinson's."

Comment Bubble Fusion (Score 2, Interesting) 249

In undergrad we spent a few weeks attempting to reproduce Dr. Taleyarkhan work on sonic cavitation experiments in deuterated acetone. While there is much controversy surrounding the this type of fusion, it is an interesting and simple experiment, but hard to get reliable results.

For students it is be exciting to be apart of the human quest for fusion power. And is useful as a teaching tool for all methods of fusion. Taking part in a controversial research project can be very stimulating.

The experiment can be attempted using a pyrex 100mL flask and placed piezoelectric speakers at key locations. The flask is filled with deuterated acetone and the speakers are modulated at different frequencies until cavitation and sonoluminescence is achieved. Their are several types of neutron detectors that can be used. Some of them cheaper than others but less sensitive.

Anyways, just an idea. Alternatively, you can also build a fusor, which is a bit more involved but with the right setup could also work for a short term project, would require you todo some pre-building.
-alot cheaper than ITER or Lawrence Livermore laser confinement...

Comment I for one welcome our new nanobot overlords (Score 4, Informative) 69

But seriously, it is ridiculous for these reporters to make such outlandish claims about nanotechnology. Its been 15 years since nanoparticle drug delivery was tested in cells, and we are just beginning phase 1 clinical trials in germany and US on magnetic nanoparticles. Regardless of the FDA implications of nanobots, the actual impact will be very small in the next 20 years, perhaps it could report of blood pressure or flow rate using RFID, but its not going to have robotic arms that will wield a sword and evicerate a cancer cell.

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