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Comment Re:government regulations (Score 1) 333

That makes no sense. The alcohol evaporates quicker than the water, so the older it is then the less alcohol it has.
Also, water contains no carbon to carbon date.

I find it more likely that they would use new pure ethanol to increase the strength of the cognac, which would incidentally put in a newly created source of carbon.

Comment Re:Nuclear research needed! (Score 2) 344

You are right that U-233 can be used in a nuclear weapon.
However you are wrong that thorium reactors breed pure U-233. It actually breeds U-233 contaminated with U-232, which is almost impossible to separate from U-233 and which further decays to hard gamma emitters, which are both easy to detect, and hard to work with. A fact which they actually saw when they did the test with U-233 bombs you mentioned.
It is much easier, and more efficient, to either enrich uranium ore to get U-235, or breed U-238 into plutonium-239.
From Wikipedia there has been only 3 tests with nuclear bombs which used U-233, of which only 1 was actually a U-233 bomb, the other 2 used a mix of U-233 and U-235 or plutonium.
In fact, to enrich U-235 you don't even need a nuclear reactor, just ore and some centrifuges.

Comment Re:$450 Million (Score 2) 97

100% Correct, this isn't a punishment that will prevent Apple from doing exactly the same thing further down the road.

Damages should be punitive, like what's happening in Sweden, where fines are directly linked to income.

Just to be a bit pedantic.
While the driver were indeed a Swedish national, the infraction, and the fine, happened in Finland.
Finland recently changed their laws to make their speeding ticket fines (and possible other fines) proportional to the perpetrators wealth.

Comment Re:Ignore the draft registration issue. (Score 1) 734

I'm not a citizen and I was forced to register and required to prove it at my next green card interview.

Yes if you are a male of 18 years of age you are required by law to register for Selective Service. Isn't it just strange, the way the feminist groups aren't fighting for equality and screaming about the total lack of gender-blind inclusiveness on this issue?

Clearly, "equality" means "I get the same privileges you get, but I definitely don't want the same responsibilities you potentially could be saddled with".

Then perhaps US males should campaign to get rid of the draft on gender equality grounds?
I don't hear you fighting for males to get less pay for the same work so that we can get gender equality, why would you think that females should do something similar?

Comment Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 2) 212

I don't know exactly what the EU regulation says, but it could be that they allow for different levels for regular food stuff, and food stuff gathered from nature (mushrooms, berries and game). At least that's the divide that the Swedish levels go by. The limts is Sweden for regular food stuff is 300 Bq/kg, and for wild game, mushrooms and berries it is 1500 Bq/kg.

Comment Re:quelle surprise (Score 3, Informative) 725

Nuclear power is an imperfect example as well, because the argument there isn't about the science - no one is disputing that nuclear reactions exist, and that electricity can be generated. The argument is more about whether humans can build and manage nuclear power plants with the near perfection that is required.

Oh, ye of little faith. There are absolutely people who believe that nuclear reactions doesn't not work.
There are nutters everywere.

Comment Re:Graphene products - where to dump them?? (Score 1) 88

Since graphene is pure coal, it would be rather easy to burn it.
I am sure it would be quite easy to make it react with other chemicals to dissolve it. Maybe you could even make alcohol from it? The possibilities are endless. Just because it is mechanically strong doesn't mean it is indestructible.

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