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Comment Re:Potentially a good thing ..... (Score 2) 48


It's not collected in one area and the areas that are polluted are so large that we can't collect enough samples to say for certain how large they are. Estimates range from 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres (5,800,000 sq mi).

Even if you could determine where it all was, filtering is not an option. It's not like mowing a lawn. Water moves. You can't filter one patch at a time. Even if you could, you'd be removing all of the plankton in the area and food chains tend to collapse when the lowest level organisms disappear. Making a dead zone in the ocean that's somewhere between the size of Texas and the twice the size of the United States would be... problematic.

Comment Something doesn't sound right... (Score 3, Interesting) 215

"They also found that those who drank one a day were nearly three times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia."

"Those who drank one to six artificially sweetened beverages a week were 2.6 times as likely to experience an ischemic stroke but were no more likely to develop dementia"

So if you drink six a week, there's no change to risk of dementia, but somehow the seventh triples your risk?

Comment Re:will shut down on April 20, 2017 (Score 3, Insightful) 167

To be fair, /. got the story up within 24 hours, which is actually faster than average for them.

The company didn't announce their shutdown in advance, so nobody could have reported it before yesterday afternoon when the message went up on the site and all their social media shut down.

Comment Re:shocked! (Score 2) 248

Makes sense.

By the way, we suspect you of being a government employee posting on /. during work hours. We've got a subpoena that requires you to hand over your computer, cell phones, hard drives, passwords to any online accounts you use, etc.

We're just checking if you're a government employee, of course, so your data will be completely safe with us and there is no chance that we'll use anything else we may find against you.

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