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Comment Her telomeres have been lengthened, but ... (Score 1) 244

What about mitochondrial deterioration, and beta-amyloid plaque buildup?

"On the bright side, you'll look fantastic until the day you die, and you could live until you're 150. On the downside you'll likely develop mitochondrial disease and Alzheimer's, and will spend your last years good-looking and debilitated, as a vegetable."

These two treatments only address two symptoms and ignore several other major chronic, progressive problems that are part of the spectrum of age-related disorders. I wish her luck trying to sneak off and get any other treatments. Talk about jumping the gun. :(

Comment Re:Huh? Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 159

I don't get it. "News for Nerds" is polling to find out where we were during Katrina? Huh?? Every natural disaster has an impact on infrasctructure, and I'm sure lots of data centers got hammered or destroyed, and that would be a much more interesting discussion.

This is on Slashdot today because, at the time, a big story on Slashdot was a revolutionary live blog from a data center in downtown NO. There were photos and accounts of the flooding and destruction that weren't found anywhere else, and the travails of a few hardy fellows trying to keep a data center up and running in the middle of a disaster were interesting to those of us who worked in the field.

I believe this was the story/source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment I have an F to M TG friend ... (Score 1) 814

He has had a hysterectomy, has taken T / lived as a man for eight years, and only a handful of people have ever known him as "her." Here in Ohio, he changed his name easily enough, and his driver's license was easy enough to change, but it ends there.

To change federal status you need to revise your birth certificate, which is up to your state of residence. In some states you can easily change your birth certificate, not in Ohio. As I recall, in Ohio you are still required to prove you have had all of the surgical procedures (in his case, doctor's statements signing off on a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, and penile reconstruction) in order to have your birth certificate gender changed. From there you can send in your birth certificate to the department of social security to be issued a new social security card and a new passport.

Alternately, you can lie to the passport people and tell them that your birth certificate has the wrong gender. You send them the copy of your state driver's license as proof, and they correct it, then you send your passport and driver's license as proof to social security, and they correct it. You'll still have the screwed up birth certificate. Thanks, Ohio.

For transgender and intersex people this is archaic. For my state, it's embarrassing. For my friend, it means that a bearded, deep-voiced, guy (in every apparent aspect) still has documentation out there stating that a well-adjusted hetero dude who is obviously a "he" -- believe me you'd never guess -- is still considered a "she."

Comment WE'RE STILL HERE! (Score 1) 386

Just to clarify, the Carrington event was not an extinction event. Yes, it fucked up electrical grid type thingies (devices connected to large antennas of copper strung between stations separated by many miles), but it did not have sufficient energy to vaporize, ionize, or otherwise cook things at the microscopic level of the pits on optical media. Had it actually done so, thee, me, the birdees and the beeses would no longer be here.

Empirical evidence (the more or less continual presence of life on Earth for the past 6,500 to 3.75 billion years) would seem to indicate that our star doesn't misbehave in this fashion, so step back, breathe, and for God's sake cut back on the hyperbole. :)

Comment Liquid nitrogen airport security epic fail ... (Score 2) 87

Terrorist Jim: Bob, we will have you wear the antimagnet cloaking suit. All we have to do is have you walk into a restroom right before you go through the scanner, open this forty gallon Thermos container and pour the liquid nitrogen all over yourself.

You'll walk to airport security and pass through the security check with no problems.

Day of the terrorist strike.

Bob enters the airport dragging a heavy carry-on suitcase. His suit is disproportionately large compared to his body, and seems quite stiff. He moves with great difficulty.

He takes his luggage into the airport restroom and enters a bathroom stall. Witnesses report a hissing noise and a strange fog coming from under the stall door. There's a splashing noise, followed by a sizzling sound and a loud wail. Bob flings open the bathroom stall to reveal his suit, bathed in vapor. Steam rises from his exposed cracked skin. He takes two steps and falls to the floor, writhing in pain, as parts of his suit shatter and skin sloughs from his hands.

Terrorist Jim (upon seeing the news reports): So next time, we strap a small refrigeration unit to Sam's back ...

Comment I think it's a good start. (Score 1) 1799

Given time, they'll find their focus. This is the balance I have been waiting for since the Tea Party came into the picture. The US needs a citizen-originated anti-corporatist organization. We need a powerful "grass roots" movement to answer the swing to pro-corporation anti-worker conservatism we've taken. I see OWS as the first step in a corrective turn away from fascism and back towards a more humane democracy. I'm hoping it will eventually provide the yang to the Tea Party's yin. I was a child of the 60's, raised in the 70's when the 60's optimism was still relatively fresh in some people. I've been waiting for the awakening that was promised but never delivered by the great demonstrations of that era. It is long overdue.

Comment Colonize an iron-bearing asteroid ... (Score 1) 360

Test it to see if it can withstand sufficient spin. If it can, tunnel under the surface and create inverse domes, etc. Spin it up. Apply thrust. Live on the ceilings. Find a comet with sufficient hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium, and trace elements. Send it on the same course, separated by a safe but commutable distance. You have your generation ship and your food supply. Of course, the thrust to move such huge bodies is a problem, but if we're talking about thousand year journeys I'd hope we would have solved that particular problem. -Joe
The Almighty Buck

ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America 482

tetrahedrassface writes "As the US economic woes continue unabated, a German company is bringing gold-bearing ATMs to Mainstreet America. The machines accept credit cards, and will dispense 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram and 1 ounce units, as well as various gold coins. The company hopes to install 35 bullion machines in the United States this year, and will hopefully have several hundred up and running by next year. The machines will be decorated like giant gold ingots and be over two meters tall. Physical gold has both pros and cons, but from a safety standpoint would it be fine to have a couple of ounces in your pocket while walking around the mall? The giant, gold-dispensing ATMs will monitor the market conditions for gold every 10 minutes in order to reflect spot price changes as they occur." We already covered similar machines installed in travel hubs across Germany.

Comment Why is it? (Score 5, Insightful) 356

People will take a phenomenon verified by hundreds of scientists in dozens of studies, global warming, and dismiss it because they got stuck in a snow drift. Then they'll turn around and forward an email that cites a brother's wife's uncle's cousin as breathless proof of impending calamity? I know the answer -- people are stupid. The question is purely rhetorical. :)

Comment I was hoping California would weigh in on this ... (Score 1) 857

As the most populous state in the union vis à vis the largest textbook market, it seemed odd to me that California would lose out to Texas in deciding what content textbooks should contain. How about giving the rest of the US a choice between Texas-styled and California-styled editions of textbooks? Although one version is obviously most cost effective for publishers, two versions isn't as bad as fifty separate editions. -Joe

New Evidence Presented For Ancient Fossils In Mars Rocks 91

azoblue passes along a story in the Washington Post, which begins: "NASA's Mars Meteorite Research Team reopened a 14-year-old controversy on extraterrestrial life last week, reaffirming and offering support for its widely challenged assertion that a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that landed thousands of years ago on Antarctica shows evidence of microscopic life on Mars. In addition to presenting research that they said disproved some of their critics, the scientists reported that additional Martian meteorites appear to house distinct and identifiable microbial fossils that point even more strongly to the existence of life. 'We feel more confident than ever that Mars probably once was, and maybe still is, home to life,' team leader David McKay said at a NASA-sponsored conference on astrobiology."

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