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Comment Re:An once of prevention (Score 1) 383

If you're so concerned with pathologically violent people, why not simply screen for them at various reasonable points? You provide mental health services at school to disturbed kids and training for teachers on how to recognize and deal with them. You screen people who have violent run-ins with other people before they go onto bigger and badder things. You run a public education campaign so people can recognize when their associates and familiy members need help -- maybe a few people will recognize they need help themselves.

The problem with screening for these kids that do these types of things is that they are very intelligent, but emotionally underdeveloped.
They are smart enough to say the things that they need to in front of teachers and parents. The parents would have to be very smart
and be able to monitor their child's activities without the child's knowledge. The only thing is that most of these children that do go crazy
and shoot up their school seemed to be normal to their parents, so the parents didn't see a need to invade their child's privacy.

Creating Water from Thin Air 348

Iphtashu Fitz writes "In order to provide the U.S. Military with water in places like Iraq, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency gave millions of dollars in research funding to companies like LexCarb and Sciperio to try to extract water from the air. Amazingly, a company that DARPA didn't fund, Aqua Sciences, beat them all to the punch by developing a machine that can extract up to 600 gallons of water a day from thin air even in locations like arid deserts. The 20 foot machine does this without using or producing toxic materials or byproducts. The CEO of Aqua Sciences declined to elaborate on how the machine works, but said it is based on the natural process by which salt absorbs water."

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