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Submission + - Fake Snow? Nope, it's Sublimation.

Stolzy writes: In a number of recent YouTube submissions, some residents within the continental USA have been perplexed by the snow "that does not melt". A number of these videos show residents holding a lighter of some description up to the snow to indicate the said affects.

Unfortunately, the posters have it all wrong. In super cold temperatures, such as the USA is seeing at the moment, water that has been frozen into ice particles can undergo a transformation that's known as "Sublimation". That's a process where the ice evaporates into steam before it melts into water, skipping the usual solid to liquid phase.

You can see an explanation of the event here:

Comment Cannabis (Score 2) 267

Give them Weed! Srsly, it stimulates appetite, and can help with sleep. Plus it also helps the body in other ways, such as protecting and even enhancing the neural pathway transmitters, helps cells release the correct stimulation to kill off cancer cells, and a whole bunch of other ailments. I wouldn't recommend baking brownies in space, though, all those crumbs!

Comment Re:It's money, then? (Score 1) 330

In the legal world, having a "precedent" is always helpful when a judge is being asked to make a decision on a case. Here, a precedent has now been set that allows us to call BitCoins "Money", in which case there may be other legal wrangles where calling BitCoins "Money" is going to be a necessity. I'm sorry, but this really has nothing to do with toy cars, cars, or licencing them. /Stolzy

Comment The biggest source of incoming for /any/ musician (Score 1) 328

The biggest source of income for any working musician is still live shows. Be they small 100 crowd venues or large 50,000 crowd venues. There is something special about watching a group of musicians perform together in a live show. Something that can't be replicated by a guy pressing a button (to play pre-recorded tracks). Live DJ shows often involve lots of pyrotechnics and other visual devices in order to engage the crowd. However, any live band, be they rock, hiphop, classical, baroque, deviant, or otherwise, has an instantaneous advantage of an unending "fascination" effect from people who can't play instruments themselves.

Comment Cops money racket (Score 1) 1010

It wasn't until recently that I realised why this goes on in America. A friend pointed out the sheer stupidity of some of the arrests happening in USA is an extension of a money making racket the cops have (and given that most prisons over there are privately owned, I'm sure some of those arrests also come with "perks").

So, the cops arrest someone for stealing some electricity, and if they get a fine, they get more funding. I'm pretty sure there's a lot of truth in that statement.


Comment Bill Gates isn't all that bad, ya know? (Score 1) 356

I used to hate Bill Gates. Then one day I realised Gates had "grown up". He's still a businessman, but he's using his business "prowess" to increase his ability to help people in Africa with his vaccination programme. Which is why he set up his charity with family, and uses investment in businesses like Monsanto to offset his expenditures (and who's not to say to direct the firm away from GM crops?)

Whether my "naive" optimist side is coming out or not remains to be seen. Either way, what Gates is doing for Africa fits this model perfectly, you'd have to say.


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