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Comment Office chair workouts (Score 1) 372

For a low tech fitness solution, google "Office chair workouts". You'll see lots of useful stuff like this . It is mainly about resistance training (non-aerobic workout), so if you want to go full in on resistance training, you could just get some weights and even one of those hand grip devices and start pumping iron while you crunch numbers on the computer. But fitness aside, if you want a healthy career then you should be proactive with your time and do things that you are not asked to do.

Submission + - NASA awards contract to Bigelow Aerospace for inflatable ISS module (

cylonlover writes: NASA has announced that it has awarded a US$17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide the International Space Station with an inflatable module. Details of the award will be discussed by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Bigelow Aerospace President Robert Bigelow at a press conference on January 16 at the Bigelow Aerospace facilities in North Las Vegas. However, based on previous talks, it’s likely that the module in question could be the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).

Submission + - White House petition for an initiative to transform nuclear power to Thorium (

JavaBear writes: Thorium is gaining interest, with research happening around the world, but it pales compared to the research and funding going into conventional nuclear power, and into updating outdated power stations. The interest is just not shared by the US government, as there are too much money at stake continuing the current dead end. The main problem is that of regulation, the US could be self sufficient in rare earths, and even export it, if not for regulation designating thorium found with these as nuclear waste. A small rare earth mine would get about 5000 tons of thorium a year as a byproduct, enough to generate power equal to the estimates total annual power consumption of the planet.
From the petition:
"Of the 104 nuclear reactors currently active in the US, 69 are pressurized water reactors and 35 are boiling water reactors. Both of these designs for nuclear reactors are sixty years old and as such are outdated, not to mention past their projected lifetime of 40 years. The Fukushima plant in Japan used boiling water reactors and the ensuing tragedy was a wake-up call for nuclear power."


Submission + - The Best and Worst from CES 2013 (

CowboyRobot writes: "InformationWeek has collected what it considers to be the five dumbest ideas presented at this year's CES. The list includes: "The HapiFork is an electronic fork that tracks how many mouthfuls of food you consume during a given meal, how many seconds pass between bites, and how long the meal took to complete." Also on the list is the iPotty, which is about what you would guess from the name. And for balance, the list of the seven standout technologies includes 3M's 84-inch touchscreen display and Parrot's $300 "AR Drone 2.0, a gravity-defying spectacle that puts yesteryear's remote-control helicopters to shame with its ability to dive, spin and whirl through the air.""

Comment Amateur astronomy and mathematics (Score 1) 247

Astronomy and mathematics are two of the remaining professional academic disciplines that are still open to significant contributions from amateurs, hobbyists, and other unaffiliated individuals. This is likely to do with the nature of research in those fields, such as the fact that almost everyone has access to the sky, or the ability to experiment with abstract mathematical ideas. It is not just about things professionals have not 'bothered to check', but rather there is still so much to learn out there in astronomy and mathematics that people from a wide variety vocations can "stumble" across new discoveries. See this list of amateur mathematicians and their original/primary vocations. You have primary school teachers, lawyers, an innkeeper, as well as engineers and scientists from other fields and many many more.

I encourage everyone who has an interest in astronomy and/or mathematics to dabble in those areas with the understanding that they too can still make new discoveries. Try joining your local astronomy club, or an amateur mathematics society , or just keep dabbling and observing, and don't think "I could never make a real discovery," because it is possible.

Comment "I'm so clever..." (Score 5, Insightful) 243

Why is it that people who have evaded authorities find it irresistible to gloat about how "clever" they are to have outwitted cops. I get it, maybe eventually talk about it in an autobiography, but he may technically still be evading said authorities. He might as well say, "nanna nanna booboo, come and get me!".

Comment THIS is the only thing that both sides agree on?! (Score 2) 454

Those proposals seem like terrible ideas, but it is no surprise given the countries that proposed them. It is just sad to see what it finally takes for the republicans and democrats to agree on something. Maybe if we tell them that the UN is going to forbid countries from implementing a single-payer health system, then congress will decide to implement it out of spite.

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