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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 16th, 2015, 2:03 pm 

{Installing Alien behavior modification update 192 of 2189}

The Tetris Weight Loss Diet
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Braininvat on August 16th, 2015, 2:15 pm 

"Playing Tetris for as little as three minutes at a time can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities such as sex and sleeping by approximately...."

So sleeping is defined as an "activity." Hmm. Slackers could find that a life affirming definition.

This seems like baaaad science. The only meaningful take away here is that any distraction can potentially distract you from a craving. I imagine you could substitute other games or diversions and get similar results. What about juggling or checkers or reading a book?
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 16th, 2015, 2:54 pm 

{installing Alien behavior modification update 411 of 2189}

Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 19th, 2015, 3:01 am 

Female Viagra ... sounds good in theory, but the reality is limp.

Women taking the drug reported between half and one more sexually satisfying event per month - results experts admitted were "modest".


I'm inclined to replace "modest" with "statistically irrelevant" in that sentence. Definitely not worth the expense and side effects.

Oh well, so much for the male fantasy of a reverse date-rape pill. ;-)
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 19th, 2015, 9:56 am 

Mutant Lice are coming

And they're coming to feed on my scalp Ha Ha
They're coming to feed on my scalp ho ho he he ha ha
To the hair salon where powders get flung, and Starlets roam free, and bald brazilians are ALL that you'll see,
ha ha he he ho ho ah ha !
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Braininvat on August 19th, 2015, 12:17 pm 

So nitpicking is a worthwhile pursuit. Good to know. I have a nit comb that I use on cats, mostly for flea eggs, but it's supposed to be good for lice eggs too. I don't know if this would work on humans, but dipping the comb in lemon or eucalyptus or cedar oil is supposed to help. Or lavender oil, if you don't want to smell like a fence or a cough drop. BTW, odd factoid, but combing peppermint oil into your hair keeps wasps from bothering you. And people, possibly.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 19th, 2015, 12:42 pm 

Behold ... Big brother Swan is watching you.

Synopsis: Chinese robotic swans that monitor water quality. Kidding aside, it actually looks quite clever.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 21st, 2015, 7:31 am 

Today's example of bad science journalism is the article below, where one of the contributors at Space dot com reported on a magnetic fields experiment and ineptly (or deliberately) misused the word "wormhole". FAIL.

Wormhole Created in Lab Makes Invisible Magnetic Field

Classic example of yellow journalism, driven in this case by either incompetence on the subject matter, or willful disregard of proper reporting practices. Neither is acceptable.

If this sort of thing bothers you (and it should), write to the site and let them know.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Braininvat on August 21st, 2015, 10:35 am 

Weird - the Barcelona researcher who calls it a wormhole seems to be speaking metaphorically and not in his native language. The writer seemed to have trouble getting that. Looks like a cloaked channel for a magnetic field that constricts the magnetic lines of force across a distance. Really hard to understand what the principle is. Yes, feedback should be given.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 21st, 2015, 11:02 am 

I think what has me indignant is that Science, at its heart, is all about the quest to find, understand and share pure physical truths about the universe for the benefit of all. Accordingly, the incorrect use (either unintentionally or deliberately) of highly loaded and controversial scientific terms like "wormhole", when doing a serious article flies directly in the face of that.

Doing so is either inept/flippant, manipulative & inflammatory, or both.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 21st, 2015, 1:10 pm 

Burning Man extravaganza beset by insect swarm (or, "God smites the Yippies")

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bur ... a6dab2af41

http://blog.burningman.com/2015/08/buil ... hose-bugs/

No word yet on the exact species of critter is involved. I glanced at a bugfinder site, and was unable to identify it as a brief search. Looks a bit like a termite swarm to me, but termites only bite wood, not people.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 23rd, 2015, 4:57 pm 

Nuclear Apocalypse Morning After pill

Now you can blow up the world with no regrets, and just pop a pull the next day.

Not.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 23rd, 2015, 5:01 pm 

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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 23rd, 2015, 5:27 pm 

Japan challenges USA to 1:1 Battlemech Duel

Wow. When I was a kid, Battletech was just a paper and dice RPG game, and later on it became the foundation of the Mechwarrior video games. MIT also adopted it for a real world competition that years later inspired the TV show Battlebots.

It feels strange to see this sort of thing rise, zombi-like, from it's nerdosphere gamer origins, into reality.

This one, when it gets closer to fruition, may sire a dedicated thread.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 24th, 2015, 5:03 am 

Magnetotherapy improves bedwetting

I've been peeing (metaphorically) on therapeutic magnets for a long time, but now I can do it for real !

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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Braininvat on August 24th, 2015, 11:22 am 

The radiation sickness pill looks promising. May have applications at reactor accidents, in space where astronauts are caught in solar flares, and who knows, the accelerated repairs of GI tissues might have some therapeutic uses outside of radiation sickness.

The bugs at Burning Man won't spoil things as long as the drugs are good.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Marshall on August 24th, 2015, 12:32 pm 

Darby » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:57 pm wrote:Nuclear Apocalypse Morning After pill

Now you can blow up the world with no regrets, and just pop a pill the next day.

Not.


OK not. But the medical underlay is fascinating. I didn't know that the immediate life-threatening effect of radiation exposure was damage to small intestine and colon lining cells called "crypt cells" interfering with the ability to take up water----hence dehydration.

The peptide treatment sounds great---no adverse side effects found so far, and (as BiV speculated) it can be used to treat other ailments.
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Exposure to high doses of radiation triggers a number of potentially lethal effects. Among the most severe of these effects is the gastrointestinal, or GI, toxicity syndrome that is caused by radiation-induced destruction of the intestinal lining. This type of GI damage decreases the ability of the body to absorb water and causes electrolyte imbalances, bacterial infection, intestinal leakage, sepsis and death.

The GI toxicity syndrome is triggered by radiation-induced damage to crypt cells in the small intestines and colon that must continuously replenish in order for the GI tract to work properly. Crypt cells are especially susceptible to radiation damage and serve as an indicator of whether someone will survive after total body radiation exposure.

... "Because radiation-induced damage to the intestines plays such a key role in how well a person recovers from radiation exposure, it's crucial to develop novel medications capable of preventing GI damage."

The peptide drug TP508 was developed for use in stimulating repair of skin, bone and muscle tissues. It has previously been shown to begin tissue repair by stimulating proper blood flow, reducing inflammation and reducing cell death. In human clinical trials, the drug has been reported to increase healing of diabetic foot ulcers and wrist fractures with no drug-related adverse events.

"The current results suggest that the peptide may be an effective emergency nuclear countermeasure that could be delivered within 24 hours after exposure to increase survival and delay mortality, giving victims time to reach facilities for advanced medical treatment," Kantara said.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 24th, 2015, 12:54 pm 

Agreed on the radiation sickness pill. I would chimed in earlier, but global stock markets have been going hog wild all day today. Very inconsiderate.

I shook my finger disapprovingly out the window earlier, and managed to trigger a rebound in the Dow.

I rarely intervene in world events like that, but I felt bad for all the innocent pensioners out there. Everyone is welcome.

That reminds me ... I gotta remember to renew my Q-continuum member card.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 24th, 2015, 2:07 pm 

Now I've seen everything ...

Suntory sends whisky to space to study effects of zero gravity on the mellowing of spirits.

I could have answered that - all they had to do was send it to me. Feh.

Stupid Terrans.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on August 26th, 2015, 9:47 am 

On a more serious note, I found this truly surreal.

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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on September 6th, 2015, 10:17 am 

And now ... a TENS unit for treating Seasickness

What's next ... a Tens unit for treating ED ? A Tens unit for treating liberal democratic tendences ? A Tens unit for curing Veganism ?

j/k ... it's actually a good article.
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Re: Surreal Science Articles

Postby Darby on September 13th, 2015, 6:49 pm 

Today's "well, duh !" science article: Map of the World’s Neutrinos Exposes Nuclear Activity Wherever It’s Happening

I mean come on, really ... ya think ?

Here's another ... Can eating more than six bananas at once kill you?

Uh, NO ... and I can't believe the BBC actually wasted space on that.
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