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Posted 21 May 2019 - 02:53 PM

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:49 PM

Washington is the first state to legalize human body composting as an alternative to burial or cremation.

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Washington on Tuesday became the first US state to legalize human composting after its eco-friendly governor signed a bill to that effect in a bid to cut carbon emissions from burials and cremations.

Under the new law that will go into effect in May of next year, people who die in the state will have the option to have their bodies transformed into soil suitable for use in gardening. The process is called recomposition.

“Recomposition offers an alternative to embalming and burial or cremation that is natural, safe, sustainable, and will result in significant savings in carbon emissions and land usage,” said Katrina Spade, who lobbied for the law and is the founder of Recompose, a Seattle-based company set to be the first to offer the service.

“The idea of returning to nature so directly and being folded back into the cycle of life and death is actually pretty beautiful,” Spade added in a statement sent to AFP.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 03:08 PM

Stanford scientists created a sound so loud it instantly boils water

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Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory based at Stanford University created an underwater sound so loud that it instantly vaporizes water and appears to set the threshold for how intense sound can be in water.

The scientists used SLAC's powerful X-ray laser to blast tiny jets of water with short pulses of high frequency energy. When the x-rays hit the microscopic stream of water they instantly vaporized the water molecules around them like spit on a hot skillet. They also sent a shock wave traveling through the stream that can actually be seen moving to the left and right of the blast spot below

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:41 PM

I've taken a couple of road trips recently and have come across some interesting vanity license plates:

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Minivan with Auburn Univ. stickers, WRDM EGL

Orange hatchback, ACLKWRK

Sedan with a FL Panther specialty plate with the vanity legend L0L CAT

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:24 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 17 May 2019 - 09:19 PM, said:

Bird sex chromosomes (denoted as Z and W) work more or less opposite to those of mammals: males are ZZ, and females are ZW. In birds, the default is to be male, and the presence of a W overrides this and makes the bird female (the opposite of mammals where the default is to be female and the presence of a Y overrides this to make the animal male).

So is the W chromosome in birds degrading in the same way?

No, and for an interesting reason (IIRC): somewhere back up the tree, early mammals turned the X chromosome around -- literally. The order of genes on it, originally very similar to the female X, got reversed and as a result it's no longer possible for a defect on the Y to be corrected by the usual swap from the X (which at least half of the time has a sister, so there!) Enough generations later and the Y is a scrap of its former self.

The above is true, but for some reason women seem to frequently laugh and mumble something about "men" and "backwards."
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 07:36 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 29 May 2019 - 06:24 PM, said:

No, and for an interesting reason (IIRC): somewhere back up the tree, early mammals turned the X chromosome around -- literally. The order of genes on it, originally very similar to the female X, got reversed and as a result it's no longer possible for a defect on the Y to be corrected by the usual swap from the X (which at least half of the time has a sister, so there!) Enough generations later and the Y is a scrap of its former self.

The above is true, but for some reason women seem to frequently laugh and mumble something about "men" and "backwards."

Thanks, very interesting!

In genetics this is called an inversion mutation, and it can be very difficult to detect in genetic analysis (if for instance one or more exons of a gene are inverted, the sequence is still there, but on the wrong strand and backwards). You pretty much have to look a RNA to figure things out.
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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:37 AM

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An ‘emotional-support dog’ attacked him on a flight. He’s suing Delta and the owner.

An attack on a plane by a fellow passenger’s emotional-support dog left Marlin Jackson needing 28 stitches, according to a negligence lawsuit filed Friday against Delta Air Lines and the dog’s owner. In the suit, Jackson claims he bled so badly that a row of seats later had to be removed from the plane.

Jackson had just taken his window seat in the 31st row for a June 2017 flight from Atlanta to San Diego when the dog, sitting on the lap of the passenger next to him, lunged for his face, pinning him against the window of the plane so he couldn’t escape, the lawsuit alleges.

The complaint filed in Fulton County state court in Georgia alleges that Delta “took no action to verify or document the behavioral training of the large animal.” It also alleges that the dog owner, Ronald K. Mundy Jr., a Marine, “knew or … should have known that his large animal was foreseeably dangerous.”

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 02:56 PM

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The complaint filed in Fulton County state court in Georgia alleges that Delta “took no action to verify or document the behavioral training of the large animal.”

Those Delta employees aren't allowed to ask if the animal has taken behavioral training. They're not allowed to ask to see the owner's script. The owner is not obliged to produce anything proving it's a service animal or has had any sort of training.

The assumption that a disabled person is not disabled and that they must prove they are disabled to anyone that simply requests it runs counter to the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also runs counter to being a moral person.
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Posted 30 May 2019 - 02:56 PM

Hasbro apparently thought that Monopoly for Millenials, complete with condescending spots on the board, was a good idea. This was a pretty good dig.

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Naturally millennials on Twitter are pretty annoyed by the release. After all, the game doesn't include typical millennial experiences like trying to live without healthcare or dealing with a rapidly declining job market as older generations refuse to retire.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 03:00 PM

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Naturally millennials on Twitter are pretty annoyed by the release. After all, the game doesn't include typical millennial experiences like trying to live without healthcare or dealing with a rapidly declining job market as older generations refuse to retire die.

FIFY
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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

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On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 03:13 PM

View PostAnBr, on 30 May 2019 - 03:00 PM, said:

FIFY

I feel like that about older Republican voters.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 06:41 PM

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 02:45 AM

These guys never dreamt they would get a parking ticket.

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 11:15 AM

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in an 8-way tie.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 09:55 PM

View PostLFC, on 31 May 2019 - 11:15 AM, said:

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in an 8-way tie.

Look at all of those brown faces. Curious how those that scream the loudest for English only have the hardest time showing proficiency at it. They need to have their noses rubbed in this.
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— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 11:31 AM

View PostRue Bella, on 30 May 2019 - 08:37 AM, said:

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The complaint filed in Fulton County state court in Georgia alleges that Delta “took no action to verify or document the behavioral training of the large animal.” It also alleges that the dog owner, Ronald K. Mundy Jr., a Marine, “knew or … should have known that his large animal was foreseeably dangerous.”

Georgia is a "stand your ground" State, and obviously the dog felt that the plaintiff was a threat to his seatmate, or perhaps sensed that his owner was threatened.

It's Delta's fault for not allowing personal defense weapons, and if TSA won't allow them then everyone has to bring their own emotional support animals. I kind of like pumas, myself, but servals are a reasonable compromise given seat space.
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 01:21 PM

My life was transformed when I got my emotional-support puff-adder.
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 07:01 PM

View PostLFC, on 30 May 2019 - 02:56 PM, said:

Hasbro apparently thought that Monopoly for Millenials, complete with condescending spots on the board, was a good idea. This was a pretty good dig.

A more realistic version would be that all properties are comparably priced to Park Place/Boardwalk, you don't get any money for passing Go, but the banker can loan himself money and make deals with other players.
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 07:49 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 01 June 2019 - 07:01 PM, said:

the banker can loan himself money and make deals with other players.

And charge fees. You forgot about the fees.
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— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 08:00 PM

View PostAnBr, on 01 June 2019 - 07:49 PM, said:

And charge fees. You forgot about the fees.

Yeah, I figured everything in Chance and Community Chest would involve forking over cash or going to Jail.
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