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  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Read that bay leaf was used in soups, stews and even brewed as a tea to help minimize gas/burps....
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    Re: 'thymol, ...' Heard a while ago that thymol mixed in petrolatum (i.e., Vicks VapoRub) is a 'cure' for toenail fungus and as effective as anything else on the market, but at a lower price with more potential uses. No...
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    Re: Vitamin C Recall that a few years back some research showed that VitC when correctly administered is effective for some serious conditions. Also recall how much razzing Pauling got for pushing VitC as a potential cancer therapy. Turns out...
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    Thanks! - Blish's Cities in Flight is a favorite. For those unfamiliar with it, it's essentially four novella length stories covering different eras/steps in the the evolution of independent city states in space. Here's the brief description of the first...
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    Re: 'US customs has been asking various people to unlock their computing devices for well over 10 years.' Believe this was a key reason for selling the cloud computing concept to orgs: You can access whatever confidential biz info you...
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    At some point researchers will also have to look at online accessibility rights, responsibilities and limitations. Personally see 'most secure' route as the scenario where there's one unique universal-access user ID per human vs. current situation where any person, corporate...
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    Re: '...ask potential employees for something that's both stupid and illegal to provide. Then reject those candidates on the basis that you don't want staff who will sign a contract then ignore it.' Catch-22 updated!...
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    Thanks - much appreciated!...
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    Non-techie here requesting plain-language explanation ... Read the Wikipedia entry re:PG and have a question: How can someone tell whether something is being tweeted/retweeted by a bot? Also: Thought that some of the more responsible media CEOs were putting their...
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    Re: 'Locally and in our respective political fora we should all be pushing hard for shifts to renewables - transport and electrical generation in particular.' Saw an announcement on TV that 2% of new US jobs last month/quarter (?) were...
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    Anything - adage included - that's been around long enough can probably find a spot in the 'philosophy' niche. Philosophy was a catch-all term and covered lots of subjects....
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    Re: ' ... the notion that knowledge could be systematized.' What evades me is how they attempted to 'systematize' if they didn't have or collect statistics. This also relates to (my understanding, not sure if it's fact) that some of...
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    Re: 'Speaking as someone who has been in one of the 'pull aside' rooms, it is a (sometimes literally) chilling experience.' Agree ... A cross-border mini-vacation: no traffic on the highway and had a clear view through the border crossing...
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    There's also Roger Bacon (13th century) - English Franciscan, philosopher, scientist and scholar famous for challenging blind acceptance of widely accepted writings including Aristotle's. (A few others from history of moral philosophy mostly.) Let's face it, quite a bit of...
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    Re: 'Catholic CHristianity' Meanwhile in India, Christianity got mixed with Judaism and Buddhism, with a dash of Hindu customs for good measure (i.e., sucking up to the higher caste) and some Indian Christian sects trace back to about 60 AD...
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    The US/Canada border cops have considerable on-the-spot authority. Not sure whether they do any official paperwork about who they turn back and why which means very low likelihood of any reliable analysis on how consistently and legally the regulations are...
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    Re: 'I do hope we haven't scared off Ambrose!' Agree ... hope that it's because she has a life offline and not because we're scary or boring....
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    Re: 'Jim Al-Khalili's three part BBC documentary 'Science and Islam'' BBC certainly produces excellent documentaries ... Thanks for recommending! The entire series is online ... look forward to watching it. BBC Science and Islam 1 - The Language of Science...
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    Was this dude accompanied by a rooster, cat, dog and donkey?...
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    Re: 'Trease and Evans' Pharmacognosy, 16th edition' Thanks, Charlie! Already looking for a deal on it ... Excerpt from book description below. Interesting stuff ... including who'd have thought that BrExit might affect access to this type of info.* 'New...
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    Re: numeracy and stats Sometimes think that stats is the poor-man's math, just like geology is to physics. Algebra and geometry were always bigger deals to my math teachers until my undergrad where in some subjects if you couldn't attach...
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    C'mon ... there must have been at least a few atheists through the ages ... or maybe a shy bookish monk who did double-duty as accountant and gardener at the local monastery....
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    Yes, probably a complex history therefore good story fodder. One example: Considering that betting on horses/camels has probably been around at least as long as medicine, the two (stats & med) must have intersected at least a few times. Then...
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    Re: "The Roman Empire and Indian Ocean: The Ancient world Economy & the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia & India" by Raoul McLaughlin" Thanks - will add to my reading list!...
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    Will have to read your books because I'm interested in medicine generally as well as its history. Have a few questions about middle ages medicine: How did surgery/medicine vary by region ... was Poland spared from one of the largest...
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    Good points ... This is made even more complicated by how many subtypes of the active compound exist, their relative proportions, etc. So, while I respect herbal medicine, I'm leery of self-medicating with it....
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    Herbal medicine has never gone away and is still in such widespread use that respected western-med national research bodies study them, e.g., German Commission E. Probably the best example of the relevance of studying traditional/herbal medicine is this 2015 Nobel...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Oil exploration/exploitation isn't required to provide any safety studies before they drill. Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/september/fracking-costs-benefits-091214.html Abstract Unconventional oil and natural gas extraction enabled by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is driving...
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    Re: 'Speaking of inefficiency, let's take or example the Neuhardengberg solar plant located near Berlin; 145 MW nominal capacity 245 hectares (0.95 square miles). First off, the nominal power sited of 145 mW is the "watt-peak", which is energy production...
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    Batteries ... People pay more attention to a technology when top science prize$ are awarded to that technology. And because this is essentially a Canadian gov't grant to promote university research and scholarship in this area, results are expected and...
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