Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Iron in a vegetarian diet. I have been involved in many evaluations of methods for plasma ferritin assay over a couple of decades. I often used blood taken from volunteer colleagues in the lab for comparison purposes. Those who were,...
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    I’m sure a male to female transition would be more traumatic but the güevedoces “penis at 12” children in the Dominican Republic seem to have few problems. They don’t have 5-alpha recductase which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). So their...
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    While lead from petrol is the major pollution source quoted there are other considerations. Lead piping in the UK was a major source of increased blood lead, particularly in the north where the water is generally softer. But maybe another...
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    Cyclists and car doors. Since the beginning of this year UK drivers are advised in the Highway Code to use the Dutch method of opening car doors. You should use the opposite hand to the open car doors. This forces...
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    I changed my mind about the desirability of a republic when, as someone else already wrote I realised that Margaret Thatcher would probably have been elected president. Bur if we do have a republic I don’t want a president. We...
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    There’s a reasonable chance that the airbase is now an industrial estate....
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    If your father’s airbase was in East Anglia take the time to visit Norwich, Britain’s most complete medieval city....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Whether he existed or not I think the last word on Jesus should go to Woody Guthrie from the last verse of his song “Jesus Christ” This song was written in New York City Of rich men, preachers and slaves...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Muslims consider that the soul enters the foetus on the 120th day after conception. - 17 weeks. This gives a very short window for first trimester screening for abnormalities before abortion is not allowed. Abortions may be carried out after...
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    Sorry. I wrote the answer, logged back in, checked to click reply to the answer about short tons then replied to you by mistake....
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    A short ton is the name used in the UK and elsewhere for the US ton (2,000 lb). An Imperial ton is 2,240 lb and is very close to the 1,000 kg metric tonne. An Imperial ton is about 1,016...
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    Heating bills in the UK. I have oil central heating - the forward looking inhabitants of my town in the 1970s voted not to have natural gas. Oil delivery November GBP 513.11 Oil delivery January GBP 671.75 Oil delivery this...
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    The Lensman short stories predate the two short stories which became Seetee Ship by a few years....
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    The foxes were wary of humans. This was 1980s Leeds not 21st century London. Nobody fed them. We only saw them when we came back home in darkness and they were usually on the lawn, or occasionally we could see...
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    I’m sure litter tray use is ore than just a habituated location. I once found cat paw prints on the tray of my barbecue. In the now cooled disturbed coals there was a tiny, burnt sausage-like object. There was plenty...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I don’t claim to be an expert on this. I looked up the report after a comment by an ex-naval intelligence officer who had covered the sinking in a training exercise. Later comments including one in The Guardian suggested that...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    You keep coming up for excuses to cover the incompetence of the Russian navy. It looks to me like a rerun of the sinking of HMS Sheffield. Incompetence, complacency and poor decisions by the crew. A highly competent attacker took...
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    I can get the metric equivalent of 27 x 1. 1/4 tyres from my local bike shop. They fit perfectly on my 1960’s Carlton frame. What I found difficult to replace was the seat pillar which collapsed, probably from metal...
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    When I was about 15 a group of my friends played monopoly for real money. We used a penny - old penny per hundred pounds. Rent was the full value of the property. No houses or hotels. Everyone started with...
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    Lithium in the doses used for treatment of bipolar disorder can cause hypothyroidism and goitre. Patients on lithium treatment should have regular TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) measurements....
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    One would have been called Dave and the second Dee...
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    I seem to be immune to naming inanimate objects. None of the cars or motorcycles I have owned were named. When we installed an automated track at work with six online and one offline analysers my staff asked what they...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    I’ve had lots of unpleasant solutions in my mouth from pipetting in 1960’s medical labs. Zinc uranyl acetate (diluent for blood glucose), 1 molar HCl, lithium nitrate (the most unpleasant taste. I thought my teeth were falling out.) amongst others....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Greg. Have you checked recently. In Norfolk you can take car tyres to designated recycling centres. Costs £4 each with a maximum of 5 tyres per family per month,,The hardest thing to dispose of is unused paint which is only...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    Picnic acid was once the standard reagent for measuring serum/plasma and urine creatinine. This is one of the most common analytes in clinical biochemistry labs. When I retired from my lab we were doing about 1,800 tests per day. The...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    If you had this piece of magical runway technology it would be more useful to run it in the opposite direction so the aircraft could just put on its brakes and take of using much less power to accelerate. However...
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    The world leader in phage therapy is Georgia - the country not the US state. The fall of the Soviet Union caused problems when the loss of power to fridges and freezers made then lose a lot of their cultures...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Greg Almost every day a tanker from RAF Akotiri flies to the Ukraine/Romania border sometimes Flightradar24 24 shows it accompanied by two Typhoons which disappear they cross the European mainland coast, presumably when they turn off their transponders. Today the...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    With an E-bike its easy. Mine has lights fitted which work from the main battery. Even if the battery will no longer power the bike the lights are still powered for two hours.I also carry a head torch which can...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I should have made it clear the my broken foot was 25 or so years before the biomechanics visit....
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