Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    In the UK Sycamore is Acer pseodoplatanus. It has a distinctive “key” with two wings at an acute angle But it’s often confused with the Field maple or Norway maple which are equally prolific as weeds....
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    Sycamores are like weeds. If you’ve got one there will be other seedlings in your garden somewhere which will be smaller and easier to transplant. I have to remove lots every year. Sycamore keys get everywhere....
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    At 62 metres elevation if the Antarctic ice cap melted completely my house would be on the shore of a small island. I can live with that. Flood risk was one of the criteria for our choice of house. However...
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    In Norwich and my part of Norfolk cycle lanes have been improved a lot in the last few years. On the main road leading from the University to the city centre cycle lanes have been removed from the road and...
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    I have been reluctant to fit solar panels because my roof faces due east and west. However like many other houses in Norfolk the roof is asymmetrical and the west facing roof is three times the area of the East...
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    Plastics can be made from many feedstocks including vegetable. After all coal and oil were once vegetable. Sugar has been used successfully. When Iwas doing a chemistry degree in the early 1970 we were often asked to work u a...
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    There are other potential energy electrical storage systems if water for pumped storage is in short supply. The Swiss Energy Vault system uses concrete blocks stacked in a tower around a central crane. The tower is built using of peak...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    About cycling at night. I’ve never found a difference between any type of street light. I can see colours - although often distorted in all of them. The single worst exception is the ludicrously bright light at the end of...
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    The solution to this reluctance to switch off street lights is to have sensors. I don’t know why this isn’t done more. On my first visit to Prague in the 1990s the street lights in Prague 2 had sensors to...
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    I think that was testicular feminisation. XY but resistance to the androgenic effect of testosterone....
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    Yes silly mistakes. I’ve had a long day and it must be affecting my brain. But as I wrote there are XX males with Y chromosome genes on the X chromosome. But they’re usually sterile....
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    The bigots who are convinced that all XX people are men and all XY people are female don’t react well to learning about XX males. In these cases one of the X chromosomes contains part of a Y chromosome. Or...
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    Greg Did you report them to Quora. I’m a contributor to the Real Q Mods Quora space. Not an official group but it gets a lot of users banned. I report hate speech almost every day. There are also other...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Growth hormone is species specific. Non primate growth hormone is about 3,000 times less likely to bind to human GH receptors. Also GH has almost no effect orally. There are secreteagogues which can increase GH after oral administration but these...
  • Commented on I can't even
    I’ve been using a HUD satnav for years. Navmii. It’s nighttime only unless you buy a Hudway glass and works by mirroring the screen. You then place it just below the windscreen and the reflection acts as the HUD. It...
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    Greg The main reason sulphonamides went out of use is widespread resistance. If they work well now it because there is no selection pressure for sulphonamide resistant bugs if it’s not used often....
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    I don’t know if the signs in the USA are the same as Canada but I did this going to Toronto Airport. Without a satnav. I mistakenly assumed the signs would be like UK motorways where the signs on the...
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    BCG vaccine is not unreliable. It’s not 100% but it’s easy to test for the antibodies. I was part of the generation who were all vaccinated at school. Everyone was also tested later with the Heaf test in the forearm....
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    Do you think I’m lying? I bought a Fabia 15 years ago. The windows open and close when there’s no key in the ignition. The key fob opens and closes the windows when there’s no key in the ignition. The...
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    I never leave a passenger in the car without a key. The alarm would go off. There is a dog button which switches off the internal motion sensor but it’s not always obvious that it’s l working. And like many...
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    I’ve no idea how it works with keycards but my last two cars had remote window operation from the key fob. Just hold down the unlock or lock on the key fob. Mos T people just don’t know this. In...
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    He also said “ and of operating the various controls it has which depend on some form of visual feedback to confirm that you have made it do what you were trying to, “ None of which apply. I use...
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    Your immune system evolved to cope with multiple antigens. Combination vaccines are as effective as individual doses but there are some combinations which can cause problems....
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    “I see no reason why hands-off phones should be significantly less distracting than hands-on ones. There's still the distraction of talking on the thing, and of operating the various controls it has which depend on some form of visual feedback...
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    What’s not the same in EVs and hybrids is service. The last two EVs I looked at had two year service intervals. And many fewer parts to service. And I considered buying a hybrid 6 years ago but decided the...
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    I agree with everything you say but unless the Conservative Party changes it’s election process or fiddles it like they did with Theresa May’s election we will be doomed to another month with no government at a time of crisis...
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    ? The phone managed to change should not into feel my!...
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    You misunderstood my point. You feel my have to fiddle with a smartphone while driving. Voice commands make it easy. I have the app but it can’t be used with voice commands. There were also moans that you can see...
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    I use two satnav apps regularly. Google maps has the ability to download maps to use offline. This was very useful in rural New Zealand. Navmii does not need an internet connection. All the maps are offline although internet helps...
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    I live in rural Norfolk. I jnave an iPhone. I ust said “Hey Siri find the nearest electric car charging point. “ The reply was “The nearest is engenie in Dereham”. There was a list of four within ten miles....
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