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    Thought that some folks here might be interested: topical, hi-techie and free (webinar). https://afm.oxinst.com/outreach/applications-of-atomic-force-microscopy-in-virology-research...
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    Re: Rats - COVID-19 era Silly but serious question: Can rats eat cicadas? 2020 is the year that billions! and billions! of cicadas are expected to emerge. I remember the last time this happened - everywhere you looked/stepped was coated...
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    Re: '... bootstrap problem ... depression means there just isn't anywhere you have to go' I find that anything that can get me moving or laughing gets me over the inertia. Paul Simon's original cover is a favorite but the...
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    Re: ' ... since returning from his Covid absence.' Anyone know whether Boris got an MRI or CT scan as a follow-up post hospital discharge? Some very small brain lesions/micro-strokes show up only days after the event. Ditto for associated...
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    Re: Your 'Science - Translational Medicine Blog link' Just in case some folk don't like to click links, the gist of that article is below. The Control group did NOT receive any of DT's fave drug. And each group had...
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    Re: 'There are 2 major problems with that:' Out of curiosity, how does the complexity of steel-manufacturing using these methods compare with 'manufacturing' a smartphone or laptop? (In non-tech language please.) And what would be appropriate substitute materials for these...
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    Re: 'Their [NuCor] environmental record is no worse than the others and better than some.' What really got me was their lawsuit against the EPA. I can accept that screw-ups happen, get found out and orgs get fined for being...
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    Re: '... bacteria that eat sulphides ... a reminder that just because a process is "organic" it still isn't necessarily nice.' Interesting - I looked up 'bacteria that eat sulphides' and recognized 3 of the 4 listed as dangerous/toxic to...
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    Re: 'It's still possible for things to go wrong -' Understood. Personally know of one industrial accident that resulted in very serious personal injury (3rd degree burns to a large part of the body) to two long-time employees who had...
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    Re: 'NuCor showed up and kicked them in the teeth' Read the Wikipedia article and was thinking 'Hey! Nice job' until I got to their environmental record. Wonder which presidential candidate they're supporting this November. 'Environmental record In 2000, Nucor...
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    Re: '[1]Scrap steel is a witch's brew of contaminants and differing elements, it requires a lot of processing, testing and alloying to make anything better than jobbing rebar for concrete or basic hot-rolled bar.' Interesting - I was wondering why...
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    Re: ' ... eat yogurt or anything similar' My mother used to make 'butter milk' in the summer. An acquired taste but very satisfying and thirst quenching in the hot summer months. Her recipe: quart of whole milk, half cup...
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    Re: Home-made masks - pantyhose Just recalled seeing an article about how pantyhose worn over a home-made or store-purchased cloth face-mask could eliminate gaps for a better overall fit. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/22/840146830/adding-a-nylon-stocking-layer-could-boost-protection-from-cloth-masks-study-find...
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    Re: PPE -- ' ... the only real experimental test of the latter would be to make masks with either a wool pad in the middle or a series of silk ones' According to the gov't funded study a mix...
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    Hey! Randy's got a bit part/screen in this one - 'You Can't Stop the Beat' (Shampoo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEgIJLlBFUI 'Stars in the House' is the chat/interview/fundraiser show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN-z-jKMCK0...
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    Re: Randy Rainbow Agree - he's really good. About a Tony ... well, the Tony's eventually did create a special category for best 'revival' because it turned out that older shows (esp. musicals) could sell tickets. And - some opera...
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    COVID-19 Contact Tracing Interesting article about what contact tracing is and a bit about how a few states are approaching this. Also mentions a free 'contact tracing' online course. https://www.wired.com/story/i-enrolled-in-a-coronavirus-contact-tracing-academy/ 'Absent a national plan, epidemiologists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg...
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    Re: 'Scheiss Corona' Yep! And thanks! At some point I'll have to compile a multilingual playlist of musical/comedy/satire COVID-19 videos as a reminder of the emotional roller-coaster of this moment....
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    'Distraction' Randy Rainbow's got a new YT video out today sung to the tune of 'Tradition' (Fiddler on the Roof)....
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    Re: 'How would sleep apnea increase the risk of motor vehicle collisions?' Sorry - I missed this comment earlier. Anyways, it's mostly what Charlie and other commenters said. If you'd like more science-y/technical detail, see below. This article basically says...
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    Re: 'Can you dream without REM sleep? I mean VIVID, really weird dreams? Lots of them.' Yes - Non-REM (NREM) dreaming is a thing. Not common/typical but does happen. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-rapid_eye_movement_sleep...
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    COVID-19: Hyper-clotting risk (new test) Past the pre-print stage but might be edited further. Anyways, looks as though it's possible to quickly identify one group of at-most-risk patients and start appropriate therapy early enough to save lives. https://www.journalacs.org/article/S1072-7515(20)30400-2/pdf 'Fibrinolysis Shutdown...
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    Re: Bernie's amendment I just looked this up and according to what I found, it appears that this amendment was filed a few times but failed to clear the Senate even when the Senate was controlled by Democrats. One of...
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    Re: '... the U.S. government's control mechanisms, part of the concept of separation of powers, ...' Appreciate the info ... however ... present day reality (how stuff is actually working in the US gov't) doesn't show this to be true...
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    Re: ' ... both are pretty straightforward, but also are basically warnings of what not to do rather than recommendations of how best to implement distance learning.' Interesting articles - thanks! Guess the school board is relying on their teachers'...
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    Re: Ontario - post-secondary teaching during COVID-19 Both surprised and unsurprised. Surprised because kids have been using laptops for decades now. Unsurprised because there's usually a lot of inertia when dealing with any large 'professional' body that for some reason...
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    COVID-19 'test' - dogs If this works - fantastic! https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52686660 'A UK trial to see whether specialist medical sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus in humans is set to begin. The dogs are already trained to detect odours of certain cancers,...
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    Re: 'Our Commander in Chief is ... ' Other differences between the US and the 'British Crown Colonies' govts that immediately pop to mind: Number of real Parties: US - 2-party system is historical and entrenched with very rare 'independents'...
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    Re: NAC - '(It's already part of my daily ... brew, whew. Dodging SARS-CoV-2 is annoying.)' There's also a potentially bad side to NAC that showed up in rat research -- similar to over-doing VitA. https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2019/10/04/n-acetyl-cysteine-a-warning-shot Although I've used supplements...
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    Re: ' ... almost as if the Ontario Conservatives want to see public education fail…' OOC, is there any coordination between teachers in various provinces in terms of figuring out what works and what doesn't for distance/on-line education? Ditto for...
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