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Jerome_from_UtahOct. 20, 2014 - 06:42AM JST
Here in Utah, they are trying to "guilt trip" us into buying blocks of "green" power at premium prices. I see they have taken the logical "next step" in Japan. Now that we are going into Winter, daylight is going to be short and the days will be cool, meaning very little air conditioning. Meanwhile, after sunset, people will need power for lights, heaters, and electronic stuff. That power has to come from somewhere and it won't be the sun which is setting west of China. I do not envy the power grid engineers job which has to be quite the balancing act. Meanwhile, with all those volcanoes, has anyone tried tapping thermal power from the earth? It's currently working in Iceland, California, and Nevada.
Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 14, 2014 - 11:53AM JST
Problem is that its not just smoking. We have Radon hot spots all over the USA and the problem got worse after 1973 when the energy crises encouraged people to seal up their homes. This radioactive noble gas is #2 after smoking for causing lung cancer. The cancer caused by asbestos is different; but it also has a long latency period and is occupation specific, such as working in a brake shop.
Posted in: Scientists find lung cancer can lie hidden for 20 years
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 02, 2014 - 11:15AM JST
A couple of years ago, I saw a Korean science fiction video that started with the proposition that the assassination had been prevented. It then leaps into a future 1990s in which Korea is still part of Japan and Japan had not gotten involved in the Second World War. The Koreans, of course, were still trying to separate themselves from Japan. In this story, that doesn't happen. Wish I knew the title of this alternative history.
Posted in: Japan protests over banner of Korean assassin at Asian Games
Jerome_from_UtahOct. 02, 2014 - 10:52AM JST
After I read the previous story, I checked the Quake sheet in the DrudgeReport. No quakes on the main island, even in the low 1-2.5 magnitude range. Just checked again and nothing on the main island for the past 7 days. Tessa, thank you for the research. I learned something.
Posted in: A volcano turns deadly
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 29, 2014 - 05:44AM JST
This one showed me a new fact about volcanoes. There were NO seismic events shown on the USGS Quake sheet, before or after the event. So, this one managed to blow its top with no warning. Compare to Iceland where their volcano has dozens of shocks each week. See the drudgereport for access.
Posted in: Volcano erupts in central Japan; 7 unconscious, 250 stranded
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 28, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
When and if it is "my time", I will remember to take extra Vitamin D because it helps the healing process. I wonder if those researchers can go back and compare Vitamin D levels between those patients?
Posted in: Clues to how people bounce back from surgery
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 26, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Does it release nitrogen or a nitrogen compound? How would one detect a minute change in nitrogen gas when the inhaled and exhaled breath normally contains 78 percent nitrogen with most of the remainder being oxygen and argon being inhaled and the same argon and four percent carbon dioxide exhaled?
If TB claimed 1.3 million lives, how does that compare to malaria which I thought was Number One, especially for young children?
Posted in: Boost in quest for TB breath test
Jerome_from_UtahSep. 10, 2014 - 12:09PM JST
Question: Do these same crew members have a higher incidence of cataracts? That disease is also related to excessive light (especially UV) exposure. So, if the answer is "Yes", then they are on to something. On the other hand, if that isn't happening, then maybe it's time to revisit the ionizing radiation. Also, does it vary between airlines? There are differences between crew uniforms. How much UV gets through those windows? They have to be thick enough to keep the air pressure from blowing them out. The force on the windows is between 400 and 800 pounds and the front windscreens are even stronger due to the bird strike threat.
Posted in: Pilots, cabin crew twice as likely to get skin cancer, study says
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 31, 2014 - 01:13AM JST
One of the Sacramento radio stations ran a preparedness ditty after the World Series Quake:
MILK, BREAD, TOILET PAPER...the three things Americans want when the stores close.
Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 25, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
The key here is predictability. Yesterday's earthquake south of Napa, CA (USA) came with ten seconds warning and the same source said the people in LA the the SF Bay Area could expect 30 to 60 seconds warning or enough time to park the elevators and open the doors. Next up in the scale are tornadoes with warning times ranging from hours down to minutes. Then, there are hurricanes and typhoons that can be predicted and tracked for days. Volcanoes are the most predictable with warnings ranging from years for likely events down to days prior to the actual eruption with Iceland being the most recent example. That being the case, Kyushu Electric seems to be on sound ground with their Sendai facility. On the other hand, if a tsunami is the possible threat, prudence would suggest building a sea wall around the plant that can hold back the worst case which could be a 40 meter wave coming from both directions as it did at Fukushima. Yes, it might be cheaper to move the reactor in some cases.
Posted in: NRA to study ways to deal with volcanic eruptions near nuclear reactors
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 18, 2014 - 02:44PM JST
SWAT teams started in the Los Angeles area after regular police found themselves out gunned by criminals. It didn't take long for the Number One target to be people engaged in the drug trade. Thanks to the War On Drugs, lots of police departments, Sheriff's Offices, and others want the firepower. This is the Demand-Pull side of the equation. That Pentagon 1033 Program simply provides the Supply Push side. This is from Econ 101.
To quiet the "Battle Rattle", both side of the equation need to be addressed.
Posted in: Stop Pentagon program that militarizes U.S. police forces
Jerome_from_UtahAug. 13, 2014 - 08:53AM JST
Have they tested this magic against VHF tracking systems? The answer may calm corporate euphoria about this system.
Posted in: Japan to test first stealth fighter jet
Jerome_from_UtahJul. 18, 2014 - 11:02AM JST
When one of my coworker's cube got plastered with those pastel cuties, I got curious about market penetration. They're all over the place! Hope they stay friendly. ;-]
Posted in: Hello Kitty designer defends cute character as cat turns 40
Jerome_from_UtahJul. 14, 2014 - 12:42AM JST
I've had a couple of Sprint products in the past, but things changed and both got dropped. At one time, Sprint was the out front leader in fiber optics, not so much now; looks like SoftBank owns that position in Japan. T-Mobile keeps on improving their service with the latest being a world wide flat rate for Instant Messaging. Hopefully, SB will keep the T-Mobile management team on board. I will mention this story later this week at our local city's meeting about a local fiber-optic provider named UPTOPIA because of the additional competition aspect. Thanks for your just in time article.
Posted in: SoftBank reported in deal to merge Sprint, T-Mobile
Jerome_from_UtahJul. 07, 2014 - 02:20PM JST
Next bold step is to adapt this technology to "zero" G; as in a space ship or satellite. Also, home grow racks could be adapted to use both natural daylight and the LED illumination. I wonder what this kit would sell for at my local garden store or "big box"? The real beauty is the infinite scalability of the process.
Posted in: World's largest all-LED vegetable plant starts operations
Jerome_from_UtahJul. 05, 2014 - 10:14AM JST
Heat of water formation is 54,000 Calories per Mole. That translates to real money in the form of a power source. It's the same question that applies to electric cars. As the fellow in the Fargo movie put it: Show me the money.
Posted in: Japan announces roadmap for hydrogen introduction
Jerome_from_UtahJun. 09, 2014 - 04:28AM JST
Volcano eruptions are easier to predict than earthquakes. People had cameras positioned to record the eruptions of St. Helens, Pinatubo, and several others with some spectacular recorded events. On the other hand, earthquakes are proving to be really hard to predict, especially in time and a lot of them happen far from known fault lines. So, if you are in Japan, Alaska, or the US West Coast, prepare (build) for a 7.5 magnitude quake that will happen sometime in the next 100 years which could be tomorrow. This is where TEPCO failed in not having a sea wall around the plant which is located close to the coast. Question: Are there similar at risk facilities?
Jerome_from_UtahJun. 02, 2014 - 02:38PM JST
I remember getting shots every six months back in Vietnam. Two of them were for cholera and typhoid. What happened to that vaccine?
Posted in: Cholera vaccine is 86% effective
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 25, 2014 - 08:48AM JST
Something tells me they didn't check out TB. Tuberculosis spores from Egyptian tombs have caused unwary archeologists to get very sick. Talk about a "blast from the past"; this may be the one. If it presents as a skin infection, the name is Scrofula which used to be common in the Middle Ages and rather gross.
Posted in: Bacteria can linger on planes for a week: study
Jerome_from_UtahMay. 18, 2014 - 03:11PM JST
Cricky, sometimes comics get the word past the news minders. That was certainly the case with Stars and Stripes back during the Vietnam War. So, if something is being hushed up, Manga may just uncover it and maybe add some ideas nobody else realized.
Posted in: Nosebleeds, food, and fear: How a manga became center of a debate on Fukushima
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
If Japan is ditched from TPP table, the benefiter could be Japan’s nemesis, that would be…
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:30AM JST
Put it on ebay and sell it
Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park
EthanWilberOct. 22, 2014 - 10:11AM JST
In the case of TPP, Japan does not have luxurious…
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
Facebook doesn't allow porn on their site, so I can't see how they can ask for…
Posted in: Court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses
Oct. 22, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
It's as if they're stuck in the 19th century!
Posted in: New team members