Tech Tuesday 3/5/19 – ‘I Have a Cold, And It Sucks’ Edition

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Oscar Gordon

A Navy Turbine Tech who learned to spin wrenches on old cars, Oscar has since been trained as an Engineer & Software Developer & now writes tools for other engineers. When not in his shop or at work, he can be found spending time with his family, gardening, hiking, kayaking, gaming, or whatever strikes his fancy & fits in the budget.

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  1. Avatar Pinky
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    Real, addictive, behind-the-counter Sudafed, or the peasant magic that they put on the shelves?

    TT06 – Sociologists and behaviourists are going to be lined up around the block to put those kids into separate rooms and test them.

    There’s also the phenomenon of mirror twins. If the fertilized egg splits immediately, you get identical twins. If it splits a few days later, you get mirror twins. If it splits later than that, you end up with conjoined twins.

    And there’s a tribe in Nigeria with the highest rate of twins. People claim that it’s due to their diet (heavy in yams).Report

  2. Avatar Maribou
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    Intermediate twins! I remember reading about this as a possibility in genetics class 20 years ago, very cool that they id’d them in the womb.Report

  3. Avatar Dark Matter
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    TT10 – OK, yes, curing the mosquito of Malaria is probably better than trying to wipe the little bastards out, but I really want to just wipe the little bastards out.

    I don’t want to reduce the transmission rate from something appalling to something still appalling. I want to end Malaria. Eliminating the malaria mosquito ends vast amounts of human suffering and economic damage.

    We’re going to wipe the little bastards out. Probably within 10 years. That’s 5 years to test our fancy new extermination technology and 5 more to spread it.

    (The theory) https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/277651-new-gene-drive-can-wipe-out-disease-carrying-mosquitoes

    (The reality) https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/02/20/693735499/scientists-release-controversial-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-in-high-securitReport

    • Avatar Pinky in reply to Dark Matter
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      There are two critics quoted in this story. As near as I can tell, one has a degree in city planning, and the other is an architect and poet. I have nothing against laymen speaking out on issues, but couldn’t the author have found, say, a geneticist and a poet? or at least have pointed out the disparity in the qualifications of the two sides?Report

  4. Avatar Michael Cain
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    TT05: I admit that of late I’ve been thinking about a version of something like this, only jet powered and equipped with a vision system that can recognize jet engine intakes on airliners. And a dozen or two of them launched across the US at the same time some Monday morning…Report

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