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  1. These are all the exact same thing. Read up on the Principle of Equivalence.
  2. How can a dolphin have legs in addition to flippers? I thought a dolphin's flippers were actually modified legs, which is another thing that makes ceteceans different from fish (who have a bona fide tail).
  3. Does it happen regardless of temperature? i.e. does warm water do the same thing? I know that cold liquids on an empty stomach will give me a very painful stomach ache.
  4. Stats don't "prove" anything. "There are three types of lies - lies, damn lies, and statistics." - Mark Twain
  5. To do what? Buy the stuff back? Or report it? I believe you shoukld be able to get the pawn shop owners to reveal who sold it to them if you can make a case that their merch was stolen.
  6. Why don't we give him a chance before shooting him down? Hades, can you expound upon your claim?
  7. A sweet smell on the breath can be an indication of Diabetes. Next time you're at your doctor's, ask him to test you. Have you experienced some of these following symptoms lately? Frequent urination Excessive thirst Extreme hunger Unusual weight loss Increased fatigue Irritability Blurry vision
  8. What, for like forging autographs? One thing that dissolves perm marker: try rubbing alcohol.
  9. The revulsion is rooted in the Frankenstein Complex. Less human = less soul, less compassion. The acceptance of artifical enhancment will not come as a discontinuity, it will come gradually, as each incremental advancement is accepted by society. An excellent analogy would be to medico-technical enhancement of fertility, and pregnancy.
  10. I heard that the furry psychology has to do with the supposition that cartoon characters, especially animal-like characters cannot be hurt by normal means, and that they and act freely on their desires with little real consequence. Being a furry (and donning a costume) is a way a socially-repressed person can go out into the world (including, and often especially, sexually) protected. They can act out, and be acted upon, without getting hurt and without hurting others.
  11. Black holes are composed of matter that has collapsed from its own gravity. There is no (significant) outward force. In the BB, it was too hot for matter to even exist (matter did not "freeze out" until long after the BB). No matter, thus no (significant) collapsing force. Moreover, what there was, was a lot of energy, creating a strong expansive force.
  12. DaveC426913


    Yes. Exactly. I've always thought it amusing when you see people in movies drifting into freefall, like they're suddenly floating. Um, no. They're suddenly falling. If you have ever flown in a passenger jet as it reaches cruising altitude, you know what it feels like (in a very small way) to have the plane drop out from underneath you. It is a ... disturbing feeling. Now imagine of the plane dropped right out from under you - and continued to drop such that, as you began to fall, it fell away just as fast. I was vindicated recently with the most recent space tourist who went up to the ISS. She was sick for the whole first day from the feeling.
  13. I think crackpottery stems specifically from the misconception that science is simple enough to "do" without years of science education. With just a grade school or high school education, it is possible to fabricate whole universes of "logical" physical and not-so-physical ideas. This leads to an internally-consistent system - one that actually makes sense. As long as you don't actually compare it to reality. These ideas can thrive and flourish thrive as long as they are not burdened with the drag of actually testing them to see if they agree with reality.
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