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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.
  14. I have always been taught that you want to avoid inhaling or ingesting the powder. I doubt the vapor is of much concern.
  15. I think the more relevant factor is sexual rejection and feelings of betrayal.
  16. Yeah. A few years back. Like dinosaurs are a few years back.
  17. Ah OK, I guess I am a philistine. I recognize Seurat's painting - and specifically the girl in white - from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'. Despite being very short it was actually a rather poignant scene. And on my description of that scene alone, I inadvertantly convinced my mother to see the film.
  18. Actually, before I had any idea what they meant, I assumed they were some sort of "progress bar" - the length denoting something, for example, number of posts or somesuch.
  19. No, not last call... I mean, what's with the coloured bars under users' sig lines? And how can I get one? It must be the longest. And the prettiest.
  20. That because you make the huge and mostly incorrect assumption that the drivers for evolution are fixed. If their environment and other factors did not change, you would be correct, organisms would reach a peak evolved state and evolve little more. In fact, this does happen on small scales and over certain time periods (Well, OK bacteria have done pretty good at large scale long-term stability**.) The lion's share of ecosystems have countless factors that change all the time (which is why it is literally impossible with current computing power to simulate it except in the most sketchy way.) **OK. And sharks. And Algae. Ferns. Coelocanths. Cockroaches. (All right, but other than that - what have the Romans done for us?)
  21. Is there any other kind of faith? Seriously. Isn't faith, by definition, blind? The corollary bring, if you can see it, you no longer need to have faith in it.
  22. On a more pedantic level, would it not also reuslt in an imbalance of pressure? At some point, won't the demon be having to hold back a whole pile of molecules all trying to push in one direction?
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