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John Cuthber

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  1. They typically use CuCl. Almost certainly not an organic dye. The tubes are typically coated on the inside- much like an ordinary fluorescent tube. That's a rather aggressive environment. These are more likely. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphor#Standard_phosphor_types though just painting a clear lacquer onto a white tube would work, as long as it was heat resistant enough.
  2. The emission spectra are changed slightly by a magnetic field. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeeman_effect But the effect will be too small to see unless you have a tremendously strong magnetic field. The commonest use of copper chloride in this way is in fireworks. The colors of most modern fireworks involve a few metal chlorides, which fluoresce strongly in the visible wavelengths: Barium chloride produces green; strontium chloride produces red; and copper chloride produces blue. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i27/s-fireworks-produces-those-colorful.html But it's also used in lasers https://www.repairfaq.org/sam/laserccb.htm
  3. You don't seem to know what inbreeding is. That does not seem to be your only area of ignorance.
  4. They are the same as reindeer (note the spelling, btw). Caribou have been semi domesticated for a long time. Not sure there's much advantage over a horse.
  5. I love the advert for the stuff at the end of that page- particularly this bit "and it has a myriad of applications."
  6. I realise it's a year or so late but... That distinction is almost certainly meaningless. There isn't some magical cause and effect relation between an adverse event and depression. Some people become depressed after, for example, losing their job. But many don't. On the other hand, no matter what the chemistry in your brain might be doing, you will experience negative events in your life. So, if you are predisposed to depression, there will always be an event which might (on its own , or in combination with others) be the "causative event.". I think the reality is that the actual cause will be a combination of those two. But I have to say that it's only my opinion because I don't think it would be possible to find out. What test or experiment would you use to distinguish? How could you ensure that the chemical / neurological effect was there but no external cause ? How would you ensure that the external cause was there but without any chemical imbalance? At the risk of incurring Swansont's wrath by prolonging the inclusion of theism/atheism, that statement is factually incorrect. There are "plenty of" depressed atheists. (Obviously, there are far too many, but there are "plenty" to prove that Michael does not know what he is talking about) Sorry; I didn't think it should be allowed to stand uncorrected.
  7. To the enormous relief of everyone named "Faith", the same fate has befallen this
  8. I have seen an argument for a drop to 10,000 or so. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_bottleneck#Humans but even that is controversial. However, at some stage in history, there were zero humans, there are now many. This implies that at some time in between, there must have been exactly one human. And that "species" survived so the minimum viable population is 1 (together with a phenomenal amount of luck).
  9. "NASA has calculated that the dam only slows the rotation by 0.06 microseconds" Watch me not care. The effects of harvesting wind power will be comparably small.
  10. Well, while we are talking about anecdotes, perhaps this one answers the question of "why not take it?".
  11. Amen to that. It seems all the Abrahamic religions pray in Hebrew.
  12. If 100% of the people were vaccinated the virus would still cause some infections- no vaccine is perfect. And you could then publish scaremongering stats that say "everybody in hospital with covid was vaccinated". And you could even try to imply that the vaccine makes people more susceptible. Bu that would be a lie, wouldn't it? In Israel the vaccination level is pretty close to 100% so anyone with any sense would realise that many or most of the cases were going to be among people who were vaccinated (especially since the elderly tend to be more susceptible and more likely to be vaccinated. So that graph doesn't show any problem with the vaccine. It should be considered in context. The contexts is that the other trials of ivermectin did not show it to work. The trials (and lived experience of people protected by) the vaccine shows it to be quite effective. If you only have money for one, go for the vaccine. If that is not available, buy a mask; it's not very good, but it's better than horse wormer.
  13. Just a quick note for the selfish idiots out there who don't think we should pay to vaccinate people in other countries. Where do you think the new variants will come from?
  14. Everyone makes mistakes. You were honest enough to admit it. That makes you one of the good guys.
  15. And look at how much more effort has to go into looking after them. It's obviously possible to farm bullrushes. I'm less sure it's worthwhile.
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