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  1. You really need to report it to a supervisor. Your lab or facility should have some kind of procedures in place.


    Without knowing the different variables there is no way to determine your risk.



    Pathogenicity: Hazards depend on multiple factors: whether the vector is capable of infecting human cells, whether the vector is replication competent, how many viral genes are contained in the vector, and the specific transgenes present in the vector. On an emergent basis, the PI should be the best source of information regarding potential health hazards.

    Modes of Transmission: Virus may be transmitted in the following ways: 1) a skin puncture or injection, 2) ingestion, 3) contact with mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth), 4) contact with non-intact skin, and 5) low risk exposures include bites from an animal inoculated with lentivirus, percutaneous contact with body fluids from an animal inoculated with lentivirus and aerosols.

    Incubation Period: Variable, may be months to years

    Communicability: Replication incompetent vectors: Not communicable.

  2. Cancer is more the end result of a number of mutations occurring within your own cells.


    To some degree each cancer type and even individual cells are different. If even one is missed or has evolved some means of evading the cancer can start up again.


    We've only just started finding focused techniques to attack cancer. Previously it was all broad methods that killed as many good cells as bad, and were not 100% effective at removing all traces of the malfunctioning cells.


    HIV/AIDS is somewhat similar, though in this case a virus is hijacking one of our own immune responses to spread.


    Anything that can react via evolution is going to be a long uphill battle for human medicine techniques.

  3. Yeah, a new resource management game could be good. Otherwise adapting an existing concept to fit could also work well.



    3rd World Farmer and Sim Farm is a good example of this. Both games are farming simulations but with very different focuses. A number of casual games out there that could serve well as raw material.



    Best suggestion I have is to identify one specific issue that your group feels strongly about and proceed from there. Something motivating, "Save the Reefs!", "Stop the Polluters!", can serve as your rallying point. Then you can determine the game concept, necessary code and images.

  4. It reminds of a neural net re-weighting itself.


    The day's events strengthening some nodes while the random firings cause a more generalized weakening.



    I do wonder if modern tech would allow us to mess with it while a dream is ongoing. I'd like to try artificial muscle stimulation. Proprioception might provide a back door in.

  5. It has rattled around in my mind at least, probably others.


    The Universe appearing as a point at a higher level.


    Main issue is how you could ever prove or disprove such a state.


    Big assumption but if physics work the same then the Universe would have to deal with the addition of matter and eventual decay. This could be considered evidence against the theory.

  6. I will need 10 million dollars to properly evaluate all factors, including building a vacuum chamber in which to test.


    And a new truck to haul the test materials.

    The vacuum chamber will be mounted on a 26' pontoon boat for safety reasons.


    On second thought, I'll just test on the boat. Scrap the vacuum chamber.



    10 Million?


    That would be barely enough to cover my labor costs.


    What I propose is building a full size replica of the Great Pyramid with, naturally, a solid gold capstone. For total accuracy and not because I plan on using it as a personal tomb/house later we should do the interior as it would have looked originally.


    In consideration of the above expenses I will generously forgo any personal wages and instead take ownership of the structure(and everything therein) after testing is complete.


    I trust that this modest proposal will meet with the grant committee's approval.

  7. I remember reading at one point that, "A Crank is defined as a man who cannot be turned."


    If someone is willing to consider changing their views, there is hope, otherwise there is no point in discussion.


    Depending on my mood sometimes I'll keep trying to get through. Other times I just sit back and enjoy the show as their horribly mistaken theory is demolished.


    I kind of miss my game forums where I could prove people wrong via demonstration. Nothing like screwing with the calculated average wage of the country to drive a point home.

  8. Your brain senses movement via a feedback system(proprioception).


    ie. Move hand 5 inches - Hand has moved 5 inches.


    Your muscles, however, are(mostly) immobilized during REM sleep. So your brain is sending out movement commands and ends up not getting any return signals.


    It is something of a bug in the system. Common though since we are all human.

  9. Consider a cube. Take a cross section of that cube and you have a square. Our 3D Universe is comparable that square.


    What we term the Present is just one slice of Reality.



    As for Relativity, you should really check out Muon formation in the upper atmosphere. More reach the ground than their decay rate should allow due to their time(relative to our own) being slowed down.



    My own opinion is that it isn't possible to time travel for reasons relating to our own continued existence.


    As for parallel Universes, it is more likely that our Universe's resets account for those. Different iterations of the "same" Universe, rather than some kind of multiverse construct.

  10. They are fairly direct descendents of the Mastaba. More than likely if they did provide the services suggested they'd be used as granaries and not tombs.


    That particular theory has been debunked a number of times.


    About the only theory I've ever heard half-way reasonable is that they served as part of an aqueduct system. Using fire to draw a vacuum in-order to lift water.



    Just to put it out there, the Disc World series is awesome. Possibly it even contains the explanation why the Pyramid effect no longer works. Improbable but possible.

  11. The last two are true, water intoxication and disembowelment.



    Couldn't find anything definitive on the window shatter. There's been issues with thermal differences and more obvious cases in hurricanes/tornadoes, but I couldn't find any having to do with an office building death.

  12. Interesting sci-fi application, but probably not practical in reality. What would be the pumping speed of a micro-black hole? It would depend on the surface area, which would be small.


    Another issue would be how the evaporation would affect the charge. I suspect it would not remain charged for long. Or if the evaporation rate was smaller than the growth rate from the background gas.



    Yeah, would basically be a race against time. Either the black hole evaporates or you run out of enough external pressure to keep going.


    I'll probably try and work through the math in a separate thread.


    Considering the energies involved more likely something for our descendents work out.

  13. I've just upset myself and started crying, never done it before, I suppose it's because I feel people are listening to my side of the story for a change? I did think about deleting the last bit but why should I be embarrassed, it may help someone else.



    That is the right attitude to take.


    I think it is safe to tell you now, that you were denying your emotions earlier. I do apologize for the blunt questions, I just don't know any better way to break people out of that stasis.


    You are going to be more emotional for awhile, you are past the main roadblock though.


    Congrats on selling the house, just try and connect with people wherever you end up going. :)

  14. If the Pastafarian religion considers bathing to be a religious experience, does that mean you are going to stop bathing?


    No, because it'd be silly. Bathing gives you some benefit. It doesn't matter if someone else thinks it is religious or not.


    Exact same scenario for meditation.




    A nationwide survey of the religious beliefs and practices of American physicians has found that the least religious of all medical specialties is psychiatry. Among psychiatrists who have a religion, more than twice as many are Jewish and far fewer are Protestant or Catholic, the two most common religions among physicians overall.





    They likely know of the significance of meditation to a number of religions(not all Eastern). That doesn't mean they personally believe in it.

  15. Good job on opening up. It is perfectly natural to feel angry and not want to talk about the situation.



    Denying the past won’t serve to change it, you need to mourn what you’ve lost and talking most definitely helps however counterintuitive that may seem. Accepting, is also part of the grieving process; the money invested is truly insignificant when compared to the emotional investment. Good luck finding your answers.


    This says it pretty well.



    Besides needing to grieve the other issue is you have lost your primary social group.


    Your subconscious mind has been trying to tell you this. With acknowledgement, you can apply your rational mind to finding a solution.


    As long as your subconscious knows you are working on the problem it'll start letting you rest easier and you'll stop feeling as depressed.


    Work can serve temporarily. Long term you need something outside of that. Just about anything can work; forums, clubs, religious groups, leagues, even just drinking buddies at the pub. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with.

  16. Thank you, I will keep reading and absorb it. Probably not able to go in to the fine detail but end of marriage was the start of the problem. It was very sudden and final after 14 years of happiness. I have accepted that I can doing nothing about it and therefore try not to dwell on it or discuss it. I try very hard to be positive and go forward.



    Could that be the issue?


    You need to let what you are feeling show and find someone to talk with.


    Just to give you a sense of your writing; we have no idea if you are male, female, a divorcee or a widower. I don't like giving out personal details online either, but you can still share while maintaining relative anonymity.

  17. Kind of...


    Turbine in standard Earth Atmosphere. Black hole enclosed on every other side behind it.


    The majority of the energy generated would come from Atmospheric Pressure.



    I'll have to look up the numbers for Hawking radiation. Makes sense there would be a cost involved though.


    ...and yes, this would be crazy dangerous.

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