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Today I Learned #2: Gone for a Wiki Walk

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aimeeandbeatles, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. elmurcis

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    TIL one of my vague acquaintancies apparently is qanon nut...Didn't even know they exist outside the US until recently.
     
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    https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org...ly-life-and-practice/is-this-the-face-of-god/

    No graven images and idols... but old habits die hard... The face of "God"? Thats either a hat or God has a flat top.

    Anyone familiar with the Sumerian culture knows they left us many depictions of their 'gods', occasionally standing upright staring off above the horizon with large wide open eyes properly befitting the title of 'watchers'.
     
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    From a slashdot thread about a recent paper: The immunogenetics of sexual parasitism.
    There are few animals more bizarre than the anglerfish, a species that has so much trouble finding
    a mate that when the male and female do connect underwater, males actually fuse their tissue with
    the females for life. After the merger, the two share a single respiratory and digestive system.
    Now scientists have discovered that the anglerfish accomplishes this sexual parasitism because it
    has lost a key part of its immune system, which then allows two bodies to become one without tissue
    rejection.

    All vertebrates, including humans, have two kinds of immune systems. The first is the innate system,
    which responds quickly to attacks by microscopic invaders with a variety of chemicals like mucous
    physical barriers like hair and skin, and disease-munching cells called macrophages. The second
    line of defense is an adaptive system that produces both "killer" T cells to attack the pathogen
    and antibodies custom-made to fight specific bacteria or viruses. The two systems work together to
    fight infections and prevent disease. But in a study published Thursday in the journal Science,
    researchers from Germany's Max Planck Institute and the University of Washington found that many
    anglerfish species (there are more than 300) have evolved over time to lose the genes that control
    their adaptive immune systems, meaning that they can't create antibodies and lack those T cells.


    Here's the link to the paper:
    https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/07/29/science.aaz9445
     
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    TIL about how to build a dam with robots:
    Akira Naito, head of Obayashi’s dam technology unit, told Nikkei: “Eventually, we may be able to cut building time by 30 percent.”

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    Wow! That undertaking is a couple of orders larger than the beautiful "robo-built" houses I saw around Eindhoven University last year.
     
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    yeah... that parc near Eindhoven I guess

    3D printing of houses.

    About time this gets kicking at mass manufacturing level... will help greatly to get affordable housing for young people so much needing them.
    (and hopefully older people moving out of family houses freeing up their houses)

    The other big robotising running in D phase now is multi-layer vegetable-fruit green houses.
    A lower water, energy, pesticides,etc footprint hardly imaginable.

    The new one in R&D phase is replace the cold ground mono culture of bulk food like wheat, mais, potatoes, spinach, etc, etc by 2x2 meter plots within multi crop type agricultural.
    I saw even pictures of tests where everything is planted almost criss cross through each other for avoiding pesticides and better soil, etc where the weeds removing and later harvesting is done by combiner sized vehicles with multiple AI robot arms.
    And ofc farm to fork possibilities for urban people shopping at the entry point of that "warehouse system" apping on your way there what is freshly picked.

    Much in the making :)
     
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    Ok, you guys are now at bat. Good luck. The torch is passed.

     
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    So is this the US bucking the western trend of aging population, or is it a misleading use of "now"?
     
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    When you compare it to the 25 countries with more than 40% of their population under 15 it puts it into perspective somewhat.
     
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    Wake me up when young people are overwhelmingly in positions of power: executive positions in the economy, leading positions in universities, in politics and in think-tanks. As discussed in another thread, positions of power (in the US but also elsewhere) have never been so old before, and are clearly refusing to pass the torch. There is clearly vast amounts of nepotism in all of those fields. Why were all of the three probably contenders for the next US presidency (Trump, Biden, Sanders) all old enough to have grand-grandchildren?
     
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    In the case of the Democrats there were younger candidates in the Primaries who just weren't very impressive. Perhaps that's part of why.
     
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    yung.carl.jung Hey Bird! I'm Morose & Lugubrious

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    I wholly agree with this, no doubt, and there were indeed some young..er candidates like Yang (who is 45 now), but it's a very consistent trend that top politicians keep getting older and retiring later, filling up positions that other people covet.
     
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    Has it? Whilst no Pitt the Younger both Blair and Cameron were young compared to most UK PMs. Dubya and Johnson were mid-50s. 2 US elections aren't really a long term trend.
     
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    Should I also dunk my "thang" in hand sanitizer afterwards?
     
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