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Posted in: Faith in numbers: Fox News is must-watch for white evangelicals, a turnoff for atheists...and Hindus, Muslims really like CNN See in context

So, what do atheists watch?

maybe nothing on open TV anymore.

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Posted in: From lab-made embryos to organs: the ethics of stem cell science See in context

I was just reading about fascinating work done by injecting stem cells from one animal into the embryo of another animal modified genetically so it can't develop a liver, or kidneys. The stem cells from the donor have not this genetic modification so they develop into the organ that is missing.

If those cells came from a human and are injected into the embryo of a pig it would mean you created a chimera (with the body of a pig but the liver of a human!) but more importantly you could get that liver for the person that gave the cells and it would be as if it came from his body, you may have to wait for a year or so to get the organ, but for people desperately looking for donors without finding anyone this may not be a problem

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Posted in: Hybrid working likely to be worst of both worlds See in context

For me teleworking has been a huge challenge, makes my work much more difficult and brings only limited advantages, maybe for other people it would work better, but as described in the article being at the middle must be hell, just picturing myself in the situations described made my skin crawl. I would just change jobs even for lower salary if I was working like that.

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Posted in: Why do women still get judged so harshly for having casual sex? See in context

Men and women are treated differently in many other topics as well, it may be justified, it may not, but it is not going to change in the near future, I get it that change has to begin at some point, but there is no meaning on getting desperate right now trying to change in a couple of decades things that are thousands of years into the collective mind.

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Posted in: Osaka's condition throws light on stars' mental health and media 'voyeurism' See in context

I don't like her at all, and her attitude usually repels me completely but if by her actions more attention is brought to the people in sports that are actually in serious mental problems (and not just depressed for winning millions), that is still a plus on my part.

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Posted in: Why scientists are concerned about leaks at biolabs See in context

Ivor Cummins, Scott Jensen, Judy Mikovits? even the "HIV doesn't cause AIDS" comments from Mullis? Is this some parallel dimension where people found to be wrong, liars and criminals became examples to follow? I am suprised Wakefield and Robert Kennedy Jr did not make the cut, maybe in the next comment?

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Posted in: Trump's grip on GOP sparks fears about democratic process See in context

wow, it is really weird for a non-american that never had a particular interest in their politics to find out how anti-democratic it actually is, now I understand better why so much effort was necessary to dethrone Trump.

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Posted in: Genes are injected into skin and blood cells to 'initialize' them so that iPS cells obtain the ability to turn into other cells again. Improving the method is anticipated to be used to stop cells from aging and rejuvenate tissues. See in context

Too bad this won't work for neural tissue, people may look younger and have less physical problems, but the mental abilities will go down the same.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers say client happy after days of French probe See in context

Well, to be fair he may be happy because he was interrogated outside France, so even if he is found guilty of something there is nothing he will have to fear about it.

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

You are never going to convince people to have more kids, the real solution is to reform the economy so pensions do not depend as much of having more people paying fees, it is of course very difficult to do it, but not as much as making people have bigger families when it is impossible to do it without going bankrupt.

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Posted in: Shinkansen driver leaves controls for toilet while train running at 150kph See in context

This probably has happened many times it was found out only because this time there was a delay.

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Posted in: Japanese author of famed 'Berserk' manga dies See in context

Maybe not one of the "greatest stories ever told" but Berserk was a really good one that resonated with a lot of people that felt frustrated and bitter with many kinds of situations, I hope Miura died peacefully and without pain.

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Posted in: Canceling the Olympics? Huge consequences and a financial quagmire See in context

mmm, very hard choice, either economic ruin, overrun hospitals and countless deaths OR just economic losses...

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Posted in: Japan gives preliminary OK to Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines See in context

so now Japan will have three different vaccines sitting on freezers!!!

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Posted in: PayPal to allow cryptocurrency buying, selling and shopping on its network See in context

First they should make the app more secure, increasing the risk for criminal use at this point can be qualified as irresponsible.

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Posted in: New tool predicts risk of COVID hospitalization, death See in context

Looks very good but as written it requires a good application first before doctors can get any use.

I hope it will get soon to a point where it can assist on the decisions made on hospitals daily.

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Posted in: Japan to make plastic recycling mandatory for large corporate users See in context

I hope this measure doesn't end up like the price on plastic bags from the convinience stores and supermarkets, at the end people just bought the bags separately and apparently the plastic waste did not actually decreased as they planned.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for murder after infant found in Okayama irrigation canal See in context

It is difficult to believe that a pregnancy can be hidden, but actually a lot of woman manage to do it successfuly all around the world.

Unfortunately a lot of times this is the result of hiding it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 185 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 614 See in context

Finally again with the "weekday" load of tests, I was expecting more positives today, I really hope this goes down soon.

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Posted in: Japan eyes exempting short-term business travelers from quarantine See in context

This is a recipe for disaster, the problem with Japan doing relatively well without a real explanation why is that the people in charge feel secure enough to tempt fate like this.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

Excellent results, it is a shame that no amount of evidence will ever convince people that don't want to believe in science.

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Posted in: JR East to bring forward last train departures on 17 lines in Tokyo See in context

I can totally see taxi drivers and internet cafe shops making a lot of bucks on the first few months of the change.

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Posted in: UK researchers aim to infect volunteers to study COVID exposure See in context

Yeah sure, very useful thing, it will help understand the disease and everything, but its an ethical mess that I hope is being considered carefully. One volunteer having an undiscovered comorbidity, one report where people infected have increased risk of a serious disease (cancer, parkinson, whatever) and the Imperial College is going to be in deep trouble.

I wonder how necessary is to actively expose people and assume this big risk, instead of keeping close vigilance of (a lot more) normal people that are naturally at a higher risk (nurses, etc.) until some get infected without researchers having to take responsibility.

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Posted in: Sumo elder criticizes China's banning of Mongolian-language education See in context

Good to see protests being done, but its a few decades too late, China has been breaking human rights since always and nobody paid attention, now it is too powerful and can do much worse so finally people are reacting.

I am afraid this will get much worse before it gets better.

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Posted in: No shortage of crooks with new scams during pandemic See in context

Forgot to include in the article the very common variety of antivaxxers and other people that like to contradict science in order to make a sell, they will tell people to their face that the pandemic is a myth, not dangerous, a mild cough at much and probably even less, no vaccine needed, no doctors. That the only thing necessary is to buy a couple of the vitamins and health drinks that the scammer is coincidentally selling for a very low low price.

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Posted in: Australia's Victoria state paves way for pop-up dining as virus cases remain low See in context

oh wow lockdowns do work, no it wont eliminate the virus, but itll keep hospitals and medical professionals above water until a vaccine is found. most of all itll save lives. NZ and Australia will start international flights again shortly. amazing what can be accomplished when you follow the science.

Could not agree more. lockdowns could be shorter and less strict if everybody did their part, but one thing this pandemic has taught us is that there will be always a segment of the population that don't care about taking precautions.

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Posted in: Japanese KitKats are shrinking; Nestlé says previous size may have been too large for customers See in context

Do anybody even believe the excuses? if the people wanted smaller portions then it would make every sense to reduce them WHILE also reducing the price, maintaining the same price for less product is too obviously a way to make more of a profit, and a big percentage at that.

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Posted in: Decapitated body of man found in apartment in Niigata Prefecture See in context

weird and dark, I really hope the culprit is caught soon. It is not good for the peace of mind to have some killer free around.

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Posted in: Pfizer, BioNTech start combined trials of COVID-19 vaccine candidate in Japan See in context

Does japan buying 120 m doses mean if we don’t take it we be in prisoned?

Will the military be involved in enforcement?

Yes, obviously since this happens all the time.

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Posted in: Student gets locked inside station in Kumamoto after the last train See in context

Still surprised this doesn't happen more often, I got in a similar situation once, didn't see the closing guy until the last moment so I got to leave just in time, a little bit of bad luck and I would be the same as the guy in the article.

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