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Quote from: Natural News
One of the popular uses of DE is to chelate or bind to heavy metals like mercury and aluminum

DE does not "bind" or "chelate" to heavy metals.
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Wow! This is incredibly cool. I wonder how often these types of visits are expected to happen. Do we think they happen a lot, but have only now observed one, or are they truly rare?

I'd imagine that if this thing had remained outside the orbit of Jupiter, our chances of ever having seen it would have been small. Smaller stuff could be flying by all the time and we'd never know. This thing was 400 meters across. Would we have been able to see it if it had been one meter?

The discussion I heard said that they have no idea if this is an extremely rare event, or a common one.

But it's pretty cool that we now know that stuff can reach us from outside our solar system, probably from the stuff going around another star.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: It is Scientific: The End is Near
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 04:29:43 PM »
I think maybe he meant that we would extinguish ourselves in this century.

If so, then I'd like to see some evidence of that.

Which is not to say that I don't think global warming is a serious threat. There's an incomprehensible lot of damage and misery between our current state and the complete annihilation of our own species.
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Member Creations / Re: Designing an Earth base
« Last post by MTBox on Today at 04:27:47 PM »
Not a tank. That's about equivalent to 8,000' elevation now; although you can live there farily easily, it might be nice to provide a concentrator as part of a work toolbelt; you see people carrying these at the store and eating out. Instead of hauling a Tank, it is more like a large backback unit or large purse and they have a cannula ("nose hose") attached. 
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: It is Scientific: The End is Near
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 04:23:04 PM »
A fucking mass extinction event will be triggered on this century...

We're already in the midst of the Earth's 6th (known) mass extinction. It's been going on for over 100 years already.

I think maybe he meant that we would extinguish ourselves in this century.
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It is really quite surprising that the human race has lasted as long as it has.
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TV & Movies / Re: List of the Not the Very Best TV Shows
« Last post by Harry Black on Today at 04:19:38 PM »
Just finished The Punisher on netflix.
Its pretty decent. Very violent and ugly. The dialogue and plot is very (needlessly) weak at certain points.
Maybe the most consistent of the Marvel netflix so far...?
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Tech Talk / Re: Firefox Quantum?
« Last post by MTBox on Today at 04:19:23 PM »
I find it interesting that the style file must be named Chrome and goes into a folder named chrome; the info I found for explaining this is that "another company" decided to co-opt that name for its own competing product, but Mozilla development used it from the early days, for User Stylization nomenclature.
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Tech Talk / Re: Fish cooker
« Last post by MTBox on Today at 04:16:47 PM »
Steelhead are Anadromous = move between fresh and salt water. They are related as Family and Species.
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Yes, you should be concerned and prepare in advance, as appropriate to what you are doing and where you are doing it and how you are doing it.

The majority of regular household dust is your cast off skin cells. You were already breathing them. You also have the built environment and its issues, such as lead-based paint and flaking (friable) asbestos. Then, the natural environment, such as rodent droppings that carry Hanta virus; ingested fungus and mold spores. Particle size is a consideration, as well as content.

This is one reason why I hate log homes and open beams.
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