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There a common belief that drinking the water in which eggs have been boiled causes warts.
this is entirely plausible as many life forms have been found that will survive 100°C, it is now known that warts at caused by a virus and when young I numerous contacts with chicken and suffered from warts.

From a scientific point of view I consider a manned trip to mars a crazy idea although there may be political reasons.
To demonstrate a countries superior technology might be an idea but beware another country may leapfrog you.
the cost of a manned mission would be at least ten times that of a robotic mission and the scientific benefit probably negligible as survival in an hostile environment would take all their energy.
The biggest downside would be the contamination of Mars by Earth type organisms ruining any investigation of native Martian life, the record of successful landings on Mars is abysmal only about 50% so one likely scenario is the scattering of a large quantity of Earth type biological material around the landing site.

The normal way for the UK police to apprehend a violent dangerous person is with an electric shock machine followed by strangulation.
This sometimes leads to the death of the person involved but the police are always exonerated.
On 13/10/2016 a large gorilla left its enclosure in the London zoo and although not normally very aggressive these large mammals pose a potential danger but it was sedated with a tranquilizer dart and successfully  returned to its quarters.
Why is this system not used with humans ?

In modern warfare combatants are reluctant to modern toxic chemicals because of the danger to their own forces but link below details interesting developments that promise to give immunity to agents such as sarin.
This is fine for the troops involved but would it not lead to even more civilian deaths who even now die ten times as often as military personal.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1523362113

I have read suggestions that the Electron is a composite particle hence my question

I have always been unhappy with they simplistic answer that they do I have now found an article where the more subtle aspects of the question are discussed


Technology / Will we ever have flying cars?
« on: 12/09/2016 07:16:14 »
The Idea has been around for at least a hundred years and every year or so we read about a new one being developed .
I can think of no possible use for one they would have a very substandard performance on the road and the opportunities to fly them would be very limited other than in relatively empty countries such as Australia.

There  has been much concern of late over the amount of plastic rubbish going into the oceans, I feel that it is probably unnecessary to worry as new forms of bacteria will evolve that will consume this abundant food supply.

Walking on water is no big deal I have done it often when its frozen, for a women to give birth when she does not know what caused it happens all the time and for a crowd to be convinced to share out their food when the preacher suggests it is not surprising or for someone to survive for a few months after being crucified for a few hours has often been reported.
Religious people think these things only happen due to a supernatural being intervening but there are more common explanations

Technology / Could a sword slice thru an anvil ?
« on: 21/08/2016 19:52:42 »
In Wagner's opera Siegfried reforges the magic sword Nothnung and to demonstrate its power slices thru the anvil with a single blow.
If the technology such as is used for anti tank shells was applied would this be possible?

Someone threw a Galax A5 into my yard as part of an insurance scam ,I recharged it and found it ran OK despite being a little battered but it had so much offensive trash on it that I did a factory reset but cannot now get it back to life!.
No "apps" come up only a tinny voice talking to me that I can hardly hear being a little deaf.
I well understand PC,s but this is the first time I have touched a "smart phone".
PS I have downloaded an operating manual.

Almost every day Redmond send me a new update for windows 10 which puts the computer out of action for about an hour and necessitates me re-installing various drivers that go missing, I know the answer is to move to the slow lane but then you feel you are missing something.
The stock answer is to move to Linux I tried putting columbine in a new partition but it was a bit of a disaster having Linux and windows on the one drive

Physiology & Medicine / Are house flies dangerous?
« on: 17/07/2016 20:22:27 »
When I was a boy living in north London house flies were a great source of annoyance and possibly danger as they bred on the horse droppings that were common on the roads.
Now the horses are long gone and most of the flies with them do the few that remain carry any disease. 

Geek Speak / what happened to the web site ?
« on: 09/07/2016 17:06:50 »
Why could I not sign in for 36 hrs ?

Technology / Why do banks close down at the week end?
« on: 11/06/2016 11:51:30 »
Why no banking at weekends, do technicians take all the bits and bytes out of the computers and do the calculations manually to give the Silicon a rest ? 

Planets are considered to be capable of supporting life if they orbit their star within the goldilocks zone where liquid water can exist.
By my reckoning the Earth lies outside this zone with a black body temperature of 250°K where water can only exist in a solid form.
Would alien astronomers write it off ?

Colliding black holes emit a vast amount of energy in the form of gravitational waves for a few milliseconds  ,What would be the effect of this on one or would other forms of radiation pose a greater threat

I recall seeing such a machine illustrated in in a pop culture scientific science magazine in the thirties has technology court up with science fiction yet.

If the Graviton has a non zero mass its range is no longer infinite but how much is its range limited if it has a mass close to the maximum established by the LIGO results.

Cells, Microbes & Viruses / Are virus,s living or dead
« on: 24/03/2016 15:29:59 »
We are told that virus's are not living entities but when I read papers on vaccine production reference is made to attenuated or killed virus's.
To kill something it must be alive or is it like Schrödinger's cat both

We are told its very bad for you, I hesitate to experiment!

Is it possible that the concept of time is different for intelligent aliens to that of ours ?, when we look for signs of alien radio communications should we look for a range of modulations that are well away from ours or are there physical restraints that would make them similar.

It has been reported that there is an overlap between the areas where many cases of microcephaly have been reported and where Pyriproxyfen has been used.

Geek Speak / Does anyone have Samsung PC studio working?
« on: 08/02/2016 15:05:57 »
I have tried about 20 different ways with no success

The remains of a group of people with abnormaly small heads were found and refered to as Hobbits could it of been caused by the zika virus

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