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Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Einherjar86, May 16, 2018.

  1. Krow

    Krow Garbage Connoisseur

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    Here’s something semi related, but not exactly.

    A fungus was found to be feeding on plastic at a landfill a few years ago. Could/would be huge if it could be harnessed.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749117300295
     
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  3. CiG

    CiG Terminal Perversion

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    One half of the issue could potentially be solved that way.
     
  4. Einherjar86

    Einherjar86 Active Member

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    I haven't--need to read about this. Thanks!

    As for the comments on organic/plastic syntheses, we're seeing more and more of it these days. It'll be years before we can see what the real consequences are of plastic contamination though. It wasn't until the 1950s that plastic started being produced in such massive quantities as to alter the actual mineral and geologic contents of the planet. Since 1950, plastic manufacturing has gone from something like under 2 million tons to over 300 million. We're already seeing the negative aspects of plastic pollution, especially in the oceans; but we're still very much in the experimental phase when it comes to observing what impact plastic consumption has on multicellular organisms.
     
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  5. CiG

    CiG Terminal Perversion

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    I was reading a new article just yesterday that apparently Americans on average eat 50 thousand pieces of microplastic every year and inhale like 50 thousand more. A lot of it comes from bottled water iirc. Pretty frightening to think what impact this has on humans if we find out that plastic contamination has a noteworthy impact on the environment.
     
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    Seen some stuff recently, can't be bothered to find the article(s), that cancer has been misunderstood, and that we are basically pre/partially cancerous all the time, and that health is partially our body's ability to keep it suppressed.
     
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    It's all down to your Genes
     
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    CiG Terminal Perversion

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  9. Einherjar86

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    Where physics and systems theory come in contact...

    https://www.quantamagazine.org/were...389976173&mc_cid=8558f2bb3c&mc_eid=d876fb4325

    The problem of observation is one my central interests in literature, and it's one of the reasons I'm drawn to literature and science. Literature dramatizes the paradox of unobservability (i.e. the challenge of observing ourselves observing). Ideas like the expansion and size of the universe fascinate me because they directly engage this paradox in a material and mathematical way.
     
  10. Dak

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    Observation is problematic. Weird how it never applies to things they observe they don't like.
     
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    CiG Terminal Perversion

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    NASA’s $1 Billion Jupiter Probe Just Sent Back Stunning New Photos Of Jupiter.

    Traveling above Jupiter at more than 130,000 miles per hour, NASA’s $1 billion Juno probe took its ninth set of stunning flyby images on October 24. But the sun slipped between the giant planet and Earth for more than a week, blocking the spacecraft from beaming home its precious bounty of data.

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    There's a lot more in the link. Amazing shots.
     
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    Holy shit, seriously? That looks like an artist's rendition. Awesome.

    EDIT: sorry, not to be a downer, but I think the first pic is an artist's rendition. It looks like it's from Cosmos. The rest of the photos are still amazing though.
     
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    Yeah it's a rendition from the TV series Cosmos (as per the watermark). I probably shouldn't have included it lmao.
     
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    Worth a watch:

     
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    Not exactly "weird", but cool:
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1335-8

     
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    The Ozzman D-FENS

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    Chief O'Brien unavailable for comment
     
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    Elon Musk’s Neuralink plans to hook human brains directly to computers.

     
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    https://www.quantamagazine.org/quan...bjective-reality-passes-first-tests-20190722/

    A strike against pretty much everyone using "quantum" as an adjective/noun to explain something weird, paradoxical, or pseudoscientific. Maybe it's simply darwinism all the way down.
     
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