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Old 02-07-2020, 12:05 AM   #8371 (permalink)
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You obviously don't like the idea as much as I do, of helicopter space stations flying upstream in the Solar wind.
No, I do.

I just think the majority of our future "innovation" and solutions to problems will involve genetic engineering. It's the next frontier; one which has barely been explored.

I got my 23andme results back today. It said I was 22% Japanese (all this time I've been misleading people to believe I'm 1/4). 20% French and German. It also said I'm 8% Ashkenazi Jew. I just realized you can't spell Ashkenazi without nazi. Anyhow, I've pretty well covered the axis of evil there, except I don't have any Italian.

The report seemed a bit like a horoscope, where you're tempted to see the proof of something when it agrees, and dismiss the things that don't line up. It said I'm not likely to be afraid of public speaking, and I'm petrified. It said I'm not likely to sneeze with bright light, and I do.

Anyhow, my point is that we're using genetic information in the most crude manner possible, and so much is left on the table to exploit that this is where the big money will be.

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Old 02-07-2020, 12:30 AM   #8372 (permalink)
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I just think the majority of our future "innovation" and solutions to problems will involve genetic engineering. It's the next frontier; one which has barely been explored.
Okay, space helicopters assembled by extremeophile cyborg tardigrades.
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Anyhow, my point is that we're using genetic information in the most crude manner possible, and so much is left on the table to exploit that this is where the big money will be.
www.fastcompany.com: How 23andMe Is Monetizing Your DNA
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I got my 23andme results back today. It said I was 22% Japanese (all this time I've been misleading people to believe I'm 1/4)
Because of the way genetics work you cannot keep dividing lineage % by 2 beyond the first generation.

You get half your genes from each parent (unless you chance to be a man; then you got a little bit more genes from Mom than Dad, who sold you short with a pesky Y chromosome instead of a sturdy X one).

Where those originate from is a flip of the coin for each chromosome.
The 23 chromosomes you get from each parent could all come from Granddad or all from Granny, but most likely they are a mix of each. It will not likely be a perfect 50% (per parent, 25% total) though.
Then chromosomes mutate and may even swap parts of the legs, complicating matters.

You get roughly 25% of your genes from each grandparent. 22% is a very likely outcome.
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A new solar orbiter which happens to be called "solar orbiter" is going up this week. Yet another satellite intended to study the interaction between the sun and earth.
I find this amusing because all the believers be like "move along, nothing to see here, these aren't the droids you're looking for" any time a new earth sun interaction is discovered or more earth/sun instrumentation goes up.
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NOVA program this week on the polar regions:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/polar-extremes/

Seventy percent of the world's fresh water - is frozen.
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NOVA program this week on the polar regions:

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Seventy percent of the world's fresh water - is frozen.
So then 1.75% of all water on earth is frozen.
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I don't see how a slight change in how much of 1.75% of all water on earth being frozen or not being teotwawki.
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Ninety percent of the ice on earth is in Antarctica. Some of it is almost 3 miles thick. And even though it rarely gets above 32F air temp in the summer - we just saw a new record high of over 64F.

Antarctica drives most of the world's ocean currents.
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I don't see how a slight change in how much of 1.75% of all water on earth being frozen or not being teotwawki.
10% of that is on land, so 0.175% can affect sea level. Of course, warming water causes expansion because warmer things occupy more space. I'm told that is the main driver of sea level rise, not the melting ice.

Will we lose more land due to sea rise, or gain more from what was frozen wasteland?
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10% of that is on land, so 0.175% can affect sea level. Of course, warming water causes expansion because warmer things occupy more space. I'm told that is the main driver of sea level rise, not the melting ice.

Will we lose more land due to sea rise, or gain more from what was frozen wasteland?
No, the Antarctic ice is on land (and Greenland), and if/when that melts, it will raise sea level by hundreds of feet.

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