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1. I'm getting used to Google Chrome. There are some things I don't like about the browser that I preferred on Firefox (no AdBlock, no NoScript support), but it's definitely growing on me. I use Chrome about 70% of the time now.
2. Who goes to jail for this egregious crime? Sure, insurance companies are about the bottom line, but when someone gets sick AFTER they've entered into the contract with you, the company needs to stick to their end of the bargain. Heads should roll for this, though I doubt any will.
5. Evidence of life on Mars? Perhaps we've been overlooking the planet's sulphur as evidence.
This lack of acetylene is important because that chemical would likely be the best energy source for a methane-based life on Titan, said Chris McKay, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., who proposed a set of conditions necessary for this kind of methane-based life on Titan in 2005. One interpretation of the acetylene data is that the hydrocarbon is being consumed as food. But McKay said the flow of hydrogen is even more critical because all of their proposed mechanisms involved the consumption of hydrogen.
7. Related to #6. It'd be so cool to publish in a journal named Icarus. Totally cool!
8. Do not like writing up end-of-year performance reviews. I either need to start keeping track of what I'm doing, or find a new job that doesn't force me to do this.
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Good luck with #8. I've just had to do my own and now have to write new 'critical elements' for my technician's review form b/c some requirements changed. Soul-sucking, brain-killing, awful. I have to do it in 15 min increment with other stuff mixed in so I don't go insane.
Dracunculus medinensis is evil I say. I have a picture of one being pulled from some dude's foot burned into my head, but today, thanks to your link, I learned that they could also "emerge from other parts of the body like the head, torso, upper extremities, buttocks, and genitalia." Not the mental picture I had in mind for a Wednesday morning.
CK, I just got it out. Whew! I do need to come up with a better system for next year though. It was compounded by the fact that we changed formats this year so it did require a bit more than just taking the file from the year prior and modifying it.
MXX, sorry. The worm wrapped around a matchstick has been embedded in my brain for so long that even one escaping from a persons genitalia may not phase me at this point. The only other image burned with as much intensity into my mind is pictures of people suffering from filarial elephantiasis (Wuchereria bancrofti).