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  1. Comment on Researchers grew tiny plants in moon dirt collected decades ago in ~space

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    Fertilizer makes sense. Actually, I didn’t read the wired article at first, which addresses this question, assuming it would be paywalled, which for me it wasn’t (🤷‍♀️) but I see now the article...

    Fertilizer makes sense. Actually, I didn’t read the wired article at first, which addresses this question, assuming it would be paywalled, which for me it wasn’t (🤷‍♀️) but I see now the article says, “To make it resemble earthly soil, the experimenters needed to add some nutrients and water.”

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  2. Comment on Researchers grew tiny plants in moon dirt collected decades ago in ~space

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    What is the vitamin/mineral content of lunar soil? NASA is talking about using “resources found on the Moon and Mars to develop food sources for future astronauts living and operating in deep...

    What is the vitamin/mineral content of lunar soil? NASA is talking about using “resources found on the Moon and Mars to develop food sources for future astronauts living and operating in deep space,” but, even if they can get things to grow, would these crops even be sufficiently (or at all) nutritious?

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  3. Comment on Occlusion Grotesque. An experimental, organic typeface in ~design

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    I wonder how long before the letters become unrecognizable as such 🤔 Edit: I just want to add how cool I think this is.

    I wonder how long before the letters become unrecognizable as such 🤔

    Edit: I just want to add how cool I think this is.

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  4. Comment on Scientists discover a new method to break down plastics in less time in ~enviro

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    Using machine learning, scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have created a modified enzyme that can break down 51 types of PET across a range of temperature and pH conditions.

    Using machine learning, scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have created a modified enzyme that can break down 51 types of PET across a range of temperature and pH conditions.

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  5. Comment on What's something you've made or done recently that you'd like to show off? in ~creative

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    This is charming! It looks well balanced and homey. Every piece is tied to a good memory of your walk/search, too, I bet. Are those rocks tied on there? What’s the round, black thing at the top?...

    This is charming! It looks well balanced and homey. Every piece is tied to a good memory of your walk/search, too, I bet. Are those rocks tied on there? What’s the round, black thing at the top? Praise, praise, and more praise 👏

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  6. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thanks for your reply. I’m taking away from this: time will tell a more accurate picture and keep trying to avoid getting sick.

    Thanks for your reply. I’m taking away from this: time will tell a more accurate picture and keep trying to avoid getting sick.

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  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Is there reliable information out there about how the under-60, relatively healthy, and vaccinated are faring post-infection? Are they losing taste/smell? Experiencing long COVID? I could look for...

    Is there reliable information out there about how the under-60, relatively healthy, and vaccinated are faring post-infection? Are they losing taste/smell? Experiencing long COVID?
    I could look for myself, of course, but I’m too afraid.

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  8. Comment on What’s something about you that people don’t often believe is true? in ~talk

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    I only don’t like a lot fragrances; I’m not allergic, but the soap thing I can relate to. There used to be this taco place that I would go to all the time that had this not very strongly scented...

    I only don’t like a lot fragrances; I’m not allergic, but the soap thing I can relate to. There used to be this taco place that I would go to all the time that had this not very strongly scented foam soap (the fun kind!), but they changed to a different kind after a few years that was SUPER strong and would linger for HOURS. Totally ruined the taco experience.
    It’s funny, I remember in high school I used to wonder what products other girls were using that seemed to billow around them all day and why mine didn’t behave like that. Now, I can’t stand it if I can smell even a fragrance I like (like from hairspray or deodorant) for more than a few minutes after I put it on.

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  9. Comment on What’s something about you that people don’t often believe is true? in ~talk

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    Don’t leave us hanging! Why didn’t you attend the ceremony??

    Don’t leave us hanging! Why didn’t you attend the ceremony??

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  10. Comment on Any good non-fiction recommendations? in ~books

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    If you have a way to read an ePub, the book is available on library genesis. It’s not my style, but maybe it’s yours.

    If you have a way to read an ePub, the book is available on library genesis. It’s not my style, but maybe it’s yours.

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  11. Comment on Any good non-fiction recommendations? in ~books

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    I’m a strictly fiction reader these days, but I’m into dinosaurs and ready to venture into more edifying waters. I picked up a copy of Brusatte’s book. Immediately, I was annoyed by the tone of...

    I’m a strictly fiction reader these days, but I’m into dinosaurs and ready to venture into more edifying waters. I picked up a copy of Brusatte’s book. Immediately, I was annoyed by the tone of the text. Here are some passages I find illustrative of what irks me:
    “Imagine a continent scorched with lava. It’s the apocalyptic disaster of a bad B movie. Suffice it to say, all of the pareiasaurs, dicynodonts, and gorgonopsians living anywhere near the Siberian area code were finished.”
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    “The previously dominant gorgonopsians, pareiasaurs, and their kin were never to stalk the lakesides of Poland or anywhere else while the plucky survivors had the whole Earth to themselves.”
    I closed the book with a sigh shortly after this passage and reluctantly returned to my same old. The cutesy turns of phrase combined with the Everyman vernacular in an attempt to make the subject interesting/accessible are a major turn-off for me. So, I’m here to say to say, “Ugh! The book is horrible! 😩 Where can I find a good book about dinosaurs??” I really want to read about the kinds of things this guy has to teach me, but I can’t get past his narrative voice. Any recommendations for less casual/more mature reading?

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  12. Comment on Meet the Swedish artist who hooked British rock royalty on her revolutionary crochet in ~design

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    I find Birgitta’s work with crochet—a medium that has never held any appeal for me—very inspiring. I remember hiding a particularly insipid and shapeless crochet sweater and matching scarf in a...

    I find Birgitta’s work with crochet—a medium that has never held any appeal for me—very inspiring. I remember hiding a particularly insipid and shapeless crochet sweater and matching scarf in a nauseating combination of pink and green and lilac pastel shades gifted to me by a well-meaning friend of my grandmother in my closet. Having seen this, I will now think of crochet more like I do the violin—squeal-y and horrible in the hands of a novice, but resonant and rich under the persuasion of talented fingers.

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  13. Comment on Female octopuses throw things at males that are harassing them in ~science

  14. Comment on Female octopuses throw things at males that are harassing them in ~science

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    I was a vegetarian for a long time, but slowly reintroduced meat when I was preparing to live in France for a year, knowing it would be practically unavoidable. Now, I can’t imagine giving up pork...

    I was a vegetarian for a long time, but slowly reintroduced meat when I was preparing to live in France for a year, knowing it would be practically unavoidable. Now, I can’t imagine giving up pork or fish. Or the occasional hamburger. Top of the food chain, I tell myself.
    I never thought to compare the eating habits or life spans of my meat sources as a factor in decision making. Probably my aversion to eating octopus has most to do with how they are popularly portrayed/how I have come to think of them—cool, intelligent, mysterious—versus cows (dull), chickens (mindless), turkeys (rude), and pigs (cuter in fiction than reality).

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  15. Comment on Female octopuses throw things at males that are harassing them in ~science

  16. Comment on Female octopuses throw things at males that are harassing them in ~science

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    Does anyone else feel bad about (the idea of) eating octopus? This has been on my mind recently.

    Does anyone else feel bad about (the idea of) eating octopus? This has been on my mind recently.

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  17. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    👏 👏 👏 Congratulations on your first human wearable thing! I’d love to see photos of the shorts—the final ones and even the draft pair! Did you end up finding patterns for the doll clothes or...

    👏 👏 👏 Congratulations on your first human wearable thing! I’d love to see photos of the shorts—the final ones and even the draft pair!
    Did you end up finding patterns for the doll clothes or making them or what? Will you share photos of those, too, when they’re done??
    What’s your next project going to be?

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  18. Comment on A Computer-Generated Ballet (1965) - The first computer-generated animation of human figures in motion in ~movies

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    Maybe computer-science minded people found this exciting then and nostalgic now, but as someone who enjoys ballet for the beauty of the human form, the costumes, set design, and music, this is...

    Maybe computer-science minded people found this exciting then and nostalgic now, but as someone who enjoys ballet for the beauty of the human form, the costumes, set design, and music, this is pretty silly. Probably I was expecting too much. It would be interesting to see a company use this choreography, though!

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  19. Comment on Completed skirt project! in ~hobbies