General chat .

Where are they parking all those idle cruise ships? When you consider that laid end-to-end they would reach Alpha Centauri , it gives you the scale of the problem.

I see that the friends online function is back with work. Good job Admins.

I feel it should be mentioned that the infection rates for covid are totally meaningless unless expressed as a ratio of positives to numbers of tests carried out.

I know what you want to say. The Tests should be done as an independent sample over the whole population. As long as they test only people with illness symptoms, they don't get meaningful answers.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander.

REFERENCE: U.S. patent # 7255627, granted August 14, 2007 for a “Garment Device Convertible to One or More Facemasks.”


Ig Noble award 2009

Off Topic chat seems to have slowed rather considerably...was it something I said?