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Re: mORg making transistors..[radio soon?]
 
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Re: mORg making transistors..[radio soon?]


...i can remember how odd it was to see a metal
rolling across my hand..the desktop..the floor..

these days if someone dropped a bit of mercury in the classroom..the place would become an instant HAZMAT zone.
...plastic sheeting.colorful tape everywhere..guys in moon suits..

...these days? EVERYONE is urged to buy compact fluorescent
lamps as fast as possible to replace the old school
incandescent lamps..never mind that all the CFL's
have mercury in them..just like the big fluorescent lamps
that are so popular for "industrial" lighting.

...break a CFL and technically..your HOUSE just became
a HAZMAT zone. And..the mercury vapor is vastly more
dangerous than a bit of liquid mercury in your hands.
Unbroken skin is a pretty good barrier vs liquid mercury.
Lungs won't do so well vs aerosol/vapor mercury..you breathe it..you own it.

I can also remember handling the "fuzzy rock"..asbestos
in elementary school...while doing the "look at the big box of pretty minerals" drill.
"behold the magic mineral"..

....used to wear asbestos fire fighting gauntlets in the
Navy..then..came the day that they were found wrapped in
plastic bags with orders not to break the bag seals unless
there was a REAL fire to fight...[no suitable "non asbestos" gauntlets available yet]..the beginning of the "OMG, asbestos fibers are lethal!" paradigm change.


..no doubt a whole bunch of other things being
used in the environment that will result in dropped jaws
a few decades from now. "they did WHAT with that?"
{{..they used agrobacterium to move "alien" DNA snippets
into the plant genome..to improve them? ??}}
Hey..it was all harmless fun at the time.."Lego's for PhD's"

*flashback to an air force training video of some junior
officer taking a sample of Agent Orange from a
C-130 spray tank..then DRINKING it to demonstrate to the troops how harmless it was. One wonders if it was staged..
and not REALLY drinking A.O...

[...wonder how many of the "students" repeated that stupid
stunt..]

 

 
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