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I forgot to mention the neat thing from my visit to Dr. Toothy the other day. One of the cool things about the good doctor is that he is always checking out new dental equipment and techniques, especially those targeted towards the comfort of the patient. The latest doohickey he used on me is a clever but simple addition to the Novocain needle that causes the needle to vibrate. This takes advantage of the relatively simple (in a manner of thinking) nature of nerves, as in this case, the nerves concentrate on the vibration and ignore the pain, so you can't even tell you are getting injected. Pretty awesome.

Meanwhile, my ISP is working through some sort of domain issue, which may be causing some mail sent to me to bounce. Hopefully they will be able to straighten this out, but if you get a mail bounced back from me, that's probably the cause.

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23. Re: Hyugens Probe Jan 15, 2005, 20:52 Jim
inda neat though, the rocks look exactly what you would find by a rocky shoreline in N.E. , worn smooth by water (or in this case, liquid helium).

Actually liquid hydrocarbons (frozen methane) and some water. If it was liquid helium I bet there'd already be plans to set up remote mining operations there. I remember reading a few years ago that it was speculated that there was frozen helium on the moon, which would be a virtual gold mine for energy for future space expeditions.

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