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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Looks like the Novavax vaccine is showing 89% efficacy against the "mutant" strains of the UK and South Africa. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4402820-confidence-renewed-new-covidminus-19-vaccines-demonstrate-protection-against-emergent-strains WallStreet is certainly impressed. NVAX st...

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by DocLightning
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

A few updates: 1) The Gamelaya candidate Sputnik V, which is a heterologous prime-boost regimen using an Adenovirus 26 vector as the first dose (prime) and then an Adenovirus 5 vector for the second dose (boost) to get around immunity to the vector itself, published full results in Lancet today. I f...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 51
Views: 14903

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

The 744 remained relevant for 33 years and it probably would have survived another few years if the pandemic hadn't hit. The 77W is basically a version of the 744 that is 15 years younger. I predict that in another 15 years, we will start seeing that the 77W is being retired en masse, but for now, t...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New JetBlue Mint Studio suite
Replies: 170
Views: 19300

Re: New JetBlue Mint Studio suite

That looks really nice.

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1382
Views: 73887

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

that we see efficacy in the 50-80% range after one single dose. are there numbers regarding avoiding severe/hospitalisation/death specifically for those or is that impossible to say to say since studies always add the 2nd shot? It's hard to say because the numbers available for disease between dose...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did Airbus switch to winglets so late in the A320
Replies: 53
Views: 7522

Re: Why did Airbus switch to winglets so late in the A320

Who said the 737NG was upstaging, and not just catching up ? At the risk of going into A v B territory, I see it as a bit of both. The 737 Classic couldn't really do a transcon and certainly couldn't handle the flight to Hawaii from the West Coast. Boeing initially thought that incremental improvem...

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by DocLightning
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1382
Views: 73887

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

From your background, do you think it is a good idea to give first shorts only as opposed to also the second repeat dose within the 3 week timeframe as prescribed by the manufacturer of the vaccines? It isn't what I would have recommended, but I wasn't consulted. So some background, the two shots i...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1382
Views: 73887

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Not to mention it increases chances of creating resistant covid mutants! Does it though? Its not antibiotics, where surviving bacteria is more resistant than those that got killed off. Either the immune systems responds effectively or not after the first shot, the 2nd shot just increases the chance...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

So if they do end up producing a "bivalent" vaccine, would the South African variant be covered in just two doses for those who have yet to be vaccinated? In my case, am part of the "general public", which means that I will likely get my first dose in April earliest. Would I be ...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I heard that Pfizer and Moderna are researching booster shots to combat the South African variant. If they do end up doing this, then will everyone be required to take 3 shots? Or will they just mix the booster shot into the current two shot regimen? What would probably happen is that they would re...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4592

Re: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

Is this for domestic flights, or just flights between different states ? Can the Feds require a negative test on flights within a single state, between Dallas and Houston for example ? Yes, because it is about air travel, which is federally regulated. They do not have the ability to ban travel with...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

cledaybuck wrote:
Thanks. I wonder why the UK and EU are going ahead with AZ (even if not approved for under 65 in Germany)?


I guess they're not exactly spoilt for choice?

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by DocLightning
Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Any opinions on the two most likely to be submitted for approval next here in the US (AZ and J&J)? I know the AZ data has been quite a mess and the effectiveness for those over 65 is largely. unknown, but a vaccine that is effective in even just the younger population would be highly useful in ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

L'Institut Pasteur has discontinued development of its COVID-19 vaccine. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1389463/emmanuel-macron-news-france-vaccine-pasteur-institute-covid-vaccine In Scotland a COVID-19 vaccine is going into production before trials finish. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 1702
Views: 172795

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

It seems like they are heading towards a "me too" airplane. IMO this is good news for Team A. This plays right into the advantages their huge installed base and huge A321 lead gives them. Team B will have to come up with an incredibly good product to have any chance at all, IMO. There are...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats
Replies: 146
Views: 24094

Re: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats

IMO they should wait and launch a clean sheet when the engine tech is ready. I think lightsaber can give us more clarity on if and when the engine tech will be ready to provide significant gains. What will the clean sheet design have that an A320-NG wouldn't have? FBW? A modern glass cockpit? A cro...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35220

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Australia should also be living normally grumble grumble. Have the most recent outbreaks in NZ had any impact on the broader community? We had a few isolated cases in the community in February of 2020. And within a month, we were on full lockdown. The virus spreads very quickly. Exponential growth ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats
Replies: 146
Views: 24094

Re: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats

But for an A322 with a clean-sheet wing, a folding wingtip does become a bit more feasible if they can keep the weights down and if they can get around a lawsuit from Boeing. On what basis would Boeing be able to sue Airbus? Folding wings have been around for a long time. In the U.S., I can sue you...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats
Replies: 146
Views: 24094

Re: A322 may have new engine, wings and 12 extra seats

Could Airbus or Boeing put carbon folding wingtips on the existing Aluminum A320 and 737 wings by beefing up the existing structure? Thus taking the wingspan in flight out to 40m or so. They could, but the question is whether doing so would be worth the additional weight. For the P-8, it apparently...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A220-100 is the new 757-200
Replies: 47
Views: 5062

Re: A220-100 is the new 757-200

The A321-NEO has a (very slightly) higher T/W than the 752.

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35220

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Gavros33 wrote:
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Yes at the end of the day it's my right to disagree and go about living how I see fit.


You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. Mind that you know the difference.

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35220

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Totally agree, yes for those that are susceptible to severe illness from SARS-CoV-2, then the vaccine may be the lesser of the evils. But like you, I trust my immune system and focus instead on keeping as healthy as possible. The virus doesn't care about your attempts to keep healthy. The virus evo...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Israel is in full lockdown since almost 3 weeks and cases are only starting to stabilize. With 40% of the population vaccinated and in full lockdown, why are there so many cases everyday? There is a lag with an incubation period of 5-10 days. Some people get vaccinated and then get COVID the next d...

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by DocLightning
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CoVid violations on UA to TLV
Replies: 20
Views: 6109

Re: CoVid violations on UA to TLV

They're so extremist that they blatantly violate Jewish law. I just don't understand these people.

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by DocLightning
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier, Pratt & Whitney sign deal for GTF engines
Replies: 19
Views: 3205

Re: Frontier, Pratt & Whitney sign deal for GTF engines

Kind of surprised they will break commonality with the CFM Leap. 1) Power-By-The-Hour contracts help to ameliorate that. 2) When you are ordering 268 engines, you have an economy of scale right there in that number. There isn't much additional benefit to ordering LEAPS. 3) It makes sense to have so...

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by DocLightning
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works! This is to be expected, hence the title of this thread. When Airbus first flew the A380, everyone knew it would fly. They knew exactly where on the runway it would lift off. There was no doubt. And yet, the Airbus employees watching cheered and clapped w...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla Solar
Replies: 14
Views: 1158

Re: Tesla Solar

Anyone on the board have used Tesla solar panels at your house? I have SunRun only because they were able to undercut Solar City by $800. They were installed in 2014 and basically, most of the time I forget they're there. They also marginally cool the upper level of my house by shading the roof. I'...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35220

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Interestingly Harvard Medical School now says if everyone wears N95 for four weeks in risky settings, this pandemic will be over. I do not believe it for a moment. People will refuse and those who do not will wear it incorrectly. Moreover, an N95 requires fit testing, which, while not exactly rocke...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!
Replies: 26
Views: 4032

Re: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!

Let's just assume that we figure out how to power planes with H2 or batteries or liquified natural unicorn farts (LCUF, it's all the range) or even fusion reactors. Why does that suddenly change the calculus around the number of fans you want (they're not "engines" unless they run by the e...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Engine Start & Spoilers
Replies: 6
Views: 2003

Re: 787 Engine Start & Spoilers

BoeingGuy wrote:
It biases the spoilers up during engine start and taxi to prevent scraping of the ends of the spoilers from scraping on the flaps when the flaps are extended.


Given the sophistication of this aircraft, wouldn't it make more sense to do that when the flap setting is selected?

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

flyingclrs727 wrote:
Where national authority over which vaccines to recognize comes into play is with naturalization.


Well, any immigration, really, even just a brief visit. We would not want someone who was carrying a dangerous and communicable disease to enter our country, nor would any country.

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Would every country recognize every vaccine in the world as a valid one or come up with their own list of approved vaccines? There is no authority that supersedes a sovereign nation's right to make that determination for itself. Hypothetically if, say, Canada decides that the only vaccine that they...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

https://nypost.com/2021/01/15/23-die-in-norway-after-receiving-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine/ I"m surprised this is getting more press. My information is that most of these patients were already end-of-life/palliative care patients, so of course many of them died. Norwegian authorities are updating ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Vaccine Information Vacuum (GVIV)
Replies: 19
Views: 1173

Re: The Great Vaccine Information Vacuum (GVIV)

I would assume that it is in the works to make the flu vaccine an mRNA vaccine showing how promising it looks to be with Covid19. It absolutely would give the manufacturers the advantage to see the strains and quickly develop them to what strains are prominent. In the current state, the reference s...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Vaccine Information Vacuum (GVIV)
Replies: 19
Views: 1173

Re: The Great Vaccine Information Vacuum (GVIV)

But you can't be sure, with the flu it comes back as a killer regularly. Influenza is not SARS-CoV-2. Influenza has a segmented genome, which allows it to swap its surface antigens with other viruses, allowing for rapid antigenic shift. Coronaviruses change their surface antigens very slowly except...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do all Americans have two names?
Replies: 31
Views: 1830

Re: Do all Americans have two names?

Most of us have three. First, Middle, and Last. The first and middle names are usually both appropriate for a first name, but not always. "Michael Anthony," "Elizabeth Amy," etc. The last name is the family name. That said, my middle name is my mother's maiden name. In addition, ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I just got my second dose of Pfizer. Oddly, my arm is less sore this time than last time.

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are Stage III hushed 727s, 732s, and DC-9s the same or louder then MD-80s?
Replies: 24
Views: 4820

Re: Are Stage III hushed 727s, 732s, and DC-9s the same or louder then MD-80s?

Starlionblue wrote:

I used to do a weekly commute on the MD-80. The last row was perfect for that 0700 Monday morning departure. Earplugs in and the drone would put you to sleep for a much needed extra hour.


But the beats, though.

"WAAAAAwaaaaaWAAAAAAwaaaaWAAAA..."

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 276
Views: 25015

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

So I have been reading about a new generation of LNG-fuel cell vessels. It appears that for now with RCCL's new Icon class, the fuel cells will be primarily tasked with the hotel load, while conventional internal combustion engines that can burn LNG or conventional fuel oil will be tasked with the p...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax
Replies: 44
Views: 2730

Re: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax

I'd say that at least half of the COVID-19 cases I saw after the Holidays came in with a story of: "We all went to my mother's/grandmother's/aunt's/etc. house for dinner, but we all got tested first, and now everyone who was there is sick." I think that this will have some small effect of ...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777-9 back to a grey cockpit ?
Replies: 17
Views: 5053

Re: 777-9 back to a grey cockpit ?

Seems like Boeing went brown for the 757/767 family as well as the 747-400/-8 family. 737Max is grey. Boeing's argument back in the 1990s was that brown hid dirt better and that they thought that crew concentrated better in that environment. Obviously, they have changed their opinion on the matter....

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by DocLightning
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 987
Views: 53935

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

Thunderboltdrgn wrote:
According to this article the vote results have to be certified first which has to be done by 15 Janaury for the counties and 22 January for the state.


I also believe that both Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Perdue have conceded, so hopefully that will pre-empt any shenanigans there.

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Scotland Says Trump Cannot Travel There Jan 19th
Replies: 37
Views: 2239

Re: Scotland Says Trump Cannot Travel There Jan 19th

I would have expected him to have chosen a non-extradition treaty country. But there are 14 days left to the 19th. If I were a betting man and a drinking man, I'd bet anyone a very nice bottle of bourbon that he'll wind up in Moscow on some emergency diplomatic meeting right before his term ends. Bu...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Are pharmacies like CVS ready with storage and to deal with any adverse reactions, or just call 911 and hope for the best. Pharmacies like CVS will have -20C freezers, and 4C fridges, so they will all be able to use Moderna and any candidate that needs storage at or above -20C. A few of those pharm...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If airlines named routes like trains used to
Replies: 24
Views: 2456

Re: If airlines named routes like trains used to

SJC-AUS is commonly called "The Nerd Bird" for serving the route between two major tech centers.

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by DocLightning
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I am not sure but I believe that allocation of placebo or vaccine in participants in vaccine trials is random. In every study I have read it is. For the benefit of those reading, there are a few ways to randomize a trial. The most common way is to use a random number generator (a "coin toss&qu...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wet shaving tips
Replies: 40
Views: 2385

Re: Wet shaving tips

golfradio wrote:

Hmm, two passes. OK, I'll try that. The biggest question in my mind right now is the prep time. I normally don't have a lot of time in the mornings. I know the DE blades can't beat the multi-blade razors on convenience.


I can get a complete, clean shave in 2-3 minutes.

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1833
Views: 116038

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

rather than use the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine would it be possible or make sense to use their production capacity to to produce one of the other vaccines that is more effective? Their vaccine is produced in a bioreactor, so if we were to find that, say, the J&J candidate is more effective, the...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wet shaving tips
Replies: 40
Views: 2385

Re: Wet shaving tips

I shave twice. First down with the grain, then lather up again and go up against the grain. This gives me the closest shave. I saw the former Royal Barber of England interviewed on TV when I was a teenager and got this tip from him. "First down, then up."

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