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Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation
The lady ain't no nation, and won't build no military bases, so the terms of the treaty are irrelevant, which is why the Spanish court allowed -- and later defended -- her claim.
And yes, it's asinine, but, at least in this case, everyone involved made money out of it (especially the lawyers), secure in the knowledge that it wouldn't make a jot of difference to anything (unless, of course, people started trying to charge for the photons emitted from the square metres of their "property", which would make lawyers even happier).
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I just saw an item on the BBC America service, covering research in Europe somewhere. Apparently some biologist is trying to modify the genes of the coffee plant so it will produce beans without caffeine! How brilliant! The whole point of coffee is the caffeine! What is the world coming to?
"premium" decaf (an oxymoron, no?) is decaffeinated with either super-critical (i.e., liquefied) CO2 or a water-based process.
Now technically, both are solvents (Imagine that! You willfully ingest that solvent water all the time hidden in all you eat and drink!) - but in either case, the 'fear factor' is gone form those who must have one.
And so far as I know, nothing about either method (let alone halogenated alkanes) is simply and selectively limited to just the caffeine - and hence the ruining of the coffee to various degrees when it is decaffeinated debouched.
Some people prefer decaf coffee later in the day, and producing it typically means using solvents
I've always wondered about the process (but never bothered to look it up). If they take the caffeine out, what do they do with it? There's gotta be a market for that product. Skip the coffee, go for the pure caffeine...
(I'm not a coffee drinker, but I've had chocolate-covered coffee beans...and until now hadn't thought about it in years...now, excuse me while I run to the store for a completely unrelated errand...)
Reminds me of another stupid development in plant breeding: jalapeno peppers that aren't hot. Extends to some other varieties, too.
WTF? If you don't want hot peppers grow/buy peppers that aren't hot - there are certainly plenty of varieties to choose from. What is the reason for pretense that one is using a hot pepper when it's not?