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Male infertility increases over past 40 years
One-half of 1% of men were functionally sterile in 1938. Today it has reached between 8-12% (an over 15-fold increase). "Functionally sterile" is defined as sperm counts below 20 million per milliliter of semen.
Fertility treatments not very effective
Infertility treatments are a $1 billion a year industry
Smokers have more abnormal sperm
"Male smokers have an increase in sperm abnormalities, thereby suggesting a mutagenic effect."
(This probably wont have an effect in the future due to the decline of smokers ---Umbrax)
Pesticides suspected of causing infertility
Infertility caused by pesticide found in the air of most homes built before March 1988
Approximately 75% of U.S. homes are being being found to contain the pesticide chlordane in the breathable air.
Car exhaust decreases fertility.
The common car exhaust compound benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) causes a significant reduction in fertility in test animals and fertility was further lowered when animals were exposed to both BaP and lead simultaneously. Results showed approximately a 33% reduction in ovarian weight and a "marked reduction in ovarian follicles."
Coffee decreases fertility
MSG greatly reduces pregnancy success
Male infertility and chemicals in drinking water
Drinking water from the Thames Water Supply in the United Kingdom was pinpointed as the cause of lower sperm counts and increases in abnormally shaped sperm. Common detergents were the chemical suspected as causing the reproductive damage.
Miscarriage increases from chemical solvents:
The major risk chemicals were:
perchlorethylene (dry cleaning)..... 4.7 times greater risk
trichloroethylene (dry cleaning)..... 3.1 times greater risk
paint thinners ............................... 2.1 times greater risk
paint strippers ............................... 2.1 times greater risk
glycol ethers (found in paints)........ 2.9 times greater risk
Originally posted by Umbrax
Flying saucers have also shown up in art from our past.
There are many other appearances of 'Aliens' & 'UFOs' in art through out history.
[edit on 7/11/2005 by Umbrax]
Originally posted by andpau66
I don't know about them other pictures you show there. But I just wanted to clear up this painting so people aren't misunderstanding it and actually thinking its showing a UFO or something.
Originally posted by astro1
not to offend anyone, but time travel is impossible.
Originally posted by warpfactor9
Awesome thread! Might I recommend a book that talks about this idea. It is Visitors from Time by Marc Davenport.
Originally posted by wyatt43
A race doesn't need to inhabit a world that has water, oxygen and to be honest even gravity. Races evolve on what they have around.
Originally posted by astro1
This is the most absurd idea I have ever heard, not to offend anyone, but time travel is impossible.
He always has with him a LCD screen that he can convey messages to selecting letters via the headset - as he gets used to the software he can set up specialist instructions and shortcuts to carry out word and letter combinations. He could also use graphics software to draw images. He could select an option "Text", "Drawing", "Settings" and proceed to operate the software.
A worthwhile continuation is to let two people communicate with each other directly using the software as an interface - they would both be using the same software and therefore the same commands.
The extrapolation of this is obvious, both people are thinking in exactly the same way, using exactly the same commands and syntactic structures, which does not occur naturally in people. All people normally think using entirely different index and reference systems - i.e., one thing is one persons brain when transferred to another brain points to entirely different objects. The software develops within people's minds specific patterns of thought that are the same in every person who used the software.
Without the software the communication would still be difficult, because the people would not be trained enough to be able to understand the messages in the same way that the software can.
Originally posted by SpecAgentDW
It may be a hoax, but I remember hearing a long time ago that Soviet scientists did human guinea pig experiments on how the Human brain worked and in the process stumbled across psychic powers by activating a sector of the brain via electronic stimulation.
Originally posted by BelowBottomKnown
i have grey eyes. does this make me a 'grey'?