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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #150 on: 12 Jun 2014, 04:39 »

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/holy-crap-nasas-interplanetary-spaceship-concept-is-fr-1589001939

This is your reminder that OUR FUCKING SPECIES IS WORKING ON A FUCK MOTHERING WARP DRIVE!


I just hope we're ready. The moon landings were able to bring a nation and, at best large parts of the West together, could a mission beyond our Solar system unite us all as we make those first, tentative steps into the universe?
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« Reply #151 on: 12 Jun 2014, 05:21 »

Now that is awesome. Hey, does anyone know what happens if you go into warp on the surface of a planet?

....Hold on, I'll ask Randall Munroe.
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« Reply #152 on: 12 Jun 2014, 06:38 »

Actually that's an interesting question. It's space that's being warped, so it's a question of how much that distortion might damage what's around it...
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #153 on: 12 Jun 2014, 08:31 »

Aren't you warping the space-time field, rather than warping space?

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #154 on: 12 Jun 2014, 10:24 »

Is there a difference?
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« Reply #155 on: 12 Jun 2014, 10:50 »

I don't know. I think I was trying to sound smart.

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #156 on: 13 Jun 2014, 12:48 »


A visualisation of an asteroid's path of orbit which nearly collided with the Earth and Moon in 2003.
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« Reply #157 on: 13 Jun 2014, 13:15 »

^ Believed to be the third stage of the Apollo 12 mission.
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #158 on: 14 Jun 2014, 01:23 »


I know I've posted it before, but it's just so fucking cool
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« Reply #159 on: 15 Jun 2014, 03:21 »

Now that is awesome. Hey, does anyone know what happens if you go into warp on the surface of a planet?

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Ask Zoe Washburne. "Won't that cause a blowback, burn us out?"
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #160 on: 15 Jun 2014, 08:00 »

Pluto might be back in as a planet!

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« Reply #161 on: 15 Jun 2014, 10:53 »

Source? All I can find is an article published on April 1st...
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« Reply #163 on: 20 Jun 2014, 14:10 »


I significantly prefer this version to the original.
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« Reply #164 on: 11 Jul 2014, 04:14 »

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« Reply #165 on: 18 Jul 2014, 12:54 »

I'm studying the basics of genetics with Khan Academy and I am confused. If the O allele in blood types is recessive, how come O+ is the most common blood group? Is this only true in the UK? I'm assuming that if so, it's for the same reason that blonde hair and blue eyes are common here despite both of those things being recessive traits?
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« Reply #166 on: 18 Jul 2014, 14:18 »

Give us time!  (I'm type A+) 

The A and B alleles showed up in Eastern Europe and Western Asia, respectively.  They were most common in those regions with O predominating everywhere else until there was more migration and genetic mixing. 

Also, O type is the absence of those alleles.  It will decline in the general population over many generations, but it's still a majority for now. 

And it seems there's a genetic or immune advantage to O type blood - type O mothers have more type O children than their partner's type when paired with either type A or B mates, indicating something's going on before birth, possible before embryo implantation, maybe even before fertilization that reduces the number of children with the alleles.  That makes the reduction of type O slower, but won't arrest it completely. 
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« Reply #167 on: 18 Jul 2014, 14:40 »

Hey, that neatly coincides with This Ars Technica article about blood types.
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« Reply #168 on: 19 Jul 2014, 01:46 »

Thank you, both - that's fascinating and informative, and sets me up well for today's two hours of studying blood!
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« Reply #169 on: 19 Jul 2014, 08:05 »

LTK, thanks for finding a halfway decent reference.  I gathered my info from a half dozen sites, most of it coming from comments by scientists on articles that were less informed, which is why I didn't reference them. 
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #170 on: 04 Aug 2014, 12:37 »

MinuteEarth on bats and deadly virulent diseases:

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #172 on: 17 Sep 2014, 17:49 »


my reaction to this video:
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« Reply #173 on: 18 Sep 2014, 14:16 »

That is the only reasonable reaction one can have. Anyway, that's a great channel, thanks for sharing!
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #175 on: 30 Sep 2014, 14:25 »

Awesome. So I guess now we better start naming all the identifiable objects in the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt too, since by that definition, every single one of them is a planet.
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« Reply #177 on: 01 Oct 2014, 09:00 »

Wow. It's not really valid to imply a connection between a cooperation or mirror test to Theory of Mind, though I can see where they're coming from, but trying to connect Theory of Mind to spiritual beliefs is a stretch only Mr. Fantastic could do.

An example of an experiment testing Theory of Mind is this. You can scroll down to the appendix which contains little story snippets and questions to assess different levels of Theory of Mind. For example, in the first question, it is stated that Bobby keeps his chocolate in the cupboard, but when he's away, his mother takes it and puts it in her bag. The question is, when Bobby returns, where does he look for the chocolate?

I recall that they tested this in chimpanzees by putting one in a room with two people, one of whom the chimp saw hiding food in a location inaccessible to it, and another person who did not see this. They saw that the chimp would beg for food with the person who knows about the hidden food and ignore the other person, which suggests it has Theory of Mind. That says precisely diddly squat about whether chimps can have religious beliefs, though.
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #178 on: 01 Oct 2014, 09:20 »

I think the idea of that episode originally was if religion is a strictly human thing or if Aliens (provided they exist) could have religion too.
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« Reply #179 on: 13 Oct 2014, 16:13 »

Welp, we've got another one: Cold fusion of nickel and hydrogen appears to have been achieved. Think this'll be the one?
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« Reply #180 on: 13 Oct 2014, 16:15 »

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #181 on: 13 Oct 2014, 19:25 »

I've read about Andrea Rossi and his inventions in Popular Mechanics about a year or two ago.  His previous legal troubles paint the image of a con artist.

It's hard to deny that the E-Cat produces energy, but a nuclear reaction would produce gamma rays.
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #182 on: 14 Oct 2014, 21:09 »


The new NASA space craft will be launching this December for it's unmanned test flight.
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #183 on: 15 Oct 2014, 04:20 »



If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5 hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn’t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society.

"NASA is pushing the boundaries of exploration and working hard to send people to Mars in the future,” said Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager. "When we set foot on the Red Planet, we’ll be exploring for all of humanity. Flying these names will enable people to be part of our journey."

The deadline for receiving a personal “boarding pass” on Orion’s test flight closes Friday Oct. 31. The public will have an opportunity to keep submitting names beyond Oct. 31 to be included on future test flights and future NASA missions to Mars.

To submit your name to fly on Orion’s flight test, visit:

http://go.usa.gov/vcpz

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #JourneyToMars.

For information about Orion and its first flight, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orion

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #184 on: 15 Oct 2014, 10:21 »

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« Reply #185 on: 15 Oct 2014, 10:27 »

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #187 on: 17 Oct 2014, 07:39 »

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« Reply #188 on: 17 Oct 2014, 08:13 »

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #189 on: 17 Oct 2014, 18:26 »

well, first they need to research superconductors & pre-sentient algorithms.

it'd be nice to get that movement bonus & attack multiplier for all units though.

i hope they go for adv. ecological engineering afterwards, rather than organic superlubricants; we really need those super-formers, to help mitigate our low planet rating. buut then again, superlubricants does lead directly to adv. space flight, which leads to super tensile solids, & it'd be pretty cool if they could build the space elevator.
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« Reply #190 on: 17 Oct 2014, 18:56 »

well, first they need to research superconductors & pre-sentient algorithms.

it'd be nice to get that movement bonus & attack multiplier for all units though.

i hope they go for adv. ecological engineering afterwards, rather than organic superlubricants; we really need those super-formers, to help mitigate our low planet rating. buut then again, superlubricants does lead directly to adv. space flight, which leads to super tensile solids, & it'd be pretty cool if they could build the space elevator.
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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #191 on: 28 Oct 2014, 17:18 »



An Antares rocket with 5000 lbs of supplies for the ISS exploded just after lift off at Virginia's Wallops Island launch facility. Significant vehicle and property damage are reported, all personnel are accounted for with no injuries.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Unmanned-Rocket-Explodes-at-Wallops-Island-280708322.html
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« Reply #192 on: 28 Oct 2014, 19:07 »

Well now that's not supposed to happen!
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« Reply #193 on: 28 Oct 2014, 19:39 »

No injuries. At least there's a plus side to this. I hope Space-X has a spare rocket to get another payload up there quickly.
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« Reply #194 on: 28 Oct 2014, 21:36 »

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« Reply #195 on: 28 Oct 2014, 21:42 »

The real issue is apparently the launch facilities at Wallops Island are pretty heavily damaged. So that's gonna be an issue. Getting the payload back together's gonna take a hot second too.
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« Reply #196 on: 29 Oct 2014, 16:48 »

I just learned the the rocket as using a 40 year old Soviet built engine. No wonder it went boom.
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« Reply #197 on: 29 Oct 2014, 17:09 »

If you've thought that Watch Dogs' ctOS, and it's ability to identify and steer meme dispersion via social networks (e.g. to spin newsstories and influence elections etc.) is pure science fiction, think again:

Media furor confronts NSF-funded study of social-media dynamics
Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks.

Notably, amongst the first ones to worry about an AI-Big Brother (charmingly dubbed 'Truthy') are not Queda bloggers, but rather conservative news-sites, because "Feds creating a database to track hatespeech on twitter" is a bad thing indeed when you're a publication "dedicated to uncovering the stories that the powers that be hope will never see the light of day”.

Well, and Fox-News, of course: ;)
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It seems that nobody told them that 'truthy' actually doesn't have a database ...

(If I hadn't grabbed the links straight from 'Physics Today', I would wonder wether the Onion made this up to fuck with 'truthers' ... ;))
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« Reply #198 on: 29 Oct 2014, 17:18 »

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Re: Everybody Loves Science!
« Reply #199 on: 31 Oct 2014, 18:31 »

Not the best week for Space Flight.

SpaceShip Two broke up in flight today. Pilots ejected. One fatality, one in serious condition. Thoughts and prayers for those who were lost and those who remain.

"If we die we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us, it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life. Our God-given curiosity will force us to go there ourselves because in the final analysis, only man can fully evaluate (the moon) in terms understandable to other men."
- Gus Grissom, Gemini/Apollo Astronaut. Killed in a pad fire aboard Apollo 1.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/31/7139527/virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo-suffers-anomaly-in-flight
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