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Re: Nice idea
Kerosene does give a good light, but as the article says, it is hazardous to use, the smoke alone is a killer even if it is used 'safely'. And it is very expensive. We might complain here about the price of petrol as oil prices go up, but for very poor people reliant on kerosene the rises have been crippling, which is on top of countries phasing out subsidies for kerosene as part of their economic reforms.
Good luck to them with this project. As someone said above, if it means a kid can learn or just enjoy a book after dark, it's worth the money.
'a wet cubic yard of compost'
A very useful unit - thank-you!
And 'a wet cubic yard of compost' is pretty much what most American cars are made of.
Re: Resolved? I think not.
I wonder if RBS's issues with IT are down to the multitude of other banks it gobbled up, presumably each with their own special flavour of software?
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
Labradors and strategically planted trampolines.
How much does a Sidewinder missile run to these days?
Is it just me?
Or would any one else buy the astronomy book just to feel better about every decent comet being in the southern hemisphere, eclipses clouded over and the aurora buggering off somewhere else for the evening?
Are they the same ones offering the all-you-can-eat polonium buffet?
'an attempt to find methane and other signatures of life'
Methane isn't necessarily created by biology, whilst most of it here on Earth is bacterial, some is produced abiogenically in geothermal areas.
The aim of this mission is to try and locate where the Martian methane is coming from as it appears to be largely localised into plumes. The second aim is to see if there are other gases associated with the plumes as these would help explain its origins. Again here on Earth, biological methane tends to be associated with tiny amounts of ethane, whilst geothermal methane is emitted along with sulfur dioxide.
But hats off to the Indians if they can first of all get to Mars and then find methane at levels of parts per billion and report the findings back across a couple of hundred million kilometres when I can't find my bloody headphones...
'Sorry, can't come to the argument-ridden Thanksgiving meal with relatives I don't like - I have to launch a rocket,' is possibly the best excuse anyone could have.
You'd have thought more money would be forthcoming
With the knowledge 7 million people in the country aren't having their emails read by GCHQ - they could be up to anything.
So only slightly more than a Monster Cable.
Still trying to get my head round the thought that Dixons is the last word in luxury electronics purchases.
Nickel + high pressure hydrogen?
Don't know if it'll make limitless energy, but it'll make excellent Stork margarine.
Re: Misleading title
Oh I'd forgotten about the Diana movie. Will anyone here fess up to having seen it - or will we just have to take Naomi Watts word that Diana's ghost was very happy with it?
Re: Won't someone think of the CHILDREN?
Immigrant spider at that. The Mail's crack arachnid team is no doubt anxiously watching house prices and cancer admissions in the area.
Re: AC John Carter
It did have 'of Mars' in the shooting title, but then Disney's market research wonks decided that 'of Mars' would turn off women and it would do badly at the cinema. So they dumped the two words and it did disastrously at the box office - despite being completely splendid. Ahhhhh Deja Thoris....
Because 'After Earth' featuring two members of the Smith family trying to emote their way through an M Night Shylaman script is easily the worst film of the year.
When you talk about the evolving functionality of the PS3
Do you mean the things Sony took away in later models?
Re: Greenland was actually, you know green.....
'In the summer Eirik went to live in the land which he had discovered, and which he called Greenland, "Because," said he, "men will desire much the more to go there if the land has a good name."'
Eiríks saga rauða
Re: Greenland was actually, you know green.....
'The 'Vikings' spent @500 years in Greenland as a fair chunk of it it was a green a lush verdant forested paradise,'
There were no forests in Greenland. It was low scrub and grassland. The wood was imported from Norway and from Iceland (hastening that country's ecological collapse). It was always a marginal agricultural society even during the warmest period reliant on a hay harvest to keep animals alive in the winter. As soon as the conditions began to deteriorate there was no slack in the system and the inflexibility of the Norse economy doomed them to starvation.
There's a very readable account of the Norse settlement of Greenland and its rather grisly fate in 'Collapse' by Jared Diamond.
'On this basis, could someone please provide evidence of the ocean levels falling during the period of refreezing and the subsequent post industrialisation melting everything (allegedly).'
By all means:
Nunn, P. D. (2000), Environmental catastrophe in the Pacific Islands around A.D. 1300. Geoarchaeology, 15: 715–740. doi: 10.1002/1520-6548(200010)15:7<715::AID-GEA4>3.0.CO;2-L
Re: Ok, excuse me for asking but HTF do they know it is from Mars?
Often it's done by comparing the composition of gas bubbles within the rock to measurements of the Martian atmosphere obtained from Soviet and American Mars landers. If that can't be done then it's a process of elimination. Isotope ratios will not match those of the Earth and Moon. The mineralogy is often quite evolved and can incorporate hydrous minerals, and will not match that of the Moon or regular stony meteorites. They have a *relatively* young crystallisation age determined by radio dating will not match that of stony meteorites, and the effect of cosmic ray bombardment usually shows they have been in space for only a few million years.
The earthbound Pertwee episodes were a decision by the BBC to rival the glossy look of ATV's series such as 'The Avengers' and raise viewing figures which had fallen quite steeply in the later Troughton era.
What's odd about the new obsession with Earth stories is that the BBC finally has the money and effects people to render semi-convincing extraterrestrial settings. With all their millions imagine what they could do with the Zarbi - actually don't...
Re: Ooops. Can you say "Tipping point"?
'Iceland isn't a hotspot. Iceland is the result of the plates pulling apart. *big* difference.'
Huge difference, but Iceland's activity is driven by a hotspot - in fact its the dynamic uplift of low-density, upwelling Mantle under NE-Iceland that helps keep the island elevated above sea level. The Mid Atlantic Ridge North and South of Iceland, and indeed the section along the Reykjanes Peninsula is much less productive than the region associated with the hotspot.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceland_hotspot if you doubt me.
Re: Ooops. Can you say "Tipping point"?
Indeed Laki is the worst recorded eruption in modern Icelandic history but it was subaerial rather than subglacial. Of the two, I think I prefer the ones under the ice.
''A felsic igneous rock, granite is normally formed on earth as the result of volcanic activity and other tectonic phenomena. ''
Granite is not the result of volcanic activity. It is a plutonic rock formed at depth; it can be created by fractionating a more primitive magma, or, it can be created by depressurising deeply-buried crustal rocks.
Without a surface mission it will be hard to say if the rocks are indeed granite and have been exposed by erosion or faulting; or if they are corresponding felsic volcanic rocks that were erupted on to the surface. If the latter, it will be interesting, as it is a new rock type for Mars and it will imply magma was in existence long enough at relatively shallow depths to undergo fractionation. Similar felsic eruptions occur here on Earth, such as the Öræfajökull in Iceland, which has produced the amazing rhyolite and obsidian landscape of Landmannalaugur despite being source by quite primitive Mantle-derived basalts.
Re: "lacks plat techtonics"
'AFAIK the only way that happens is if Mars is solid all the way through.'
Not at all. The Earth is solid with the exception of the Outer Core - but it convects. Venus doesn't have plate tectonics because it has an enormously thick, strong lithosphere; but its density and size suggests it *should* have a convecting interior.
Mars did have primitive plate tectonics. It shows magnetic striping similar to that on the Earth's ocean floors and the Valles Marineris is a tectonic boundary. The mystery is why plate tectonics did not develop as fully on Mars as they have on Earth. By the time we know tectonics were going on Earth (there is still some debate about them in the first 600Ma of the Earth's history), Mars's interior would have been hot enough to support tectonism, but many of the features we associate with tectonics on Earth are absent on Mars.
Re: No chucking!
As in many things, the Soviets got their first. The theory of gravitational assists was published in the USSR in - incredibly - 1925 and was first implemented by Luna 3.
But NASA has to get the record - Cassini has done something like one hundred slingshots around the Saturn system.
Re: Ooops. Can you say "Tipping point"?
It does sound like a hotspot, but that doesn't mean it's nothing to worry about. It all rather depends if this is an elderly hotspot like the one under Hawaii which on average produces something like 0.1km3 of magma every year (a not inconsiderable 270 million tonnes) on average, or if it is a young plume which could produce between ten and one hundred times as much magma.
Iceland is a good analogue for this with several very active volcanoes under major icecaps including Katla under the Mýrdalsjökull and Bárðarbunga (so should be a band name) and Grímsvötn under Vatnajökull. Eruptions are fairly regular and tend to have only local effects in the form of massive glacial floods called jökulhlaups; but the bigger eruptions - such as Katla in 1918 and Grímsvötn in 2011 can produce massive ash clouds.
'threatening to open the many tiny holes in the skin of space'
Long time since I saw it, but wasn't the devilishly beard-stroking plan to *close* the holes, making the Universe a closed thermodynamic system in which entropy would continue to increase?
We could do with a bit more thermodynamic doohickies in the new season rather than the 'it'll all be all right if I wave my sonic and everyone loves one another' bollocks.
The survey doesn't say which of those forests are low biodiversity monoculture for pulp or palm oil replacing ancient forest with high biodiversity. So there is still a crisis in the world's forests.
Quite a clever company
Their current machines drive up the difficulty of mining and make themselves obsolete. So as long as the Swedes can keep cranking out faster miners they're minted.
Always ask for Uncle Rupes Personally Approved Jubblies
I'm sure Murdoch was heartbroken at blocking access to free titillation, so upset in fact he's offering his own Sun-brand phwoah! behind a teensie-weensie paywall.
India's space programme has brought real benefits to the country in terms of improved resource monitoring, weather forecasting, mineral prospecting and telecommunications. Building those satellites and space probes employs thousands of the brightest people in the world, helps create a thriving high tech business and inspires the next generation of kids to improve their prospects.
Good luck to them.
He's not bad in the new Thor movie.
Though it would have benefitted from him saying 'Fantastic!' as he trashes Greenwich; and perhaps the Doctor popping up - saving London is his job isn't it? Can't leave it to Aussies...
There hasn't been a really good Cyberman story since [controversially] 'The Invasion'. Apart from the sheer joy of pancaking Adric into a dinosaur, even 'Earthshock' isn't much cop.
You can quickly whittle down the bad episodes in the new Who - just get rid of the ones where there's a happy ending brought about by the power of love and any one where the sonic screwdriver develops yet another miraculous power.
Xerox used to spend a small fortune reminding the public to talk about photocopying rather than Xeroxing a document - not to much avail.
If the word iPad becomes genericised to the extent that even crappy tablets are called iPads then it is Apple that has the real problem disassociating its product from the junk.
So there was a pause in atmospheric warming
But the oceans have continued to warm. And they're absorbing in more than 90% of the trapped heat.
Robots of Death
Is of course entirely brilliant and it uses several Agatha Christie novels as its basis - Murder on the Orient Express, The Naked Sun and most obviously, Ten Little Indians.
There are also nods to Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson and Karel Capeck - and somehow it all still works.
'The Seeds of Doom' not only cribbed gleefully from 'The Thing from Another Planet' but then went and lifted chunks of the classic 'Avengers' story: 'The Man Eater of Surrey Green' including a carnivorous plant on the loose in suburbia, a slightly mad old lady and a killer chauffeur.
Did the earth move for you?
With 33 examples of fossilised fooking already known when can geologists get their hands on an absolutely filthy palaeontology textbook?
Re: A third Tesla went up in flames this week
There were 287,000 vehicle fires in the US in 2010.
Now the question is, is there a common fault with the S-Type that makes it susceptible to fires, or are these being caused by external factors (such as the one that hit a massive chunk of metal at speed)?
No, no, no infographics and diagrams are different things. A diagram tells you something useful and is occasionally pretty. An infographic is pretty and only rarely tells you anything at all apart from arts graduates shouldn't be allowed near a computer.
Re: Used by the beautiful, famous or especially athletic.
They're using the strategy used by the fashion business.
If you use the same fondleslab as someone famous for being famous then some of their glamour will rub off on you (in a nice way, not a slightly sweaty moderately disgusting sort of rubbing).
Calling beautiful people
You too could have the onscreen charisma to be the next Natalie Portman and Hayden Christiansen.
Is one of the 404 methods a gas bill?
Because nothing is a more authoritative identity document than a recent utility bill.
Ark in Space
As an 8 year old kid when this aired, I can say that I didn't notice the bubble wrap, it was just horrible green goo consuming Noah. And by god it was scary, then a few weeks later it was Davros - AND HE HAD NO EYES, JUST SOCKETS! Not long after that it was the Zygons and a killer Harry Sullivan. A couple of years later giant robot mummies and the utter horror feast that was Brain of Morbius. Followed by the gorgeous, creepy robots in Robots of Death, a walking ventriloquist dummy in Weng Chiang and that bloody skull in Image of the Fendahl. God it was good to be a kid in the 70s.
We even had Spangles.
I really wish someone at the BBC had the courage to commission equally scary stuff these days.
Re: PLSV? What rocket is this?
What's seriously impressive is that the Indian Space Agency originally intended MOM to fly on the GSLV rocket, but when that suffered a series of launch failures, they switched to the PLSV.
The GSLV should fly again soon and they'd better get it debugged because it is need to carry the Chandrayaan-2 lunar orbiter, lander and rover in 2017.
Someone get SciFi Channel on the phone!
I think I've found a replacement for when shark movies jump the - erm - shark.
A sad day
This story circulated for years on bulletin boards and Usenet before it became a video sensation. All we had to go on was the original Dave Barry column, which begins:
'I am absolutely not making this incident up; in fact I have it all on videotape. The tape is from a local TV news show in Oregon, which sent a reporter out to cover the removal of a 45-foot, eight-ton dead whale that washed up on the beach. The responsibility for getting rid of the carcass was placed upon the Oregon State Highway Division, apparently on the theory that highways and whales are very similar in the sense of being large objects.
'So anyway, the highway engineers hit upon the plan — remember, I am not making this up — of blowing up the whale with dynamite. The thinking here was that the whale would be blown into small pieces, which would be eaten by sea gulls, and that would be that. A textbook whale removal.
Tragically Elon didn't pick up the phone to El Reg
Because I reckon we could have come up with much better names for the company. Who wouldn't want to see CHER* straddling California for the next couple of centuries?
*California Hyperloop Eliminates Railroad
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- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?
- Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers