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Discovery is going to the Air and Space Museum, Endeavour to the California Science Center in LA and Atlantis will remain at KSC.
Have they tried
Turning it off and on again?
From examining the composition of iron meteorites, where most contain inclusions of pyrrhotite (usually in the form of troilite) and graphite, we should also expect considerable amounts of sulfur and silicon down there.
(Of course the density of the Core would be massively reduced if Doug McClure was right all those years ago.)
Why yes that is a geological hammer in my pocket...
Our last, best hope
Is that I find it impossible to understand what the Beboids say, so we must pray it's even harder for the tentacled beings FROM BEYOND SPACE! (cue theramins)
Oooops one more
The stunningly beautiful Cygnus from 'The Black Hole' - it's like the Crystal Palace has been fitted with a warp drive.
And if I'm allowed just one more? The Orion Spaceplane from 2001 - so beautiful, so very nearly possible.
Realistic in one sense
The large model of Discovery was getting on for the size of a real ship - 54 feet to be precise.
There's a huge debt owed to Gerry Anderson for the look of spaceships from the 1970s onwards. It was him and his team creating models for Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space 1999 that really excelled at hacking bits of Airfix kits into detailing for models.
They were so good that Kubrick pinched most of them to work on '2001' and from there they went on to inspire a good deal of the work done on movies like 'Silent Running', 'Close Encounters' and 'Bladerunner'.
And although it's not a film spaceship, you can't get a better ship than the Eagle from Space 1999.
This would be the weather satellite the Chinese so charmingly decided to blow up and fill low orbit with tens of thousands of pieces of debris. It'd be justice if the Tiangong 1 unmanned space station took a broadside.
PLEASE! Then we won't have to put up with documentaries filled with tootling and parping incidental music for 50 minutes.
And if they can somehow redub Robert Peston into English that will be worth the licence fee alone. But I suspect even the Beeb's boffins won't be able to stop Peston having a good rummage in his trousers every time he stands up and speaks (sorry it's one of those things that once seen can't be unseen - much the same way that Peter Sissons jiggles when reading the news)
Those would be the ones made from fossil fuels whose prices are rising rapidly beyond the budgets of farmers in the developing world?
Submerge the whole thing in liquid hydrogen with the result that the air inside condenses in a moment. Fire the motor - with no moving parts or electronics there is literally nothing that can go wrong.
Post the video.
Chief rabbi reversing...
If he backs up any more quickly he'll need to be fitted with a reversing signal.
Actually it probably is hard to shoot down
Blimps don't simply POP! when shot, instead they gradually lose gas over a period of hours or days.
"... currently doing God’s work."
Agree with the previous poster.
And somehow I assume it's not the sort of God's work that revolves around cups of tea and jumble sales.
The UK bill for decommissioning our existing reactor fleet is heading towards £70 billion (albeit spread over a long time), excluding the cost of a long-term repository which hasn't even been designed let alone planned. These costs have been driving up our power bills for quite some time now - something which Lewis forgot to mention.
And the cost of nuclear also has to include the liabilities taken on by the State as no private insurer will ever cover a nuclear plant.
Yes it's green power and we should have it, but let's have an honest pricing for nuclear electricity.
In the movies
Cerenkov radiation can either be simulated by:
a: a huge CGI budget and much pixel wrangling, or;
b: replacing the water on set with tonic water and shining UV light into the tank.
The quinine in the tonic water fluoresces blue under UV - et voila, you can have a cinematic radioactive catastrophe and cocktails.
'Rupert Murdoch botherer'?
Hardly. In a committee session dominated by pathetic questioning and lack of rigour, Mensch was by far the worst questioner. She could barely wait to finish her questions to the Murdochs so she could dash outside and breathlessly tell the press all that had happened.
The biggest thing about this story is that Louise Mensch is back in the news which will please Louise Mensch immensely.
If it was real bacon* it would have converted to another religion on the spot.
* not the horrible deep-fried fat with the consistency of broken glass stuff the Americans insist on calling bacon.
Ignoring the '50-foot (15m) fish' error
It seems something of a wasted opportunity not to blow it up. How often do you get a massive target at a convenient beachside location just around the corner from the US Navy Pacific Fleet who own so much highly entertaining death tech?
'Failing that, just getting the craft to land on Earth instead of crashing through the atmosphere could allow the agency to recover equipment from the ship and even readings from its instruments.'
Fobos-Grunt isn't equipped with a heat shield - how is that meant to happen?
If this child was given this name in Scandinavia
He probably couldn't get away with it in Sweden - or at least his parents couldn't. The Swedish tax authority (El Reg - passim) would probably block it. Norway has similar laws deliberately aimed at protecting the child from possible abuse because of their names.
I'm not sure about Denmark. Iceland (although not part of Scandinavia) has the strictest rules - you can only name your child from an approved list of suitably viking-sounding names.
And you can bet if you name your child after a hulking great viking hero he won't grow up to be a hulking great viking hero; he'll probably much prefer art, have asthma and be in touch with his feminine side. Which is great. But parents projecting their own fantasies on their kids - not great.
I predict either a name change in 16 years time, or a homicide (possibly in tribute to the game with a viking axe).
You'd have thought he'd have bigger things to worry about
As great pieces of rabbinical thinking go, this isn't one of them. I'd be happier if the Chief rabbi and his fellow priests of all faiths spent less time blaming one company for all the ills of the world and rather more time wondering what it is about religion that makes large numbers of believers think they are better people by humiliating, oppressing and killing those who don't share their entirely unsubstantiated beliefs.
It takes a very special brand of genius to come up with this idea
We *could* spend our money ensuring kids have the skills to compete in a global marketplace dominated by high technology, engineering and manufacturing (like they are in - sayyyyy India). We could see if immigrant groups have equal access to education and training so that they could work in what's left of our economy; or we could just assume that people from the subcontinent and their children are happy to continue making curry.
'This does seem a bit odd as nobody panics when a Tomahawk cruise missile gets fired off'
Not really, unlike a ballistic missile the other side doesn't see the cruise missile pop up on their radar and have to make an instant decision whether they're watching the other side playing silly buggers or going to have to replan their weekend around the horrible flaming megadeath of humanity.
Is this thing being tracked at all
Are ground observers able to see Fobos at all? It'd be horrible luck if it has fired its engines for Mars after all and we're looking in the wrong place.
It's also rather freaky in flight
The exhaust is almost entirely invisible, so the photos of the Prospero launch make Black Arrow look like it was just hanging there:
You should also add Israel, Japan and Russia to the list of countries operating spy satellites.
We have a worthy winner
I assume Lester is a shoo-in for the first prize in that he showed all the qualities of the very finest of British engineering - beer, creative thinking, bodging and more beer.
Image problem for engineers
In the UK an engineer is someone who fixes your washing machine, in Germany he is heralded by a magnificent Herr Doktor.
...combined with the steam catapaults it'd make a fantastic new weapon against pirates
Magma is sloshing around under Yellowstone, but there is no evidence that activity is trending upwards. Most of these big calderas see regular injections of magma from depth, followed by gradual withdrawals.
There was some worry a few years ago about a bulge under Yellowstone Lake which some people thought was due to magma rising towards the surface. In fact it is probably caused by hot water and gas rising up beneath the lake. It's not growing and not associated with any seismic activity. The biggest current risk in Yellowstone is a recurrence of the massive hydrothermal eruptions which have occurred in the last few thousand years (IIRC the latest has been provisionally dated to 1300 or so).
And its impossible to say what scale the activity in Yellowstone would be on, again caldera eruptions can be catastrophic, or they can be small scale eruptions of magma. A good example is in California where the mind-buggeringly big Long Valley caldera created a series of catastrophic eruptions around 760,000 years ago; but since then activity has been in the form of a series of smaller volcanoes at Mammoth Mountain and the Mono and Inyo Craters which wouldn't really be a threat to anyone.
The three big Yellowstone eruptions were 2.1 million, 1.3 million, and 640,000 years ago, so not exactly clockwork and there is no geologist who would ever say when an eruption will occur - only that one will occur at some point in the future.
Besides, why worry about Yellowstone when the Campi Flegrei caldera is only a 3 hour plane flight away; much more active and where the food is better?
But if you do ever get a chance to visit Yellowstone, take it, it is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth.
Most of the troops weren't even born when Sharon Stone was actually famous. For most of the last twenty years she's been becoming increasingly bizarre going on fully unhinged. As the ever-wonderful Marina Hyde put it:
'In 2006, as Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was slipping into a coma after a stroke, cinema's Sharon Stone was readying herself to prove that nymphomaniac ice-pick murderers and Middle East peace envoys need not be mutually exclusive.'
Seems a bit of a lot of hard work
Centrifuge plants require a lot of power to work. Bomb the power plants if you can't get to the 'fuges themselves.
You can argue that the rebuilding of the Ruhr dams consumed so much material and manpower that it prevented the Germans from reinforcing the Atlantic Wall, and so made the Normandy landings possible.
That's a very cool lorry
But you just know that if the British Army ever get their hands on one the first thing they'll do is try and drive it under a low bridge.
It doesn't seem to add up
As above. The Desertec project to produce 15% of Europe's energy from solar power in the Sahara is much less challenging and would produce cheaper power more quickly.
Obligatory NASA gee-whizzery
By the time Voyager 2 reached Neptune the strength of the radio signal received on Earth was already 1/20 billionth the power of that produced by a watch battery.
These machines are incredible.
Still problems downstream
Sony's main camera plant is currently underwater in Thailand and will be out of service for a few months yet. If you were planning on buying an Alpha, it might be worth heading to the shops now.
The British bit didn't work :(
The Russians have recently finished their latest reactor in Kaliningrad, and if they've engineered it to their usual high standards it should be leaking quite nicely about now,