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.
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Blimps don't simply POP! when shot, instead they gradually lose gas over a period of hours or days.
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.
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.
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.
Actually works well with real bacon.
God I'm hungry. Where's a Microsoft developers drive when you need one?
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The neutrinos are passing through solid rock between CERN and the observatory.
Light has issues with this.
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.
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.'
But that's the Americans for you, never using the same standard sauropod-derived measurements as the rest of us.
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.
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.
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.
There's no crippling of connection speeds where I live - my broadband speed is pitiful round the clock.
Although my connection speed sucks (thanks to BT's decision to lay phone cables along the most scenic route); Be are a great ISP and definitely the one to be with if you can't afford Zen.
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.
Shock and outrage on the left. Slappers on the right.
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 old show never gave us those twin wonders of Space and Time - Amy Pond and River Song.
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,
I'd also add the criminally neglected 'Tangled' from Disney to the list - a beautiful transfer of a gorgeous looking movie.
That might run into conflict with some of the PVR patents awarded to TiVo and which have been upheld in the courts.
I'd just like it if Sony released TVs that were actually distinguishable from one another by more than the 22nd digit in an unmemorable product code. Fewer different TVs would help people pick one from the multitude.
Oh and don't make them so inflammable next time.
Mars 5 worked just fine, but it is a lousy record; especially when you compare it to their hugely successful Luna and Venera probes.
They must also be concerned that the window for Mars is passing quickly. Leave it much longer and even if they can get Fobos to talk they won't have enough fuel to get there.
'We know even less about warm dense matter believed to exist in the core of larger planets'
That's a bit like calling the Blessed Paris merely 'warm and dense'.
Any news on whether the safety systems of the reactor have been brought up to basic standards? Most of the VVERs exported to India and China have had completely different safety systems (often Western) from those installed for the Russian reactors; and AFAIK none of the existing VVERs allow for passive cooling.
Not exactly just a theoretical question if previous Soviet operating regimes are anything to go on.
What's often ignored with any discussion of any gas is that it is rarely pure and needs to be sweetened before put into a pipeline. The two major acid gases in natural gas are hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide. Hydrogen sulfide is easily reduced to sulfur, but carbon dioxide is regularly vented into the atmosphere at the treatment plant. Injection back into the field can be done, but isn't widespread. So when you add the carbon dioxide that comes up with the gas to the carbon dioxide that is produced by burning it, the actual savings from burning gas often aren't as good as made out.
Overall, gas is a better fuel than coal and oil, but it probably isn't good for the long term health of the planet.
As for fracking, yep it can cause 'quakes. But generally not big ones.
A few large 'quakes have been linked to injection of fluid into wells (the most famous being in Colorado where nerve gas waste was being pumped into a deep reservoir). But most are small, just like the swarms going on at Hellisheiði right now where Reykjavik Energy are injecting water to bring new geothermal boreholes online. (It's the little cluster of yellow and orange dots near the centre-left of the map between Reykjavik and Þingvallavatn (the big lake)
It's not so long ago that EdF was the largest corporate debtor in the world despite having most of its nuclear costs either written off, transferred to the spreadsheets of the French government or simply ignored.
It must be easy to generate cheap power when you don't have to pay for anything.
Not the music!
Argh - humming now.
There's a version of Lemmings for the PS3 available for download. It plays like a dog.
Surely there can't be enough room in a RyanAir seat to do the knuckle shuffle.
We're really lucky that measles is never fatal and there are no cases of the chickenpox virus causing serious conditions in adults with immune deficiencies.
Oh wait a moment...
They'd better run fast through Bletchley if they don't want to be dragged away by hordes of feral youth.
Before they know it, UKube-1 will be the size of a bus, weigh as much as a brontosaurus, cost as much as a nearly new Nimrod and have all the functionality of the MoD.
For all of its faults (such as continuing to believe in God), the Vatican does do some very good science through the Vatican Observatory headquartered at Castel Gandolfo:
So talking to physicists isn't completely unexpected.