Re: Censorship is alive and well in Britian
'Whatever you tell it to. '
Trans: Whatever the people with money tell it to.
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'Whatever you tell it to. '
Trans: Whatever the people with money tell it to.
It's been spreading relentlessly after metastasising at the heart of the BBC; it can usually be found beating up the English language in conjunction with the chilling phrases 'blue skies thinking' and 'innovative leadership'.
My dad was a saint getting my first train set up and running. There's no small amount of preparation involved in putting together Hornby OO for an impatient child when you share the house with a very enthusiastic labrador.
This is so very deserving of research funding.
And possibly insulin.
Are those the ones that were used for the really rather cool communicators in Space 1999?
My guess is that it's too faint to get any spectroscopic analysis done from Earth let alone the tiny concentrations of the other stuff floating around in the water.
ESA's JUICE mission which is scheduled for 2022 will perform detailed analyses of the Galilean moons including trying to get thicknesses of their crusts and in Europa's case identifying organic molecules on the surface to see if they are anything other than products of UV light on methane.
This is just the Mark I which exists mainly to justify follow-on contracts.
Following a lone sniper attack on the lorry Boeing will go along to the DoD and ask for funding for an improved Mark II that will be only very slightly more expensive and contain a slightly less obvious fatal flaw.
That's precious time when people could be making phone calls for her friends in the NSA to tap.
One thing Britain still doesn't have is the venture capital community that you find in Silicon Valley or Cambridge, MA. Had this idea been developed in the US it would have been possible to find a group of investors who either had the specialist knowledge, or knew the people who did, to make a decision on whether this was worth funding. Silicon Valley keeps going because its where brilliant ideas meet an avalanche of money.
The photo of the plane on the apron is horrifying. The exhaust is probably cleaner than the air going in.
Not "strict", "naughty boy" and "spanking"?
Doctor Who's 'Invisible Enemy' had one of those on Titan, where Earth was menaced by a giant prawn in cahoots with Mr Bronson after he was infected by terrifying eyebrows.
The Clinton White House had a plan to take 50 tonnes of plutonium from each of the American and Russian stockpiles to blend into MOX fuel for PWRs. IIRC the Bush White House cancelled the plan.
In a 2000 agreement, the US said it would turn 75% of its plutonium stockpile into MOX which would be consumed in PWRs, but not reprocessed. The rest would be blended into reactor waste and vitrified, this was cancelled around 2000 and the MOX plant is still under construction.. The US also agreed to help the Russians build a MOX plant to dispose of 34 tonnes of their plutonium, but the cost rose from about $3 billion to more than $18 billion. So far the Russians have paid for their MOX plant from their own money.
In 2010, the US agreed an amendment to the 2000 agreement that will allow the Russians to turn their plutonium into fuel for two demonstration fast neutron reactors that are under construction with the stipulation it will not reprocess any spent fuel from the reactors before all 34 tonnes have been passed through the plants.
US plutonium is kept at Pantex near Amarillo in Texas and at Savannah River, Georgia. Not sure about the Russian plutonium.
France offered to sell a MOX plant to the US, but was refused. Both Britain and France have (mostly) operational MOX facilities largely designed for exporting fuel to Japan which was suspended, but which has now resumed, following the Fukushima meltdowns.
BTW. A large amount of the highly enriched uranium in the Megatons to Megawatts programme actually came from Soviet era nuclear submarine fuel which was often enriched to over 90% so that the core could be made smaller and quieter.
'Issue Tissue' - awesome.
God only knows what damage bureaucrats who set minimum splinter levels in toilet paper could do if they were let loose on important stuff.
That would have required Hell to send out for gritting lorries.
They may well have used the same rigorous testing procedures as RBS.
What you've got to hope from the one hour taster is that they have enjoyed themselves writing something that sort-of worked that they think another hour's commitment might be worth it, and then another hour's and another...
So the question is - what happens to those people who get to the end of the hour and want to continue but aren't ready for unstructured, unsupervised learning?
They might never make software engineers or build an app, but if they learn that they can program a bit and get the computer to do something for them then that's worth trying.
They're still going? Though by the sounds of it only the three letters are in common with their origins.
Sigh, no more pretty boxes.
Lovely things. I had a Mattias Touch Pro on my office Mac which had the same microswitched keys - accurate, fast and it even had all the character accents printed on it - and then they moved us to an open plan office.
I would have happily kept it, but the rest of the building didn't like a sound akin to the skeleton fight from the Jason and the Argonauts soundtrack.
And adverts, lots and lots of adverts - it is Google after all.
The storm is down to atmospheric circulation just as the Antarctic has a large circumpolar vortex, so it's not magnetic.
You're quite right, Saturn has very little temperature difference between the equator and poles because most of its atmospheric heat is coming from an internal (poorly understood going on 'no bloody idea') heat source.
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.
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?
Labradors and strategically planted trampolines.
How much does a Sidewinder missile run to these days?
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?
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.
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.
Don't know if it'll make limitless energy, but it'll make excellent Stork margarine.
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?
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.
Immigrant spider at that. The Mail's crack arachnid team is no doubt anxiously watching house prices and cancer admissions in the area.
Do you mean the things Sony took away in later models?
'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
'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
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...
'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.
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.
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.
''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.
'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.
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.
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.