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Largest things in the universe?
It depends on what you think is a single "thing," I suppose. Clusters of galaxies are larger than 2 million light years. Super-clusters are bigger still. These are organized in walls and filaments, and these in turn form the cosmic web. Quite a few people say the cosmic web is the largest thing.
Still an impressive jet.
Too true: "Adding hay does not make finding needles easier" is one of my favourite sayings when discussing pattern recognition. The key to successfully finding things is in reducing data by knowing exactly how to obtain all relevant information rather than just flinging more data at the problem.
One of the coolest galaxies
just got even cooler! I just downloaded the paper and it is really fascinating. I am surprised to see such a well-defined spiral inside the galaxy.
I spotted this fella with 15x70 bins from down-under. I would love to see it through a bigger scope,
This should be called a "Near Darwin Award Experience"
he didn't happen to be from Darwin originally?
Re: TBottom image
Undoubtedly this was attached to a packet of peanuts
Unless it is The Luggage, encrusted in opal. Be on the look out for lots of little legs!
I was right to keep my old Tungsten T3
Still works, and my youngest (8) loves playing with it.
See, I knew there was a reason.
Re: There are many ways to skin a cat...
Many astronomers now say the moon is not really a satellite of earth (hence "That is not a moon" ;-) ), because it is not many orders of magnitude lighter than the Earth. The Earth-Moon system is a double planet (much like Pluto and Charon is properly called a double dwarf planet).
Most moons formed in orbit around their planet, as mini solar systems (and can have a strikingly different composition from their parent planet, and even each other, depending on the distance to the planet). Some, like Phobos and Deimos of Mars, were probably captured asteroids.
Re: Pah, nothing but liberal lies, I tell you!
That date is 15 minutes off (Pratchett and Gaiman, 1995).
Re: You used the wrong icon
I expect to hear black choppers in the distance when mocking certain governments
But it's not 'Merkin' justice!!!
As was said, it would be nice (if perhaps unrealistic) if the US showed the courtesy to respect the judicial system in other countries
Doesn't it hurt?
when a giant golden parachute hits you on the head after landing.
One would almost hope so
You forget all the pollution of the air, and the electromagnetic spectrum. We are DOOMED!!
Let me lend you a tinfoil hat
I think I will stick with pdflatex
not to everyone's taste, but sufficient for my needs.
And, yes, I know the acrobat suite can do a great deal more than just generate pdfs.
Re: He almost sounds sensible?
I know what you mean. You must however realize that despite extensive screening, people of real ability, integrity, and intelligence sometimes slip through the meshes of the net and end up holding even cabinet positions. Do not worry unduly, however, at the next cabinet reshuffle these good apples will be removed.
50,000 Elves? Sindar or Noldor?
Mine is the one with the the Silmarillion in the pocket
Straight from a Bond movie
No mister Bond, the dolphin expects you to die!
Re: Oh how perfectly dreadful
Jake: it is www.theregister.co.uk
Americans do not get to dictate British spelling (yet).
Therefore, and because it's Aussie boffins: maths
Ig Nobel Material
If ever there was!
Mine is the red cape
Throughout history, France has the "better" track record in terms of number of invasions than the Germans do (and not just when Napoleon ruled them).
Still, all of us EU citizens now have 1/503,492,041th of a Nobel Peace Prize. Let's raise a glass to that (not that we need such a flimsy excuse).
So who is going to blow out the LEDs on the birthday cake?
OK, OK, I'm going
Re: Pratchett, already!
"Your milk was on time though...."
seven o'clock on the dot!
I must say what most gets up my nose is that they insist on literal meaning of the bible when it comes to facts, but tend to ignore the more important moral and ethical message it has.
As a kid, I was an atheist at a Catholic (Jesuit) school (in the Netherlands). That school had very sensible ideas about science and religion, and how the two need not be at loggerheads. I was especially invited by a Jesuit priest to join a discussion group on philosophical and religious issues, precisely because I was an atheist. He did not want to convert me, he wanted someone to challenge religious dogma. "I want the pupils to think about religion, not just accept what I say" were his words.
There were, and are many scientist who are devout Christians. Let any one of them take over this idiot's place in the committee.
Re: Earth is 9,000 years old...
Remember Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have shown that the date and time derived by bishop Usher and his co-worker was inaccurate.
By a quarter of an hour
Re: But wait
Please refrain from feeding the troll
One small step for a kernel, but one giant leap for penguin-kind
Sorry, couldn't resist
My only point is that it is unaffected by the low density of the air. It is convective transfer (along with a bit of diffusion) which takes a dive. If the object is in direct sunlight, radiative transfer may cause it to warm up.
At altitude, heat will still radiate away, as radiative heat transfer still works in a vacuum. It is convective transfer which will be much less. However, the very low temperatures may offset that (larger heat gradient).
May I still enjoy my popcorn?
Carbon neutral, organic, corn, heated with a little bit of polyunsaturated (organic!) oil, of course!!
And at even higher accuracy, you can hit him on the head with it!!
Re: Improved accuracy
I suppose you would like it to have a fixed undercarriage, a curious crook in each wings, and designation JU87
"I assume by 'reliably tagging' you mean finding a way to stop media companies 'accidentally' stripping out the tagging information supplied by the creator."
Precisely: this is what digital watermarking is about: this inclusion in the actual photograph of a data identifying its origin. A well-designed watermark cannot be stripped accidentally, but requires a concerted effort. Ideally, stripping the watermark should degrade the image enough to make it useless for many purposes. In practice, many attacks on existing watermarks exist, but watermarks are getting better. Digital watermarking is still an active area of research.
"X-Factor for Tech will be out of this world!"
Does this mean Elon Musk is involved?
Sounds like these beasts could rid us of bracken
No other creature seems to want to eat that stuff. Forget getting velociraptors for a Jurassic Park experience, get us some hadrosaurs to chomp away at bracken!
25% of brain power? 25% of the brain power of an amoeba suffices for a dreadful number of shows on the tele (X-factor, anyone?). Sometimes I feel the only way to enjoy shows is to switch all higher brain functions off completely.
Re: Oh Noes Another Church ??
No worries: Pasta and bacon go together very well (witness spaghetti alla carbonara)
The Ultimate Prior Art?
I bet Samsung is hoping they find the case of the device, and that it has rounded corners
Re: Peers ...
A jury of pears would have been an improvement over a jury headed by someone who has such difficulty telling the truth
Hogan really missed his true calling, he should have become a politician
I am surprised they use dishes at all
The LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) is using a phased array approach. Much cheaper, no moving parts.
The BOFH is a contractor
who should be committed
One thing we will never know is
did it taste like chicken?
Mine is the one with the cookery book in the pocket
More seriously: nice work finding this strange creature!
Re: Of course my favourite one has to be the 1967 version of Casino Royale
'Who is this "le Chiffre"?'
'Nobody knows, not even "le Chiffre"!!'
Re: Coolness check-list
good list, but shouldn't the motorbike goggles be peering through a tiny little windscreen at the fron of an open cockpit?
Re: time travel?
However, as you travel through this mangled space, you might e in for some serious mangling yourself. Bit of a downer, that.
Interesting stuff. M22 is magnificent in my 8" scope, as my son (10) also agreed to when we observed it from France this summer. I will tell him he has seen the home of a black-hole binary system. I bet he will be excited.
I am dyslectic Borg. Your ass will be malted!!
(Thanks to Mr. Spock on Stargazers Lounge)
Take zis pill, it will take ALL ze pain avay, I perzonally promise!
This really sounds like one from Igor (or Junior Postman Groat, for that matter). Mamba poison does kill all pain (quite quickly), along with the rest of you.
It also reminds me of the proposed surgical treatment for migraine (amputation of the head)
Still, kudos to the scientists if this works well.
Now that is a phrase which could easily be misunderstood
No, mine is not the black leather one.
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