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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.
it reminds me of:
Ravenous bugblatter beasts of Traal often make a good meal for visiting tourists
Ravenous bugblatter beasts of Traal often make a good meal of visiting tourists
The bacon sarnie that bit back.
Those "Golden Dawn" ultra right wingers and the church are taking themselves WAY too seriously,
Maybe it is mandatory to undergo a full humourectomy before joining either
Can't you just see people vote
One a really nifty new way to handle loads of database transactions 10 times faster on the same hardware?
You're right, I can't either.
Intel Graphics == No use to me
I like to do some CUDA stuff on my laptop. There are some pretty decent 13" laptops out there, with nVidia graphics, and a lot more processing clout, for less money. OK, they might not be quite as thin, but they are still quite light (I have seen an ASUS of just 1.78kg). Much more useful to me.
One whole load of foetid dingo's kidneys
Will that still be OK?
After all, it is just a quote from the great Douglas Adams
And at least I didn't say Belgium
If they really wanted to create an explosive atmosphere
Sukakuium would be the name of choice
In Chinese textbooks that would have to become Diaoyuium
Re: Navigational Deflectors?
And what about jet-packs, I want a jet-pack! It does not even need antigravity, for goodness' sake (or slood for that matter)
It's an 11" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain
Even without the image on his website, the aperture of 11" tells you it is the Celestron C11, one of the only 11" scopes out there (and the big brother of my C8). Excellent planetary imaging scopes. You do not want a DSLR for this work, a decent webcam (CCD-based for preference) or a specialized planetary camera, which can maintain 30-60 FPS at VGA resolution is generally best.
Re: "Or not."
Same here in the Netherlands.
Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake were pretty good though. And anyway, a comet like this would be visible for quite a long time. Time to get that astronomized DSLR ready.
At least it wasn't an electric eel
That would have been shocking
Infinity is a very long time indeed
The authors do assume the nuclei have infinite life span. This might not be correct. And anyway, some klutz in a lab coat is bound to drop it at some point (he might even be called Ponder Stibbons).
Interesting work, otherwise
Re: Future consequences
I have this sudden sense of deja vu
Calling Sgt. Angua
Mine is the one with "The Fifth Elephant" in the pocket
Re: Jury was fatally flawed.
Interesting reads. At the end of the first, the phrase "Sulk Hogan" sprang to mind,
I wonder why?
Similar clouds have been known to surround galactic clusters, but not around our own. That is of course hard to do, and has been likened to "drawing up a map of the city whilst standing in the market square." A more accurate analogy would be "drawing up a map of the city whilst standing on a playground somewhere in the (unfashionable western) suburbs"
Thumbs up to the scientists for attempting perhaps not the impossible, but at least the very, very improbable!
Maybe they were followers of the Holy Shoe and the Holy Gourd!!
HE IS NOT THE MESSIAH, HE IS A NAUGHTY BOY!!
Cool, seriously cool!
I visited their lab with two dozen students eleven years ago. They do a lot of seriously cool things there (like transistors that switch based on a single electron on the gate: talk about low power). The students were suitable impressed, even the guy who tried to do a limbo dance underneath a manipulator arm of a vacuum chamber set-up. Needless to say, our host was seriously relieved that I grabbed this student by the shoulder and gave him a very severe reprimand (think sergeant-major Shut-up Sahib).
I am proud the Dutch managed to get another two IgNobels!
Here's to research that makes you think and laugh (I am not picky about the order)
"Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now. I think Windows 8 certainly surpasses it."
What is Balmer smoking? Windows 95 the biggest thing in what? Computing? I would think other things in computing have been bigger (or at least better) in the last 20 years. The world-wide web, for one. OK that made its first wobbly steps in 1990/1991, so outside the time frame, but it only really took off the years after. The Mosaic Browser (1993) was a seminal event in computing. Windows 95 was not.
In my view, Windows 95 improved upon Windows 3.1(1) in that it camouflaged the fact that it was a graphic shell overlaid on MS-DOS rather better. It did a bit more than that, and popularized the WIMP-style (windows, icons, menus, pointer) GUIs still with use today. Yes I know MS did not invent them, but W95 did bring them to a big audience, and took the MS-DOS crowd away from the command line.
Pirate icon because I was ill on "Talk like a pirate day"
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