* Posts by Martin Budden

2214 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

NASA names New Horizons' next target

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I wonder what shape it is? It's too small to have reached hydrostatic equilibrium so I won't assume a spherical cow, although it could resemble a (slow) sheep in a vacuum.

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Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Spotted from SPAAACE

Pretty sure I'd only be able to see a baseball from space if the baseball was also in space.

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Re: Big enough to bury New York City borough under 300m of ice.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319262/

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Re: El Reg UoM?

a staggering 7 million Olympic-sized swimming pools

Or just one Olympic-sized swimming pool, if it is a really deep one. (The rules specify a minimum depth but make no mention of a maximum depth.)

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Boffins clock MONSTER BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy near Earth

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Re: Old news

After too much wine tasting I get wibbly wobbly timey wimey.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Joke

Why did the hipster burn his tongue?

He drank coffee before it was cool.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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Re: Misses the point

we should be using nuclear as much as possible. Oh, it's dangerous too.

Not particularly dangerous at all: linky

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Japan's 'White Stork' soars heavenwards to ISS

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I'm almost losing count of how many organisations are now capable of ISS re-supply - and that's a good thing!

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Re: Nice!

I love the dramatic headland visible at 0:40

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Gas giant cores actually built from shedloads of gravel

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Metric shedloads, or the slightly larger but less convenient Imperial shedloads?

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

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This doesn't have anything to do with panspermia though, despite the article's misleading use of the word "seeded". Start with a soup of basic chemicals including amino acids, hit it very hard, and some of those amino acids can get smashed together to make peptides. I expect this would work just as well if the amino acids were on Earth and got hit with a rocky asteroid.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: @Paul Crawford new technology...

I don't know if this is either feasible or useful but one could launch a vehicle via this method without a crew, and then send the crew up separately in a roman-candle type rocket or whatever other mode of conveyance won't necessarily kill them... ...Of course there would be a need to engineer the rail-launched vehicle for the launch itself as opposed to being engineered for space-travel proper - two profoundly different sets of engineering requirements. But as a cargo carrier to get materials into space to build a large space-faring ship, it might be useful.

A rail gun would certainly be a way to get a large tank full of fuel into orbit. It can then be used fuel-up any spaceship you've managed to get up there by other means.

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Re: new technology...

Air is a bit of an issue - maybe doing it on the side of kilimanjaro (fairly tall, and near the equator) might be useful

Having walked up Kilimanjaro I can confirm there is significantly less air at the top than at the bottom. Worst headache of my life.

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Re: new technology...

Exercises for the reader: Is it true that if Earth was a bit larger, it would be flat-out impossible for any self-contained chemical rocket to get to low orbit? If so, is that another term for the Drake equation that is usually left out?

AFAIK the Drake equation is about whether intelligent life exists *on* other planets, not whether they are able to get *off* said planets.

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Been sleeping well lately? No nightmares? Here's a lumbering Google bigfoot bot

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It walks just like me after 15 pints. Have they tried testing it sober?

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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geology

obligatory

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Sage advice right there.

Always amend your flight plans to avoid large raptors.

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Boffins spot a SECOND JUPITER – the gas giant's baby sister

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Re: So..But with dinosaurs? Bring it on!

...unless the buzzards raptors are overhead...

Buzzards are dinosaurs too, and it's fun to deliberately confuse birds of prey with velociraptors (and despite some significant differences, they are/were both feathered).

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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Re: Really?

Don't get me started on people who think that 10°C is twice as warm as 5°C. Grrrr.

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Chill, Philae: Shadow may protect comet lander from Sun roasting

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Re: Missed opportunity!

It's pining for the fjords.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Re: Plumbing's easy.

Not when they're plastic pipes...

I fucking hate those new-fangled plastic pipes, I really do.

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Lettuce in SPAAACE: Captive ISS 'nauts insist orbital veg is 'awesome'

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Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'

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Re: Unmistakable irony here.

It's not irony, it's brassy.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Re: Impressions

KFC have been selling their wares in buckets for years. Or are they garbage bins? Looking at the contents, I really can't be sure.

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Re: And now for something...

Don't forget the butter, Gromit!

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I'm genuinely surprised no-one yet has suggested it's the Virgin Mary On Mars.

Oh bugger, I just did.

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Re: It is simply...........

Obligatory planetary pareidolia:

https://xkcd.com/1551/

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Here we go again

Me - I'm sitting comfortably on the fence and enjoying the screaming...

Careful... get splinters in the wrong place, you'll be the one screaming.

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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Put < b > tags around the body so it looks like a title.

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Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

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Peter Dinklage has an advantage over me: he'll never be annoyed by pesky mall-bots.

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Surprise! Evil-eyed cats MORE LIKELY to be SNEAKY PREDATORS – boffins

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Re: Stalking around

You say pox, I say evolutionary success.

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ROBO-TENTACLE with mind of its own wields deadly electrical power – turns on Tesla car

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I'm amazed how many people are incapable of parking within the white lines of the parking space in the carpark outside my local supermarket. Maybe it's because they have no real incentive to make an effort... or maybe it's because they are numptys.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Trollface

earworm

Never gonna give you up...

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Chechen women swindle ISIS via social media: 'We need roubles to join you xx'

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Re: Why arrest them?

For their own safety. Them ISIS guys are probably really pissed off now.

Letting the women disappear with the money would have kept them safe. Arresting them tells ISIS exactly who they are and where to find them. The women are probably wishing they hadn't messed with terrorists now.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: I sort of agree

Heatseeker? Punt gun? Drone with large pin?

Fireworks?

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Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

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You certainly can! It's very easy to brew your own perry (and also apple cider). I have no idea if Nashi perry would be a naturally hangover-free booze though, I feel some research is required - cheers!

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Re: Hangovers are for a reason

If extra salt and extra calories are required, may I suggest pretzels as an excellent accompaniment to beer (the proper large freshly-baked German kind, not the disgusting small foil-packaged mockeries).

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Re: Hangovers are for a reason

Eating increases blood flow through the liver (via the hepatic portal vein). Perhaps this might be why it helps you?

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Re: "soy protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrient-rich ingredients"

It was something even more important than cooking which elevated us from the caveman. See icon.

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Re: Transporting water?

It could also be useful for people who live in areas where clean drinking water is hard to come by. For example, the good citizens of Mumbai could drink Soylent 2.0 instead of going to all the bother of preparing exquisitely spiced dishes such as baida roti, butter chicken with naan, or gujarati thaalis.

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Watch leggy ROBOT INSECT WALK on WATER before JUMPING OFF

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Re: It's an amputee

Would an amputee clod be a clodhopper?

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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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Re: Next ...

That certainly would explain her hairstyle.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi

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Oi Lester!

pre-prepared ≠ post-pub

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べーコンはどこですか? demands post-pub nosh fan

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Me three!

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An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one MEEELLION miles out

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Re: Polar storm?

Yes, it's called the 'hemispheric long wave pattern' and at the moment it has four troughs (at other times I've seen three or five troughs). It is useful for long-range rain forecasts, e.g. http://www.weatherzone.com.au/long-range-forecast/28-day-rain/act/act

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Just wait 12 hours...

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Russian billionaire: GET me the ALIENS ON THE PHONE. Do it NOW

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I'd estimate we are currently Bbb's?

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FAIL

@knarf

You post an equation which estimates we will find two exoplanets with signs of life within the next ten years, and from that you conclude "Odds are we won't find any".

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Re: Intelligent alien life?

I'd settle for them finding intelligent life working for a government department !

Oi! Public servants ≠ politicians.

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What makes our planet's clouds? Tiny INVISIBLE CREATURES. True story

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WTF?

Did you just seriously suggest "killing off maritime plankton"??????

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