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1625 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Brookhaven boffins boggle at baryons

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Re: Sounds fascinating...

I don't think it's real. There isn't a single use of the word 'quantum'.

Para 7 starts off with "Quantum chronodynamics..."

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What a pain in the mass! Euro craft Rosetta to poke its probe in 10-BILLION-tonne comet

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Re: Chuck-a-duck

Useful link, thanks.

I see that the cold gas thruster is powered by Cologne, which should make the duck smell nice.

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Chuck-a-duck

Philae has no thrusters, so does Rosetta "throw" it at the comet?

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Duck's arse

Will Philae land on the flattest part of the comet, i.e. the "underside" of the duck shape?

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Skylon just looks so damn cool.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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Re: No teeth = excellent flyer @ phil dude

How does a bird in Egypt help the crocs in Australia???

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Re: I still dont get the asteroid thingy and why its got so much traction

What do you call a killdeer with one eye? A Doyouthinkhesaurus.

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Re: /but @ Paul Crawford

According to the font of all (mis)information, Wikipedia, "The series creators have said that the Clangers, living in vacuum, did not communicate by sound, but rather by a type of nuclear magnetic resonance, which was translated to audible whistles for the human audience."

More excitingly, the Clangers are coming back!

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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So if Philae has no thrusters, does Rosetta "throw" it at the comet?

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Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run

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And the backronym for the roofrack, and the backronym for the van? Suggestions have been made ;-)

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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Re: What's with the video?

And for those outside Oz who are unfamiliar: Wakefield is a *serious* racetrack. A win there is a proper win. Good on the team!

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Re: That's nice. @ MJI

I am trying to work out if this is sarcasm or not, I do hope so.

Nope, jake doesn't do sarcasm. Pompous self-aggrandising fictitious claptrap yes, sarcasm no.

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: The council have sent a court order to the Space Station

Now you've made me think of dog poop burning up during atmospheric re-entry. Yuk.

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Paris Hilton

@Michael Habel

Are Micro Bacteria even tinier than normal bacteria?

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Re: watch this

Perhaps if your hand stopped swinging for a while you might be able to hit the right keys on the keyboard.

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Re: Human physics !

A banana also produces antimatter, although not enough to (ahem) matter.

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What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this

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...verifying that the updates have all been applied to each of them isn't going to be a fun task...

Maybe use their coloured LEDs to indicate the software version: for example if you have 1021 green bots and 3 red bots, it's easy to tell which didn't get the upgrade.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success

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In that case we'll also need a bacronym for the van itself, and in honour of a certain starlet's ankle bracelet I suggest:

SCRAM - Speedy Carrier for Relocation of Aircraft Mission.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane brain surgery begins with remote incision

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Excellent boffinry from Linus and Tridge. Have a virtual beer each.

And if Tridge would like to convert that to a real beer, I happen to in Canberra too...

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Re: Tits Up Bail Provision

It's all very well keeping the sun off LOHAN for the final 1000' of plummeting, but a parachute might provide a softer landing.

Mary Poppins she ain't.

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Re: Other Similarity

It might also explain the identical levels of daylight on opposite sides of the planet ;-)

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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Sounds like a small lightning bolt would overcome those pesky charges and allow it to spin itself to bits. Van de Graaff beats van der Waals. Do it soon so the little bits have plenty of time to disperse before the predicted intersection with Earth's orbit.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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"Can we just shoot the cat"

Maybe, we won't know until we've tried.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Any word on how MOXIE does its stuff? Personally I like the idea of photosynthesis, because you get food/fuel as well as oxygen.

Icon: chlorophyll, innit.

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Re: Of course, had we not abandoned the Apollo project...

Another problem with settlements on Luna is radiation. And no, this has nothing to do with Eagle Transporters.

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Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH

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Re: map looks wrong

Worse than that, it's upside down! This is how it should look.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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There are a lot more Indian English speakers than there are English English speakers.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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WTF?

Already in use?

What about the explosive-sniffing wands that get poked into handbags etc already at airport security points? How does this new thing do anything that the existing wands don't already do???

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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power supply

They want to make it fold away into a small wrist-worn container, which sounds nice. But you'll still need to either wear a big heavy backpack for the power supply, or plug into the mains every time you want to use it.

Power supply is always the biggest issue with personal robots.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Re: It doesn't take a rocket scientist...

It looks like something of alien origin burst out of the ground. What we need to do next is search the opposite side of the planet for the entry wound.

It was either this icon or Joke Alert, take your pick.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Is this really Apple gender discrimination rubbing out @ Don Jefe

A pomegranate cut in half looks like disease ridden female genitalia. It's OK to have second thoughts if you see a vagina that looks like that. Now a sheep on the other hand, that's a dead ringer for an Eskimo with her pants half down.

see icon

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

*something about Budweiser*

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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Re: femtobarnes

"Other related units are the outhouse (1 μb, or 10−34 m2), the shed (10−24 b (1 yb), or 10−52 m2) and the "skilodge" (1 mb, or 10−31 m2)"

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Re: femtobarns

I'd like to take this opportunity to table a motion that Barns be added to the Official El Reg Units of Measurement.

Yes, the Barn should be one of the El Reg staple units. A Barnstaple.

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New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

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Re: I'll go pedantic

Transistor as a switch yes, transistor as an amplifier no. So it's a switch.

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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

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Re: 13 month old son?

It's odd that people use the phrase "sleeping like a baby" to indicate sleeping well. When an adult says "I slept like a baby last night" I usually reply "so you woke up every couple of hours crying because you shat yourself again?". The look on their face is priceless.

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Re: Yes a stein

Witbier is a Belgian wheat beer, usually lightly spiced and slightly sour. Linus is more likely to drink a German wheat beer i.e. Weizenbier/Weissbier, which is not spiced but instead has delicious banana and/or clove aromatics produced by the particular local yeast strain. My personal preference (among wheat beers) is for dark wheat beers i.e. Dunkelweizen, keep an eye out for Franziskaner Dunkel which is especially good.

Cheers!

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

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Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland

Sorry but Ascension Island was recently purchased by Elon Musk a secret buyer, who was apparently quite taken with the island's volcano.

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Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland

Why choose the bit of mainland UK which is furthest from the equator? Cornwall would make more sense.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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FAIL

If they reduce the contrast on the display and make the fonts harder to read, I'll be distracted from effective problem-solving. I work best when comfortable.

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

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Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?

A wedgie eating roadkill can ruin your whole day. You come over a crest at 100km/h, the wedgie takes off but it's big so it doesn't rise fast enough, and the next thing you know the massive eagle has smashed through your windscreen and into your face.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Re: We kill and eat Wilbur. And Nemo (if not Nemo, several of his cousins). And Bambi. And Daisy...

Humans eat meat. Usually. ;-)

Thanks for including the word "usually". I choose not to, along with half a billion other people :-)

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: A quote from Hawking

Park a telescope out around >550AU

As interesting as that sounds, it seems... tricky.

Firstly, keep in mind that Voyager 2 is still only a bit more than 100AU away, so we'd need to get the telescope a *very* long way. Of course we could use clever planetary slingshots to speed it up enough to knock a decade or two off the travel time, even so it's a very long-term project.

Secondly, how do we "park" the telescope when it reaches 550AU? Remember that it will be travelling very fast! There isn't any way to slow it down, so it will just keep on keeping on, zooming further out into the void, to be lost forever.

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Re: Only thing live for now.

God is not that cruel.

god who?

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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Re: @ jake

Curry is hardly important in this discussion.

Did you RTFA?

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: Soon to be (unfortunately)...

If something is patented it can't be locked away, since a fundamental purpose of the patent process is publication.

Try telling that to Intellectual Ventures.

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D-Wave to bust 1,000-qubit barrier with new quantum compute device

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I can't tell if D-Wave are certain to succeed or certain to fail or something in-between.

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