730 posts • joined Friday 27th April 2007 00:33 GMT
Re: @JAX - Wow...
I suspect the Hack is well aware and chose to avoid mention of treatment for shock value.
This is bad news indeed. I have loved hearing about so many planet discoveries from Kepler, and I've been looking forward to an ever-growing list of "goldilocks" planets.
We can't even ask Sir Hadfield to nip over and fix it, the orbit is... what is the word... unsuitable.
Re: Real Soon Now
"With quantum electronics you'll be able to have the volume at both 1 & 2 at the same time ..."
but only for as long as I don't listen to find out how loud/quiet it is.
p.s. where is the remote? It might be under the cat.
"No fear here. I've got my sonic ready to reverse the neutron flow and shunt the excess to a flux capacitor."
Don't cross the streams!
Top work from NomNomNom there, have a virtual beer, you've earned it!
Re: Cheers to him
I saw the ISS+Hadfield+Dragon pass overhead a few weeks ago, it looked amazingly close.
No need for batteries. Then TF-X will work.
Nice analysis by Lewis of why the TF-X (probably) won't work if batteries are used to provide the take-off grunt: the batteries are very heavy.
Which begs the question: why are batteries needed when there is already another power source on board? The internal combustion engine (ICE) can be used to provide the juice for the take-off rotors. The only reason why the ICE is not driving the rotors directly is because the mechanical linkages would be too complex, so it makes sense for the ICE to run a generator and have 'leccy motors for the rotors (this is a similar arrangement to diesel-electric trains, as someone already pointed out). No heavy batteries mean the numbers now add up and the concept is feasible (noise and downwash notwithstanding).
p.s. I want a flying car, and I want it now!
How did the hipster burn his tongue?
He drank coffee before it was cool.
Re: Only one system?
And yet they swapped it with a spare they happened to have on board.
"Any way the teaspoon isn't intended to be a precise unit"
Clearly you don't cook/bake much.
1 Teaspoon [metric] = 5 millilitres = 0.000005 cubic metres
1 Teaspoon [UK] = 1/8 fluid ounce [UK]
1 Teaspoon [US] = 1/6 fluid ounce [US]
1 Teaspoon [metric] = 1.4078031891 Teaspoon [UK]
1 Teaspoon [metric] = 1.014420681 Teaspoon [US]
1 Teaspoon [UK] = 0.7205699553 Teaspoon [US]
Is that precise enough for you?
Only one system?
I get the impression from this article (and others from different sources) that this is the only cooling system for the station's power channels. Surely that can't be right? Surely hundreds of brainy rocket scientists would have had the idea of having at least two cooling systems in case one leaks/fails???
Re: Much Better
no no no... polygons to blockbusters.
In addition to what Neoc said, a standard lunar eclipse is really boring to look at: it's a full moon which goes dark red (commonly called a "blood moon") because even though the moon is in Earth's shadow there is enough sunlight being scattered by Earth's atmosphere to provide some light to the moon.
What I would love to see would be an eclipse while standing on the moon, i.e. the earth passing in front of the sun. The earth would look like a black disk with a surrounding ring of red atmosphere. Now THAT would be cool (as if standing on the moon wouldn't be awesome enough).
Re: Get off our land!
The United Kingdom and Ireland have signed an EEZ boundary agreement which includes Rockall in the United Kingdom area.
skelband, you totally missed the point of elephant's question. (s)he wasn't asking for an explanation of the experiment in the video, just simply: how do magnets work?. In other words, how come a magnet is magnetic?
Re: New principle in video?
I think you've got it right.
Re: Let's see ...
22:00 GMT = 8am EST which hardly counts as sparrow-fart (unless you are a teenager and/or student).
Not worth seeing here in ACT though, partials are boring. Even annulars are annoying because you can't look at them directly. The only ones worth bothering with are total eclipses, having seen the 2002 one in Lyndhurst (South Australia) I can confirm that totals are truly amazing!
Does it have a name?
It seems a bit silly to keep saying "the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy" every time. It needs a name.
I was taught at school (therefore this may be false) that different species of nematode have evolved to live in the earring holes of people with different grades of earring gold: a species to go with 9 carat, a species to go with 18 carat, and a species to go with 24 carat. Amazing if true.
Re: IKEA furniture bot
There will still be a funny-looking bolt thingy left over.
Re: Ninja business cards
My donkey can't gallop that fast no matter how hard I drive it.
I should add that if beer is left sitting for a long time in a spot where light can get to it then it can be both light-struck and oxidised at the same time; if you have experienced such beer this may explain your confusion.
Re: As a visitor
That flavour you don't like in mainstream Aussie beers is corn sugar.
Unfortunately all the common mega-swill such as VB, XXXX, Carlton etc etc are brewed with at least 30% corn sugar and less than 70% barley, not only does this reduce the malty flavour making them more "easy drinking" (boring) but it also leaves a residual corn-flavour which may seem unpleasant if you are used to decent all-barley beer.
The answer to the problem is simple: don't buy mega-swill, buy proper craft beer instead. Australia has over a hundred small breweries making fantastic beers without any corn sugar whatsoever. So when you go to the bar, don't just point at the nearest tap on the bar-top, ask what bottled beers are in the fridge behind the bar.
Sorry, no. Light-struck beer tastes skunky, old (oxidised) beer tastes cardboardy/socky. Different off-flavours with different causes.
Those are just two of the many different off-flavours which can affect beer, each with their own list of causes.
"Apparently, dog's milk lasts for years as well."
Is that dog years or human years?
If you like Chimay and Westmalle you really must try Westvleteren. Hard to get hold of but well worth the effort and cost!
I think I am B2!
I might nip over to have a look... do you think the public are allowed in as usual, or will they be closing the complex for the lift?
Re: why it took over 20 years
"Does Tunguska have rounded corners?"
Tunguska is a river, so no.
Time for another look?
There must be thousands of bits out there, isn't it about time we had a (serious) go at finding them?
Re: Are they dealing with AGW too.
I bet none of them are worried about anthropogenic global warming, as none of them are humans.
"Its not just expensive, it *more* expensive ... when compared to a fully featured suite for conducting meetings over the internet or building a transcontinental rail link that can carry people in comfort rather than cubic-close-packed. The long-term future of mass transit by air is already doubtful."
Don't be silly. I can't go on holiday overseas* using the internet or a transcontinental rail link, and boats are too slow. Nor can I visit my relatives using any of those things. I'll always want/need to fly. Millions will agree with me. The long-term future of mass transit by air is ensured.
*The important part of the word 'overseas' is 'sea'.
Re: @ Annihilator
"accuracy measured in feet with existing technology"
Really? When stuff falls out of space the estimates of point of impact are generally given +/- a couple of hundred kilometres. I understand that a neat pole shape is more predictable than an irregular satellite, even so the main issue is that the altitude of the top of the drag-significant part of the atmosphere varies a lot in an unpredictable manner over very short periods of time.
Re: I predict
Why do elephants have trunks?
Because sheep don't have string.
Re: Fixed @ skelband
Not hunting with guns, you silly person, merely "seeking out". You are, nevertheless, correct in your interpretation of the word slag.
Re: Have a gorilla...
He's fallen in the water!
No, it's everyone* who can't spell it. It was originally alumium.
*but especially the Americans, just because ;-)
What happens in autumn?
Will it drive itself back to base?
Or are they planning to go out and retrieve it?
If they leave it out there, will it wake up again next spring?
Or will it be completely buried by winter snow and become part of the ice sheet?
So many questions!