* Posts by Martin Budden

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Never say never!

That's the first Lewis Page climate change article I actually agree with. Have a virtual beer LP!

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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Re: Westmalle or Duvel

I'll have a Westvleteren 10 thanks!

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MARSQUAKES shook up range of hills in ancient lake bed

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Re: Soggy Bottomz

^ that post contains much of this >

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If only you'd instead said Kant and made reference to structural features...

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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Anti-matter

Who says the Big Bang created unequal amounts of matter and antimatter? I reckon it created equal amounts, with the anti-matter zooming off in one direction* and the matter (including us) zooming off in the opposite direction.

*This neatly explains why One Direction doesn't matter.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Anti-matter, anti-time?

I've always thought that there may be another* universe which is (pretty much) all anti-matter, explaining why ours is (pretty much) all matter, providing the balance we crave. If so it seems to make sense that the anti-matter universe has anti-time: time which flows in the other direction to ours.

*Where is it? Well, it could be half of the same universe as ours: imagine a single universe with two hemispheres, one hemisphere made of matter and the other made of anti-matter, all created by the same Big Bang. We are in the matter half, and far enough from the border that we can't see the anti-matter half (it is beyond our observable universe).

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: cloaking metamaterials?

I can see (no pun intended) how dirt and sub-100% efficiency might cause problems, but limited wavelength response shouldn't be an issue as long as you pick the wavelength which matches that of the laser. That's one of the things about lasers: precise single wavelength.

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cloaking metamaterials?

Just a thought...

We've all heard of cloaking metamaterials which will (one day) bend light around a shed/tank/boat. While it's true that this stuff is still in its infancy, when it is actually scaled up, presumably it will provide 100% protection against lasers because the beam will just bend around and continue on its merry way?

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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Re: @ Stevie

Of course I would never dream of shouting (*polishes halo*), but on the very rare occasions I want to type in all uppercase I hold down the shift key.

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Re: Bah!

Everyone except me. Years ago I prised the Caps Lock key off my keyboard and put it in my desk drawer, where it still resides.

I've often thought that Caps Lock is the most useless key on a standard keyboard, and I would love to design a new keyboard layout which is identical in every way except that it replaces the Caps Lock key with the oft-need-yet-non-existant Any key.

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Re: @snorlax

Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Rosetta beams back colour pics: 67P shades of grey are SO HOT right now

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Where have I heard that before?

It's been said many times that the moon is as black as coal, but here is a really good explanation of why we need to be careful about such statements: clickety

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Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

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Re: only....

Unless you can legally define a group of humans as sub-human test subjects, animals are the only biological alternative.

Years ago when I was a medical student a legally defined group of human test subjects did in fact exist. It was called "medical students".

Protip: don't put bradykinin on exposed dermis, it really fucking hurts.

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

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Re: Agglomeration

You can't measure something which is no longer there.

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Re: And for an encore

Also I'm not convinced you'll get any DNA from squid ink, what with it being a secretion which does not generally contain nucleated cells.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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Counting?

The glyphs / and V can make an effective tally system. If that is what is going on here it shows mathematics, writing and bookkeeping. Far more impressive than mere art.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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I'm looking forward to Orion joining the Club in ZERO gravity.

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Donors back boffins' wireless eye replacement

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virtual reality

I'm thinking of the many-generations-later tech which will render Oculus Rift obsolete in the most awesome way possible.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Evolution

I've always thought that booze made us.

I've heard it said that the transition from nomadic hunter/gatherers to static village/town farming communities was triggered by the invention of brewing beer from grain. If true, beer is the cause of modern civilisation.

(One could suggest that it happened the other way round, but that idea wouldn't be so much fun would it.)

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FOUR, count 'em, FOUR big rockets launching in next seven days

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That's a very busy list!

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By the Rivers of Babylon, where the Antikythera Mechanism laid down

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Re: Lost in translation?

Mechanism in context

Iron was invented?!

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Re: Lost in translation?

the vast majority of information about truly ancient times got lost simply because it was never written anywhere. Writing has been costly and impractical for a long time.

A part of me wishes that were still the case: there'd be no Twitter for a start.

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Re: Been in the museum where they have this object

Godwin called, he'd like everyone to stop losing the argument please.

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ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander

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Re: 'ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander'

Quite the little space hopper!

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Australia dumbs down: Chief Scientist says research performance lags the world

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So basically, more...

[Citation needed] ?

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Don't forget the other trick: exercise. Input vs output, changing either changes the balance.

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Go festive this year with Christmas carols, baby Jesus and CLITORAL STIMULATORS

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Re: As you're a journalist I'm surprised your first port of call wasn't Wikipedia

Thank fuck there is still at least one journalist who *doesn't* use Wikipedia as a first port of call.

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Re: Slowly but surely...

Good for him, that little tune is just about the only xmas jingle I can bear to hear.

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Re: Black Friday

It's a song by New Order. Sheesh, kids these days.

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Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

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Re: i'd wait a bit

I want to make a computer stimulation of the pre-Holocene epoch... because I like playing with Pleistocene models.

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Re: I hate to burst your bubble but ...

Only a drop in the bucket... that doesn't mean it's not worth pursuing. Get enough drops from different ideas and we can fill that bucket.

(Or we could fill it in one go with clean safe nuclear, but as Mr Worstall points out hippyragelogicfail)

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LOHAN sponsor Lucidica explains the benefits of being French

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Let me see if I got this right: Laurent said that the great things about being French are fantastic lunches and not being expected to win... so he's basically admitting he likes being a cheese-eating surrender monkey?

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

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Re: Does the RIAA know about this?

I get the impression any movies will work, because once compressed they are all quasi-random and therefore all have similar "array of islands and pits with feature sizes between 150 and 525 nm". So to get around any potential copyright issues the solar panel manufacturer simply needs to shoot a cheap video themselves and get it blu-rayed.

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Re: half and an hour? And bring back the barbeques.

But I can think of some excellent beaches near by! At least 5.

The best beach of all is of course Portemmet (But I'm not giving the directions because I don't want the crowds to find it).

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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Bulgarian Airbags

I admit it's possible that IXV's airbags might not actually be Bulgarian, but you've got to admit they are impressive.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: I like toys but...

many tens of thousands of idiots within twenty miles of you RIGHT NOW with a license to throw half a ton of car around the roads

Half a ton? What are they all driving, Mini Mokes?

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Hook up a garden sprinkler to a motion detector. Bye bye cats!

(This solution involves a spot of tinkering-in-the-shed, which makes it perfect for any self-respecting El Reg commentard)

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Deck locking system

When I was but a wee lad...

~~~ wavy lines as we cut to a scene in the distant past ~~~

I was fortunate enough to have a look around HMS Liverpool, a big navy ship with a helicopter deck at the back. I remember there was a grid of holes in the central area of the helicopter deck so I asked one of the crew what the holes were for. I was told that the helicopters were fitted with a downward-pointing spike thingy which would grab the holes as the helicopter landed so that the helicopter was held down and couldn't get bounced off if the sea was rough.

~~~ wavy lines as we return to the present ~~~

Would SpaceX's Falcon benefit from using such a system to anchor it onto the floating landing pad?

EDIT: here is a description of the sort of thing I mean: clickety

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Re: Sir!

SWATH seems to use the same basic principle as FLIP.

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A pedant might point out that the 4 steering fins are at the top, nevertheless your point still stands (upright).

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Glasgow boffins: We can now do it, Captain. We DO have the molecular storage power

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Re: Oh, WOE is, er, them.

'write-once-erase' is only the first part of the new memory's description. They wrote the rest of it once, but then...

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: They aren't a problem; they're a solution! @TechnicalBen

Icon, as it's all about turning hydrocarbons to their elements and back again.

I hate to get all technical on you TechnicalBen but you seem to have confused hydrocarbons with carbohydrates.

Carbohydrate = carbon-containing molecule made by vegetation very recently which can be used as a renewable energy source i.e. biofuel.

Hydrocarbon = carbon-containing molecule made by vegetation millions of years ago, buried, compressed, and turned into a non-renewable energy source i.e. fossil fuel.

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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Re: so is the Moons surface Radioactive...

It's cheese, as any fule kno.

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NXT: The first SPAAAACE cryptocurrency

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Re: Space Crypto Currency

Star Bucks, obviously.

(BSG, not coffee, obviously)

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: sattelite spying sattelite?

What kind of gun shoots sandals and clipboards at people?

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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airlines will like this

Knowing where a volcanic ash plume will spread means airlines will only have to cancel flights which actually need canceling.

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Give it up for SecQuest - a rabbit-hunting spaceplane sponsor

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Japanese boffins build rounders-playing ROBOT SCHOOLGIRL

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Meh

Combining them all into one robot seems feasible.

Powering it is another matter entirely.

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