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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Re: Spotted from SPAAACE
Pretty sure I'd only be able to see a baseball from space if the baseball was also in space.
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.)
Re: Old news
After too much wine tasting I get wibbly wobbly timey wimey.
Why did the hipster burn his tongue?
He drank coffee before it was cool.
I'm almost losing count of how many organisations are now capable of ISS re-supply - and that's a good thing!
I love the dramatic headland visible at 0:40
Metric shedloads, or the slightly larger but less convenient Imperial shedloads?
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.
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.
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.
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.
It walks just like me after 15 pints. Have they tried testing it sober?
Sage advice right there.
Always amend your flight plans to avoid large raptors.
Re: So..But with dinosaurs? Bring it on!
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).
Don't get me started on people who think that 10°C is twice as warm as 5°C. Grrrr.
Re: Missed opportunity!
It's pining for the fjords.
Re: Plumbing's easy.
Not when they're plastic pipes...
I fucking hate those new-fangled plastic pipes, I really do.
Re: Brewing in SPAAAACE
Re: Unmistakable irony here.
It's not irony, it's brassy.
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.
Re: And now for something...
Don't forget the butter, Gromit!
I'm genuinely surprised no-one yet has suggested it's the Virgin Mary On Mars.
Oh bugger, I just did.
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.
Put < b > tags around the body so it looks like a title.
Peter Dinklage has an advantage over me: he'll never be annoyed by pesky mall-bots.
Re: Stalking around
You say pox, I say evolutionary success.
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.
Never gonna give you up...
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.
Re: I sort of agree
Heatseeker? Punt gun? Drone with large pin?
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!
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).
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?
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.
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.
Re: It's an amputee
Would an amputee clod be a clodhopper?
Re: Next ...
That certainly would explain her hairstyle.
pre-prepared ≠ post-pub
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
Just wait 12 hours...
I'd estimate we are currently Bbb's?
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".
Re: Intelligent alien life?
I'd settle for them finding intelligent life working for a government department !
Oi! Public servants ≠ politicians.
Did you just seriously suggest "killing off maritime plankton"??????