* Posts by Sweep

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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Re: I'm confused

The universe is c, 13 billion years old. This galaxy was formed relatively close to the beginning of the universe. The light we are seeing now when we look at this galaxy has taken 13 billion years to reach us, which makes it 13 billion light years away...

The main thing you need to get your head around is that spacetime itself has been expanding for all of those 13 billion years.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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"the light we see from something 2 million light years away left there 2 million years ago"

not quite! That would only be true if the universe was static. It isn't. Your something is 2 million light years away. The light leaves on its way to us but will take more than 2 million years to reach us as the fabric of the universe itself is expanding as the light is travelling...headfuck, right?

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GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

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Re: Why use tampons?

I imagine it's easier this way than taking samples for testing in the lab. Tampons don't cost much.

I can only assume they use tampons instead of cotton balls because they have a handy string for tying them to things.

Plus if they used cotton balls it wouldn't be in all the national newspapers. This has been done for ages by cavers wanting to find out if point A and point B are connected underwater: place some cotton balls at point B, tip some laundry detergent in at point A and go back with a UV light a few days later....

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Re: Weird thought

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2725/prehistoric-its-whats-for-dinner

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Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

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Re: Aren't you lucky...

"However, the similarities between Scottish gallic and irish gaelic being what they are I find it difficult to believe there was not significant population movement between the two over a much longer period."

Gaelic and Gaelic are almost identical in their written forms, but one of the things this study shows is that geographical regions can be similar or identical culturally, but still be genetically distinct, so I'm not sure what your point is?

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Re: Fascinating

"It is interesting to see how the genetic groups are so closely aligned with inter-area rivalries which still exist today."

The genetic groups have persisted partly because of the inter-area rivalries.

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Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model

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Re: Big behind and a small brain...

Dinosaurs did not have a second brain in their bums, it is a 19th Century myth, long since debunked.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Re: BTW

ie any Belorussian woman over the age of 32.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: I should not have

Would you like a sausage?

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

It's also safer/better for cyclists (and horse riders)- most will naturally mount up by throwing their right leg over (i.e. from the pavement in the direction of traffic in a sensible country). Also the reason why bicycle drive chains are on the right hand side.

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Re: meh

"And of course when we think about students we think of young teenagers with their raging hormones and humping each other any chance they get."

We do?

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: @JDX (was: Nearly 60 years ago, my parents started raising me.)

What do you reckon the infant mortality rate was 100,000 years ago?

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SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

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Re: Too dark?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30847277

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Hot Spanish tongue action

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"Fry tongue to seal"

You do know that "sealing in the juices" is a load of bollocks, right?

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Earth-bound exoplanet hunter's eyes blink open

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Re: So they can see planets so far away but no high quality Moon pics ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_directly_imaged_exoplanets

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Re: Easy does it

NASA?

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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Re: Brian Cox ...

Yes Brian, please do...

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DNA egghead James Watson sells Nobel prize for $4.8m, gets it back

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Re: According to wiki...

We are all the same species however I am sure you will agree that there are differences between populations- if I introduced you to a Maasai and an Inuit you would be able to tell which is which, right?

The studies on IQ and race that Watson is presumably referring to should really raise questions about what the IQ test is actually measuring and whether or not the differences are due to nature or nurture (does socio-economic background or other factors such as exposure to lead in the womb/ infancy have an effect on IQ?) however from his other stated views it seems that Watson has already come to the conclusion that black people are genetically inferior.

He's a bit of a twunt really, which is a shame as he has contributed so much to the study of biology- I'm pretty sure my first lecture at university was on the double helix.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: missing the point

you may find this interesting:

http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2008/December/AWhiskyTour.asp

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Re: Getting there

Could be easier than you think, with "Nasa having commissioned SpaceX to build a transporter."

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Re: Glass, hmm..

"the leg pulley was doing most of the work."

what are you dribbling about? For a start there isn't a leg pulley- the climber is moving a sticky pad up with a foot platform rigidly attached, then straightening his leg to gain height. His legs are doing most of (ideally all) the work. The pads are the only thing attaching him to the wall. If you're suggesting that the climber should be climbing up using arm-power alone then you have clearly never climbed (or prussicked up a rope...).

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Re: There is a problem with the harpons

It's attached by 3 ice screws on its feet.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: no commercial opportunity here

Uhm, no....If it is not for profit, why can you buy imported whale meat in Japan?

What is silly is that the Japanese pretend that their purely commercial fishery is simply a byproduct of their scientific research. It isn't. That being said I don't really have a problem with small scale commercial whaling of the like carried out by Norway, Iceland etc, it is certainly a more sustainable fishery than cod, for example, and the animal has had a happier life than my bacon sarnie's previous incarnation. It can also be delicious ;)

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Race is on to touch down on COMET 67P before WHIFFY SPACE DUCK breaks up

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How long is a piece of string? We don't know ...

Wasn't that the problem with Beagle 2 as well?

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Cheap dig

"Today judo is mainly (in fact, virtually only) a sport."

Putin, Vladimir, Judo: History, Theory, Practice,

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs

Chicken eggs are dinosaur eggs so wonder no more.

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LOHAN spaceplane's budget minicam punches well above its weight

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Re: Better cheap HD cameras available

Mobius action cam, £40.95 incl. P&P on ebay.

Excellent review here:

http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2013/7/8/the-mobius-camera-the-do-it-all-mount-anywhere-1080p-micro-c.html

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Re: Theoretically...

Lots of pubs and bars in Tokyo to be reached by elevator.

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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The dug's baws

In Scots.

Hundens balla in Norwegian.

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koiran pallit

Pallit= bollocks

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Get your MOON GEAR: Auction to feature Space Race memorabilia

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Trousers

Are they brown, by any chance?

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Just to be pedantic

Wheeeeeee!

I'll join in with the pedantry.

Plants can be venomous, if they transmit or inject their toxins through a specialised apparatus, e.g. nettles.

The frogs you mention are poisonous, not venomous, as the toxin is delivered passively. Poisonous can refer to a substance or a plant which causes illness, death etc when taken into the body, or to an animal which produces a poison.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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Re: The bigger Question is :

Aye, say what you like about Hitler but at least he gave away Mein Kampf for nothing.

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ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

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Braw

That is jaw-droppingly cool. In my (not so distant) youth it seemed almost inconceivable that we would be able to really know anything about extra-solar planets, or even be able to prove their existence....now all we need to do is figure out a way to visit them.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Re: Fermi's Paradox was nonsense.

"Which leaves the only real driver of aliens coming here being for the sake of it."

Iain M Banks touched upon this in Transition- if tourism is the only reason for an alien race to visit other planets, and the only thing unusual about Ole Earth is the fact that our moon and star appear almost exactly the same size in the sky, then the best place to look for aliens on Earth would be to watch out for space hippies around the time of a solar eclipse....

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Re: What a strange concept of pleasure you must have

You do realise you're missing out, don't you?

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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Re: It's not that it's "new"...

Would be ideal for ultralightweight backpacking....

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: Who will be the Elon Musk of nuclear power?

Bruce Wayne of course

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Boffin blends benevolent beer

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A pint, or possibly 2 pints, of beer is already an excellent post-sports drink. Better than water alone anyway (after 1 or 2 in an hour post exercise the body has absorbed as much carbohydrates as it can use and the diuretic effects of the alcohol will start to have a bigger effect). It contains nutrients and electrolytes as it is.

Maybe what these Aussies have actually discovered is what the rest of the civilised world just calls "beer" already, as opposed to that koala urine Fosters

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First burger made of TEST-TUBE MEAT to be eaten on August 5

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I'd rather not take a centrum thanks;

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/07/vitamins-stop-taking-the-pills

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

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Re: Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier

If you'd bothered to read the article;

"Following testing, the ESA gave the precooling system the thumbs-up in November last year, prompting the British government to stump £60m towards the construction of a full SABRE prototype."

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Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are WAY more fun

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And some beer sacrificed on the stones for lovely malty steam

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

"Brian Cox is a lecturer in Astrophysics"

No he's not. He's a particle physicist.

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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Re: Anybody want this garbage

""If you have reasonable doubt about their guilt, you MUST find them not guilty." Whether the penalty is death or imprisonment *shouldn't* make a difference in deciding guilty or not guilty"

It shouldn't make a difference in deciding their guilt, however it should make a difference in deciding the punishment if capital punishment is an option. If there is *any* doubt about their guilt, reasonable or otherwise, then they should not be put to death.

For premeditated murder, with zero doubt as to guilt, then they should be fired out of a cannon as soon as sentenced.

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Killers laugh in face of death penalty threat, say US experts

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@ Jake

Balls to your sweeping statement Jake.

Drugs have always been an option, throughout human history, and across human cultures. From a champagne reception to a shaman's hut in the rainforest, people have always, and will always, like to get off their tits. . It's the prohibition of drugs that is new and is the problem, not the drugs.

Drugs are never going to go away, no matter what kind of social utopia you imagine you want to live. Me, my utopia would be one in which individuals are allowed to make their own life choices, to the extent that they don't harm others with those choices.

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James Cameron back from dive to world's deepest point

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Portholes?

Does the thing have portholes to look out of, or does the pilot just watch everything on viewscreens?

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Showgirls

Has certain redeeming features

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Re: outfield

I quite enjoyed Gnomeo and Juliet.

But then I was kind of high...

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The Cat in the Hat

Starring Mike Myers.

Awful, just awful.

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Re: Anything

A Scanner Darkly is good....

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