"Houston we have cleared the tower at 13:13"
Yes, they really did take of at the very minute.
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Britain actually became close to fighting the Soviet Union when it prepared troops to come to help to the Soviet invaded Finland in the winter of 1939/40.
It did not happen only because Norway and Sweden refused transit for the troops. A side effect of that was that Britain had some troops ready for Arctic warfare in 1940 which were sent to Narvik to fight the Germans after they invaded Norway.
Where has Albert Einstein been employed while working on the relativity? Yes, the patent office.
So if the head of the office used the behavior "worthy of the 19th century" in 1905, he would most probably find Einstein not efficient enough and fire him ending all chances of ever building THC.
I have even better gedankenexperiment for you.
Imagine giant scissors hanging in the vacuum of space. They can be as large as you like, even greater than our Galaxy. They are as rigid as baryon matter lets us but it is no problem as they are powered by rocket engines ingeniously placed along them. We can program them to make the scissors cut as fast as we want. The only limit is that the points have to move slower than c.
It is easy to calculate that the Space Scissors can cut much faster than light without breaking relativity or causality. The engines have to be programmed before the cutting stats and the signals along the scissors cannot travel faster than light. But if you start with sufficient time to spare you will succeed in all the segments of the scissors moving in perfect unison.
So it is possible to create an effect moving faster than light without transferring any information with super-luminous velocities.
You beat me to it. Yes, Ananke was the story which came out of my deep memory the moment I read the article.
Mars - tick; crash landing - tick; overloaded computer - tick; bad programming - tick.
The only difference was that the automatic ship Ananke was landing on Mars while we already had bases over there.
The paper is right that a microwave leakage would give thrust several orders of magnitude smaller then the recorded one (about 3 uN/kW).
However Fig 19, showing the results of the vacuum test, does not prove that the thrust increases with increased power used. The error bars make it possible to draw a horizontal line across the graph. I wonder why the measurement values start at 40 W. I wonder what they would be for smaller inputs...
I would not call it a scam. Rather a poorly conducted and wrongly analyzed experiment. It s what happens when the researchers believe too much in the effect they are looking for. The Cold Fusion  is one example, The "Weber bar"  detecting gravitational waves is another. Both sets of experiments still have their believers but both are unreproducible and therefore cannot be treated as good science.
I don't buy the part about it being "twice as powerful as the thrust produced by solar sails". I believe they mean twice the thrust for the same energy input. However, solar sails do not need electric power. Therefore they may have much more than twice the area of solar collectors with the same weight. And I'm not sure they've taken into account the effectiveness of changing solar radiation into electric power.
Yes, that's not logical but human being are not completely logical as Mr. Spock will notice in a few centuries.
So you misread my comment. I was simply stating the fact that more researchers get interested in axion research the longer the search of WIMPSs brings no results (except for the controversial DAMA ones). According to Web of Sience, papers having "axions" AND "dark matter" in the title or abstract or key words were cited 1628 times in 2014 and 3248 in 2015 (a 100% increase in one year).
Which does not change the fact we are not even certain axions exist. I'm also still not convinced.
The arguments for axions as the dark matter gets stronger the longer no WIMPs are discovered. And not only the WIMP dark matter detectors but also LHC which was supposed to find supersymmetry particles (strongest WIMP candidates) by now. Discovering supersymmetry would be a great step forward and much more fun than axions but the nature likes to play tricks on us.
By the way it is not true that no WIMP detectors had any results. The Italian DAMA have been seeing an unexplained seasonal change of signal which may be a result od Earth changing its speed versus the galactic dark matter particles while circling the sun. The problem is no one is able to reproduce the result.
The joke is the papers in hijacked journals do not show in Web of Science so they do not count. At least in the institution I work in.
BTW I already know what happened in the case of my friend. She let a graduate student (the first author) choose the journal and he found the wrong one. So, after all, the title of this piece is right. The kids are easy to scam.
Two of my colleagues have fallen for scam scientific journals passing for respectable ones of similar or even identical names.
One of them working now in a different institution have published two papers (each for something like $3000) in a scam journal and never noticed something was wrong. He was so proud of the papers I had no heart to tell him the truth during our brief meeting. Especially as my history of contacts with the person was not on the "friend" level.
I learned about another one yesterday. A colleague from my institution showed me her paper in a journal I knew had been hijacked and ask me why this paper is not visible in the Web of Science database one year after being published. I double checked (there was a small spelling difference in the journal name, the ISBN was identical but it was not the same journal) and send her an email explaining what happened. She has not replied yet and I'm feeling bad about letting her know. But someone should.
It is a shame such fake journals exist for years even if they are based in some rather shady corners of the world. But I'm still surprised that a scientist can be duped by (I guess) a simple email with a link to the false webpage.
I'm not surprised with this new change seeing for years everything Yahoo! go to the gutter. I had a mail account with them. It most probably had been forwarding mail to my main email account elsewhere. But seeing the general level of Y! service, I stopped using it years ago and hopefully it's been long blocked (at least I do not get any spam from them).
I am however surprised that there are people who still use this crap.
It absolutely did happen. The comment was under the "Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft" article. The status of the comment is "Rejected 3 days".
The subject and full text was:
"The sad truth
Microsoft Windows has evolved into a state where it is a running joke."
Is there a Miicrosoft mole in the Reg team?
PS. That was under a piece by Andrew Orlowski. He may have a slight dislike of me after I wrote that I recognized he knew more about climate than IPCC but I had no idea he knew more about copyright than professional judges ;-)
I have also seen users complaining that a mouse works strangely while holding it upside down and ones having problems with switching computers on or off.
Having said that I must add that there is an additional (mysterious) component. There are people computers seem to obey and ones the hardware and software itself seems to hate. I call it "computer Tao" as I don't have a better name for that. You either have it or you don't.
Someone calls me that the server cannot be switched on. I ask him to show me how he tries to switch it on. He does everything correctly but the box is dead. I push the very same button and the server comes alive. As irrational it seems to be, I've seen it too many times to ignore this. And always with the same persons. Sometimes applications crashed the moment such person entered the room. Superstition? Coincidence? Maybe but it did happen too many times to just shrug it off.
They are close to banning "Waltzing Matilda" if you really stop for a moment and think what it's about. Bill Bryson did and added another verse, in his opinion, fitting the existing ones:
"Forgetting that spoons stir hot liquids much better
The swagman immersed his tool in his tea
And as he sadly watched his wee willy boiling
He said "now I can't bugger you, will you bugger me?""
I go almost every year to the EGU conference in Vienna. It seems most of the 12,000 scientists who take part should be arrested for agreeing that greenhouse gases do warm the planet.
The last time people were threatened in Europe for teaching mainstream science was during Galileo times.
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