* Posts by Sweep

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Life began after meteorites splashed into warm ponds of water, say astronomers

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Re: Why highlight meteorites?

From behind the paywall:

"One solution is that the nucleobases were delivered by interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) and meteorites. During these early times, these bodies delivered ∼6× 10(to the power)7 and ∼2× 10(to the power)3 kg⋅y of intact carbon, respectively"

Those figures are taken from a 1992 paper co-authored by Carl Sagan so that's billions and billions of kgs of carbon.

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Geoboffins claim to find oldest trace of life in rocks 4bn years old

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Re: Torngat Mountains

Polar bears, not grizzlies

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Re: Different honours.

Worsley has a bust in his hometown in NZ.

McNish is the one I feel sorry for: he was the ship's carpenter and as well as making the sea journey with Shackleton to S Georgia he modified and strengthened the boat they used (the James Caird) to make it seaworthy. Without him the journey would have failed and the rest of the crew would have starved to death on Elephant Island.

Despite this he was denied a polar medal (he had briefly rebelled against Shackleton shortly after the Endurance was lost) and died homeless and destitute in New Zealand.

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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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Re: Ground Ice

They really do look like Quavers...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vesta-Chow-Mein-152-g/dp/B004G90VPU/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_lp_t_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=K8ZW7WC8R3P5JMWKFSEV

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Re: Genuine question

"stupidly expensive aircraft."

Latest (that I could find) cost per unit (January 2017):

F-35B (the version we're getting): $122.8 million

F-35C (the cat and trap version): $121.8 million.

http://www.defenseone.com/business/2017/02/charted-heres-how-cost-each-version-f-35-changing/135451/

We're getting 138 planes so for cats and traps to be cost effective off the bat would require BAe Systems to install cats and traps to both ships for under $138 million. Does that seem likely to you?

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Proper rashers please

As a skint student I did a couple of shifts in a factory making cheap "value"supermarket snags (the kind that lose their shape if defrosted). I don't mind the less appetising parts of an animal and the sausages were mostly made up of colourless fat and gristle. It was the amount of chemicals added (to make them pink etc) and "filler" that swore me off the cheap ones.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: The thin line between right and wrong

"Look up the whole Linnnaean (or other) taxonomic system. There are zero mentions of "race"."

There are zero mentions of "population", "form" or "morph" either. Do they not exist?

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: We are all monkeys...

Actually AC you're wrong. In cladistics (biological classification) apes ARE monkeys.

If you don't consider apes to be monkeys then you're left with a paraphyletic grouping consisting of old- and new-world monkeys with apes (which evolved after these 2 groups split) stuck in the middle.

In cladistics you can't have paraphyletic groups which is why you now see Tyrannosaurs referred to as "non-avian dinosaurs".

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: School boy mistake

If gorillas are apes, and humans are apes, then it follows that our common ancestor was also an ape.

And actually he did say, in The Descent of Man;

"If the anthropomorphous apes be admitted to form a natural sub-group, then as man agrees with them.....we may infer that some ancient member of the anthropomorphous (ape) sub-group gave birth to man."

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: £875 per household per year!

'Polar bear numbers are increasing.'

Possibly true, but then polar bear numbers have been below the carrying capacity of their habitat for decades, due to hunting. As hunting has mostly ceased it would not be that surprising if numbers were now increasing. As Mike says it is also very difficult to estimate the size of polar bear populations as they spend most of their time at sea and range over vast distances. There is also an argument that polar bear numbers are less dependent on summer sea ice than previously thought- some populations live onshore during the summer and those that do go on the ice during the summer are still probably mostly dependent on fat reserves built up during the spring.

Just because there are more polar bears it does not follow that Arctic temperatures aren't increasing or that the extent summer sea ice is decreasing. Polar bears (and bears generally) are remarkably adaptable animals and I think their outlook is fairly good even with global warming. However I would like the generations that follow to be able to see polar bears hunting seals on sea ice like I have rather than raiding the municipal rubbish dump for scraps.

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Comet 67P's oxygen could be a breath of fresh air

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Re: "Earth's Missing Geothermal Flux" at FauxScienceSlayer

Wibble?

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Re: Now now...

"they're becoming a real pest as the population grows (because less people are hunting them!)"

Do you have a source for that?

I agree that the deer population is growing/ has grown but AFAIK hunting (and I'm talking about hunting/ stalking specifically rather than culling) has little impact on overall deer numbers- bucks are favoured by trophy hunters rather than breeding-age females.

If you want to reduce deer numbers (and I think we should, they have a serious impact on attempts at regenerating the Caledonian forest) then it would require a large-scale targeted cull, probably indefinitely even if we reintroduced predators (lynx, wolf, bear). This has been known for years but nothing is done as it would cost too much money. The Kiwis basically machine gun them from helicopters but I don't believe that would be acceptable in the UK unfortunately.

I don't understand why there isn't a large-scale commercial hunt in this country- during the stalking season in parts of the highlands butchers buy venison from the estates very cheaply (it is basically a very tasty byproduct), then sell it over the counter at exorbitant prices (under the counter is a different matter :)).

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: NASA Don't own the moon!!!

Removing shore material is actually illegal, at least in the UK. So no, you wouldn't own it.

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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Re: ..writing about yellow submarines

Correct. Dog foods used to use ground bone as filler whereas now they mostly use rice or corn to bulk it out.

Hyena poo is usually white though so if anyone's feeling nostalgic, just head to Africa. Or get a hyena.

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Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k

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On the Starboard Bow

But can it deal with Klingons?

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High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

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Re: Further study required!

Actually, the more I think about this the less sense it makes (the Aztecs drinking dogs' piss)- I can see the point with shamans drinking reindeer piss- "oh look that reindeer is wasted, quick, get a bucket!" as the reindeer are more likely to find the mushrooms before the reindeer herders....but why would you intentionally force feed perfectly edible (yes I know they taste horrible but they're more palatable than fucking dogs' piss) cactus and mushrooms to dogs?

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Sweep

Re: Further study required!

None of the poisonous Amanitas look anything like A. muscaria. I would expect the Sami to be perfectly capable of identifying poisonous mushrooms anyway.

I would really like to know what the first shaman to get high on reindeer piss was actually expecting to happen though...

And did the lesser priests also become high priests after drinking the high priests' high piss?

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

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Re: Translations

Oh fuch off

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'Ancient' Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms

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Re: Quimitchin

Who put sand in their vaginas?

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Well done SpaceX

Could do with having the Police Squad theme dubbed over it.

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Google's neural network learns to translate languages it hasn't been trained on

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Danish sounds like a Swede trying to talk while being sick.

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: Here you go, girly will help you

I have very almost no knowledge of IT and I've just replied to an article on an exploit in android phones (I wasn't googling TOWIE though).

And what's "googling"? You can't just make up words you know.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Environmentally friendly

If they were that committed to the environment they wouldn't patent their environmentally friendly bag...

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Re: Secret Tunnels

What?

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Waste of time

"cars going at 74mph cover a lot more distance per unit of time than many people realise"

I guesstimate that a car going at 74mph will cover around 74 miles per hour.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: I will watch it and probably enjoy it

There's talk of him doing a Dredd series....

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: Precoolers

A rocket engine is a type of jet engine. In common usage though a "jet" engine normally refers to an airbreathing engine that generates thrust by jet propulsion, exactly like SABRE.....

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: Heathens!!

The Picts were Celts too.

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Hobbits really did exist – and endured erectus shrinkage, say boffins

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Re: Have you noticed?

There are Komodo dragons on Flores, no need to go there and back again

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It would be more surprising if they had half the body mass of their H. erectus cousins and the same brain capacity...brain size is generally positively correlated to body mass in mammals;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encephalization_quotient

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Re: Braiiinssss

"Can anyone provide input about the 999 services being able to pinpoint a mobile phone - in the scenario that the first responder is alone with a patient?"

Calls from a mobile can be triangulated using the cell towers but I believe it's to within up to several square kms- in rural areas the area would be bigger. Probably a more accurate trace is possible but would require a special request etc.

Newer smartphones (2014 onwards) use the phone's GPS to send a text to the network operator as soon as you dial 999. As accurate as your phone's GPS (I imagine).

I'm not sure if the same system works with the emergencySMS service and I would actually be quite interested in finding out.

I work at a large university and we have a massive problem with ambulances not being able to find their way around campus buildings as the whole campus shares the same postcode.

I would recommend everyone in the UK register for the emergencySMS service btw.

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US 5th graders have a pop at paper plane record

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Re: "Equivalent to year 6 in the UK"

Me neither, and I live in the UK.

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Czech Republic to rebrand

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Re: This is not rebranding

All Slavic nations? Erm, no- it's not even how the Czechs themselves refer to it....

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

And you see absolutely no difference between a gun used to control pests/ vermin, and a handgun disguised as a smartphone?

Guns can be used as tools (I currently have a rifle permit for polar bear protection) but the sole purpose of a handgun like this is to put holes in other human beings.

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

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Re: Bus vs. meat bag

Nice bit of victim-blaming you have there.

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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Re: Light house?

"Generating all of the thrust the 100 kg spacecraft needed in ten minutes or so...."

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Sweep

Re: Light house?

Read. The. Fucking. Article.

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Re: Iran, North Korea. Can you blame them?

You can now go to North Korea as a tourist...just don't expect to see anything that the regime doesn't want you to see...

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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

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Re: Needs a name

Sausage-fest?

Bukkake?

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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"algae still counts as a plant,"

No, it doesn't.

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How I found a small, weird-looking horned dinosaur from eastern USA

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Re: why is this on the reg

I think the original amanfrommars was stopped from posting. Possibly forcibly.

I miss the moderatrix...

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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"the ISIS murderers are not Muslims"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

Islam is (basically) the interpretation of the writings (Koran) and teachings/ sayings about Muhammed (Hadith). That ISISs interpretation differs from that of the majority of Muslims today does not make them non-Muslims. ISISs Islam is the closest to the religion of the historical Muhammed (who conquered Mecca, most of Arabia, started the Muslim conquests etc etc)......

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Stoned train in multi-million-dollar wreck

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"So these guys not only broke the lock, they must have got a brake handle or something that could function as one from somewhere."

So, they had a rock AND a stick?

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Dodgy amphetamines drive drug-crazed man on to pub roof

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Drugs are fucking great.

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

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Re: Warm blooded dinos

It is, and it has been.

Certain predatory fish are regional endotherms- they use heat generated by the contraction of their muscles to keep certain muscles/ organs etc above ambient temperature.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: 1400 light years

Someone got there first? :)

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Sweep

Re: [...] science being right and religion being bunkus

Are you seriously trying to compare science to religion by using moon-landing deniers as examples of followers of science?

And really claiming that without religion we would all be killing each other to get what we want? (weren't the conquistadors pretty religious? and the crusaders? and the vikings? the Romans?) would you actually murder your neighbour for some Ben and Jerry's if Jesus wasn't stopping you?

As for your claim that religion makes people think, isn't faith an unquestioning belief, in the absence of evidence?

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

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Re: Bilderbilgers...

Uhm, and do you think that North America is just the US?

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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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