* Posts by Umbracorn

20 posts • joined 6 Sep 2016

NASA doubles down on Venus missions, asking what made the planet uninhabitable

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Terraforming Venus Quickly

I'm sure this will restart the debate on terraforming Venus.

Aside from a few "minor details", like what to do with all that sulfuric acid, the main problem seems to be reining in the greenhouse effect.

I'd like to see a model where the sunlight/insolation is reduced and the temperature falls just enough that the carbon dioxide starts falling as snow, at the poles.

https://www.universetoday.com/113412/how-do-we-terraform-venus/

The good optics of silicon photonics: Light sailing serenely down a fibre

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Gimp

Re: you'll go blind

You have to think beyond 8K and into the realms of VR. Ready my Tactile Immersion Suit, please!

You can drive a car with your feet, you can operate a sewing machine with your feet. Same goes for computers obviously

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Oh, Alexa, how we laughed.

I built a shed once. How hard can a data centre be?

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Re: I got paid for xmas overtime.

This really does deserve to be it's own On-Call, with flavour and writing flair preserved.

We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser

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Joke

Collecting dust

Now *I* would have used a vacuum cleaner to suck up all that flying dirt.

Everyone knows a vacuum cleaner makes the vacuum cleaner.

Good news: Boffins have finally built room-temperature superconductors. Bad news: You'll need a laser, a diamond anvil, and a lot of pressure

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Superconducting gunpowder

A touch of saltpetre and their recipe should be bang on.

Shine on you crazy diamond: We don't know who needs to hear it but NASA's explained the weird shape of the Bennu asteroid

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Just logged in to say the comments are brilliant today - sparkling, like space dust glitter in the dark solar wind.

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs

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Re: I had a narrow escape once

Good story!

Ah, yes, the UI convention of "Y means Yes, N also means Yes, and a gunshot wound to the thigh means No". ...later rewritten as a result of the "No means No" campaign.

Black holes are like buses: You wait for one – and three turn up at once in galaxy merger

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Flat Universe Society

I for one believe the universe is humongous and unhomogenized. More natural that way.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...

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Re: Fahrenheit?

If your recipe calls for a drachm of soda, a gill of milk, and two dozen ounces of flour, I'll say "you've got to be firkin kidding me" and give up. But if it lists the equivalent in grams, I can meet you halfway.

Maybe not so important in this age of the Babelfish, but translations help your message reach a wider audience.

Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything

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Re: OK the soultion is known

in base 13, it works out.

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards

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Megaphone

Re: audio alerts

I agree with you, but I am also reminded (per Good Morning Vietnam) that members of artillery regiments may have decreased hearing sensitivity.

Guy is booted out of IT amid outsourcing, wipes databases, deletes emails... goes straight to jail for two-plus years

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Re: Doh!

Well, obviously they couldn't change his passwords and remove his access because their IT manager had resigned recently, and they hadn't finished their outsourcing. :D

Has NASA's Mars Insight lander hit rock bottom? Heat probe struggles to penetrate Red Planet

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Re: 80's flow chart

Wish they could try the mole in a brand new position.

Somewhere where the soil can hold the probe tightly

And the reciprocal hammer can go daily and nightly.

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater

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Re: Image

In fiction: "Lucifer's Hammer", which in part gives a mixed US-Soviet space station crew a front-row seat to the spectacle of comet fragments hitting Earth, and the subsequent nuclear exchange (!).

In real life: Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who went to MIR then had real trouble booking a flight home. http://discovermagazine.com/2016/dec/the-last-soviet-citizen

So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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Re: Work down the list ...

"Better to let the great man sleep."

http://www.news.com.au/world/did-a-power-nap-cost-adolf-hitler-victory-in-world-war-ii-staff-were-too-scared-to-wake-him-on-dday/news-story/1b2fa0f13258f79fe4c2ce58013cdab1

Curiosity sniffs Mars' odd atmosphere wafting out of its soil

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Joke

What do the Martians do with all the cosmic rays hitting their soil?

Barium!

US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: Elephant in the room

Oh look, Crimea elephants *cough*

https://in.rbth.com/society/2015/06/23/elephants_from_india_for_crimean_zoos_43827

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Pirate

Re: Good choice of name

Maiden voyage? Hosting a squadron of US Marines? Won't be a maiden after that voyage, methinks.

Lose a satellite? Us? China silent on fate of Gaofen civilian/spy sat

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Re: Cities

From the Google translate of the Google archive (yeah, I know) of aihangtian.com linked in the article:

"After the rocket took off south west direction of flight, launch orbit is sun-synchronous orbit. Unfortunately, the launch failure, the satellite did not enter orbit. A Long March rocket four C working properly and crashed into Hill County Shangluo City in Shaanxi Province; fairing also successfully separated, and falling in Enshi City Shing Xiangjiaba territory."

Most likely they're just referencing administrative regions.

But in related history, last week a commenter posted this link to a 1994 disaster at Xichang launch site, and the accompanying state reaction. FYI:

http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/disaster-at-xichang-2873673/?no-ist

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