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NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

Desert Leap Field of Dreams (53 comments)

I supported NASA's "If we build it, they will come." because we needed to establish heavy lift as a foundation to do any manned or heavy robotic exploration and exploitation of space. How about a space plane for low earth orbit and a mini space station for the Moon and Mars.

about 4 months ago
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Poll-Based System Predicts U.S. Election Results For President, Senate

Desert Leap 538 model provides better analysis (519 comments)

Nate Silver's 538 blog (http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/) is much more interesting. His model takes into account polls (which he adjusts based on past accuracy) as well as economic factors. Nate is currently estimating a probability of an Obama win at 77%. Probably a much more accurate assessment than an estimate of 98%. Nate Silver prediction for the 2008 presidential popular vote percentages was within 0.1% of the actual results.

more than 2 years ago

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Ukraine Police Stop Bus Full Of Pro Government Demonstrators and Beat Them

Desert Leap Desert Leap writes  |  about a year ago

Desert Leap (2435444) writes "What did the Ukrainian masochist say to the Ukrainian policeman? 'Beats me.'

'Ukrainian riot police appear to be having trouble deciding who to beat up. BBC is reporting that police stopped a bus heading to Kiev and assumed that they were more protesters. So, they did what has become standard operating procedure for Ukrainian police: they proceeded to savagely beat the occupants.'"

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Another Thin-Film Photovoltaic Company Files for Bankrupcy

Desert Leap Desert Leap writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Desert Leap (2435444) writes "Uni-Solar's parent company joined Solyndra by filing for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 14 after being unable to come to a deal with bondholders. The company had been hurt by the elimination of European subsidies and recently idled their manufacturing plant because of excess inventory. Thin-film photovoltaic companies face stiff competition from lower-cost polycrystalline solar panels, especially those from China."
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Darwinian evolution can't stop us

Desert Leap Desert Leap writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Desert Leap writes "In an interview with MIT's Technology Review, Juan Enriquez, a writer, investor, and managing director of Excel Venture Management says 'our newfound ability to write the code of life will profoundly change the world as we know it. This revolution will be more widespread because this is software that writes its own hardware. Forty percent of Dupont's earnings today come from the life sciences. It's going to change everything.'"
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The End is Near (Again)

Desert Leap Desert Leap writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Desert Leap (2435444) writes "Harold Camping, that minister that predicted the Rapture would occur last May 21, is reminding us that the world will "probably" end on Oct 21, this Friday. Mr. Camping must believe in a cruel and vengeful god; a benevolent god would end the world on Monday and let us enjoy one last weekend."
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