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Decision Time For SKA Telescope Bids

Iron Sun Re:What is the problem here? (45 comments)

A friend of mine who works with the Australian bid says that there is a lot of talk about the European partners indulging in a lot of colonial guilt apologetics and seeing a fair bit of posturing to be had from handing such a big futuristic project to Africa. China will also be horse trading for all they're worth. As with all political decisions, the logically best option may not be the most politically juicy one.

more than 2 years ago
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Water Droplets In Orbit On the International Space Station

Iron Sun Re:All about energy (159 comments)

and the price of their fuel is driven up by the inexorable laws of supply and demand

Lolwhut? Fuel costs are an utterly insignificant fraction of the cost of a launch.

more than 2 years ago
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Ocean Currents Proposed As Cause of Magnetic Field

Iron Sun Re:I may be wrong, Im not an astrologer (333 comments)

Mercury has a magnetic field, which quite surprised planetary scientists when it was first discovered by MAriner 10, as the prevailing theory at the time was that Mercury's small size would have led to its core solidifying by now and stopping the dynamo that generated the field.

There's obviously a lot we don't know about planetary magentic fields, and I wouldn't want to judge the entire theory just by something I read on Slashdot, but I find it hard to understand how oceanic currents could account for Earth's magnetic field but not for Mercury's.

more than 5 years ago
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Stone Tool 1.83M Years Old Discovered In Malaysia

Iron Sun Re:when does a stone become an axe (200 comments)

Oh, those scientists are still unable to do what cro-magnon man could: make a simple obsidian rock pointy like an arrowhead.

Um, what? Obsidian knapping is practiced by many people around the world who are quite capable of producing fine points. You can find howtos on YouTube, so it's far from being a lost secret of the ancients.

Best to check those overly broad claims before committing yourself to perpetuating them.

more than 5 years ago
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LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God

Iron Sun Re:Proving God sucks (457 comments)

Given there has already been rebuttal on the Buddhism claim, I'm calling shenanigans on the "arrow towards Mecca" bit. If that was true, Google would be full of references to it, but there's nothing even close. Also,the inheritance bit does sum properly, as the various clauses are conditional, not additive. Was this a windup?

more than 5 years ago

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