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Sequester Grounds Blue Angels

SchrodingerZ Re:Bad last link (341 comments)

Human error. I couldn't find a good link just about the Thunderbirds, so I opted for one that refereed to it.

about a year and a half ago
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Listening To the Big Bang – In High Fidelity

SchrodingerZ Noise at the beginning (85 comments)

I understand that the sound wave lowers pitch due two propagation over time (basically), I get that. But what were the fluctuation noises in the first 1-2 seconds of the sound bit?

about a year and a half ago
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Cobalt Can Act as Catalyst in Hydrogen Production

SchrodingerZ links didn't work (2 comments)

It appears my links weren't added for some reason. I added a link to the university of Cambridge source, and a link to kitco for the platinum price

about a year and a half ago
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Longest U.S Space Mission Planned for 2015

SchrodingerZ error (1 comments)

Take out "the" before "NASA", forgot to take it out

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

SchrodingerZ Reason And Science (1142 comments)

I think your work is fantastic and your passive indignation is wonderful! I think your foundation for reason and science is one of the most important organizations for modern science. Could you also elaborate on the work that it has done and how you think it will benefit the future of science? Also ...could you write a college rec. letter for me? Thanks for all your work. http://slashdot.org/~SchrodingerZ

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Seattle, WA, US

SchrodingerZ Can't Make It (9 comments)

Unfortunately I can't make it there (also I'm under 21), but is it possible I could somehow get a tshirt?

about 2 years ago
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If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:

SchrodingerZ Doctor Who style (405 comments)

Exterminate!!, EXTERMINATE!!! Or Weeping Angeled

about 2 years ago
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Nanotech Surprise: Shooting Lasers at Buckyballs Makes Them Bigger

SchrodingerZ Re:what's with the Britannica link? (74 comments)

I just figured it would be more professional and credible not to cite Wikipedia. Just think about the Paul Revere story when Sarah Palin messed it up.

more than 2 years ago
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'Space Freighter' On Its Way to Resupply International Space Station

SchrodingerZ Re:Paris time? (85 comments)

Blame "European Space Agency (Esa) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain" for that one. Its in the first hyperlink.

more than 2 years ago

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NASA Appoints New Chief Scientist

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year ago

SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "Planetary Geologist Ellen Stofan, expert in the terrains of Venus, Mars, and Titan, has recently been appointed the Chief Scientist for the space agency. Stofan will act as the top adviser for Charles Bolden, NASA's current administer. Beginning August 25th, Stofan will be Bolden's head adviser for NASA's project planning and investments. She will replace former chief scientist Dr. Waleed Abdalati, who left his position to be the director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado. Stofan has both a masters and doctoral degree of geological sciences from Brown University, and is known for her involvement in the Applied Science Laboratory's project to put a boat on Saturn's moon Titan, as well as a member of the radar team for the Cassini spacecraft . Though joining in a time of large budget cuts, Bolden explains, that '[Stofan's] breadth of experience and familiarity with the agency will allow her to hit the ground running. We're fortunate to have her on our team.'"
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Alpha Centauri Bb Given a Name

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year ago

SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "The nearest planet outside our solar system has recently been named Albertus Alauda. Originally named Alpha Centauri Bb, the planet is the closest known planet not orbiting the Sun, being a mere 4.3 light years away. The name comes from Jay Lark, who won the naming contest held by Uwingu starting last month and ending on April 22. Lark remarks that the name comes from the Latin name of his late grandfather, stating, "My grandfather passed away after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer; his name in Latin means noble or bright and to praise or extol." The competition for naming the planet came from Uwing, a company which used the buying of name proposals and votes to fund grants for future space exploration ventures. Albertus Alauda won the competition with 751 votes, followed by Rakhat with 684 votes, and Caleo, with 622 votes."
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United States Navy Cancels Blue Angels Shows Due to Budget Cuts

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "The Blue Angels squadron, known for their intricate and death-defying aerial demonstrations, has canceled all scheduled air shows for the rest of the year. The United States Navy, which controls the Blue Angels, has reported that the grounding comes for the massive rollbacks in spending, due to the 85 billion dollar sequestration given by the federal government. In a statement from the office of the Commander Naval Air Forces in San Diego, the Navy, 'Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government,' currently the cost of an air show is above 100,000 dollars. This story came just a week after the announcement by the Air Force that their Thunderbird shows will also be canceled."
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Doctor Who's Dalek Designer Dies at 84

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Raymond Cusick, a production designer for the BBC show Doctor Who from 1963 to 1966, has died from illness. 'Terry Nation, who died in 1997, wrote the 1963 story The Daleks, in which the "satanic pepperpots" first appeared, but it was Cusick who came up with the machines' distinctive look, including the bobble-like sensors, eyestalk, sucker and exterminator weapons.' His horrid creation has remained a prime enemy in Doctor Who for over 50 years, and have remained relatively unchanged. His tireless work however was never fully awarded, as his only pay for the project was about £100. Cusick also worked on such shows as Z Cars, Dr Finlay's Casebook and The Forsyte Saga to The Duchess of Duke Street, When the Boat Comes In and Rentaghost. He officially retired in 1987. Claire Heawood, Cusick's daughter has said that her father was 'suffering from an illness and died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday.'"
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Six of Hanford's Nuclear Waste Tanks Badly Leaking

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Recent review of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state (where the bulk of Cold War nuclear material was created) has found that six of its underground storage tanks are badly leaking. Estimations say each tank is leaking 'anywhere from a few gallons to a few hundred gallons of radioactive material a year'. Washington's governor, Jay Inslee said in a statement on Friday that 'Energy officials recently figured out they had been inaccurately measuring the 56 million gallons of waste in Hanford’s tanks.' The Hanford cleanup project has been one of the most expensive American projects for nuclear cleanup. Plans are in place to create a treatment plant to turn the hazardous material into less hazardous glass (proposed to cost $13.4 billion), but for now officials are trying just to stop the leaking from the corroded tanks. Today the leaks do not have an immediate threat on the environment, but 'there is [only] 150 to 200 feet of dry soil between the tanks and the groundwater', and are just five miles from the Colombia River."
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Swedish School Makes Minecraft Lessons Compulsory

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "The Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden, has announced that they have included Minecraft into the curriculum for their 13-year-old students. The program is not meant to teach children about math or language, but rather as a tool to inspire creativity in the classroom. ''They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done, and even how to plan for the future,' Viktor Rydberg teacher Monica Ekman told English-language newspaper The Local. 'It's not any different from arts or woodcraft,' she added.'

Minecraft has been widely viewed as a tool to inspire at let people create their own cubic world. Whether it will hold up as part of a school curriculum will be an interesting test. This news also comes after the announcement for a free version of Minecraft set for the 'Raspberry Pi computer, itself an educational tool with enormous potential.'"

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On a Scale of 0 to 500, Beijing's Air Pollution is 755

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Beijing, the capital of China, is well known for its horrible pollution and murky smog clouds, but today the air pollution in the city reached an incredible 755, on a standard scale of 500. In comparison the same rating scale in New York city at 6 a.m. on Saturday rated the air at 19. The reading was taken from the U.S embassy, which uses machinery that complies with the Air Quality Index standards, as used by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. 'The municipal government reported levels as high as 500 on Saturday evening from some monitoring stations. The Chinese system does not report numbers beyond 500.' On an average day the air quality sits around 300, 301 and over is considered hazardous. Even so many locals report online that the air quality is 'postapocalyptic,' 'terrifying' and 'beyond belief. Internet commentator Zhao Jing (known under the pen name Michael Anti) posted on twitter this week that 'I’ve closed the doors and windows; the air purifiers are all running automatically at full power.' Many credit the pollution to the many factories in nearby Hebei Province province, while others put the blame on the exponential rise in car sales within the city. China has condemned the embassy's twitter feed which has released the information in the past. With the rising scare of pollutants however, perhaps the Chinese government should put more thought into their findings."
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Cobalt Can Act as Catalyst in Hydrogen Production

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Many people consider Hydrogen (The lightest element in existence), as the energy source of the future. However, the means for creating cheap hydrogen are few and far between. Platinum has been used before as a catalyst for Hydrogen production, but Platinum, with a current price of around 1640 USD per ounce, is difficult to come by cheaply. Fossil fuels also act as Hydrogen producers, but release harmful CO2 as a result. Recently a group of scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that the element Cobalt can act as a catalyst for hydrogen from pH neutral water at room temperature. Cobalt, relative to Platinum, is a fairly abundant and cheap element. ‘’Until now, no inexpensive molecular catalyst was known to evolve H2 efficiently in water and under aerobic conditions,’ explains Dr. Erwin Reisner, head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory at the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry. ‘However, such conditions are essential for use in developing green hydrogen as a future energy source under industrially relevant conditions.’’ The future of Cobalt Hydrogen cells however is murky, as problems still arise from Cobalt’s poor stability, but scientists are optimistic this find will lead the way to greener Hydrogen production and overall world power."
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GRAIL Mission Video Released

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "A new video was released today by NASA from the GRAIL mission probes, which ended their mission last month, as they impacted the lunar surface. 'Dramatic' footage was captured by the probe Ebb on December 14th. The video was taken from the 'MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school Students) cameras, it shows the view of Ebb flying at an altitude of 6 miles (10 km) above the Moon’s northern hemisphere in the vicinity of Jackson crater (22.4N 163.1W).' Two videos were released, one from the fore and one from the aft of the probe, showing a forwards and backwards time lapse containing 931 and 1,489 pictures each of the lunar terrain. The footage was part of the probes final systems check before they shut down and were sent into a controlled impact to a predetermined location."
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Previously Unseen Stage of Planet Formation Observed

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Seen from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile; scientists have detected a gas giant planet focusing material from a gas cloud towards a main star. The star, HD 142527, is a young 2 million years old, and is 450 light-years from Earth. The system has 'A disk of spinning dust and gas left over from its formation... and from this material, planets are being created'. The planetesimals, are drawing material from the dust cloud inward, effectively fueling the expansion of the parent star, currently twice the size of our own Sun. 'Theoretical simulations have predicted such bridges between outer and inner portions of disks surrounding stars, but none have been directly observed until now.' Simon Casassus, lead scientist at the University of Chile, stated that 'Currently, the only mechanism known to produce such gap-crossing dense molecular flows, with residual carbon monoxide gas more diffusely spread out inside the gap, is planetary formation.' While the planets currently are not visible, their presence is very noticeable, more examination of the dust cloud is needed to precisely pinpoint the planet(s)."
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Origin of Neil Armstrong's 'One Small Step' Line Revealed

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "In an upcoming BBC Documentary, Dean Armstrong, the brother of astronaut Neil Armstrong, reveals when the world famous 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' line originated. For years, people have argued over when Armstrong came up with the line, whether it was on the spot or planned years ahead. Also debated is whether Armstrong meant to include 'a' before man, making the indefinite article 'man', which alludes to mankind, into a singular, 'a man', himself. According to Dean Armstrong, the quote was shared to him over a board game, months before the mission began. He says, 'We started playing Risk and then he [Neil] slipped me a piece of paper and said 'read that’. I did. On that piece of paper there was 'That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’. He says 'what do you think about that?’ I said 'fabulous’. He said 'I thought you might like that, but I wanted you to read it’. He then added: 'It was 'that is one small step for A man’'. Armstrong had always insisted that he had said 'a', that that it was lost in communication static. This new story however conflicts with what Neil told James Hansen for his biography, stating he came up with the quote on the lunar surface. More on the historic moon landing and the life of Neil Armstrong in the new documentary Neil Armstrong- First Man on the Moon, on BBC."
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Steve Jobs' Yacht Impounded in Amsterdam

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SchrodingerZ writes "The Venus, Steve Jobs' custom-made mega yacht, (valued at 137.5 million dollars), has been impounded in Amsterdam. Philippe Starck, the boat's main designer, had The Venus impounded by debt collectors, after supposedly Starck and his company, Ubik, were paid only 6 million of the 9-million-euro commission. Roelant Klaassen, a lawyer for Ubik, released in a statement that 'These guys [Jobs and Starck] trusted each other, so there wasn't a very detailed contract.' 'The Venus is a floating ode to both Jobs and Starck's minimalist aesthetic. Made entirely out of aluminum, with 40-foot-long floor-to-ceiling windows lining the passenger compartment and seven 27-inch iMacs making up the command center.' The ship was unofficially unveiled in late October, a year after Jobs' death. It now sits dormant in the Port of Amsterdam, until the payment dispute is resolved."
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Twin Probes Crash into the Moon

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ writes "After their yearlong mission to map the Moon’s gravitational field, twin probes Ebb and Flow crashed into the lunar surface, ending the GRAIL mission. The crashes were controlled events, each impacting 30 seconds apart from each other. The twin spacecraft were running low on maneuvering fuel and NASA, not wanting the crafts to fall on historical sites such as the Apollo landing sites, redirected their flight patterns to impart the far (dark) side of the moon. Their impact sites were named after Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. 'During the news conference last week, Maria T. Zuber, the principal investigator, said the probes would be crashing into a “non-sunlit” part of the surface.' When the site becomes sunlit again in several weeks, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will attempt to take pictures of the craters the probes undoubtedly made in the lunar soil."
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Curiosity Rover Find Carbon Molecules

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "Following wide speculation of the earth shattering news that the mars Curiosity rover has found, the Rover today confirmed that it has found http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22571-curiosity-finds-carbon--but-is-it-from-mars.html ">carbon based compounds in the Martian air and soil. One of the Rover’s main missions was to search for traces of Martian life, because we humans are composed of complex carbon molecules, this is exciting news for the prospect of past life on Mars. This news may be preeminent though. This may be merely a diagnostic error made by the Rover’s intricate programming. “The team will compare the result to tests of a sample of carbon-based material brought from Earth, Paul Mahaffy, SAM's principal investigator, said at the AGU meeting. ‘If we see the same stuff that we thought might be from Mars, we’ve got to say, ‘Hold the show, this might be terrestrial stuff'.’” As the Rover prepares to travel up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeolis_Mons">Aeolis Mons, more data will be collected to continue the hunt for life on Mars. Dun dunduuuuuuuuun’"
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Study Claims Bigfoot is Half Human

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Melba S. Ketchum, a veterinarian from Texas, has announced she has proof that the mythical creature Bigfoot, is part human. A release statement says that, "A team of scientists can verify that their five-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called 'Bigfoot' or 'Sasquatch,' living in North America", which supposedly arose around 15,000 years ago. Within the study, Ketchum apparently got hold of three genomes of "Sasquatch" DNA, and found the mitochondrian DNA (mtDNA), was identical to modern Homo Sapiens. The study continues, that "Our data indicate[s] that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens." So where is the data to support this? Currently there is none, at least, there isn't proof given by Ketchum's team thus far. Whether this is legitimate or just another hoax to prove the existence of a the yet-to-be-actually-proven creature is still undecided In a personal statement from Ketchum, she asks the American government to see the mythical creature as, "an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a 'license' to hunt, trap, or kill them.""
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U.S Congressman Wants to Ban Internet Bills

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Representative Darrell Issa, a republican congressman from California, has drafted a bill for the internet. The bill, aptly named the Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA), is, "a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet." In short it hopes to deny any new government bills related to lawmaking on the internet for the next two years. The bill was first made public on the website Reddit, and is currently on the front page of Keepthewebopen.com, a website advocating internet rights. "Together we can make Washington take a break from messing w/ the Internet," Issa writes on his Reddit post. The initial response to the bill has been mixed. Users of Reddit are skeptical of the paper's motives and credibility. As of now, the bill is just a discussion draft, whether it will gain footing in the future is up in the air."
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Longest U.S Space Mission Planned for 2015

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "Capitan Scott Kelly, brother of former commander Mark Kelly, will embark on the United State’s longest manned space mission, set for 2015. Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend an entire year on the orbiting International Space station. The mission will be a first for the NASA’s space program, but it is far from the world record. The longest recorded time in space was the 438 day mission of Russia’s Valery Polyakov, working on the Mir Space Station 1994-1995. Kelly, a decorated Navy captain received degrees from “State University of New York Maritime College and the University of Tennessee,” and was the flight engineer for the space station expedition 25, and commander of expedition 25 in 2010. “Kornienko hails from Russia's Syzran, Kuibyshev, region and has worked in the space industry since 1986.” The yearlong study on humans working in space will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, spring 2015."
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Canada Resumes Nuclear Trade with India

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ writes "Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on his recent trip to India, reopened the trading of Canadian nuclear material with India for the first time in four decades. Canada will once again supply India with uranium and nuclear hardware, used for the growing power industry Asia. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's spokesperson reiterates, that "The two countries have agreed that “uranium will only be going to those [nuclear] facilities inspected by the IAEA." In the past India and Canada traded nuclear material until 1976 when India tested its first ever plutonium bomb using Canadian material. Since then Canada has stopped all nuclear trade with the country. Mr. Harper, having spent 6 days in India, met with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and negotiated the resumption of their nuclear trading. In 2010 a similar agreement was made, but was scrapped by Canada's insistence to verify where their nuclear material was going. Both sides believe this will be beneficial in the creation of jobs and power to run India's fast growing economy."
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New Dinosaur Named After the Eye of Sauron

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ writes "A new study shows that 95 million years ago, the dinosaur Sauroniops pachytholus roamed northern Africa. The fossil, originally found in southern Morocco, only consisted of the upper skull, which included the eerie looking eye socket which resembles the Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings movies. Andrea Cau, the leader of the study in Bologna, Italy, explains "The idea of a predator that is physically known only as its fierce eye reminded me of Sauron, in particular as depicted in Peter Jackson's movies." Using skull comparison, it is theorized the two-legged meat-eater would have been 40 feet tall, challenging the Tyrannosaurus Rex in height. More fossils are needed for a full analysis, but so far it is very clear this dinosaur towered over many."
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Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise

SchrodingerZ SchrodingerZ writes  |  about 2 years ago

SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "The now decommissioned Space Shuttle Enterprise appears to have been damaged by super storm Sandy, as it blew through New York City. The shuttle is currently on display on the deck of the USS Intrepid, as part of the Sea, Air, and Space museum on pier 86. The storm tore through the shuttle's inflatable pavilion which housed it, leaving a deflated mess over the space craft. It appears that the pavilion has damaged the vertical stabilizer on the tail of the craft. The museum has yet to comment on the situation. This is not the first time The Enterprise has been damaged however. As it was being towed through Jamaica Bay en route to its new home in Manhattan, the barge was hit by wind and forced the spacecraft' wingtip into a railroad bridge pylon ."
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