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DARPA Set To Blast Falcon Mach 20 Test Flight

TheClam Re:Around the world (201 comments)

Or you've been math trolled. Imagine how many math Nazis there are here compared to grammar Nazis. This is a whole new level of trolling.

more than 2 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

TheClam Re:Mission Accomplished (1855 comments)

I wonder, how many recruits did OBL generated for the US Armed Forces?

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Build Wearable Generators

TheClam Re:Help power cars? (84 comments)

Windmills do not work that way.

about 3 years ago
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Researchers Build Wearable Generators

TheClam Re:Help power cars? (84 comments)

No, they're not, unless you've been drifting.

The friction between the tires and the road is static friction, which keeps the tire from slipping. Only kinetic friction would result in loss of energy as heat.

about 3 years ago
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In Florida, a Cell Phone Network With No Need For a Spectrum License

TheClam Re:Hello football game (107 comments)

Click the pencil/paper icon on the right hand side of the bar above the first comment. There's a pref for the old system.

Took me about 15 minutes to find it, since it wasn't in my user prefs.

more than 3 years ago
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Entergy Admits 2005 Tritium Leak

TheClam Re:Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen... (385 comments)

Sure, it escapes straight up if it's diatomic tritium, like the usual hydrogen molecule.

Not so much if the tritium atom takes the place of a hydrogen atom in water.

more than 3 years ago
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Sci-Fi Books For Pre-Teens?

TheClam just off the top of my head (1419 comments)

Someone up there mentioned David Brin, so here's a second for him. Epecially the Uplift Series, and Kiln People. Also, Heart of the Comet with Gregory Benford.

Many people mentioned Ender's Game...this is a perfect, empowering book for kids.

I just read Peter F Hamilton's The Dreaming Void recently and loved it.

David Weber's whole Honor Harrington series, or Bujold's Miles what's-his-name series. Weber's more recent one, Armageddon Reef, was good.

Robert Sawyer.

Andromeda Strain. (Great Train Robbery by Crichton isn't sci fi but a fun read for a summer car ride)

Stephen Baxter's Evolution if you want to blow their minds, or his NASA Trilogy if they're space nuts like we used to be.

Besides Clarke's 2001 etc., his large short story collection is good.

Snow Crash.

Brave New World.

McCaffrey, only if your kids already like dragons. Otherwise, it's not really that great.

A Fire Upon the Deep, a Deepness in the Sky, everything else by Vinge.

The Mote in God's Eye.

Iain M Banks Culture stuff (keep them away from his non-scifi stuff for now!)

That should keep them busy for a while.

Kim Stanley Robinson.

more than 5 years ago

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