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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

holmstar "Is consciousness required?" (146 comments)

“No one is sure what actually constitutes a measurement. Perhaps physicists can agree that someone with a Ph.D. wearing a white coat sitting in the lab of a famous university can make measurements. But what about somebody who really isn’t sure what they are doing? Is consciousness required? We don’t really know.”

If so, you can just about guarantee that we're living in a simulation.

yesterday
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

holmstar Re:I'm not holding my breath (571 comments)

The "operational prototype" is a prototype commercial reactor. They plan to build 5 more research reactors, each within a year, before building a commercial prototype that they expect will take 5 years.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

holmstar Re:Much better article (571 comments)

23x43 is for the entire package, including turbines/generator etc. The reactor itself is said to be much smaller.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

holmstar Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

For instance Democrats tend to like big companies with unionized workforces, and pushed through the GM bailout in the face of mostly Republican opposition. For more complicated reasons, the Democrats voted for the bank bailout, while most Republicans opposed it.

Don't kid yourself. The republicans opposed these bailouts because they knew that the democrats would be able to pass them anyway, and they can go to their constituents and say how bad the democrats are for supporting the bail-outs. Completely ignoring the fact that they would have done it as well, if there hadn't been enough democrats to pass it. Nobody, other than some of the tea party members, was going to let those bail-outs fail to pass.

about a month ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

holmstar Re:this article is a year old (77 comments)

Need to drink more coffee...

...discusses transitioning from an old model that used a 27 kilometer resolution to a new model...

about a month ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

holmstar Re:this article is a year old (77 comments)

The July 2013 article discusses an old model that used a 27 kilometer resolution new model that used a 13 kilometer resolution. The new article discusses moving from that to a 2 mile (3.21 kilometer) resolution.

about a month ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

holmstar Re:Do people actually use Siri? (161 comments)

Now that it has "Hey Siri", I use it pretty much whenever I need directions somewhere in my car. Works pretty awesome for that.

about a month ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

holmstar Re:Completely Contained? (475 comments)

Those new cases may have already been in isolation due to suspected exposure. If so, then there is little risk that they had passed it on to anyone else.

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

holmstar Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (280 comments)

The fatality rate has been reported to be around 60% for this strain, though that might only be for those that get some amount of medical care. Not sure.

about a month ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

holmstar Re:I'll believe it.... (143 comments)

The model 3 will be marketed against things like the BMW 3-series and Audi A4, so we're still talking about luxury cars.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

holmstar Re:Truly sad (359 comments)

That HIV has not acquired other methods of transmission does not guarantee that Ebola will not. Ebola has infected far fewer people, and we simply don't know the likelihood of it doing so.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

holmstar Re:Truly sad (359 comments)

Ebola is not as infectious as the flu.

Yet.

So, right now there's at least few thousand people carrying the virus. At least a few of them probably have other cold/flu viruses in their systems. If both Ebola and flu infect the same cell, they can exchange genetic information, potentially resulting in a much more easily transmitted strain of Ebola. The more people that are infected, the greater the chance such genetic exchange could occur. It wouldn't take much for Ebola to become a first world threat.

about 2 months ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

holmstar Re:Low probability of getting hit by CME (212 comments)

The three times in 200 years is for really large CMEs. Smaller ones hit the earth much more frequently.

about 3 months ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

holmstar Re:news for nerds in the speculative future(or pas (212 comments)

Or there could be a nearby gamma ray burst.

There isn't much point in worrying about this. About the only people that would be spared on the side of the earth that was exposed would be people that were already underground/under water at the time. How far underground/under water would depend on the intensity of the gamma rays. Even if we detected a burst of neutrinos to alert us that something was coming, it wouldn't be enough warning for anyone to take shelter that wasn't already there. I guess if you really wanted to be safe you could live a few hundred feet down in an old mine, but that would rather suck.

about 3 months ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

holmstar Re:...but they still have all the disadvantages (461 comments)

If you were directly exposed to cobalt 60 (ex: holding a lump of it in your hand) you'd probably be in pretty rough shape, though that isn't used for nuclear power.

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

holmstar Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Crabs certainly did. The mudskippers could, given more time. I'm not sure what would convince you. You seem to have already made up your mind.

about 4 months ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

holmstar Re:Tie this in with the battery tech from Tesla... (262 comments)

They never said that they made solar panels (though this purchase changes that). They are an installer and financier of solar panel installations. Part of the reason they are moving into solar cell and panel manufacturing is so that they can assure access to high efficiency panels at a reasonable price. They have stated that this is necessary for the business to be viable after solar incentive programs wind down. Regarding obsolete panels, I wouldn't be surprised if solar city has plans for upgrading existing clients and re-purposing old panels as technology improves. (We can now provide 75% or your electrical usage instead of the original capacity of 50%!). It would be a win-win, assuming that they have a use for the older panels.

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

holmstar Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Climate change is certainly a problem, but it's far from eliminating human life on planet Earth. I'd be more worried about an engineered pathogen.

about 5 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

holmstar Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Less significant (but not evidenced in the DNA or fossil evidence) would be multiple independent species making the transition from sea to land

We don't need fossil evidence. There are species of crabs that live on land. Mud-skippers live mainly in the water, but could easily evolve to land based animals.

about 5 months ago

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Bucky balls nearly double lifespan in rats

holmstar holmstar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

holmstar (1388267) writes "Researchers at Université Paris Sud in France have discovered that bucky balls mixed with olive oil, when consumed along with a normal diet, extend the lifespan of rats from 22 months to 42 months. Olive oil without bucky balls extended life span only to 26 months."
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