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2 hours ago, NewfoundlandFreeFrog said:

Yesterday was Hedy Lamarr's 103rd birthday. Developed spread spectrum and frequency hopping tech during WW2 (after getting bored with Hollywood???). 

 

You can blame much current Internet tech on extensions of her ideas.

 

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Not exactly science, but Tesla just showed off a high end--and expensive--sportster tonight that does 0-60 in 1.9 seconds. and has a 600 mile range. It will be the fastest 0-60 production car in existence.

 

That's a 1.44g acceleration! :o

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Even Breitbart recognizes that poll is flawed.

 

 

Three out of four college-educated Democrats seem to believe that a man can be a woman if he just says so, regardless of his biology, genetics, and genitalia, according to a skewed survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

 

However, the Pew results may be utterly unrepresentative of reality, partly because few Americans are familiar with the “sex assigned at birth.”

Also, the clause — “even if that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth” — is very vague, and may be interpreted by many respondents as referring to a adult person who undergoes cosmetic surgery of the genitalia, rather than a person who simply claims to have the “gender identity” of an opposite-sex person.

Pew’s decision to pretend that genitalia has nothing to do with a person’s sex mimics the transgender ideology, which claims that the government must force ordinary Americans to agree whenever a man or women say they are members of the opposite sex, regardless of biology, language or the inevitable civic conflicts.

 

 

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html

 

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.

 

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Hey @Boston Frog, you aren't the only source of gaseous eruptions in New England ...

 

Mass of Warm Rock Rising Beneath New England, Rutgers Study Suggests

 

Slowly but steadily, an enormous mass of warm rock is rising beneath part of New England, although a major volcanic eruption isn’t likely for millions of years, a Rutgers University-led study suggests. The research is groundbreaking in its scope and challenges textbook concepts of geology.

 

“The upwelling we detected is like a hot air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England,” said lead author Vadim Levin, a geophysicist and professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “It is not Yellowstone (National Park)-like, but it’s a distant relative in the sense that something relatively small – no more than a couple hundred miles across – is happening.”

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In the recently released NSF data on the state of science and technology research, one finds that in 2015--the last year for which figures are available--China was putting in about 21% of the global 2 trillion dollars into R&D with a rate of increase of 18%/yr while the USA was putting in 26% of the global total with a rate of increase of 4%/yr. Junior high math will tell you the USA will go to 2nd place in the coming months later this year or sooner given the proposed deep cuts in government science funding. Pretty soon we'll be stealing tech from China, not the other way around, I'd guess. Certainly the tech Chinese students routinely carry around make me think so. Probably Aloha could expand on this if he is able to speak.

 

Interestingly, along these same lines, soon China will have more polar icebreaking capability than the US even though they have no ice covered seas to worry about when they complete Snow Dragon 2 in 2019.

 

I'd provide a link to the report but nsf.gov is presently unavailable. 

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1 hour ago, NewfoundlandFreeFrog said:

Interestingly, along these same lines, soon China will have more polar icebreaking capability than the US even though they have no ice covered seas to worry about when they complete Snow Dragon 2 in 2019

Why did they build it if they don't need it? Exploration? Sell to someone else?  ??

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41 minutes ago, PurpleDawg said:

Why did they build it if they don't need it? Exploration? Sell to someone else?  ??

 

They do "need" it. Just not for basic things. They are using one extensively now making sure they have both an arctic and antarctic presence so as to sit on all maritime committees which meet over polar issues. (It was their helicopter which rescued those passengers in the Antarctic some years ago.) They have a second less capable craft capable of summertime operation in ice zones. This third is just another step on the way.

 

The last US polar class icebreaker was built in the 1950s when America really was great. It is marginal in present use. They are furthering their economic and technological expansion now. 

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7 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

I think at least Newf will find this interesting. You probably don't see many of these bouys where you are.

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/01/large_tsunami_warning_buoy_was.html

 

 

The tsunamis you get on this side are mega-tsunamis from underwater landslides like the well known Cape Verde collapse which caused tsunamis 800 feet high and is ready to go again one of these days. Or the Canary Islands. About all you can do in such cases is drown gracefully. And we'd be just a small footnote in the general East Coast devastation in any case. I live at 260' elevation 8 blocks from the waterfront so am about as safe as anyone.

 

There are  smaller tsunamis from smaller landslides. One landslide down the Laurentian Basin into the abyss generated a tsunami which hit here in the early 20th century damaging a number of tiny communities. Waves peaked at about 100' in some areas but thankfully it was in a sparsely populated and very hilly area so there were only 30 dead or so. 

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2 hours ago, $mooth said:

 

I used to work with the guys who developed that. Good project. Saves lives. 

Cool! Yes, they do. I can't even imagine getting one of those tsunami warnings, especially in the middle of the night. Sirens blaring, phone going off, disoriented from waking up from a dead sleep. Then, running to higher ground. But, the alternative is worse.

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/913801/aliens-ufo-life-on-earth-alien-news-human-origin-extraterrestrial

 

 

HUMAN beings evolved elsewhere in the universe and were brought to Earth by an alien civilisation to thrive, according to a new theory from a scientist who has been analysing the evolution of the human race.

 

Dr Silver offers many theories as to why humans were brought here, but he believes that the most likely is that Earth is acting as a ‘prison planet’, which would explain our violent nature as a species.

 

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12 minutes ago, HFrog1999 said:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/913801/aliens-ufo-life-on-earth-alien-news-human-origin-extraterrestrial

 

 

HUMAN beings evolved elsewhere in the universe and were brought to Earth by an alien civilisation to thrive, according to a new theory from a scientist who has been analysing the evolution of the human race.

 

Dr Silver offers many theories as to why humans were brought here, but he believes that the most likely is that Earth is acting as a ‘prison planet’, which would explain our violent nature as a species...

 

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I'm not sure I see any extraordinary evidence for this rather extraordinary claim in a now somewhat old book (2013). The Express is a little behind the library curve.

 

At least I didn't see the old "experts say" meme so common in this sort of press though I might have missed it.

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45 minutes ago, HFrog1999 said:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/913801/aliens-ufo-life-on-earth-alien-news-human-origin-extraterrestrial

 

 

HUMAN beings evolved elsewhere in the universe and were brought to Earth by an alien civilisation to thrive, according to a new theory from a scientist who has been analysing the evolution of the human race.

 

Dr Silver offers many theories as to why humans were brought here, but he believes that the most likely is that Earth is acting as a ‘prison planet’, which would explain our violent nature as a species.

 

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Scientology already has the niche staked out...

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7 minutes ago, Radio Shack Killa said:

 

 

Scientology already has the niche staked out...

 

 

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but...But.... people have bad backs, get sunburned, and are grumpy....

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18 minutes ago, Mike M. said:

Damn, so we're the Australia of the universe? Bummer.

 

 

beaches, Foster's and footy.

 

 

 

 

 

I can think of worse places to be.....

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38 minutes ago, NewfoundlandFreeFrog said:

Live coverage has started on SpaceX.com.

Launch went perfectly. Tesla is in Mars level heliocentric orbit. 2 side boosters landed perfectly. Not so sure about the central booster that was supposed to be recovered at sea. No news could easily be bad news. 

 

As a first rocket system test flight, it doesn't get a whole lot better.

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