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Old 2013-01-06, 13:56   Link #1541
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God the media reporting on the negative temperature experiment is so misleading...

It's not actually colder than absolute zero. It cannot be. We can't even cool anything to absolute zero, because it's a theoretical point like the speed of light--it's an asymptote and the value of energy required would approach infinity.
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Old 2013-01-06, 14:12   Link #1542
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The media also blew up about the FTL neutrino about a year ago as well. Whatever makes the readers happy, I suppose, or just bad editing and a lack of scientific knowledge. (I'm leaning towards the latter)
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Old 2013-01-06, 15:26   Link #1543
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Does it mean all those old Sci-fi script writers that had thing at temperatures "below" Zero K are now correct?

(No, but the fans now have something to handwave it away).





And Cirno was right......?
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Old 2013-01-06, 15:53   Link #1544
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The biggest debate of the world, is cirno actually a genius or a real baka?
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Old 2013-01-06, 15:59   Link #1545
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Secret US cybersecurity program to protect power grid confirmed:

"Newly released documents confirm that the National Security Agency (NSA),
America's top cyberespionage organization, is spearheading a cloaked and
controversial program to develop technology that could protect the US power grid
from cyberattack.

Existence of the program, dubbed Perfect Citizen, was revealed in a 2010 Wall
Street Journal article. But intriguing new details are revealed in documents released
by the NSA last month to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an
Internet privacy group that petitioned for them in 2010 under the Freedom of
Information Act."

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http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2013/01...-entryNineItem
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Old 2013-01-07, 13:44   Link #1546
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The Kilogram Has Gained Weight:

"The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-
shaped hunk of metal that defines the fundamental unit of mass, has gained tens
of micrograms of mass from surface contamination, according to a new study.

As a result, each country that has one of these standard masses has a slightly
different definition of the kilogram, which could throw off science experiments that
require very precise weight measurements or international trade in highly
restricted items that are restricted by weight, such as radioactive materials."

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http://news.yahoo.com/kilogram-gaine...005533827.html
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Old 2013-01-07, 13:46   Link #1547
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Biofuels cause pollution, not as green as thought - study:

"Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually
worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature
deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday.

The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel - seen as a cleaner alternative
to oil and coal - released a chemical into the air that, when mixed with other
pollutants, could also reduce farmers' crop yields."

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http://news.yahoo.com/biofuels-cause...015806435.html
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Old 2013-01-07, 20:00   Link #1548
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Biofuels cause pollution, not as green as thought - study:

"Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually
worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature
deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday.

The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel - seen as a cleaner alternative
to oil and coal - released a chemical into the air that, when mixed with other
pollutants, could also reduce farmers' crop yields."

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http://news.yahoo.com/biofuels-cause...015806435.html
Study papers please. Or just another piece of pop journalism.
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Old 2013-01-07, 20:28   Link #1549
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Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...01-07-20-02-05
Earthsize, not earthlike.
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Old 2013-01-07, 22:12   Link #1550
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Giant squid filmed in world first

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A colossal breakthrough has been made in the research of giant squid with a Japanese film crew capturing the first video of the elusive creature deep in the Pacific Ocean.

The footage, which will be aired on Discovery Channel later this month, has excited scientists around the world as it is the first time a giant squid has been filmed alive.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/81534...in-world-first
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Old 2013-01-08, 09:16   Link #1551
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Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...01-07-20-02-05
Earthsize, not earthlike.
Yeah, I wasn't sure what the point of the article was either. So they're similar sized. Who cares?
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Old 2013-01-08, 09:18   Link #1552
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Yeah, I wasn't sure what the point of the article was either. So they're similar sized. Who cares?
Imagine we could pull one and ram it into our Earth! Then we would all go to space and evolve into Newtypes.
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Old 2013-01-08, 10:17   Link #1553
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Imagine we could pull one and ram it into our Earth! Then we would all go to space and evolve into Newtypes.
Well, if we can "pull" an Earth-sized planet from another solar system and ram it into Earth, I'd imagine we have already "went to space"
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Old 2013-01-08, 10:49   Link #1554
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Well, if we can "pull" an Earth-sized planet from another solar system and ram it into Earth, I'd imagine we have already "went to space"
Even if we did, there are still people whose souls are tied down by gravity. To make them move their asses, we need to crash something into Earth.
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Old 2013-01-08, 10:55   Link #1555
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NASA Eyes Plan to Drag Asteroid Near the Moon

"Capturing a near-Earth asteroid and dragging it into orbit around the moon could help humanity put boots on Mars someday, proponents of the idea say.
NASA is considering a $2.6 billion asteroid-retrieval mission that could deliver a space rock to high lunar orbit by 2025 or so, New Scientist reported last week. The plan could help jump-start manned exploration of deep space, carving out a path to the Red Planet and perhaps even more far-flung destinations, its developers maintain. "

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Old 2013-01-08, 13:30   Link #1556
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Yeah, I wasn't sure what the point of the article was either. So they're similar sized. Who cares?
I think it's because we are in the infancy of our ability to detect planets outside of our solar system, and up until this point we have only been able to find gas giants. With technology progressing, we can now begin to reliably detect the presence of rocky planets for the first time. Still, not too exciting to anyone but the scientific community involved in these measurements, as I'm sure the general public always assumed there'd be Earth-sized, rocky planets out there.
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Old 2013-01-09, 04:56   Link #1557
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BBC: Rheinmetall demos laser that can shoot down drones

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One step closer to operational point defense lasers.

Also, Giant Squid filmed by scientists in world first
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Old 2013-01-09, 05:07   Link #1558
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Point defense is probably the most realistic use for weaponized lasers. It's interesting how that seems to be their role in more modern science-fiction yarns. Write what you know, I suppose.

I guess that's also why people wrote "lasers" in the 80s and 90s as discrete, slow-moving blobs of light... write what you don't know!
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Old 2013-01-09, 06:39   Link #1559
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BBC: Rheinmetall demos laser that can shoot down drones

LAZOOORS~

One step closer to operational point defense lasers.

Also, Giant Squid filmed by scientists in world first
High powered lasers are no longer the size of entire science labs.

So when am I getting my Lascannon.
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Old 2013-01-09, 07:20   Link #1560
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So, lasers and big asteroids dangerously close to the planet....

... is it Evil Overlord week or something?
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