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  1. I am definitely not the person to ask. It seems to me that the limiting factor here is the formation of nuclei. The nuclei are controlled by the strong force. One of the other ideas is the steady state universe. In that theory there is no beginning or end to things. So reactions creating heavier nuclei have been happening forever. The only explanation for all of the light elements in the universe is that new light elements must be created. But we know that iron is the nuclei - and I don't know how to state it properly - is the least energy state. Fuse nuclei up to iron and get energy out. Fission nuclei down to iron and get energy out. A steady state universe should tend to an iron abundant universe unless there were a continuing source of energy to produce the lighter elements. I'm admittedly grasping here, but there are some knowledgeable posters here that should know.
  2. I would vote for fusion. Wind turbines are known as bird-cuisinarts. They can destroy bat populations. Solar cell production involves wonderfully dangerous chemicals. It's all a balancing of the pros and cons. If solutions were simple we'd have have been done ages ago. I was surprised at a tour of a nuke that a new reactor was planned. The paperwork was approved. The land had been set aside next to the other 2 reactors. So new nukes are going to reappear in the US sooner than later.
  3. There have been criminal acts performed by groups claiming to be environmental champions. Is this going to happen in general? No. Is it possible? Yes. There are well known instances of criminal acts. Would I call them terrorism? No. The crimes attracted attention, but did not instill terror into people.
  4. I think what has made man so dominant is the ability to lay out plans that cross generations. We change the world for long term human occupation. And long term is much longer than any individual. There are insect populations such as ants, bees, and termites that set up colonies that exist longer than individuals. Humans move out beyond their colonies to remove threats. The insects do not. They deal with threats as they occur.
  5. Humor often nvolves bad things happening to other people.
  6. There are usually some 25 to 30K attendees at a SFN meeting. It may be the biggest scientific meeting. The number of posters is awesome. There are 4 days with 2 poster sessions per day and maybe 4000 posters going at any time. So maybe 30,000 posters are done at each SFN.
  7. Thanks for your pathetic contributions. Merged post follows: Consecutive posts merged My experience is the opposite as is everyone I know so that alone makes your claim preposterous. Merged post follows: Consecutive posts merged Your example is still false.
  8. Sheila Jackson Lee, a congress woman from Texas took a cell phone call during a town meeting while a person was trying to answer a question.
  9. Since these issues with the PO occurred long before there was email you are completely wrong. Your example is false. It's not a pay as you go system. False. It seems you have nothing of importance to say - tedious, vacuous, dullness. Representatives taking phone calls during these meetings. Once again you are completely wrong. A nice summation of your posts.
  10. Love the misrepresentation. Not what I said at all is it? The post office is an example of a service which is always running in the red. Government run services are never as good as privately run services and are always more expensive. The post office is supported by taxes to keep it from going bankrupt. Government run health care would be headed the same way. Insurance companies are easy to deal with compared to government bureaucracies. All I have to do with health insurance is provide a card to the care giver's office staff. Done. The last issue people want to deal with is government involved in health care. Every 4 years could bring in a change to what is covered and how it is covered. What about abortion? It might be on the chopping block because the government makes health care rules. Back to the OP. Isn't it sad when an elected official refuses to listen to the constituents. This is the voice of public dissent and outrage. Thanks for showing us what a callous person this Senator is. They need to hear that most citizens are against these horrible health care bills. They need to understand that the democratic process applies to them.
  11. Bascule you are correct here: The not-for-profit organization would be like the post office - a money losing proposition supported by taxes. That's what government does - it provides expensive and poor service in all areas where it gets involved. Merged post follows: Consecutive posts merged So here is the claim. It is true. Ever since Nixon there have been proposals for health care. http://news.yahoo.com/s/rasmussen/20090811/pl_rasmussen/healthcarereform20090811_1 The latest polls show that people do not want the health care reforms being touted by Congress. The response to this public response has been childish claims like the OP and Pelosi and others that the opposition is throwing tantrums. In fact it is the supports like Pelosi that are throwing tantrums because their poor ideas are not wanted. The opposition to the health plan is over 50%. Much more interesting is that 46% are strongly opposed while 26% are strongly in favor. Overall the opposition is gaining ground. As people learn more about these plans the greater the opposition. No wonder the president wanted a vote before the pubic became aware of the contents of the bills.
  12. There is another issue called isostacy that needs to be considered. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isostasy Basically the earth is not rigid under the continents and that as mountains increase in height they 'sink' down.
  13. One of the key issues in the development of programming methods is the programmer. The acceptance of a particular technology is dependent on people's habits. A successful language of the past was EDL. It offered people the chance to get off of the mainframe. It was a simple language with no bragging rights yet it went on to provide solutions to many large scale problems. There are still large hotel chains that use EDL based systems for their reservations. The large number of programming languages today shows the experimentation being done to find not only useful methods, but methods acceptable to large numbers of people. Here is a good example of an old concept that made MUMPS work. It is simple to understand and easy to manipulate.
  14. A good example of tidal forces acting on solids is seen on the moon Io. The result is a heated moon and volcanic activity. From http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast04oct99_1.htm
  15. What a boring scandal with an Argentinian connection. This guy needs lessons from Wilbur Mills and the Argentine Firecracker.
  16. At 30000 mph an object is traveling at around 45000 feet per second. How could anyone tell the order of events when the time between them is x/45000 seconds? Here x is the distance from the hand to the impact crater.
  17. Next they'll find an unopened package of Swiss Miss chocolate under the body. Or maybe the body in the tomb is recent and hidden in the tomb by those upset that a fortune in gold was not found.
  18. I think there should be 90% windfall tax on actors, sports figures, radio and TV personalities, computer geeks, and plastic surgeons.
  19. That's interesting swanson. What I ran into was an author in a journal on neuroradiology demonstrating that a technique claimed to be unbiased was in fact severely biased. Apparently unaware of why the unbiased property applies goes on to demonstrate not that the method was wrong, but rather that they had no idea how to properly implement the method. When I asked the author of the paper on some of the details of their work they refused comment. In another paper a person was proposing a correction to an unbiased method. The reason for this is that practical implementations are known to introduce small amounts of bias due to observational difficulties. The method is well known to over project, or to get a larger answer than is the true result. In the paper the author says his method corrects for overprojection, but provides a formula that always increases the value of the result. Go figure!
  20. Here's a book written by Einstein himself. You could read this and see how things work. Relativity: the special and general theory By Albert Einstein, Robert W. Lawson Translated by Robert W. Lawson Edition: 3 Published by H. Holt and Company, 1921
  21. It is amazing to me how many people claim that relativity does not work. Then again I see this even in peer reviewed journals. Well, not in relativity, but in biological journals posting ideas on sampling methodologies. When I don't understand a well established issue like relativity or sampling I don't assume I am a genius who has seen in day 1 that the world is bonkers. I know, not assume, that the field is not going to be as simple to understand as I had hoped. Good luck Graystar in figuring out where you are confused. It's worth the effort to understand these ideas.
  22. This story reminds me of finding a 'modern shoe' under the sphinx in Egypt. The shoe was identified as a French shoe left behind during a previous effort to study the sphinx.
  23. One of the interesting applications of math to paleontology is a field called stereology. The field is used to determine things like length, volume, surface area, etc. Often fossils are revealed on sections, i.e. polished surfaces sliced through the rock. The question is what can be determined about the fossils from what is seen in the section? The application of stereological methods involves little more than algebra. The background requires a bit more. Regardless, you have to have an understanding of statistics.
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