Outrider

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  1. Outrider

    Preparing to land on Mars.

    Another successful landing. Go NASA! https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8392/nasa-insight-lander-arrives-on-martian-surface/?site=insight
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    Black Hole Friday

    That was awesome! Thank you.
  3. While worded poorly I think this mostly correct. This is what you need to cite or better yet retract because its just wrong. AFAIK the only thing that alters a gravitational field is more or less mass. Also why do you spell gravitational like this "gravit." This is also wrong. It is simple aerodynamics which is why we can and do ignore any gravitational effects. Your not wrong that particles in the air have a gravitational attraction its just that its so small that we can ignore it. Cross posted with Strange.
  4. Thanks beecee for bringing this to my attention and also for all the other science news you post. I don't think it was just "sensationalist media propaganda" although there was an element of that in the story. I think Strange (above) got it about right. I think it is safe to assume for now that gravitational waves have been detected. After all the visual confirmation was the smoking gun IMO. Also I have a lot of respect for David Shoemaker who is on the team. Meanwhile people are out doing science with these results. https://ras.ac.uk/news-and-press/research-highlights/gravitational-waves-merged-hyper-massive-neutron-star Also the next wave of observations is on its way! https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/page/observatory-status Wish we could get interesting stuff like this to go on for 10 pages.
  5. Thanks Strange. That was fun. I missed 6, 7, 9 and 11. I just guessed on the plank length question and got lucky. So I probably don't deserve my 11 score but will take it. https://insidetheperimeter.ca/physics-quiz/ 12/15 on this one.
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    about humour

    One thing I haven't really seen discussed here is my belief that certain jokes shouldn't be told because it normalises certain behaviors that most of us find aberrant. Such as racial, rape and pedophile jokes. In fact I just noticed a pedophile joke in the The official jokes section thread. I think the wrong joke told at the right time could convince a racist that he's more the norm than he thought he was yesterday. Or convince a man thats having urges he hasn't acted on that hey everybody's doing it. Just something to think about.
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    The Official JOKES SECTION :)

    Without a doubt! My daughter was in the third grade when she came home one day and told me that joke. We still laugh about it now. Some time later she came home and told me this one. Q. How do you make a tissue dance? A. Put a little boogie in it.
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    Fast breeder reactors

    So here is some interesting reading I found regarding the OP today. The first is a transcript of a NPR debate on the pros and cons of thorium reactors between science writer Richard Martin (pro) and electrical and nuclear engineer Dr. Ajun Makhijani (con). It is rather lengthy but it helped me understand why some are leery of this technology. https://www.npr.org/2012/05/04/152026805/is-thorium-a-magic-bullet-for-our-energy-problems The second is a list of pros and cons of thorium reactors. https://vittana.org/16-big-thorium-reactor-pros-and-cons# From the second link: Any chance the above is accurate? Also Dr. Arjun addressed the problem below in the first (NPR) link but the quote is from the second link. It seems it could be a deal breaker if I understand correctly.
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    Taxation without representation

    Ok we are on the same page here. Good deal! We need to promptly decide which illegals deserve amnesty (most of them) and then revamp the whole system. Not gonna happen but needs to. Did you know this was state law? I didn't. Maybe its not as big a problem as you think. http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/felon-voting-rights.aspx So you just have a beef with 12 states. Also voting rights are not all felons stand to loose. For one employers may discriminate if they wish. https://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-rights-do-convicted-felons-lose/ *This may be enforced by the country the felon wishes to visit. No I did not know that and yes I am against it.
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    Taxation without representation

    Again I see these as problems that need to be fixed. I don't see how giving felons and non citizens the right to vote fixes them.
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    Fast breeder reactors

    Here is the link for the quote 2 posts up. https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/what-is-molten-salt-reactor-424343/ I forgot to add it earlier, sorry. I thought it sounded to good to be true. Thank you for your comments. Hopefully more later if I have the time.
  12. In-laws of the same ethnicity often don't get along either. I'll need a cite for that. Or they may have a wonderful time learning each others culture. Do you not find that plain vanilla gets bland after awhile? What the heck is a "third culture kid"?
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    Fast breeder reactors

    Yes you are right nuclear power is actually low risk due to the safeguards put in place. Yes MSR's are considered fast breeders. Can anyone comment on the authenticity of the quote above?
  14. Yeah it wasn't worded great but we do agree this idea can trivially be put to bed.
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    Taxation without representation

    And its just a slogan. If I cross state lines and buy a candy bar and pay the sales tax should I be allowed to vote in that state? I think not. China pays tariffs on their imports do they get to vote? If you want to talk about specific classes of people we might find some agreement but not much on your two examples so far. I didn't read your link but the sentence seemed unduly harsh to me. But I am ok with certain convictions disqualifying the perpetrator from voting. As far as non citizens voting yeah I would be against that. We need to fix our immigration policies in the worst way and .make the path to citizenship more straightforward so immigrants who live and work here can rightfully participate in our society. I think you have the cart before the horse on this example.