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  1. 3 minutes ago, Bmpbmp1975 said:

    Not sure what you mean about best outcome?

    You wouldn't want to see a supernova? 

    Why not, it's too far away to harm us. Would be the most spectacular thing anybody has seen. Just breathtaking. I would love to witness it.

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    Scientists have created the fastest spinning object ever made, taking them a big step closer to being able to measure the mysterious quantum forces at play inside 'nothingness'. The record-breaking object in question is a tiny piece of silica, capable of whipping around billions of times per second - creating sufficient sensitivity that the team think they'll be able to use it to detect unfathomably small amounts of drag caused by the 'friction' within a vacuum.


  3. Parent, apart from that I don't think any of those jobs above will be safe from AI. Some would be much better with AI.

    AI defence lawyer would be a much better lawyer than what most people can afford, it would know everything, every area of law, every loophole, everything. Instantly too.

    Health care assistant too. Think of the knowledge it could possess not to mention the abuse cases you hear about. Teaching too I reckon. Imagine history class, would be much better. 

    Factory worker making car parts would be the best though. 😏

    Athlete's will be the safest I think. 

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    Burn bright; die young.

    Scientists are left scratching their heads after a hugely productive galaxy went dark without warning, according to a new study.

    The monstrous star system, known as XMM-2599, reportedly existed 12 billion years ago when the universe was a ripe young 1.8 billion years old, reports SciTech Daily. But researchers at the University Of California in Riverside are bewildered over how the “ultramassive galaxy” could suddenly die.

    The study was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.(bottom link)



  5. No different to the theatre, not the movies. It's just another form of entertainment.

    The kids think it's real, and the parents know it's fake. Good guys against bad guys. Perfect family entertainment.

    Each to their own, as they say.

    And some good role models too i think. - the Rock being the most obvious one.

  6. It's not a sport like boxing or MMA, it's entertainment based. I get the impression it's the 'characters' that people like - 'the Rock', Hulk Hogan etc.. a bit of escapism, no different than going to the theatre, just a lot more fun.

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    The Formosan clouded leopard

    The Formosan clouded leopard is a subspecies that was listed as extinct on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List in 2013, after there was no official sighting of it since 1983. Endemic to Taiwan, this apex predator was regarded as Taiwan’s second-largest carnivore, after the Formosan black bear. It was also known for the gorgeous dusky-grey markings on it. 



  8. Some good news...They have a vaccine, but it will take up to two years before it's fit for use. Not sure how good this actually is though.

    Question: in the future, will it be possible to develop vaccines and release them immediately whilst still being safe? Maybe using advanced AI or something.


    We have already produced the vaccine, but it will take a long time to test,” Yuen Kwok Yung, chair of infectious diseases at the University of Hong Kong, told the South China Morning Post, revealing that his team had isolated the previously unknown virus from the city’s first imported case.


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    One of the predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity is that any spinning body drags the very fabric of space-time in its vicinity around with it. This is known as "frame-dragging".



    An illustration of frame dragging. (Mark Myers/OzGrav ARC Centre of Excellence)



  10. 44 minutes ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

    LOL. Apologies for not going back to read this "Theresa May Resigns" thread...but discussion of chlorinated wash for chicken was not what I expected.

    Not complaining...I've participated and contributed in taking threads further off topic...

    This is a strange place to post this isn't it! 🤔

  11. Just come across this, maybe something similar in the US.

    Under current EU rules, the chlorine wash is classed as a processing aid rather than an ingredient and so wouldn’t have to be declared on the packaging. This means UK consumers would be unlikely to know whether imported US chicken had been through the chlorination process unless it was voluntarily declared.


  12. 1 hour ago, taeto said:

    Not enough unibrow for my taste, so I have to pass :unsure:.

    What you talking about, she's beautiful 😘

    feast your eyes on princess Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh (1883 – 1936) who was considered the ultimate symbol of beauty in Persia during the early 1900s. So much in fact, a total of 13 young men killed themselves because she rejected their love.IMG_3171.thumb.JPG.03cbe86519982dc94d0b948fcefb7b2e.JPG

  13. Gravitational waves attributed to the collision of two neutron stars could have been produced by something much stranger....




    Snapshot from the central region of a numerical simulation of two merging neutron stars. It shows the stars stretched out by tidal forces just before their collision. Credit: CoRe/Jena FSU

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    for the first time, scientists at Stanford and SLAC have created a silicon chip that can accelerate electrons—albeit at a fraction of the velocity of that massive instrument—using an infrared laser to deliver, in less than a hair's width, the sort of energy boost that takes microwaves many feet.



    This image, magnified 25,000 times, shows a section of a prototype accelerator-on-a-chip. The segment shown here are one-tenth the width of a human hair. The oddly shaped gray structures are nanometer-sized features carved in to silicon that focus bursts of infrared laser light, shown in yellow and purple, on a flow of electrons through the center channel. As the electrons travel from left to right, the light focused in the channel is carefully synchronized with passing particles to move them forward at greater and greater velocities. By packing 1,000 of these acceleration channels onto an inch-sized chip, Stanford researchers hope to create an electron beam that moves at 94 percent of the speed of light, and to use this energized particle flow for research and medical applications. Credit: Neil Sapra

  15. Only 10% of Nobel prize winners being atheist wouldn't surprise me at all.

    Remember, even the Catholic Church promotes evolution. Not only that, but not everyone interprets religion the same, just because you believe in God doesn't mean you believe Noah's ark was real or homosexuals are going to hell. 


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    Scientists may have stumbled upon a previously unknown class of massive collision in the universe. 

    On Monday, researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced that they had yet again detected ripples in space-time. They think these particular disturbances in the fabric of the universe - which were observed in April 2019 - came from the collision of two neutron stars, the super-dense remnants of dead stars.


    This article has some really amazing pictures/photos too.


    This supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole. A neutron star is the compressed core left behind when a star born with between eight and 30 times the sun's mass explodes as a supernova. Neutron stars pack about 1.5 times the mass of the sun — equivalent to about half a million Earths — into a ball just 12 miles across. NASA Goddard


    Iranian plane crash


    The Ukrainian flight that crashed just outside the Iranian capital of Tehran was struck by an anti-aircraft missile system, a Pentagon official, a senior U.S. intelligence official and an Iraqi intelligence official told Newsweek. None of the officials was authorized to speak publicly on the matter. 

    Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, a Boeing 737–800 en route from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airpot to Kyiv's Boryspil International Airport, stopped transmitting data Tuesday just minutes after takeoff and not long after Iran launched missiles at military bases housing U.S. and allied forces in neighboring Iraq. The aircraft is believed to have been struck by a Russia-built Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile system, known to NATO as Gauntlet, the three officials told Newsweek.



    Trump now wants US and Iran to work together



    President Donald Trump said that the United States and Iran should work together against their common foe of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), hoping the Islamic Republic would change course after the latest incident in the dramatic escalation of tensions in which Iran launched missiles at Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. and allied troops.

  18. 1 hour ago, owatawww said:


    Also, as pointed out in the OP, it's not the Mosquitoe that kills, it's the parasite it carries. 

    What about humans? Everything else seems to get along just fine until we show up and f**k it up. Having said that, the majority of people are kind and respectful, so maybe just a healthy purge instead. 🤑🥊 (joking of course)


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