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  1. It is not clear what this means. (Clearly specifying what you want to do is 90% of the work in programming; the rest is just syntax.) What is the text file? In other words, what does it contain? How does it relate to the image file you want to create? Is 500x500 measured in pixels or some other units? That program appears to read several gif files and combine them in one. I can't see how this is related to your initial description of what you want to do. it depends. Are you using mages that are already this size? Are you scaling an existing image to this size? Are you creating a new image of this size?
  2. Not. Especially as it is probably all made up. "Almost all" is meaningless. And in what proportions? After all the, Earth contains almost all the elements in the periodic table. So if a sample contained the most common elements in roughly the proportions they appear in nature, then it would not be particularly surprising. If it contains "almost all of the elements" then that is not surprising. There are harder to obtain elements. Again, if contains "almost all of the elements" then that is not surprising. That is, presumably, a purely subjective opinion. And based on the other nonsensical claims, not worth considering.
  3. I had just come to the same conclusion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(52768)_1998_OR2
  4. By tracking its position over time and calculating the orbit. Why wouldn't they? But if you are going to doubt them (and every other observer tracking it) then you might as well assume the the whole world is fake. Everything is just an act put on to fool you, like The Truman Show. No. Because NASA (and other astronomers) are scientists. Why would you trust "another site"? What is this "other site"? No. If you search for "finding reliable scientific information" you can find lots of articles that will help you. (Of course, I can't guarantee all those will be reliable!)
  5. TerryHiggins has been banned as a spammer (we don't normally list spammers, but a couple of people had engaged in the discussion)
  6. I would say that a thread in Speculations is "owned" by the OP. The purpose of such a thread is for the OP to present, and defend, their idea. It is not a general free-for-all general discussion of related topics. If they are not willing to engage, or they otherwise break the rules, then the thread will be closed. That is usually the case. But in the case of flagrant violations of the rules, we reserve the right to just shut things down. If I am guessing correctly which thread you are talking about, I think sufficient members involved in the discussion had complained about the fact that the OP lecturing, rather than discussing or answering questions that it was reasonable to close it. The OP had had several months, 124 posts and 5 pages in which to answer questions instead of treating the forum like a blog. The only way of enforcing that is to close the thread. It is not always explicitly stated, but there is a general principle that the OP cannot start another thread on the same topic. If other people's posts haven't changed the OP's attitude after 5 months, I'm not sure that giving them a couple more days would make much difference. If people think that there was some aspect of the discussion worth pursuing, they are free to open a new thread to discuss that. If everyone (or many people) have contributed to the thread being closed (eg. because it has degenerated into an exchange of insults) then the note will address all those people. In the case of a thread like this, the problem is entirely the OP's behaviour and so the note is addressed to them. Note that we also get complaints about letting threads go on for too long, even when it is clear they are not going anywhere.
  7. How do you determine which it works for and which it doesn't?
  8. As he clearly doesn't know what he is talking about, I would suggest that his claim that the material consists of "a combination of Tholium, Silver and Silicon in discreet areas" is probably just a made up story. His "analysis" is a work of fiction.
  9. You need to provide some evidence for this. (Or, to put it another way: I don't believe you.) Your claim that "There are no reliable tests for a specific COVID-19 virus" appears to be false. For example: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6988269/ https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/peiris-protocol-16-1-20.pdf?sfvrsn=af1aac73_4 https://academic.oup.com/clinchem/advance-article/doi/10.1093/clinchem/hvaa029/5719336
  10. Unless you are building a UFO, apparently.
  11. Hadn't heard of thulium before. There are just too many of those lanthanides to bother with
  12. ! Moderator Note If you want to talk nonsense about gods, then I suggest you find a more appropriate forum.
  13. ! Moderator Note This is a science forum. Please try to avoid posting nonsense like this. Thank you
  14. Such a process could probably have been done (with available materials) at almost any time after the stone age. The challenge would be the availability of those elements in their elemental form. Silver is easy: it is found as the elemental metal in nature. Silicon wasn't extracted from the oxide until the start of the 19th century. And, of course, there is no such thing as "tholium". Thorium, maybe? Also extracted early in the 19th century. So it could have been done in 1850. I am not going to watch because (1) it is a video and therefore the worst source of information known to man and (2) it appears to be about UFOs and therefore consists of lies and fairy tales. As evidenced by the bit you quote. Of course not. It is a video about UFOs.
  15. You shouldn't. It is pretty meaningless. You should ignore it. What you shouldn't ignore is all the people asking you questions and to clarify what you mean. Treating this forum as your blog is against the rules. You are failing dismally.
  16. How are you defining cooperate and compete with regard to atoms?
  17. ! Moderator Note A few blatantly off-topic posts (and, I'm afraid, some responses) have been hidden. The perpetrator has been given some time in quarantine to think about following the rules of the forum in future.
  18. 13mh13 has been suspended for a week for immature, offensive and generally trollish behaviour.
  19. I don't know, but it is possible that the person who wrote that is confusing "can contain" (is allowed to contain) and "can contain" (may actually contain). It seems odd that it would just happen to contain the maximum permissible amount. Anyway, the "safe limit" is determined as a level that is significantly below what can potentially cause harm. And then, as John says, it will be diluted and dispersed before it gets anywhere near the child.
  20. How about this, literally a jar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyden_jar
  21. You also believe you can ignore the syntax required by the forum.
  22. They would interact like anything else really. If they fell in they would add to the mass of the black hole. If they went past, they would be deflected (like gravitational lensing). They could orbit just outside the photon sphere because they have so little mass and typically travel at near the speed of light. (That is 1.5 times the event horizon radius.) But that would probably not be stable; the smallest fluctuation would send them towards or away from the black hole.
  23. Bit of data here: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioNotizieNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=italiano&menu=notizie&p=dalministero&id=4322 Follow the links to summary tables. And more here: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/italy/ I can't immediately find anything on total death rates (all causes). But one thing worth noting is that well over half the deaths are in one region, Lombardia (and mainly in a small part of that). The top two regions account for 74% of all Covid-19 deaths. Whereas the normal (per capita) death rate is presumably fairly evenly distributed over the country. Also, it is thought that the death rate due to Covid-19 may be much higher in Lombardia because they are not able to test everyone who dies. And the overstretched health service may mean that more people are dying of other causes than they would do otherwise.
  24. The reason I immediately thought of the red blob being a data error was because there was a thread (somewhere) by someone who had based a whole conspiracy theory on a similar data problem.
  25. A law, in physics, is not a description of a principle; it is a mathematical summary of observed behaviour. That seems to apply perfectly well to Faraday's law. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_law I doubt anyone cares.
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