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Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 12-27-2010, 01:28 PM
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Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: A little solar power:

Upon me regaining sobriety I am so going to edit in here a both witty and caustic quip here. Beware!

And don't think I don't see you here skepticdoc and cragger! you two will get one too! and you...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 12-27-2010, 01:12 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: A little solar power:

Considering the weight that many here put behind green tecknologies and the importance of displacing foreighn oil I am mildly surprised that no one gave this more then a quick slim and that none had...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 12-24-2010, 06:12 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: A little solar power:

Naturally the energy needed to be stored to get around solar's intermittency problem will depend on a number of factor's. It is beyond the scope of this post to attempt to estimate a plausible needed...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 12-16-2010, 04:04 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: A little solar power:

I might have used energy. I notice now that when googling "electricity usage in the united states" the top link is a wikipedia page titled "energy in the united states". Alternatively, I may have...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 12-13-2010, 02:42 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: A little solar power:

The only scenarios where solar panels on rooftops do not disappear into the decimal dust of various assumptions are cases where solar continues to be a marginal producer of power and little more then...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 12-03-2010, 07:45 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: A little solar power:

How does solar compare to wind in terms of land use? Areas where current technology makes wind farms attractive are at about 4-17 watts per square meter.

Edit: The numbers I used for wind velocity...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 08-19-2010, 02:52 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
School food of the future? (Radiotrophic fungi)

http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20070422222547data_trunc_sys.shtml
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 08-05-2010, 02:57 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: "The two-sigma blues" ...

Speaking of Oil's origins; Has anyone else noticed a upsurge in people mentioning "Abiogenic petroleum origin"? In the past few weeks I've heard a few people that are normally not interested in this...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 08-05-2010, 02:52 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 07-14-2010, 02:06 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Boom? Or maybe splat?

Ah, only the soulless container of a modern Physicist could say "Yes, I'm having a novel discussion about The Late Time Behavior of False Vacuum Decay: Possible Implications for Cosmology and...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 04-12-2010, 10:47 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Surreal

Imagine you are in the line at the checkout counter for your local grocery store and you begin to chat it up with the girl in front of you. After a few minutes of small talk you ask her what she does...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 03-31-2010, 01:40 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)

How intimidating. Sixty years ago a particle physicist could get by with a $10,000 cyclotron and the help of a few grad students.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 03-24-2010, 03:31 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
No big cosmic truths here.

Most people tend to be drawn to big ideas. Ideas that have vast cosmic meaning. Ideas that attempt to explain the nature of the universe at it's most fundamental level or the inner workings of the...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 11-02-2009, 11:16 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Creepy can be fun...

http://www.bodyspacesociety.eu/2009/11/02/love-the-swiss-way-sociologists-want-to-optimize-the-marriage-market/
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-05-2009, 01:52 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Superman,disclosed.

A unified theory of superman's powers (http://www.qwantz.com/fanart/superman.pdf)
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 09-25-2009, 01:12 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Moon. Water.

Most of you that would care about this have probably already heard about this, but I think this guy gives did a good summary of whats happening.

Its kind of nice seeing a finding like this come...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 08-07-2009, 03:01 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)

That is a pretty cool proof of concept, but really is not that exciting from a results standpoint, that article really blows thing out of proportion. Isn't a hamiltonian path with three...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 07-10-2009, 10:32 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
A slightly bigger........boom.

A Slightly bigger....boom. (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7248/full/nature08096.html)



Interesting, completely useless, but interesting.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 06-30-2009, 11:19 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Playboy bunnies bounce back.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/06/playboy-bunnies-bouncing-back.html
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 06-23-2009, 04:42 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
This is kind of cool

http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_12590357

boom!
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 06-19-2009, 01:37 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)

You had a bad teacher then. You usually start getting into these related rates problems right after lerning about the chain rule, he should have had you all make it into a differential equation and...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 06-19-2009, 09:14 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 32,956
Posted By Starwatcher162536
Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)

Not really sure if this counts as a story, but the below links to a fun little read about why experiment is the king of science, and not those gay math fags :D.
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