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Comment Re:I know a lot of this is cutting edge... (Score 1) 41

It's not a parachute in the classic sense - it's more like an enormous airbag around the perimeter of the craft designed to help high-altitude aerobraking. Lots of problems to solve.

The SIAD or "airbag" has worked flawlessly the last two tests. The parachutes are the systems that have been failing... 0 for 2. If the 3rd test produces the same result with the chute then maybe the team should switch focus and bump up the specs on the SIAD and concentrate on retro rocket landings.

Comment Calm down with the "threats" (Score 3, Informative) 120

The ship does not seem to pose a threat to the ISS at the moment.

The resupply ship is not even remotely in the same orbit as the ISS. Progress 59 will never pose a threat to the ISS unless they regain control, adjust the orbit 200km higher, rendezvous with the ISS and attempt a docking.

Submission + - Creation of entanglement simultaneously gives rise to a wormhole->

Ashenkase writes: Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.”

Essentially, entanglement involves two particles, each occupying multiple states at once — a condition referred to as superposition. For example, both particles may simultaneously spin clockwise and counterclockwise. But neither has a definite state until one is measured, causing the other particle to instantly assume a corresponding state. The resulting correlations between the particles are preserved, even if they reside on opposite ends of the universe.

But what enables particles to communicate instantaneously — and seemingly faster than the speed of light — over such vast distances? Earlier this year, physicists proposed an answer in the form of “wormholes,” or gravitational tunnels. The group showed that by creating two entangled black holes, then pulling them apart, they formed a wormhole — essentially a “shortcut” through the universe — connecting the distant black holes.

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