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+ - Google signed a 60-year, $1 billion Moffett Field Lease

Submitted by Biff Stu
Biff Stu (654099) writes "Google has signed a 60-year, $1 billion Moffett Field Lease. This lease includes the large hangars that housed dirigibles that hunted Japanese submarines near the California coast during WW2. According to the article, "a Google subsidiary called Planetary Ventures LLC will use the hangars for "research, development, assembly and testing in the areas of space exploration, aviation, rover/robotics and other emerging technologies." Does this mean that Google is planning to include actual clouds in "cloud" computing?"

Comment: Re:this again... (Score 2) 292

Of course when Michelson said this, there were just a couple of loose ends to be figured out...the "UV Catastrophe" associated with the discrepancy between the purely electromagnetic theory of blackbody radiation, and the strange threshold behavior associated with the photoelectric effect.

Right now, we keep on building bigger and bigger colliders and can't really find anything beyond the Standard Model. It seems that the biggest advances these days are coming from Astrophysics rather than High Energy Physics. Today, the two pesky loose ends that are likely to change everything are dark matter and dark energy. What we need is a theory that explains these phenomena and an experiment to test the theory.

Comment: Re:All politics are local (Score 2) 234

by Biff Stu (#46590889) Attached to: Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

In recent news, a state senator from Montana (R) was arrested, and a tea-party-republican-congressman from Florida was also arrested. A Republican from Montana and a Republican from Florida. Who would have guessed that. It has nothing to do with Sacramento or party. Like I said, all politics are local. Especially corrupt politics.

Comment: Re:All politics are local (Score 2) 234

by Biff Stu (#46590861) Attached to: Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

In California, if there's a scandal, it's likely to be a Democrat, just based on the statistics. There are far more Democrats than Republicans in office. Furthermore, if you're in San Francisco, you're going to have a Democrat in office. It's the way the city votes. It's your job to pick a good one.

+ - The Truth is Out There: Snowden's greatest leak yet

Submitted by Biff Stu
Biff Stu (654099) writes "NPR reports that Snowden delivered the scoop of the century to Iran's FARS news agency. The story reported by FARS reveals that the evil space aliens, a.k.a. "Tall Whites," who where responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany turned their attention to the United States after the fall of the Third Reich. These aliens have secretly been calling the shots in the USA since the Eisenhower administration.

Perhaps the real news here is that with Ahmadinejad out they are saying the Nazis were the bad guys and they're not denying the holocaust--but it's probably dangerous to read too much into something this goofy."

+ - U.S. Science Agencies Get Some Relief in 2014 Budget->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The ghost of former President George W. Bush permeates the 2014 budget that Congress released this week. His presence is good news for physical scientists, but less cheery for biomedical researchers, as Congress reserved some of the biggest spending increases for NASA and the Department of Energy. The National Institutes of Health, meanwhile, got a $1 billion increase that is drawing mixed reviews from research advocates."
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