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Comment: Re:I'd have assumed... (Score 1) 73

by Cinnamon Whirl (#40774743) Attached to: Kepler Spots "Perfectly Aligned" Alien Worlds
IAMAP, but I'd have thought that the galaxy would flatten everything out to a certain degree, but as you move to smaller scales, local gravity conditions would take over, for example: the planets being more tightly bound to the sun than they are to the Milky Way as a whole.

Q for a physic-y person - The earth orbits around the sun's equator, but its own equator is at an angle to the sun-planet plane (hence, seasons). Does the moon, then orbit around earth's equator (at an angle to the sun), or in the same plane as the sun's equator (or some other plane entirely)?

Comment: Re:Almost a decade old (Score 1) 135

by Cinnamon Whirl (#40515291) Attached to: NAVSOP Navigation System Rivals GPS
In a search and rescue situation I can imagine a team of people each with one of these devices, as well as GPS. If the devices can communicate with each other (as a mesh network) they could pinpoint location based on the different times they see the same signal. Furthermore, if the mesh eventually reaches a position where GPS is available, this signal could then be used to establish an anchor position.

Finally, and I don't know if this was covered, but presumably this system would also allow for vertical location to be found as well.

Comment: Re:3d printers civilian forfeiture as drug lab (Score 2) 33

by Cinnamon Whirl (#39701049) Attached to: Print Your Own Labware, Catalysts Included
Keck clip they are.
While these are almost certainly patented, maybe by changing the material clips could be printed without legal trouble. Keck clips can fall apart if exposed to (eg) HCl gas, so printing PTFE versions would be useful.
I like the adaptor idea - and it could be extended to any labware if someone figures out how to print glass. No more searching for that B24 condensor!

Comment: "Click" chemistry (Score 2) 54

by Cinnamon Whirl (#38879085) Attached to: UCSD Researchers Create Artificial Cell Membrane
Althought the paper manages not to mention it, the chemistry they are doing here is (the alkyne azide cyclisation) is part of "click" chemistry, which is quite well known.

What the paper doesn't really say is whether they hope to accomplish anything further with this. As with all biomimetic reaction, it seems (to me) that synthesising a single step in the process may be intersting, without doing all the previous steps, is there any practical point?

APL hackers do it in the quad.