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Rosetta Spacecraft Catches Comet Eruption 42

Posted by Soulskill
from the stealth-comet-fires-thrusters dept.
An anonymous reader writes: On March 12, the Rosetta spacecraft was imaging Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of 75 kilometers (46 miles) and by pure chance it spotted an eruption of dusty material from the shaded nucleus. Long-duration spacecraft are essential if we are to fully understand the evolution of a comet as it gradually heats up during its approach to the sun. And it just so happens that Rosetta is always in orbit around 67P's nucleus, ready to spot any transient event that could erupt at any time on the surface

This latest event focuses on the comet's shaded underside. It is assumed that some sunlight slowly heated an outcrop, providing enough energy to sublimate subsurface ices, ejecting vapor and dust as a jet. The transient jet was imaged and measured by Rosetta's scientific imaging system OSIRIS. There is also the possibility that a wave of heating passed through the icy material, eventually producing a more explosive jet event.

Comment: Re:SMH! (Score 1) 353

This is all especially ridiculous since the original Abrahamic religion literally mandates drinking wine. At least once a year, you are supposed to drink four cups of wine. Taken literally, using big cups, you end up seeing your whole family drunk. As a ten year old, you also end up puking your guts out and this teaches you to moderate your drinking.

Damn goys ruining it for everybody.

Comment: Re:Merchants do not need to touch bitcoins ... (Score 1) 121

by Eddi3 (#47479159) Attached to: New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations
I'm not sure how that's relevant to my point. I was talking about Bitcoin based businesses such as exchanges, mixers, etc.

If you have a company that sells computer parts, but accepts Bitcoin via a third party merchant service among other payment methods, I would think they aren't directly subject to these regulations and certainly aren't reliant upon Bitcoin to survive. Perhaps the third party would have to charge more for the transfer if they were based in NY.

Comment: Re:The Death of Bitcoin? (Score 5, Insightful) 121

by Eddi3 (#47479119) Attached to: New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations
Bitcoin is inherently the opposite of anonymous. Every single transaction is forever part of the blockchain, free for anybody and everybody to download, and even compulsory if you want to have a local wallet.

The only way to anonymize your coin is to use a service which mixes up your coins so that it's nearly impossible to trace where they went once they go into the system.

Comment: Already covered? (Score 1) 121

by Eddi3 (#47478997) Attached to: New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations
Aren't there already laws on consumer protection, money laundering, fraud, abuse, and cybersecurity? I'm honestly wondering why they need extra laws to outlaw actions that are already illegal.

If this is about taxes (can't tell from TFA), aren't these business already taxed on their profits like any other business? It seems to me that this is all a bit unnecessary, and likely to drive away people who seek to start Bitcoin based companies.

Comment: Unfortunately (Score 2) 69

This sounds great, but unfortunately from TFA:

"Demonstration of a mini organ model lighting a bulb might be feasible in five years. But developing the technology for transplantation, hooking that up to the blood stream, connecting and synchronizing it with a heart with failed AV node will take much longer." Long enough that we probably wonâ(TM)t be enjoying superhuman organs in our lifetimes. Bioprinted "self-powered humanâ parts that generate electricity are at least 100 years off, Ozbolat said.

Biotech

3D Bioprinters Could Make Enhanced, Electricity-Generating 'Superorgans' 69

Posted by timothy
from the finally-some-competition dept.
New submitter meghan elizabeth (3689911) writes Why stop at just mimicking biology when you can biomanufacture technologically improved humans? 3D-printed enhanced "superorgans"—or artificial ones that don't exist in nature—could be engineered to perform specific functions beyond what exists in nature, like treating disease. Already, a bioprinted artificial pancreas that can regulate glucose levels in diabetes patients is being developed. Bioprinting could also be used to create an enhanced organ that can generate electricity to power electronic implants, like pacemakers.
Transportation

FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model 328

Posted by samzenpus
from the sell-how-you-want dept.
cartechboy (2660665) writes "We've all read about Tesla and the ongoing battles its having with different dealer associations. Basically, dealer associations aren't too pleased about the Silicon Valley startup's direct sales model. Today the FTC has had made a statement on the matter and it's actually in favor of Tesla's direct sales model. 'In this case and others, many state and local regulators have eliminated the direct purchasing option for consumers, by taking steps to protect existing middlemen from new competition. We believe this is bad policy for a number of reasons,' wrote Andy Gavil, Debbie Feinstein, and Marty Gaynor in the FTC's 'Who decides how consumers should shop?' posting to the Competition Matters blog. The FTC appears to take issue not with those laws, but with how they're being used, and with the direct-sales bans being passed in several states. Now the only real question is how long will it be before Tesla prevails in all states?"

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