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Comment: Re:ID Tags on the particles? (Score 2) 151 151

The surrounding ice around the detector array acts as a scintillator which generates a minute track of light as the particle passes thru the area. That immediately gives directionality, and energy in eV is computed by summing the light response from the entire detector array during that "event".

Comment: Re:Cold fusion again? (Score 1) 368 368

You're correct this is the same approach as Rossi and others, altho the implementation details are probably slightly different. I think the goal of the NASA experiment is to find out what is actually happening (mentioned in a press release from the NASA Langley director which I can't seem to pull up at the moment) rather than throwing around some buzzwords and trying to sell a product.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin haters (Score 1) 381 381

You can buy bitcoins with cash pretty anonymously.
1. Create anonymous identity on a site like bitcoin247 using tormail
2. Do a cash deposit transaction into that BTC account (the bank doesn't even ask for your name)
3. Trade your BTC thru a few instawallet sites using different quantities
4. ???
5. Profit!

Comment: Re:Still no mention of military spending (Score 1) 2247 2247

The DoE does a whole lot more than just "supply power" and "energy" research. It runs a large number of national laboratories including Brookehaven, Fermi Lab, Jefferson Lab, Oak Ridge, SLAC, etc. Many of these labs are not single focus and have research facilities ranging from biofuels to medicine. For example many cancer treatment technologies have originated from DoE labs, I would hope that most people here would agree that cancer research is important :)

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