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+ - Global map of Ganymede published by USGS

Submitted by Grampa John
Grampa John (1817948) writes "A group of scientists has produced the first global geologic map of Ganymede, Jupiter’s seventh moon. The map, published by the U. S. Geological Survey, illustrates the varied geologic character of Ganymede’s surface, and is the first complete global geologic map of an icy, outer-planet moon. The geologic map of Ganymede is available for download online."

Comment: Re:Tesla will not cave on this (Score 1) 387

by Mal-2 (#46234711) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

Some states (I only know SPECIFICALLY of California, but I have heard of this being a problem elsewhere) prohibit the buying of NEW out-of-state vehicles, even ones that pass all emissions standards and such. California prevents registering any out-of-state vehicle with less than 7500 miles on it, meaning the only way you can bring in an out-of-state car is to register it somewhere else (good luck with that if you live in California) until it's officially a used car.

On the other hand, this screws California out of the sales taxes, because by the time the car is brought in, it's specifically NOT a new car.

Comment: Re:Philosophical question: (Score 1) 131

by Mal-2 (#46234543) Attached to: China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

Relatively speaking, yes. If it had failed to land softly and had instead cratered, that'd just be an epic fail. If it had blown up on the launch pad, that would be a complete embarrassment. If it had failed to phone home at all, that would be a different type of fail. As it is, they got it there in one piece and deployed it and proved that it worked. It just didn't KEEP working, which is hopefully a solvable problem. This means it makes sense to send up bigger, more expensive missions, which might not have seemed justified had the failure been at some previous stage. It succeeded in proving they've got the basics in place. There was only so much actual science to be done with a tiny rover, so the fact that it was unable to complete the mission is less important in this particular case.

Comment: Re:And A Rebuttal (Score 1) 360

by Mal-2 (#46158433) Attached to: Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

If it's still in active development, then the upgrades and expansions get fresh copyright protection. If the copyright term was 15 years, and he's still working on it after 15 years, then all that would fall into the public domain would be the FIRST version of the program -- not the program as it stands now.

Comment: Re:Opera is dead. (Score 1) 181

by Mal-2 (#46127305) Attached to: Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

It's just a disfunctional Chrome with Opera branding now.
It died when they abandoned their own codebase.

This is why I never upgraded from the 12.x series. Once that stopped working on a variety of sites (namely Mega, and incomplete support for Google Docs), I moved back to Firefox (via Pale Moon -- for some reason my system doesn't like 32-bit Firefox but 64-bit is just fine).

Stripping out Bookmarks functionality and then not replacing it for three straight releases was when I knew the Opera goose was well and truly cooked.

+ - Water Plume 'Unequivocally' Detected at Dwarf Planet Ceres->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "Astronomers analyzing data from the now defunct Herschel infrared space observatory have made a huge discovery deep inside the asteroid belt. Dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body in the region, is generating plumes of water vapor. “This is the first time water vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any other object in the asteroid belt and provides proof that Ceres has an icy surface and an atmosphere,” said Michael Küppers of the European Space Agency in Spain and lead author of a paper published today (Jan. 22) in the journal Nature."
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Comment: Re:Well, isn't this nice (Score 1) 961

by Mal-2 (#45592827) Attached to: Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

Yes, if I realized that I would be dead either way in such an assault, I would not try to kill my assaulter and drag them into death with me. Life is too precious a thing for questionable fucks like you to cheapen it.

I would. I don't trust the universe to deliver karma. Sometimes it takes direct action. If killing my assailant means they are no longer capable of killing someone else, that justifies it as far as I'm concerned.

Comment: Re:Liberty is the only thing in danger here. (Score 1) 550

by Mal-2 (#45462309) Attached to: Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns

Smokeless powder is largely unregulated, as it is considered obsolete. Casting your own bullets from lead ingots is a cinch. While smokeless powder doesn't pack the same punch as the powder used in modern cartridges, it's still quite capable of inflicting lethal injury. You'd just have to get your hands on the brass and the primer. Or, make yourself a black powder revolver and skip the cartridges. It would be extremely slow to reload, but just as fast as a modern revolver for however many shots you equip it with.

Comment: All-liquid is worthy. (Score 1) 172

by Mal-2 (#45441479) Attached to: U.S. 5X Battery Research Sets Three Paths For Replacing Lithium

An all-liquid formulation is probably the most worthy of these goals, for increasing energy density still further without losing the seriously impressive power density and charge rate of LFP batteries. The voltage will also be a factor in some devices -- already many devices can be powered by single cells, simplifying charge circuits (no need for balancing or detecting a failing cell) and possibly improving reliability (since one failed cell = a dead pack).

Chemist who falls in acid is absorbed in work.