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Comment Re:Are we sure our probes didn't bring life to Mar (Score 1) 260

We keep sending probes to Mars, and I don't think we sterilize them before we send them.

Yes they do.

There's even a special requirement for wet Mars:

A special region is a region classified by COSPAR within which terrestrial organisms could readily propagate, or one thought to have an elevated potential for existence of Martian life forms. This is understood to apply to any region on Mars where liquid water occurs, or can occasionally occur, based on the current understanding of requirements for life.

If a hard landing risks biological contamination of a special region, then the whole lander system must be sterilized to COSPAR category IVc."

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Comment Re:If it has a display, it can still be read w/o n (Score 1) 99

Are you honestly claiming that digital a metre with a little LCD display ... uses more power than a digital metre with an LCD display and an RF transmitter?

I think the OP was comparing ANALOG meters with the new electronic ones. If you look closely, I think the "3W" on that meter means it draws 3W of power (confirmed here) - a decent electronic meter, even one with a transmitter, will consume less power than that. I do decent range ZigBee with 10-20mW of power - the transmitter pulls at most 30mA at 3.3V, so whether or not the meter has a transmitter makes little impact on the total power draw.

Comment Re:Tesla not on that list? (Score 1) 535

My father had an '85 GT, and it was very cool. My wife now owns it. You can walk up to it, crumple in the door panel with your knee, and it'll pop right back out with no damage at all.

The other feature was their 'mill and drill' setup where all the holes for the body panels were drilled at once in a very accurate jig - that meant that you could easily replace the body panels with factory or aftermarket ones to change the style/color/layout of the body. Since they were not structural, you could do anything, really.

Comment Re:I support space research. (Score 2) 210

I think they imply that when they mentioned they broke the glass on their MixStix(tm) on Earth: From the PDF, emphasis mine:

... in January 2012, the experiment was initiated, as the astronauts broke the glass separating walls in the individual MixStix(TM), thus allowing the distillate and the oak wood shavings to come into contact with each other. At the same time on Earth, we initiated the control experiment by breaking the separating wall in my MixStix(TM) on Islay (which had been sent back to me at Ardbeg Distillery from NanoRack’s laboratories in Houston, USA).

So it looks like Ardbeg sent hooch and shavings to NanoRack in Houston, they created two (identical?) MixStix, and sent one to Russia to be boosted and the other back to Islay.

"Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"