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Comment Re:It's those pesky humans (Score 1) 298

but for a human, walking up to an already-drawn circle, you can either a) measure the diameter (100% effective and accurate)

Sorry, if you "walk up on a circle" you can't guess at a diameter either. You have to make a geometric construct to find the center so your diameter measurement is correct. You might as well measure the radius at that point.

Comment The NASA version (Score 1) 231

"Emerging Technologies May Fuel Revolutionary Launcher"

It looks more like the rail truck accelerates the launch vehicle to mach 1 which leaves the end of the track and the scramjet lights and carries it and its payload to mach 10 at about 20 miles altitude. The payload then separates from the launcher, the rocket ignites and sends the payload into orbit. The launch vehicle returns and lands for reuse.

This sounds a lot more feasible than a mach 10 rail gun!


Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon 415

According to Russian political scientist, and conspiracy aficionado Andrei Areshev the high heat, and poor crop yields of Russia, and other Central Asian countries may be the result of a climate weapon created by the US military. From the article: "... Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the US Defense Department and the University of Alaska. HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection. Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction 'in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems in local countries.'"

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