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Comment: Genuine Neutron Pads (Score 4, Funny) 212

Is neutron leakage ruining your day?

Well, no more! Now with my patented genuine neutron pads neutron leakage will be a thing of the past!

We use only the purest boron from the banks of Rio Tinto to absorb your stray neutrons*.

*Neutrons from other universes are not covered by this product. If the neutron flux is higher than the OHSA limits, bend over and kiss your ass goodbye.

Comment: Ocean Seeding (Score 4, Interesting) 319

by Scottingham (#48768769) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

I've always liked the idea of seeding the ocean to create enormous blooms of plankton (both the animal and plant kind). If we widened the base of that enormous food chain a lot of carbon could be both sequestered in their dead tiny bodies at the bottom of the sea OR in a new wave of fish. Considering how much we fish globally if we artifically increased the supply (instead of wank-ass fish farming) we could be solving a few problems with one concerted effort. Let's start by trying to make the ocean's deadzones...undead.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Comment: Re:7 seats on the Dragon (Score 2) 70

by Scottingham (#48757939) Attached to: SpaceX One Step Closer To Launching Astronaut

The dragon will be in service much longer than the ISS. SpaceX is playing the long game.

I'm also excited to see a future where returning astronauts no longer have to be plucked out of the ocean (old school capsules) or have a really hard landing in a cornfield (soyuz). The super-draco engines on the dragon v2 are designed to be used as retro-rockets so the capsule could land anywhere (softly!) with pinpoint accuracy. Of course, it still can drop into the ocean safely if the engines aren't nominal.

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