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Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By 148

Posted by Soulskill
from the close-enough-to-feel-the-vacuum-breeze dept.
c0mpliant writes "NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a simulation of the path of an asteroid, named Apophis, that will come very close to Earth in 2029 — the closest predicted approach since humans have monitored for such heavenly bodies. The asteroid caused a bit of a scare when astronomers first announced that it would enter Earth's neighborhood some time in the future. However, since that announcement in 2004, more recent calculations have put the odds of collision at 1 in 250,000."

Comment: Re:The FLU (Score 1) 423

by SpcCowboy (#30290202) Attached to: I know X people with diagnosed H1N1 flu, where X is:

The H1N1 flu which is the "This Years Winner in Health Thread" is actually less dangerous than any other human flu strain which has hit the population. You could say the whole hype on it is made by the media. There is no bigger danger than from any other flu. And yes every year people die directly or indirectly because of a flu.

Not correct. The mortality rate for H1N1 patients my work out to the same percentage, but the proportion of otherwise healthy,relatively young (25-45yo) dying from H1N1 is significantly higher than normal. There is of course over coverage by the media, but that doesn't mean there isn't any real reason to be concerned. How many healthy 30 year olds do you know killed by flu last year? This year I've seen a dozen.

Comment: Re:Pure ignorance and clumsiness are more frequent (Score 1) 253

by SpcCowboy (#28149783) Attached to: How Common Is Scientific Misconduct?

However, cheating is another thing. I am aware of people presenting facts technically correct, but in deceitful manners which give the impression the background research is well done. However, scrutinze what was actually done, it falls apart. Yet, what can you do about that. If do you call attention to it, you risk becomining a whiner. And, who wants to be that?

What you can do is read publications with a discriminating eye just the same. If the research is bad, don't believe the conclusions.

Comment: Re:Link for health effects of 0 grav (Score 1) 534

by SpcCowboy (#26855259) Attached to: On my spaceship, I'd like artificial gravity ....
Despite the fact that adult bones no longer grow, they are very much alive and active. Bones are constantly remodeling to maintain strength. The more weight the bones feel, the thicker they become. This means that lifting weights as you age helps fight osteoporosis and being in zero G causes bones to thin out and become weak. A similar effect occurs on both the marrow (causing osteopenia), and skeletal muscle, causing muscle atrophy. Beyond the initial adaptation period (which is much like sea sickness) the osteopenia over time could lead to anemia and reduced immune capacity.

Comment: Re:OK, I'll say it... (Score 1) 841

by SpcCowboy (#26737659) Attached to: Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

OK, he's an idiot. Was he giving a speech to the CDC? No. Know to target the right audience. I'm still searching for the "point" he was trying to make targeting THAT group of people in an act that could be considered terrorism under our "new and improved" laws.

Oh, and Bill, let me know how that Lyme disease works out for you, K? Not every damn thing spread by mosquitos is combated by keeping current on your shots. Moron.

Ok, I'll bite... No need to speak to the CDC about malaria, I assure you they are already thoroughly keeping track of it (along with most other diseases, that is their job you know) The prevention of malaria in third world countries is as simple as putting nets over the beds at night, no special knowledge or expertise required, so the proper target is those with the money to help buy the nets. And just to correct your medical ignorance, Lyme disease is spread by ticks, (though you are correct in that it is not treatable by vaccine), not mosquitoes. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, but there is currently no injectable vaccine for the prevention of malaria. It would appear that you should do a bit of thought and fact checking before calling Bill Gates the moron in the room.

Comment: Re:Confusion (Score 1) 334

by SpcCowboy (#26731825) Attached to: US Digital TV Switchover Delayed Until June

Do these people have any less right to get support from their representatives? There's a reason the vote took place. People talked to their reps.

It makes one wonder that if people understood enough that something was going on to talk to their reps, yet weren't able to figure out that they just need a box or cable (not exactly rocket science) are is the extra few months really going to be long enough for them to figure out what to do?

Comment: Although I'm a fan of competition... (Score 2, Insightful) 273

by SpcCowboy (#25251873) Attached to: iPhone Antitrust and Computer Fraud Claims Upheld
How is this any different than any of the other phones out there that are available exclusively through one provider or another? (Samsung Instinct etc) While I'd love to see the cell phone company walls come down, I don't think Apple is doing anything different than everyone else in this case.

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_