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Comment: Transplanted Martian Life (Score 2) 18

by Vonotar82 (#45022081) Attached to: Ancient Supervolcanoes Revealed On Mars
There was that article a little bit ago about life possibly arising first on Mars and then coming to Earth via Space Rock. If those are Supervolcanoes, and one erupted around the same time that life began here, you'd have a viable vector for life moving between planets. Still some very big "If"s in there, though.

Comment: Personal Experience (Score 1) 194

by Vonotar82 (#44891739) Attached to: Emotional Attachment To Robots Could Affect Battlefield Outcome
Hi everyone! I recently medically retired from the Army. I was part of the Chemical Corps., and served in a Chemical Company stationed in Germany. As part of the Recon team for the company, we received one of only two robots retrofitted to be used as Remote On-Scene threat evaluators. I was one of perhaps four people taught how to operate the refitted iRobot Packbot. The iRobot guys came out and gave us a class, I got a fancy ballcap, everyone was happy. We named it the first week. Was there an emotional attachment to this machine? You bet. Let me clarify as to why. This machine is expensive. As an enlisted guy, if it breaks, and I'm operating, I'm paying for it. So I was very protective of it. Would I go after it sand recover it in the event that something horrible happened? Yes, given the chance, I'd have donned my full Tyvek Moonsuit and gone after it, mostly because it would have been my fault as the operator, but also out of curiosity and a sense of strange camaraderie. Soldiers anthropomorphize things constantly. 80% of the folks I know had names for their weapons. Don't even get me started on sailors. I was Navy before I was Army. If anything, they're worse. So, I can understand the concern. I just felt maybe this would clarify a bit. Thanks!

Comment: Re:How is this different to harmonic oscilator? (Score 1) 231

by Vonotar82 (#43601303) Attached to: Physicists Attempting To Test 'Time Crystals'
OK, so...can ground-state atoms can be arranged in a regular, repeating fashion and thus you have what this article is attempting to explain. What happens if you arrange atoms in such a way that a chain reaction would normally occur, but in a way which preserved the repeating pattern with ground state atoms? Would the process take place? If so, would it continuously take place? If a process did occur, could you harness whatever byproduct of that reaction is? Or how about this: Some crystals are piezoelectric. Could the same type of effect be applied to a crystalline structure along a time axis?

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