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Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the or-you-know-stop-polluting-so-much dept.
knwny points out this lofty proposed power plan in China. "The battle to dispel smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve the energy crisis is moving to space. If news reports are to be believed, Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station in a geosynchronous orbit 36,000 kilometres above ground. The electricity generated would be converted to microwaves or lasers and transmitted to a collector on Earth. If realized, it will surpass the scale of the Apollo project and the International Space Station and be the largest-ever space project."

Comment: Why do they need to come back to Earth? (Score 1) 121

by Catbeller (#49366331) Attached to: SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies

Go to Mars. *Stay there*. Don't return the Presbyterian astronauts back home to Ohio. Keep lobbing supplies at the colonists until they can sustain themselves. Why on earth do we keep trying to re-enact the Apollo fiasco? Colonize, or don't go. Plenty of older folk such as myself who would be glad of a few years of low G before we die while we build up the place for later arrivals. Dying there? The horror! Um, of course you'd die if you stay on Earth anyway. Dying on Mars would be more scenic, and your knees wouldn't hurt when you stand up.

Of course, Mars won't pay for itself as far as Earth is concerned, the way orbiting terraria and factories would. Less room, less opportunity, and yet another gravity trap on any planet. Mars is a place to colonize. It can't produce wealth for the old country. And colonies don't care about the old world much, so we're building a suburb that will home-rule faster than a town next door to a impoverished city.

Well, limited vision, but at least we'd have two baskets to put our eggs in.


Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision 81

Posted by Soulskill
from the cool-toys-with-no-off-switch dept.
rtoz writes: A group of scientists in California have successfully created eye drops that temporarily enable night vision. They use mixture of insulin and a chemical known as Chlorin e6 (Ce6) to enable the user to view objects clearly in darkness up to 50 meters away. Ce6 is found in some deep-sea fish and often used to treat night blindness. The solution starts to work within an hour of being applied to the user's eyes, and lasts for several hours afterward. The test subject's eyesight returned to normal the next day. The organization Science for the Masses has released a paper detailing the experiment on their website.

Comment: Re:Economy (Score 4, Interesting) 195

by 0123456 (#49362137) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Big retail chains are doomed. They can't compete on price with online stores, and they can't compete on service with local stores who don't have to send most of their profits to the stock market. This has little or nothing to do with Harper, unless you believe a more left-wing government would have nationalized Future Shop to keep it open.

Comment: Re:Monopoly (Score 1) 195

by 0123456 (#49362117) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

We had Future Shop and about four other chains and a ouple of local stores. Then we got Best Buy as well, selling the same things as Future Shop, at the same prices. Now we have Best Buy and about four other chains and a couple of local stores. Hardly a 'monopoly'.

I buy most of my electronics from Amazon or one of the local stores. Future Shop was usually more expensive, and the staff clueless. I never understood why Best Buy kept them around.

Comment: Re:What, no link to a hoax news site in there? (Score 1) 736

by Catbeller (#49357941) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Damned near every terrorist attack in the US has been end-times or anti-government christian cultists of one sort or another. Or racist cults. Or anti-tax cults. And we don't have anyone assigned to keep track of them. I blame Obama for caving in to the Republicans on this one. Doctor killers, Dominionists, Sovereign Citizens, this-land-is-ours loonies pointing guns at sherriffs from high ground WHILE ON LIVE ON CAMERA, and nothing happens and no one gets arrested, because everyone is afraid of them and their supporters. We don't even report on them.

But if a guy with a beard does it, on the news forever. Hell, the HS guys claiming someone was GOING TO join ISIS because reasons is national news for days. Every damned day it seems.

Reposted because downvoted by Fox News enthusiasts. And, I was right again, Cudahy.

Comment: I thought they didn't work for Amazon (Score 1) 331

by Catbeller (#49357929) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

Those warehouse workers work for employment contractors, not for Amazon. Our employment law is so destroyed that Amazon, indeed, any corporation, can treat you both as an employee of theirs and an employee of someone else. They aren't even pretending anymore - they do what they like.

Comment: Re:Silly two person rule (Score 1) 378

by 0123456 (#49356621) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Two persons in the cockpit won't help a thing.

There's already been at least one case of a homicidal pilot being overpowered by the other people in the cockpit. if I remember correctly, some people on board died, but, if the pilot had been on his own in the cockpit, they'd probably all have died.

So... BZZT... wrong.

Comment: Re:Flight Attendants Can Fly Better Than Pilots (Score 1) 378

by 0123456 (#49356101) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

So, if a pilot decides to crash a plane into a mountain, do they think the flight attendant will be able to overpower the pilot and bring the plane back up to a safe cruising altititude on their own? Crashing a plane is a lot easier than flying one safely.

There's a thing called an autopilot. A few hours with MS Flight Sim would be enough to train them how to set a safe altitude and ensure it's turned on.

But that would only matter if the other pilot couldn't get into the cockpit.

Besides which, even someone who's willing to take a ten minute ride to certain death probably wouldn't do so if someone else is sitting there watching them. They could have crashed the plane into the ground during the takeoff or landing, with the captain right beside them, but waited for him to leave instead.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 736

by Catbeller (#49350293) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

So can unarmed passengers. And unarmed passengers have swarmed hijackers and taken them down. The hijackers' weapons (knives) are useless if dozens of people jump them. The doors didn't save the planes, the people did. And recall, the one plane on 9-11 that didn't kill people on the ground was the one the passengers fought back on. If they'd done it earlier, they may have lived. Dunno. But sitting still doesn't help at all. And armed passengers would shoot holes in the fuselage and other passengers, and in the melee the plane may crash. Use your hands. Can't blow out the pressure with your hands.

Numbers win against guns, if people know they will die if they don't fight. Best thing to stop a gun-toting idiot menacing a crowd? Crowd jumps him.Works every time. You personally can't, but three dozen of you can. Go for the guns first, grab those lovingly polished killing machines by the barrels and push them up/down and out of line, grab the hands, then his arms, and then pinch his corneas really hard and rip them out. He'll have second thoughts after that. Then kill him at your leisure. Or you can get really a good communal grip and rip his arms off. Or snap his neck. So many ways to make him stop dreaming of killing with his penis enhancing boom stick. Think communist Batman. Batman has the strength of one supremely trained indvidual, but you all have the strength of three dozen fat people who are REALLY scared and TOTALLY pissed.

Good day to avoid cops. Crawl to work.