A couple of nuke blasts on the moon would let us keep the Earth's rotation in sync with our atomic clocks. It's practice for asteroids, and good entertainment too!
"Comrades," he said quietly, "do you know who is responsible for this? Do
you know the enemy who has come in the night and overthrown our windmill?
SNOWDEN!" he suddenly roared in a voice of thunder. "Snowden has done
this thing! In sheer malignity, thinking to set back our plans and avenge
himself for his ignominious expulsion, this traitor has crept here under
cover of night and destroyed our work of nearly a year.
-Orwell, "Animal Farm"
Just a reminder - put a sticker over the CVV on your credit card so a clerk, waiter, or nosy bystander can't grab your numbers with a glance or photo.
Fighting cancer is fighting evolution itself.
Your body is composed of some 40 trillion cells. Each one comes from a line of cells going back billions of generations, every one of which succeeded in reproducing and projecting itself into the future. DNA is not easily squelched.
The solution is to allow a given account only a finite number of edits to a given page, something like 100-300 or so. This would discourage squatting, ownership, and edit wars.
It's a very old joke by now but...
The cockpit of the future will have two seats - for a pilot and a dog. The dog's job is to bite the pilot if he touches anything.
The pilot's job is to feed the dog.
Funny thing how so many earthquakes are on a "previously undiscovered fault."
The only things we know about earthquakes are: (1) little ones seem to happen after bigger ones, and (2) they roughly occur in the same place as previous ones.
Is it a people mover....
or a murdering twin-maker?
Whispered under breath:
Eppure si raffredda.
The specs on that unit give some idea of what's possible with a miniature peltier dehumidifier:
Weight: 3-1/2 pounds
Rate: 8 oz per day at 80% RH
Power: 22.5 W
That's a lot of weight, and it would take quite a bit of solar panel to get that much power. And all that for a thimble-full of water in an hour's ride.
The reason there is Something, is that Nothing is unstable.
Libraries are not, and cannot be, archival repositories of books. A library uses its fixed resources (in money, personnel, and space) to house a collection which is useful to its patrons. It's silly to complain about a library discarding books. How else would they have room for anything new? The librarians and administrators are the ones responsible for choosing and maintaining the collection. That's their call. If you think the collection should move in a different direction, send a letter to the librarian--you'll probably be pleasantly surprised with a coherent and reasoned response. This "outrage" is just dumb.
A fairly complete description of this complex, its occupants, methods, and procedures was already published in 1961:
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, by Stanislaw Lem
All hail the Building, set in opposition to the Anti-Building!
Anyone remember from Gödel, Escher, Bach:
"I cannot be played on record player X"
Who will win, Tortoise or the Crab?
Does hydrogen have a lower flashpoint or some other quality which makes it more dangerous?
Limits for hydrogen leaks that can support stable flames, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Volume 34, Issue 12, June 2009, Pages 5174–5182
Hydrogen is an unusual fuel. It has a high leak propensity and wide flammability limits, 4–75% by volume. Among all fuels, hydrogen has the lowest molecular weight, the lowest quenching distance (0.51 mm), the smallest ignition energy in air (28 mJ), the lowest auto-ignition temperature by
a heated air jet (640C), the highest laminar burning velocity in air (2.91 m/s), and the highest heat of combustion (119.9 kJ/g). Hydrogen flames are the dimmest of any fuel. Hydrogen embrittles and attacks metals more than any other fuel.
Mind you, this is from researchers generally inclined towards the use of hydrogen.