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Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 534

by mirix (#47886993) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

The US had just installed nukes in Turkey. It seems entirely reasonable for the USSR to put them in Cuba and retain MAD.

But the US got all butthurt about it instead.

In the end Kennedy and Khrushchev weren't retarded, and both sets of missiles were removed. same result in the end, MAD restored.

Comment: Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (Score 1) 486

by mirix (#47868845) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Never going to happen. The energy density of kerosene is at least fifty times that of lithium cells. Even with ten fold advances in battery tech it's simply not going to be feasible.

So even in a post oil world, we'd have to synthesize longer hydrocarbons to fly, I'd think.

Comment: Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 2) 212

by mirix (#47803283) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Uranium is similar in toxicity to lead, for what it's worth, disregarding radiation and decay products and whatnot.

I don't remember hearing anything about dumping lead on the thing? I can't see it as being worse than living within 1000mi of a smelter anyway. The smelter in sudbury puts out 150 tons of lead into the atmosphere per year. Radiation was definitely the main concern.

Comment: Re:Odd material selection (Score 1) 162

by mirix (#47717413) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Historically cable lacing was done with waxed cotton. Since WWII more nylon and polyester, as they wear harder and don't burn as good, don't like water, etc.

I'd imagine NASA uses some kind of space age stuff.. polyimide or some sort of fluoropolymer, but who knows, maybe cotton has better extreme cold weather performance.

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