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Comment The best and worst parts (Score 1) 241

Worst line: "I'm going to science the shit out of this!" (Not in the book). Best line: "You've got smoke coming off of you" (That line wasn't in the book but it was mentioned that he stunk). Unfortunate that Ridley changed the ending. The lame Ironman routine sucked big ones. Watch his hands after he cuts his suit, he would have been dead by the time he got to the airlock. On a positive, I liked the book and the movie as moderately scientific sci-fi. Mars' radiation would still kill you if you had been on it for 2 years in a tent though.

Comment Moon and Mars are both silly (Score 1) 684

Go to the Asteroid Belt and find nice valuable rocks and volatiles floating around. No need to expend Delta-V to land and take off. Even the big asteroids have minimal gravity. Really though, what we need to concentrate on is finding habitable extra-solar planets and send some probes there. Earth may be a burnt cinder by the time we hear back, but the longer we wait the longer it will be. Inhabit the Solar System and then move out, even if we get there and the planet is a dud we can live in space indefinitely.

Submission + - Amazon Announces New Car Show Featuring the Old Top Gear Presenters (gizmodo.com)

mknewman writes: Amazon has announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime.

The new show will be produced by the old-time Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman and is scheduled to go into production “shortly.” It will apparently appear on screens in 2016. For what it’s worth, Jeremy Clarkson has said that the move makes him “feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”


NASA Announces the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge For Moon and Mars Bases 46

An anonymous reader writes: Space policy experts are still arguing where American astronauts should go once they venture into deep space. However, there is widespread agreement that once they get there they should be prepared to stay for longer than just a few hours or days, as was the case during the Apollo missions to the moon. Taking all the material to set up habitats, the astronauts' homes away from home, would tend to be expensive. Toward the end of lowering the cost of long duration space travel, NASA has announced the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, in partnership with America Makes, as part of the ongoing Centennial Challenge program.

Submission + - Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine 1

Adrian Harvey writes: The New Zealand based commercial space company Rocket Lab has unveiled their new rocket engine which the media is describing as battery-powered. It still uses rocket fuel, of course, but has an entirely new propulsion cycle which uses electric motors to drive its turbopumps.

To add to the interest over the design, it uses 3D printing for all its primary components. First launch is expected this year, with commercial operations commencing in 2016.

Submission + - The origin of the first light in the Universe

StartsWithABang writes: Before there were planets, galaxies, or even stars in the Universe, there really was light. We see that light, left over today, in the form of the Cosmic Microwave Background, or the remnant glow from the Big Bang. But these photons outnumber the matter in our Universe by more than a-billion-to-one, and are the most numerous thing around. So where did they first come from? Science has the answer.

Submission + - CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force (web.cern.ch)

mknewman writes: Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider just recently started testing the accelerator for running at the higher energy of 13 TeV, and already they have found new insights into the fundamental structure of the universe. Though four fundamental forces – the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and gravity – have been well documented and confirmed in experiments over the years, CERN announced today the first unequivocal evidence for the Force. “Very impressive, this result is,” said a diminutive green spokesperson for the laboratory.

Submission + - Harvard researchers determine answer to beguiling question regarding flatus

wbr1 writes: Scientists working at the Harvard School of Public Health have solved the age old question, "who farted?"

By connecting a trace portal machine and independently derived machine learning algorithms, the source of an offensive (humorous) gaseous emission can be identified with 98.6% accuracy.

Steven Passovitz of HSPH states, "All humans have a unique mix of bacteria in their intestines. These colonies leave a distinct fingerprint of trace gasses in the excreted flatus of an individual. It does not matter how overlaid by old eggs or cabbage the particular flatus is, we can sniff you out."

Submission + - Tim Cook Puts His Dent In The Universe (buzzfeed.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From BuzzFeed: Tim Cook has long been an advocate for human rights and equality. With these two op-eds, he’s made Apple one as well. Both make it very clear that he’s speaking as Apple’s CEO or, in the case of the Washington Post piece, literally on behalf of Apple. Cook’s call for social progress is now Apple’s as well. And Apple, by joining him to make it, has smartly recognized that this is how Cook emerges from Jobs’ shadow to become an iconic company leader in his own right.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan