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Comment: Re:just FYI (Score 1) 77

by mpe (#49148137) Attached to: Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes
DNP is an ATP inhibitor, which means it prevents cell mitochondria from synthesising ATP from simple sugars.

Mitochondria can't handle sugars anyway. What happens is that sugars must first be converted to something mitochondria can use within the cytoplasm. This is generally either pyruvate or lactate.
On the other hand mitochondria can directly use carboxylic acids.

Comment: Re:(looks straight down) (Score 1) 122

by mpe (#49093641) Attached to: The Science of a Bottomless Pit
Interesting... What happens if you tunnel fro New York into an ocean on the other side of the world? Does the water drop in and boil in the centre of the Earth?

This was what I was thinking about their example of a tunnel between the poles. Given that Arctic Ocean is more than 4km deep at the North Pole. Even with a vacuum tube you might fall around 7km short of the South Pole...

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

by mpe (#49087843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Could We Actually Detect an Alien Invasion From Outer Space?
Besides, even if they were at our level of technology, if they have starships, then they have nuclear weapons. They don't have to invade, they can simple drop rocks or nukes on us to accomplish the same thing, and there wouldn't be anything we could do about it...

If you can drop rocks on a planet you probably don't need to bother with nukes. No nasty radioactives to clean up afterwards.
The only possible advantage of a missile over a rock is accuracy. But there probably isn't that much capable of surviving a near miss in the 100 MT range.

Comment: Re:We'd probably detect an invading fleet quite ea (Score 1) 576

by mpe (#49086267) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Could We Actually Detect an Alien Invasion From Outer Space?
We do not. We have detectors for big honking stellar explosions. If a bunch of objects 200m across were as close as the lunar orbit, if we knew exactly where to look, it is unlikely we could really distinguish them from rocks.

They might even be rocks. A 200m rock makes a very effective Kenetic Kill round. A 200m chunk of ice is probably going to be even harder to see, but still rates in the tens of MT range.

Comment: Re:Dammit, Europe! (Score 1) 219

by mpe (#48843725) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism
I was hoping your be the ones to bail us out when the U.S. went full fascist. Alright, New Zealand, all eyes are on you. No pressure!

Recently New Zealand introduced tougher speeding and drink drive penalties. With the result that road deaths over the Christmas period went up. So probably best not to expect too much of The Beehive. There's also the Megaupload mess to consider.

Comment: Re:Do you really buy your own BS? (Score 0) 360

by mpe (#48837589) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
Just one question for the deniers....When the mean temperature is up ten degrees globally and humanity is tanking it because of massive environmental change and crop failure,

The actual "deniers" are the AGW faithful. Who are in complete denial that their senarios are little more than dystopian fantasy. As well as in denial that temperature and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have never been constant in the first place. With the AGW crowd even being in denial about their extensive use of logical fallacies to support their "argument".

you won't be upset when we lynch you for being the liars and shills who prevented proactive fixes from being implemented, will you?

How about instead lynching the psudoscientists, along with their cheerleaders, so we can start doing some actual science instead?

Comment: Re:A Less Hysterical Take (Score -1, Flamebait) 360

by mpe (#48837497) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
The key issue remains the growing discrepancy between the climate model projections and the observations: 2014 just made the discrepancy larger."

Any discrepancy indicates either that the models do not reflect the theory or if they do the theory has been falsified. Either situation means that whatever is going on simply cannot be called "science".

Comment: Re:Facts (Score 1) 360

by mpe (#48837453) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
What I fail to understand (and please help understand out without trolling) is IF the "global warming alarmists" are wrong, the most you had to give up was driving your hummer for a more fuel effecient vehicle while living by a set of rules that might curb a few activities. Mind you I am not even saying that such acitivites will be eliminated, but curbed a little bit.
If the "global warming alarmists" are right, well, can you really afford to take that chance? Seeing that there is only one planet and if the ice age, and hell or whatever rains down on earth should be cause for alarm in my opinion. I don't even care to argue WHEN it will happen.


The kind of things being advocated include the likes of "carbon credits", which are basically financial con games. Very unlikely to make a difference once way or the other. So called "green" electricity tends to be simply expensive. When everthing is taken into account wind and solar can end up with higher "carbon footprints" than just burning fossil fuels.
The proposed "solutions" are simply a poor match with the alleged "problem". On the other hand you don't tend to see things like demands that AGW conferances be performed online or a big switch to nuclear for electricity generation.

Comment: Re:Someone teach me something here... (Score 1) 360

by mpe (#48836257) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
You're missing the point that water freezes at 32 degrees*, so if the ice fields warm by 1.4 degrees, the result is a lot of messing with the world's oceans, which in turn means significant changes in the atmosphere.

Just because that is the phase change point that does not mean that all, even most ice, on the planet is anywhere near that temperature. In the summer Antartica might manage -4 Farenheit.
Sea ice melting or freezing makes no difference to sea level at all, BTW.

Comment: Re:Someone teach me something here... (Score 1) 360

by mpe (#48836161) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
Keep in mind that in that roughly 150 year period we are talking about because of increased carbon dioxide concentrations, the world oceans are now 30% more acidic than they were then. The next 100 years will see a another 30% decrease in Hydronium ion concentrations even if humans don't add a single extra molecule of carbon dioxide themselves as the amount already in the atmosphere will take some time to reach equilibrium with that already there.

What's actually happened here is that there is a difference of 0.1pH between some proxy reconstructions related to 150 years ago and some actual measurements taken recently. Since modern pH meters, from different suppliers, can differ by up to 0.3 the difference is meaningless. Do climate scientists understand that pH is a log scale, thus ONE unit would equate to a 1000% change.

However, the reality is that although the baseline of annual carbon dioxide production by all the volcanoes in the world is about 250,000,000 metric tons, the amount humans now produce annually is 33,000,000,000 tons, so it is highly unlikely that humans will turn this around soon.

The figure for vulcanism is very difficult to verify. Since most of the Earth's surface, including some highly vocanically active areas, is covered with water. The likes of geothermal vents are likely to be difficult to spot under the ocean. These will be putting strong acids. Yet the oceans manage to buffer an unknown quantity of these. Carbon dioxide in water forms a weak acid. Even with all of the possible carbon dioxide on Earth in them the oceans would still be alkaline.

Comment: Re:wee little issue (Score 1) 360

by mpe (#48836003) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
Let us know when we can download the raw unprocessed data to feed into their pet algorithm. Yeah... you are about to link to some place where you THINK the raw data is... but you are wrong... thats processed data ("adjusted")

Unless you know exactly how it has been altered such data is useless for showing anything at all. A basic case of GIGO.

and they keep altering the old, already processed, data.... funny that.
(I am a witness to it - quite simple really, download their data... wait 4 weeks and download it again... do a difference.. note how old data keeps changing)


Thus the only useful thing you can do is analyse how said data is being changed. Especially given that there is no good reason to be altering supposedly archived data.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 360

by mpe (#48835927) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
I'm curious, how do they average for the whole year? Is it monthly averages that they average for the year? Is it daily data that is averaged for the whole year?
Whilst in theory they'd be the same in practice the former could be more affected by rounding errors than the latter.
There might also be the oddity that the daily "average" is that of the highest and lowest recorded on a specific "day" whereas the the other "averages" are arithmetic means. The possible complication with "day" is that differences between conventional "local time" and local time according the longitude can vary greatly.
Another reason why raw data (and metadata) can be so important...

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 360

by mpe (#48835851) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
wow. and you wonder why people like me (skeptics, not deniers) find it hard to take you seriously when you resort to lambasting people for asking questions.

The scientific method relies on theories being "falsifiable". The specific aim is to try as hard as possible to prove a theory wrong. Being a skeptic tends to be a very good thing when it comes to this process.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 360

by mpe (#48835795) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
And what exactly does that mean? I can give you a list of biologists who claim Intelligent Design is true. It's a small list, dwarfed by the number of biologists who outright repudiate ID.

The scientific method does not use logical fallacies.
Instead it uses theories which are intended explain all of the relevent facts (be they from observation or experiment). N.B. It is perfectly ok to have more than one theory assuming all of them fit with the available facts. (Principles such as Occamâ(TM)s Razor can be applied to favour theories with the least number of assumptions, especially untestable assumptions.) Scientific theories can make testable predictions. Most importantly they are falsifiable, with one wrong answer being more important than a million right ones.
ID involves no falsifiable theories. Therefore it is not science.
AGW has made many specfic predictions, mostly through "climate models". However they are at odds with what has actually happened with the Earth's climate. Clinging to a falsified "theory" is not science either.

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