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Comment: Re:Creating a Mars magnetosphere (Score 1) 549

by narf0708 (#48036289) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
Melting the core would require far too much effort, as it not only requires gathering enough energy to liquefy a sphere of iron 2200-4000km in diameter, but also transporting it to that core, which is underneath another few thousand kilometers of solid rock, then releasing it in sch a way that it liquefies the core. Much easier to use induction to create the magnetic field. Turn Mars into a giant electromagnet with an orbiting artificial conductive ring covered in solar panels.

+ - Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' has Gone Rogue->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "Last night (Thursday), two more of Planet Lab’s shoebox-sized Earth imaging satellites launched themselves from aboard the International Space Station, the latest in a series of technical mysteries involving a commercially owned CubeSat deployer located outside Japan’s Kibo laboratory module. Station commander Steve Swanson was storing some blood samples in one of the station’s freezers Friday morning when he noticed that the doors on NanoRack’s cubesat deployer were open, said NASA mission commentator Pat Ryan. Flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston determined that two CubeSats had been inadvertently released. “No crew members or ground controllers saw the deployment. They reviewed all the camera footage and there was no views of it there either,” Ryan said."
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Comment: Re:Doesn't solve anything, pure politics (Score 1) 649

by narf0708 (#47267645) Attached to: Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Politicians interjecting themselves into what subjects teachers are allowed to introduce in the classroom and how such subjects must be discussed does _nothing_ to produce an educated population. It is nothing more than blowing at windmills to gain votes on whatever educational topic is popular for the day. The farther education decisions get removed from the parent, the more students become trained to become regurgitators of approved politically correct information rather than becoming adults with adapative minds capable of of grasping subtle connections and knowing truth from falsehood.

The entire purpose of the public school system is to systematically pump out batches of "good citizens" who don't question anything, particularly not the government. Did you actually think that the government running these schools was acting out of benevolence and desire for rational people instead of only looking out for its own power and self-interest?

An authority is a person who can tell you more about something than you really care to know.