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Comment: solar cell rotator largest failure so far? (Score 2) 235

by peter303 (#48434869) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS
If the solar cells dont optimize the solar incidence angle, the power could be cut in third. Power is kind of tight on ISS now, In the mid-2000s a shuttle mission replaced a broken bearing wheel on half of the solar cells. It would be much slower to replace such now without the shuttle.

Comment: Obama pulled a "Scotty" (Score 1) 285

by peter303 (#48369271) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal
Named after the Star Trek character who always beats his time estimates because he did it already.

The year 2005 as start year was the peak coal-electricity year. Abundant, cheap methane discoveries have ead to switch over a third of electricity generation to natural gas and cut CO2 15% since 2005.
Another 13% to goal. New coal plant regulations and the car mileage laws willl reach most of that.

Comment: The other Colorado high school shooting (Score 1) 698

by peter303 (#48369145) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
(techicallly there have been five since Columbine) In the December 2013 Arapahoe High School shooting and the July 2012 Aurora theater shooting the student gunmen's anger was well known to school mental health officials. The evidence for both cases is under court seal while the various lawsuits work their way through the system.

Comment: 2 of 75 people who touched Duncan became infected (Score 1) 372

by peter303 (#48224159) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola
So this supports both sides of the article. First its hard to get infected in the early fever stages. Even Ducan's bedmate did not become infected. On the other hand two medical workers who thought they were taking precautions got infected when Ducan's disease had progressed further.

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