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Comment: "Interantional Moon Base 2030" (Score 1) 197

by peter303 (#47985001) Attached to: Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon
Rather than a bunch of silly independent races, designate an interesting single area of Luna to accumulate missions and habitable equipment from all countries. Kind of modeled after Antarctic bases. Remember Antartica was uninhabited for 34 years between the inital polar races (1904-1911) and its first long term bases (1945). World Wars didnt help the situation.

Comment: I heard "gossip" a main driver of language (Score 1) 89

by peter303 (#47973647) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling
So people could keep tabs of what others were doing out of sight, e.g. on the hunt or left back at home. And when family groups hunkered down in larger groups during winter camp, they could catch up with more distant relatives.

I heard this on Facebook. He-he. Social media is just the modern technological extension of primordial gossip.

Comment: NOAA's "hottest month ever" based on oceans (Score 1) 200

Nearly every other month is the hottest month in recorded observation from satellites that measure ocean temps, i.e 2/3rds of the Earth's surface. In the mentime we've had some cold winters and resurgence of ice caps at both pole. Not easy to figure it all once.

Comment: millions in a few decades (Score 1) 80

by peter303 (#47965505) Attached to: Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe
Statistical extrapolation say at least half of the systems have them. We can only detect the one percent of edge-on systems with transit method or the fat-fast ones with doppler. But we've barely started to look at the systems within a couple thousand light years. There are millions of starts within this distance.

Comment: you are responsible for your career (Score 1) 182

by peter303 (#47965449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?
I've worked in companies during both flush times and tight times. It was nice when they would pay for courses and conferences. But against my advice these items are often dropped first in cutbacks and I observe employee skills suffer. Maybe because I've earned my way through college and have a science background that I decide to still educate myself. Choose the more rewarding conferences, do fewer of them, stay local and cheaper etc. Online training and conference has become better in recent years. I have observed the complainers i.e. "i wont lft a finger to educate myself unless the company pays for it" tend to be let go first in the numerous layoffs I have observed.

These costs are tax deductable once they exceed 2% of your salary, but I havent gone that far yet.

Comment: ironical: old caliphate had decent science (Score 1) 981

by peter303 (#47929399) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
They invented modern place-numerals, developed (and named) a lot of algebra, supplied names for many of the visible stars. They copied the old Greek philosophers writings and argued how their ideas fit in with The Revelation. I dont recall big conflicts between science and religion then.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.