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Comment Re:Cloudy days (Score 1) 589

I dunno, the Andasol Solar Power Station in Spain is up and running, but it doesn't get many cloudy days. But there are several other towers of this kind elsewhere. We might already have the data you're looking for, but my interest wanes in digging it up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andasol_Solar_Power_Station

From what I read the molten salt idea was originally paired with nuclear energy, here's an old paper on the properties of those types of molten salt reactors, maybe you can extrapolate from there?

http://hotfluids.com/references/static/downloads/pdf/ORNL-TM-2316.pdf

Comment Re:so... (Score 5, Informative) 66

What taxpayer money was wasted? This telescope was entirely privately funded. Heck, even the summary comments on that:

Discovery Channel teamed up with Lowell Observatory and embarked upon a $53 million adventure: the fifth largest telescope in the United States funded entirely without state or federal money

Comment Re:CO2? (Score 1) 121

How about bending and confining flames using electromagnetic waves and then weakening them? Would that help?

FTA:

"The electric field it emits achieved this by creating an ionic wind that displaces the combustion zone from the fuel source.

Being able to bend flames might seem like a very cool but ultimately useless method of firefighting, however the system will come in handy when fires rage out of control in enclosed spaces "the flames can be redirected to provide safe passage, if they cannot be extinguished completely. The method also prevents the fire spreading, and thus renders it localized and easier to control."

Comment Re:CO2? (Score 1) 121

If you continue to read the article further you'll see that these are part of continuing research into manipulating cold plasma. It is not just using sound waves but also electromagnetic waves which they can manipulate to bend flames in the direction they want. Also, try keep in mind that a laboratory experiment is going to very different from the methods and devices that will eventually be developed from the flame behavior modeling this research produces.

I really do recommend reading the article, it's obvious this is years away from practical application. The point is that while this science has been known at the basic level for a long time, no additional research and modelling has been done in years and they are proud of the fact that they get to advance this research significantly.

A nice snippet from the article regarding the second parallel electromagnetic research:

"The electric field it emits achieved this by creating an âoeionic windâ that âoedisplaces the combustion zone from the fuel source.â

Being able to bend flames might seem like a very cool but ultimately useless method of firefighting, however the system will come in handy when fires rage out of control in enclosed spaces â" the flames can be redirected to provide safe passage, if they cannot be extinguished completely. The method also prevents the fire spreading, and thus renders it localised and easier to control."

Comment Re:Stole? (Score 1) 236

No, the scene where they used a big machine to cut through several levels of vault and then put the money into duffle bags that they carried with them proves that he stole the money. Shooting a hostage who was trying to help him in the head proves he was a criminal....you know what? Watch the damn movie yourself.

I mean of all the....damn people haven't even seen Die Hard.

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