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Submission + - Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip (nasa.gov)

Freddybear writes: According to measurements from NASA solar observatories, the sun's magnetic field is about to reverse polarity. The event is predicted to occur within the next three to four months and will have effects throughout the solar system. These magnetic reversals happen regularly about every eleven years as part of the solar cycle.

Comment Parasites (Score 2) 655

It's never as simple as "Just grow some bugs and chow down". Most species of insects are hosts to assorted parasites.
For instance, the common grasshopper (yummy when fried) can carry tapeworms.

While we have lots of experience dealing with parasites of domestic mammals, not so much for bugs that live on other bugs.

Comment Re:What about long term? (Score 1) 237

Huge future assets aren't worth much if you're going broke now.

Conservation is important but there really aren't those kinds of big savings to be had. People don't want to drive golf carts to work and they don't want to live in the city. And I can't blame them. And 70F? Try 77 and it's still expensive.

And yes, boondoggles. Even in Germany. Read the "Government Policy" section of that wiki article. They are paying huge subsidies for renewable energy.

Comment Re:What about long term? (Score 0) 237

What are the long-term costs of not exploiting domestic energy supplies? More funding for our dear friends the Saudis? Escalating death-spiral of energy prices while renewables turn out to be expensive boondoggles? Our Dear Leader did promise that energy prices would necessarily skyrocket, and that's one promise he seems determined to fulfill.

Comment Re:Sounds iffy (Score 1) 237

Fracking wells themselves are too deep for that to matter very much, also the pressure of fracking is momentary, much more like blasting in a mine. The problem you describe is more likely to be caused by a brine-injection well, which is done at shallower depths and is intended for long-term storage of the injected brine at pressure. I know, we've had several small earthquakes here in NE Ohio resulting from improperly operated brine injection wells.

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