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Comment Re: Two people. Tee-hee. (Score 1) 106

Sceptical. They were pretty monitored, heart rate etc. Plus three military hard cases, not two. Even taking 10%, the odds are just very very long.

Not that long, actually. Given P(gay) = 0.1 and assuming astronaut screening does not bias this, the probability of two astronauts in a three-man capsule being gay is 3 * 0.9 * 0.1 * 0.1 = 0.027. But as you say, they're closely monitored, not the least by the presumptive odd-man-out, who might object to the shenanigans.

These guys had strong egos, but they were selected in part for their ability to get along with each other for two weeks in a small capsule. So, no matter what their orientation, I can imagine that they could put it aside for the duration of the mission.

And while we're on the subject of gay astronauts, let's give a nod to American space pioneer Sally Ride. May she rest in peace.

Comment Re:The only actor to... (Score 2) 135

No. The android Bishop (played by Henriksen) was cut in two by the mother Alien, but survived. He, Newt, and Ripley were in stasis until they crashed on the prison planet in Alien 3. In that sequel, Ripley revived Bishop briefly in order to get his help with something (accessing some log from the ship computer?) but Bishop asked Ripley to "kill" him because he was too damaged to be restored fully.

Comment Re:Time for USPS to sue him for defamation (Score 1) 150

The GP post is a clear exception to Poe's Law. It's abundantly clear that it's sarcasm.

C'mon, use your head ... "treason in the united corporations of america state?" "Trump will get him drowned in a steel cage?"

The post is +5 funny. Let's laugh and not take it seriously.

Submission + - Risk Of Cascadia Quake Elevated As Puget Sound 'Slow Slip' Event Begins ( 1

schwit1 writes: On Wednesday, the semi-annual "slow slip" event began, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington. The event happens about every 14 months deep underneath the Puget Sound area and is essentially a slow earthquake that takes place over the course of two weeks.

During a slow-slip event, after 14 months of moving eastward, the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate stalls and moves westward, which puts stress on the Cascadia subduction zone.

Seismologists often refer to this as a "straw that broke the camel's back" scenario.

"It's loading up the edge of the lock zone of the Cascadia subduction zone more rapidly than normal tectonic processes would do," explained Bill Steele, director of communications at the PNSN. "You're getting seven months of strain accumulation applied to the back edge of the fault over a week."

Submission + - White House blocks news organizations from press briefing (

ClickOnThis writes: CNN reports that it, along with several other major news organizations, were blocked from attending a press briefing at the White House today. From the article:

The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also excluded from the meeting, which is known as a gaggle and is less formal than the televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room. The gaggle was held by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

In a brief statement defending the move, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today."

The pool usually includes a representative from one television network and one print outlet. In this case, four of the five major television networks — NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News — were invited and attended the meeting, while only CNN was blocked.

And while The New York Times was kept out, conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were also allowed in.

Submission + - Professors claim passive cooling breakthrough via plastic film (

charlesj68 writes: An article in the Economist discusses the development of a plastic film by two professors at the University of Colorado in Boulder that provides a passive cooling effect. The film contains embedded glass beads that absorb and emit infrared in a wavelength that is not blocked by the atmosphere. Combining this with half-silvering to keep the sun from being the source of infrared absorption on the part of the beads, and you have way of pumping heat at a claimed rate of 93 watts per square meter.
Actual paper in Science:
Original research by others in Nature:

Comment Re:Reliable (Score 3, Informative) 276

Only problem is that there are no such people, or any such place. Then of course you run into the problem of stories that falsely report that a story is fake. It's a real hall of mirrors

I see what you're trying to do. You claim there's no way to trust any source of any information, so we are ripe for influence by whoever connects with our base instincts of fear, anger, and survival.

Journalism isn't perfect, but nevertheless it's essential to the proper functioning of a democracy.

Comment Re:Fake News (Score 5, Insightful) 276

(P.S. People. Please stop misapplying the phrase "fake news". The fire's host enough w/o needlessly fanning the flames.)

This. Fake news is written by fake reporters -- people who are deliberately trying to deceive, frighten or mislead by writing fictional stories. It is not the same as real news with errors.

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