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Submission + - Trump Administration Freezes all Grant Activity at EPA

PvtVoid writes: From the Washington Post: An email went out to employees in the agency’s Office of Acquisition Management within hours of President Trump’s swearing-in on Friday.

“New EPA administration has asked that all contract and grant awards be temporarily suspended, effective immediately,” read the email, which was shared with The Washington Post. “Until we receive further clarification, which we hope to have soon, please construe this to include task orders and work assignments.”

Comment Re:What complete nonsense (Score 1) 308

FWIW, there are diamonds in asteroids too.

Where did you ever get that idea? Diamonds are only formed under conditions you will find on a planetary body:

Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 118 mi) in the Earth's mantle. Carbon-containing minerals provide the carbon source, and the growth occurs over periods from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years (25% to 75% of the age of the Earth).

Ain't gonna happen on an asteroid. A basic rule of thumb is that asteroids will only contain igneous materials, never sedimentary or metamorphic.

Comment Re:Some places are impossible. (Score 1, Informative) 53

I suppose you think all roads should be toll roads and your bank account is auto-charged for each one you drive on?

Sounds like an awesome idea. It's not a new one, either. Private autos impose enormous external costs on society, amounting to a hefty subsidy for car ownership. There's no reason cars shouldn't pay their way in full.

Comment Re:Not a crazy idea (Score 1) 140

That's just dumb, that's just dumb because you can't make a car smart enough to navigate daily traffic with all onboard sensors.

This is exactly how Tesla does it, and while it isn't perfect, it's mostly usable and still improving. It's silly to say something is impossible when we are already most of the way there.

Parent was being ironic.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 2) 140

here's what happened when Airbus built a fully automated airliner (with no human inside) and have it land itself:


This was not an automated flight, and was not unmanned: there were 136 passengers on board. Three people were killed, and 34 required hospitalization. The cause was pilot error, and the flight crew was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for pulling a stupid stunt with a loaded plane.

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