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Submission + - Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life Might Come from Dwarf Stars (

littlesparkvt writes: Even dying stars could host planets with life – and if such life exists, we might be able to detect it within the next decade. This encouraging result comes from a new theoretical study of Earth-like planets orbiting white dwarf stars. Researchers found that we could detect oxygen in the atmosphere of a white dwarf’s planet much more easily than for an Earth-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star.

Submission + - Free charging for Tesla S (

locallyunscene writes: Tesla has created the first solar charging stations for its Model S and plans to offer free charging. Is free fuel enough to for the electric car to finally gain traction?

The technology at the heart of the Supercharger was developed internally and leverages the economies of scale of existing charging technology already used by the Model S, enabling Tesla to create the Supercharger device at minimal cost. The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation. Combining these two factors, Tesla is able to provide Model S owners free long distance travel indefinitely.

Comment Re:I don't think so. (Score 1) 1128

Trust is not inherent in science as an ideal(which is one big thing that makes it different from religion), but as a social construct it is unavoidable. When scientists say they've detected a neutrino even if I were provided the equipment and methodology the results would be meaningless to me and others without understanding the subtleties in what I was detecting to prove the hypothesis. Basically specialized knowledge is required to make such observations worthwhile.

I don't know what fake "AGW fisaco" you're referring to, but here's some data that you claim the scientists don't have.

Comment Re:criminal (Score 1) 421

Petroleum is a finite resource; we can and are using all of it up. That is the very definition of non-sustainable. Beyond that were we able to replace our petroleum-based fertilizer with another equally cheap fertilizer the result would still not be sustainable. Both the pesticides and nitrogen runoff that comes from maintaining these vast monocultures cause massive fish kills. Check out the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Comment Re:"Earlier than expected"? (Score 2, Insightful) 421

You sound hopelessly confused. First you needlessly dispute the meaning of conservative by providing two definitions and then apply them differently to the same scenario. Then you throw in a non-sequitur reductio ad absurdum claiming "climate science" has no place estimating fresh water supply. The only way this argument is remotely coherent is if you assume that "engineering" is unrelated to science. However, that is completely ridiculous as engineering is applied science.

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