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Submission + - Virgin Galactic Will Resume Flight Tests Of Its Commercial Spacecraft Next Month (consumerist.com)

twickline writes: Two years after a fatal accident that killed one person, Virgin Galactic is preparing to resume testing of its rocket plane designed to take tourists into space. The company is slated to finish ground tests in August before moving on to testing the ship in the skies while attached to an aircraft, according to Jonathan Firth, vice president at Virgin Galactic, Bloomberg reports.

Submission + - SPAM: The LHC discovers new tetraquarks, but what does that mean for physics?

StartsWithABang writes: The Standard Model is great at describing all the known particles we’ve ever observed and how they interact, but there are a number of important hints that it isn’t all there is in the Universe. The existence of dark matter, dark energy, neutrino masses, the matter-antimatter asymmetry, the strong-CP and hierarchy problems all tell us that this collection of quarks, leptons, their antiparticles and the bosons we know are only part of the story. The LHC at CERN is currently producing the highest energy collisions at the largest rate ever seen on Earth, making it the best tool to discover new, never-before-seen particles. In a news release just a few days ago, they announced the discovery of multiple new particles – tetraquarks – that had never been seen before. Here's what that means for the Standard Model and our understanding of physics.

Comment Death is the road to awe (Score 1) 197

Izzi: Remember Moses Morales?

Tom Creo: Who?

Izzi: The Mayan guide I told you about.

Tom Creo: From your trip.

Izzi: Yeah. The last night I was with him, he told me about his father, who had died. Well Moses wouldn't believe it.

Tom Creo: Izzi...

Izzi: [embraces Tom] No, no. Listen, listen. He said that if they dug his father's body up, it would be gone. They planted a seed over his grave. The seed became a tree. Moses said his father became a part of that tree. He grew into the wood, into the bloom. And when a sparrow ate the tree's fruit, his father flew with the birds. He said... death was his father's road to awe. That's what he called it. The road to awe. Now, I've been trying to write the last chapter and I haven't been able to get that out of my head!

Tom Creo: Why are you telling me this?

Izzi: I'm not afraid anymore, Tommy.

Quoted from the movie, The Fountain.

Comment Re:So vague is has to be true? (Score 3, Interesting) 241

Because there was a warning and no bombs were found, I suspect that it was a test to see how L.A. would react and what their resources were. The real attack will come without warning.

The next time might involve bombs designed to go off when the schools are being searched so as to endanger the people looking for them.

The enemy is not stupid and they know exactly what they're doing; they've had so much experience at spreading terror.

Comment Re:15 years old? (Score 1) 475

Localized food production? Like how are you going to grow enough food to feed New York City by growing in or near New York City? Not much arable land and a short growing season add up to not much food.

I'm all for buying locally grown produce, but I live in a mostly rural state that grows a LOT of food. There's a reason that most food is grown in areas with low populations - it takes a lot of space to grow crops.

Comment Re:Old News (Score 1) 527

That's the way I deal with it, too.

I'm hoping that so many people will complain about Microsoft's spyware that we may get their attention, but I'm not holding my breath.

I work all over the Southeast and I'm spreading the word everywhere I go. The people I work with know and trust my opinions.

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