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Submission + - Faraway Star Is Roundest Natural Object Ever Seen (space.com)

sudden.zero writes: A star 5,000 light-years from Earth is the closest thing to a perfect sphere that has ever been observed in nature, a new study reports.

Stars, planets and other round celestial bodies bulge slightly at their equators due to centrifugal force. Generally speaking, the faster these objects spin, the greater the force, and the larger the bulge.

For example, the sun rotates once every 27 days, and an imaginary line drawn through its center at the equator is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) longer than a similar line drawn from pole to pole. The equatorial diameter of Earth, which completes a rotation every 24 hours, is 26 miles (42 km) longer than the polar diameter, even though Earth is much smaller than the sun. [Solar Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Sun?]

But the distant star, known as Kepler 11145123, has Earth, the sun and every other object that's ever been measured beat in terms of roundness, study team members said.

Comment Re: that one lost. (Score 1) 244

Amen! If the majority vote won then only a handful of the states would decide the election. That is what these popular vote idiots don't seem to understand. That is why the founding fathers (very smart men) set it up this way. Every state should have a reasonable say in who is elected! Anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot!

Comment One only has to... (Score 1, Informative) 302

...use one's eyes to know that climate change is real. When I was a kid, in the 80's, I normally had my coat, and gloves out by this time in November. Shoot we had at least 1 to 3 inches of snowfall by this time in November. Don't believe me then look here: https://www.currentresults.com... Then fast forward to 2016: there is no snow in sight, and it is 72 degrees currently in Overland Park, KS where I am. Don't tell me climate change doesn't exist. If you don't believe your senses then look at the great barrier reef that is slowly dying due to the water being too warm http://news.nationalgeographic... Climate change is real, but IMO there is nothing that we can do about it now. Humanity hasn't invested enough time in developing clean energy, clean transportation, etc. to turn things around. A few people like Elon Musk are trying, but the price point for Teslas are still beyond most peoples reach. Very few people that are in that price point are also Earth conscious / green.

Comment Re:Good film except for one thing (soilers inside) (Score 2) 102

Spoilers: as the above comment said don't read if you want to see the movie. Very true. The plot could have been much better. I mean the current whole movie could have been summed up in the first five minutes. The Army pulls in a world renowned linguist to communicate with aliens that have landed. After some dialogue with the aliens they give her their language as a gift in return for help in the future. She finds that the Alien language allows her to see the future. This is where the plot could open up, and do just about anything, but obviously the writers failed us. She could have then used the power she gained from this alien language to change the world, stop a war, end world hunger, save mankind from a hostile invasion that the first aliens were there to warn us about (the help that they asked for in return for giving her the language), travel the universe, save mankind by finding a new planet after inventing interstellar travel. I mean the sky is the limit when you can see the future. Anything she wanted to do would always be funded because all she would have to do is fill out a lottery ticket and the next day she would have money. This movie could have went so many ways, but instead she chose to live out her normal mundane life, have a child that she knew was going to die of cancer (because she could see the future) and write a book even though all of that would cause her to get divorced. Who in their right mind would choose this existence!?!

Comment First and foremost... (Score 1) 436

...Facebook isn't doing anything, but allowing users that are abiding by its terms of service to post whatever they want. There is no law against this because this is a free country, and there is this thing called freedom of speech! Second: Facebook isn't a news site, and it doesn't produce most of the content contained on Facebook. Facebook is a user driven site, and users are free to post pretty much anything they want as long as it doesn't violate Facebook's terms of service. If other people are dumb enough to believe false news stories without doing research on the topic then that is their priority, and the government has no business telling these idiots what to believe or not believe. Also the government has no right to try and persuade Facebook to protect these idiots. In fact please don't! Let natural selection take its course. As I have seen plenty of hazardous memes on Facebook that should cause idiots like this to do something stupid resulting in certain fatal injury.

Comment All I have to say is... (Score 1) 365

...This is what you'll get This is what you'll get This is what you'll get When you mess with us Karma Police! You can't create a monopoly on something, pretend it's rare by creating scarcity due to owning 80% of the world's whatever it is, and expect no one to ever find a way around your bullshit. The fact is that Diamonds are not that rare; in fact Sapphires and Rubies are much rarer than Diamonds. The De beers duped everyone into thinking that diamonds are rare, and then fed the diamond fever with advertising and Hollywood fanned the fire with movies like "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" So, Fuck the De Beers and Hollywood! If you want to get someone a nice really rare gemstone get them a sapphire or ruby, and don't believe the diamond hype!

Comment Re:I can tell you... (Score 1) 204

To all of the people replying negatively to this post, and degrading the AC above: you should be ashamed of yourselves. Sometimes good people get into bad situations beyond their control. 1.5 years ago my fiance lost her job, and it took her a year to find another job that paid even close to her previous salary. While she was unemployed I spent the majority of our savings, upwards of 30k, keeping us afloat as we tend to live right within our means as most people do (If you pretend you don't you are lying to yourself). Right now we are still trying to dig out of the hole created by her unemployment which was caused by her employer being sold to a new owner whom had his own staff to bring on. If we were to incur a couple unforeseen circumstances as the AC above described we would be in the same type of situation. One doesn't always have to be an idiot to get into this type of situation.

Comment The answer is no because... (Score 1) 158

......it's not the device that is causing the exploding, or the OS. I work in the wireless industry, and the problem is that Samsung is the only CTIA certified OEM that is allowed to test their own batteries. So obviously they tested their batteries, either found or didn't find the problem, and then if they did find it ignored it. Either way the method of battery testing is the problem, and you would have to ban Samsung from testing their own batteries to insure that something like this doesn't happen again.

Comment Re:Where do I line up? (Score 1) 178

Me too. When my PC automatically upgraded to Windows 10 it made my PC useless for quite some time. First my video-card burned up due to the NVidia card driver issue, and then once I replaced my video-card my power-supply gave out a few days later. I'm still having video issues, and I'm probably going to call MS and have them roll me back to windows 7.

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