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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2012
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    @Vornaskotti - yeah. I have a memory, I have no idea where from, of a picture of a spacesuit with a foil balloon coming out of its back, showing reentry heat patterns. I think it was in one of those world of the future type books from the 70s, but it's always stuck in my mind and I wondered if it had ever been tested.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2012
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    Here we go...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOOSE

    http://www.boggsspace.com/strange_but_true.asp

    http://highpowerrocketry.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/general-electric-moose-manned-orbital.html
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2012
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    That looks like a Final Fantasy reject...
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2012
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    I'm not sure why not, but I don't frequent this thread much. Consequently, I'm sorry if this is a repost but...

    In Xinjiang province in China, an area the size of Costa Rica has been devastated by gerbils. There might be up to a billion of them. China is breeding golden eagles to try and deal with the problem. It is the worst rodent disaster since 1993.


    (I do not know what happened in 1993 but that shit must have been crazy.)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2012
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    Legend has it Richard Gere may have some plans for the great gerbling (shut up, that's totally a word) of 2012.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2012
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    Actually that article is dated from 2005. Fascinating stuff, by any means.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
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    A massive and illegal geoengineering project has been detected off Canada’s west coast. Notably features a rogue geoengineer and massive potential environmental damages.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
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    Police Taser blind man mistaking his white stick for a samurai sword

    I suppose we should be glad they didn't just shoot him ?
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      CommentAuthorEd Jackson
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
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    @Wood
    they save the bullets for Brazilian electricians.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2012
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2012
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    Just...words fail me. For so many reasons.

    UK TV station apologises over celebrity sperm bank guest hoax
    ITV has admitted that This Morning was the victim of a hoax following a story about a new celebrity sperm bank.
    CEO Dan Richards appeared on This Morning on Tuesday to discuss FameDaddy, the "first celebrity sperm donor service".
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    @sneak046: "We have not yet encountered our cosmic neighbors because they are indistinguishable from their native ecology" is a nice idea, but given we haven't yet found any native ecologies either, I'm not sure it makes much sense.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2012
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    @sneak046: Excellent!
    We have become death, the creators of garbage.


    Also, somewhat unrelated (and not sure if i have posted here before), though long and very interesting:
    Occupy Tactics: Violence and Legitimacy in the Occupy Movement and Beyond
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2012
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    @Doc One measure of a developed society is what it can afford to waste, in terms of energy/material/time....

    And for today's cogitation:

    6 Mechanisms that will help create the global brain which contains the following quote from this .pdf

    “Our world is faced with both existential threats of unprecedented seriousness (such as the environment) and huge opportunities (such as for scientific and social progress). We believe that our ability to face the threats and opportunities of the coming century will be profoundly affected by how well, and soon, we can master the art of programming our planet’s emerging global brain.”
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2012
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    Meanwhile, UK's science minister wants to FRAK THE UK INTO ORBIT (or something like that):

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is one example of a new mass space vehicle that could operate in the UK if the rules were right. Yet, absurdly, the whole of Europe is at risk of missing out because we cannot agree a regulatory framework that will allow the necessary reusable aircraft-type launchers to operate here in Britain.
    Today, if a few member states obstruct a new technology, such as the hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – used for the extraction of shale gas, they can have a disproportionate effect at the EU level. Whatever the reason, economic advance is threatened.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2012
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    Senate candidate Joe Walsh makes a strong case for increased funding to public schools in the United States by being, if I may, an ignorantsonofabitch.

    But it was his comments to reporters after the event at WTTW Channel 11 that sparked the most attention. Walsh said that medical advances had rendered it unnecessary to ever perform an abortion to save a mother’s life.

    “With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance,” Walsh declared.

    Asked then if he was saying it was never medically necessary to perform an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded: “Absolutely, yes.”


    I guess this qualifies him for the senate committee on science.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2012
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2012
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    Doctors remove 9-inch dildo from Chinese man's intestines
    Doctors at Zhongshan Hospital successfully removed a dildo from the intestines of a 30-year-old man, who had inserted it into his body to enhance sexual pleasure with his wife.
    The dildo, measuring 23 centimeters in length and 8 centimeters in diameter, somehow got stuck in his intestines, doctors at Zhongshan Hospital in Xuhui District said yesterday.
    The dildo was inside the man for five days before he went to the hospital last Friday, when doctors failed to remove it.
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