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  • Theoretical Physicists Are Getting Closer to Explaining How NASA’s ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Works

    11/01/2017 12:10:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies ^ | 10/31/17 | Giulio Prisco
    The EmDrive propulsion system might be able to take us to the stars, but first it must be reconciled with the laws of physics. Giulio Prisco is a futurist, theoretical physicist, and computer scientist. He writes about science, technology, and the future. He's also a cofounder of Space Cooperative. A tentative theoretical explanation for the mysterious, "impossible" EmDrive propulsion system was published in the Journal of Applied Physical Science International in August. First proposed by British engineer Roger Shawyer, the EmDrive is an asymmetric box that looks like a truncated cone, with a standing microwave field inside that—apparently violating known...
  • Jailed pro-Kurdish leader says fair trial impossible in Erdogan's Turkey

    07/23/2017 4:53:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2017 | Ece Toksabay, Gulsen Solaker
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever have a fair trial after the president publicly labeled him a terrorist. In a rare interview from prison, Selahattin Demirtas also told Reuters he believed he accepted some blame for failing to halt the collapse of peace talks between the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • Egyptian president tells Trump: You are 'capable of doing the impossible'

    05/21/2017 10:09:28 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/21/2017 | Caitlin Yilek
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi invited President Trump to Egypt while commenting on his "unique" personality. "You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible," el-Sissi told Trump during the conversation on Sunday. "I agree!" Trump responded as everyone laughed. According to CNN, Trump then complimented el-Sissi's shoes. "Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes," Trump said. The two met during Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia — his first trip abroad as president.
  • Leaked NASA paper shows the 'impossible' EM Drive really does work (Is fuel-less propulsion real?)

    11/07/2016 1:06:47 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 52 replies
    Science alert ^ | 11/7/16 | Fiona MacDonald
    The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the controversial propulsion system really does work, and is capable of generating impressive thrust in a vacuum, even after error measurements have been accounted for. The EM Drive has made headlines over the past year, because it offers the incredible possibility of a fuel-free propulsion system that could potentially get us to Mars in just 70 days. But there's one major problem: according to the current laws of physics, it shouldn't work. The issue is the fact that the EM Drive defies Newton's...
  • Retina MacBook Pro owners plagued by. . . screen coating damage, call on Apple for action

    07/10/2015 11:10:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | July 10, 2015 | By Mikey Campbell
    Retina MacBook Pro owners plagued by supposed screen coating damage, call on Apple to take action A small cadre of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their laptops after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed "staingate." Source: Staingate problems manifest in splotches, streaks and other surface anomalies attributed to faults in the antireflective coating applied to a Retina MacBook's display surface. The origin of this "staining" is unknown, though some have speculated a combination of high humidity and over cleaning...
  • Happiness should be a top government priority, expert says

    09/29/2011 7:53:20 AM PDT · by George - the Other · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 28, 2011 | Karen Kaplan
    Someday in the not-too-distant future, the U.S. departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice and Labor could be joined be a new executive branch entity: The Department of Happiness.
  • A prehistoric map painted on a cave in India

    01/01/2011 5:59:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 59 replies
    Stone Pages ^ | Friday, December 31, 2010 | Archaeo News
    A team of researchers from the Archaeological Survey of India has unearthed maps depicted on the roof of a cave in Karnataka (India) that date back to 1500-2000 BCE. What was once thought to be a megalithic burial site with just paintings of animals and humans, could be the proof of the cartographic skills of prehistoric Indians... While paintings of animals such as cows, hunting scenes and human figurines are common across prehistoric settlements, only the Chikramapura village caves, also called Kadebagilu rock shelters, feature maps... According to Keshava, the prehistoric man obtained a bird's eye view of an area...
  • Oldest Salt Mine Known to Date Located in Azerbaijan

    12/12/2010 11:12:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | November 27, 2010 | CNRS via AlphaGalileo
    Another remarkable fact is that the abundance of artifacts dating from the early Bronze Age suggests that the Duzdagi mine was intensively exploited from as early as the 4th millennium BC. Hundreds of stone picks and hammers have in fact been found near the entrances of collapsed tunnels. The frequent presence nearby of ceramic pottery fragments specific to the culture known as "Kuro-Araxes" has made it possible to date these archeological artifacts. Their spatial and chronological distribution was analyzed by a geographic information system, combining satellite photos (Spot 5), aerial photos taken from a kite and the plotting of artifacts...
  • Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead

    01/31/2010 3:13:18 PM PST · by bluecollarman · 55 replies · 2,604+ views ^ | 29th January 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us? Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it's the kind of invitation that's best refused - but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter. Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren't hungry.
  • Mediterranean Sea Dried Up Five Million Years Ago

    02/12/2009 7:51:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1,280+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Utrecht University
    Approximately five million years ago, the Mediterranean Sea dried up after it was sealed off from the Atlantic Ocean. According to earth scientist Rob Govers of Utrecht University, a reduction in the weight on the Earth's crust led to the Straits of Gibraltar moving upwards. Govers will publish his conclusions in the February issue of the earth sciences journal Geology. Much like a mattress springs back into shape after you get off it, the Earth's crust moves upwards when sea levels fall. Known as isostasy, this phenomenon explains how the Mediterranean Sea was sealed off from the Atlantic Ocean five...
  • Space elevator ideas getting a Utah test

    10/03/2007 5:33:50 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 22 replies · 253+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 10/03/2007 | Cathy McKitrick
    FARMINGTON - Light-powered vehicles zip along a paper-thin tether that stretches thousands of miles into space. "Is this like, 'Beam me up, Scotty?'" asked Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn. Sort of. The California-based Spaceward Foundation is testing ideas for a space elevator, and Utah will play host to the competition this month.
  • Friendship between man and woman is impossible. Period

    05/01/2007 6:34:34 AM PDT · by bedolido · 8 replies · 498+ views ^ | 4-23-2007 | staff writer
    Is there is such thing as friendship between a man and a woman? Needless to say, friendships differ. A friendly relationship between men breeds respect, friendship between women can be admired yet friendship between a man and a woman is often viewed with suspicion, mistrust and even enmity. Let us try to look into some of the reasons behind this attitude toward the phenomenon. Friendship between man and woman doesn't exist (
  • Costumes For Cats A Felony?

    02/22/2007 3:48:27 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 78 replies · 1,802+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | February 21, 2007 | AP
    Costumes For Cats A Felony? Restaurant Giving Out Cat CostumesPOSTED: 11:23 pm EST February 21, 2007 TAMPA, Fla. -- Letting the cat out of the bag isn't the problem. It's putting the cat in the bag that's causing controversy. The Checkers Drive-in chain is running a "Rapcat" promotion. The Tampa-based, fast-food company has a special take-out bag with cutaways for a cat's legs and tail. Checkers is encouraging customers to dress up their cats with the bag, which is designed to look like a basketball jersey. But officials of Hillsborough County Animal Services warn that putting an unwilling cat into...
  • Core values make impossible happen

    01/19/2007 4:31:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 301+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | 2nd Lt. Bryon McGarry
    by 2nd Lt. Bryon McGarry 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 1/19/2007 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNEWS) -- The "Iceman Team" recently accomplished an enormous undertaking the Air Force way -- Airmen taking care of Airmen. Following the end of its 20-year Sprucewood Homes development lease in August, Eielson leaders made the difficult decision to relocate 241 families on very short notice. "Following unresolved negotiations with the Sprucewood Homes development ownership to continue our lease, we had to move quickly to make sure our families were taken care of before the lowest winter temperatures hit," said Brig. Gen. Dave Scott, 354th Fighter Wing...
  • Pace: Military Loss Impossible, But U.S. Will Is Vital for Success

    08/12/2006 2:47:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 476+ views
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 12, 2006 – The will of the United States is the only question in whether the nation’s effort in Iraq and Afghanistan will succeed, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. “There is no way to militarily lose this war,” Marine Gen. Peter Pace said, speaking to reporters traveling with him while en route here. “The only way we can lose is if we decide that we just don’t want to do it. And if we decide that, that would not end the involvement, it would simply shift it from its current battlefield in Iraq...
  • Kadima official: Realignment impossible

    06/18/2006 4:56:05 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 185+ views ^ | (06.18.06, 08:50) | Attila Somfalvi
    Kadima official: Realignment impossible As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gathers international support for his unilateral realignment plan, senior Kadima official says Israel will earn international backing for negotiated settlement Attila Somfalvi Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues to travel the world in an attempt to sell his realignment plan to western leaders and convince them of its necessity, but in his political fortress, Kadima, optimistic, or maybe critical, opinions are being voiced. Senior Kadima ministers told Ynet over the last couple of weeks that a unilateral realignment plan is impossible. The remarks were made by some of the most senior government...
  • Gore's 'Truth' splits hurricane scientists

    05/31/2006 8:05:04 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 54 replies · 1,160+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 29, 2006 | Tom Carter
    Al Gore's new movie on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," opens with scenes from Hurricane Katrina slamming into New Orleans. The former vice president says unequivocally that because of global warming, it is all but certain that future hurricanes will be more violent and destructive than those in the past. Inconvenient or not, the nation's top hurricane scientists are divided on whether it's the truth. [Snip] The top names and brightest minds in hurricane science are divided, writing papers and publishing rebuttals regarding the nature and causes of the current "active period" that began in 1995 and is expected to...
  • Is There a Virus Threat for Macs?

    05/11/2006 1:24:06 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 184 replies · 1,225+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 11, 2006 | Walter S. Mossberg
    There's no other major item most of us own that is as confusing, unpredictable and unreliable as our personal computers. Everybody has questions about them, and we aim to help. Here are a few questions about computers I've received recently from people like you, and my answers. I have edited and restated the questions a bit, for readability. This week my mailbox contained a question about security software for Macs. If you have a question, send it to me at, and I may select it to be answered here in Mossberg's Mailbox. Q: There's been a lot of press...
  • Seven Ways To Make ONE MILLION Dollars (Math Wiz Pay Day)

    02/06/2006 1:45:13 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 12 replies · 1,181+ views
    Clay Mathematics Institute ^ | 2000 | Clay Mathematics Institute
    Millennium Problems In order to celebrate mathematics in the new millennium, The Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts (CMI) has named seven Prize Problems. The Scientific Advisory Board of CMI selected these problems, focusing on important classic questions that have resisted solution over the years. The Board of Directors of CMI designated a $7 million prize fund for the solution to these problems, with $1 million allocated to each. During the Millennium Meeting held on May 24, 2000 at the Coll¨¨ge de France, Timothy Gowers presented a lecture entitled The Importance of Mathematics, aimed for the general public, while John...
  • 'The Disruption Made Teaching Virtually Impossible. I Could Not Believe What I Saw' (UK)

    04/23/2005 6:23:18 PM PDT · by blam · 64 replies · 2,154+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-24-2005 | Julie Henry
    'The disruption made teaching virtually impossible. I could not believe what I saw' By Julie Henry, Education Correspondent (Filed: 24/04/2005) As the petite, middle-aged teacher shouts desperately for the 20th time for the out-of-control class to be quiet, a faint, childish boy's voice can be heard, calling out above the deafening din: "Suck ** ***, miss". The appalling scene of classroom disorder and disrespect is just one of many captured on film for a channel Five documentary, to be screened this week, which will reignite the debate on how to tackle bad behaviour in schools. 'Sylvia Thomas', a teacher who...