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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2018
     
    We Can Grow Vegetables in Antarctica. Next Stop: Mars.

    https://futurism.com/vegetables-antarctica-space-mars/
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    When one works through the dependencies of the assertion that the particle+laser beam idea is "able to increase the acceleration distance by a factor of 10,000", then one concludes that, for the same mass and the same terminal velocity, the required power is reduced similarly by a factor of 10,000. This looks ostensibly like good news for Breakthrough StarShot because the 100 GW beamer is the single most expensive system component and is indeed the bottleneck to rapid deployment and testing. Now it seems that only 10 MW is being called for.

    However, this may be misplaced optimism, even if the "10,000x" assertion is correct, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, apparently the mutual focussing effect relies upon a high intensity laser beam, so it's unclear how low we can go with the laser beam intensity in this fashion. Secondly, it's almost certain that the particle component of the beam won't work if launched from Earth's surface, the upshot being that the beamer will only function if it's space-based. This increases the system cost by an unconscionable amount, sadly.
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    The research continues, and looks favourable for beamers sooner rather than later
    https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2018/04/06/laser-beaming-and-infrastructure/
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2018
     
    The First Luxury Hotel In Space Shows Affordable Space Tourism Is Still A Long Way Off.

    https://futurism.com/first-luxury-hotel-space/

    I'm sure Angus could afford it.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2018
     
    There is a tight interval between making enough money to go to the space hotel and being too old to survive the trip. I suspect I have missed both criteria.
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    And a voice from the crowd screams out, "Show me the toilets..."
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018
     
    Space tourism (at this point in time) is almost the most idiotic perversion of capitalism I can imagine.
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    I almost agree. One gee or nothing.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2018 edited
     
    I'd settle for 0.7 g.

    Knees, you know.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2018
     
    Satellite developed by MIT aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets, including at least 50 Earth-sized ones.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tess-readies-takeoff.html

    I wonder if at least one of the proposed earths has a large moon?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2018
     
    You mean a proposed large moon, Shirley.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2018
     
    You are engaged again to Shirley??

    What pills are you on?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2018
     
    Believe me, you wouldn't like them. I don't.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018
     
    When are they going to grow new bodies for us?

    Maybe Coney's friends come in boxes was right, swop heads with new borne babies and dispose of the babies heads.

    Probably still aches and pains involved.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018
     
    Posted By: Trimnew borne babies


    Wee Donald has infected the moletrap with his confusion about born/borne/ bourne.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018
     
    Using a tablet and having hovering fingers can result in interesting combinations.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018
     
    More like havering fingers!
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018
     
    Tut tut!
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018
     
    Giving Roots and Shoots Their Space: The Advanced Plant Habitat.

    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/Giving_Roots_and_Shoots_Their_Space_APH
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2018