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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #466 on: August 10, 2009, 05:32:39 pm »
Bad News:
Captain McCrazypants officially sworn in again as "President" of Iran

Speaking of Iran, things have been(relatively) quiet from there in the past few weeks. Have the riots stopped, or is there still unrest going on against Captain McCrazypants(I'll have to remember that one).

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #467 on: August 11, 2009, 11:32:10 am »
Double Posted.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090811/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gm_volt_mileage

GM has developed a car that gets 230 MPG. The expected cost is around $40,000.

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #468 on: August 11, 2009, 10:46:09 pm »

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #469 on: August 11, 2009, 11:04:04 pm »
The sad thing is that Saturn's ring system will eventually break down (unless new material is added). I learned in astronomy class that huge, elaborate ring systems quickly break down to a more sustainable size, like the rings we see around the other giant planets.

Even sadder is that we're living in the last age of total solar eclipses on Earth. The moon has been steadily moving away from the Earth with time: Today, the moon at its closest is only slightly larger, in apparent terms, than the sun, and at farther orbits it is already slightly smaller (which is where annular solar eclipses come from). It's quite a remarkable coincidence that at this moment in history the moon and the sun are almost exactly the same relative size in the sky. (It's also at least somewhat fortuitous that the plane of the moon's orbit is so similar to the plane of Earth's orbit around the sun, which increases the frequency of solar eclipses drastically. However, unlike the identical relative size thing, this happenstance is only partially coincidental.)

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #470 on: August 12, 2009, 01:24:56 am »
The sad thing is that Saturn's ring system will eventually break down (unless new material is added). I learned in astronomy class that huge, elaborate ring systems quickly break down to a more sustainable size, like the rings we see around the other giant planets.

Even sadder is that we're living in the last age of total solar eclipses on Earth. The moon has been steadily moving away from the Earth with time: Today, the moon at its closest is only slightly larger, in apparent terms, than the sun, and at farther orbits it is already slightly smaller (which is where annular solar eclipses come from). It's quite a remarkable coincidence that at this moment in history the moon and the sun are almost exactly the same relative size in the sky. (It's also at least somewhat fortuitous that the plane of the moon's orbit is so similar to the plane of Earth's orbit around the sun, which increases the frequency of solar eclipses drastically. However, unlike the identical relative size thing, this happenstance is only partially coincidental.)

I have yet to even see a solar eclipse.

Any website that predicts when the next one for the US will be?

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #471 on: August 12, 2009, 01:28:43 am »
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/fsd/astro/suneclipse.php

Looks like 2017 for the next total solar eclipse.

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #472 on: August 12, 2009, 01:46:45 am »
I would like see at an eclipse at least once. I wonder if that annular one in 2012 will reach NW Mexico too (though in my opinion, I doubt it). If not, then too bad, until next (possible) time.

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #473 on: August 12, 2009, 04:07:32 am »
Are there any solar eclipses visible from California? Those lists aren't clear enough on visibility range.

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #474 on: August 12, 2009, 04:21:37 am »
Are there any solar eclipses visible from California? Those lists aren't clear enough on visibility range.

It said one in the western US, in 2012

so probably california

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #475 on: August 13, 2009, 01:57:20 pm »
Wow! Look at the size of these lawsuit awards. The numbers are positively sane! Of course, we're talking about a case that occurred out of the country, so there you have it. In America, you'd have to multiply those numbers by 100.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/8200140.stm

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #476 on: August 13, 2009, 02:05:20 pm »
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She was awarded ... 6,800 for hurt feelings...

Not to comment on anything else about the case, but that is so ridiculous that it sounds like it would fit in with Weird Al's song.

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #477 on: August 13, 2009, 02:11:06 pm »
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She was awarded ... 6,800 for hurt feelings...

Not to comment on anything else about the case, but that is so ridiculous that it sounds like it would fit in with Weird Al's song.

I remember that song!! =D

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Re: Humanity: Good News, Bad News
« Reply #479 on: August 13, 2009, 06:01:51 pm »

Bad News:
Residents of Northern California won't see an eclipse until May 2012

Good News:
Everyone with a TV can see a solar eclipse next month.

Its a good show but Ireally think last season went downhill...


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