Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:05 am

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It's a lot more roomier than you'd think.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:01 am

'Blob' makes first appearance at Paris zoo | AFP

From Saturday, the Paris Zoological Park will welcome a new occupant, the "blob". Bright yellow in colour, this unicellular, brainless organism, exists all over the world and can move, eat, and even solve problems. This is the first time in the world that it has been presented to the public.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm1uhyMoO_w
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:35 am

I hope they have plenty of liquid nitrogen on hand when the inevitable happens. Or at least some CO2 fire extinguishers....

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051418/

At least they’ve got that one stopped - as long as the Arctic stays cold.

Oh wait...
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:22 pm

7 Reasons Why Humans May Not Have Come From Earth

Is there life on Mars?

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:21 am

Back from the Tropes, time to be more Companionable.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:26 am

The Ship’s Locker should probably include some board games and VR headsets for long trips....

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2019 ... -our-minds

Isolated stations may need this too...
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Postby Condottiere » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:37 pm

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Postby Condottiere » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:35 pm

What to Do With All This Space Poo

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There are so many things we can do with poo! Waste is the enemy in matters of space exploration, but there are plenty of ways to use that waste to help make a mission successful.

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1. The dark side of space travel.

2. Ready raw material for plastic three dee printers.

3. Martian(s).

4. Feed it to other organisms, then eat those.

5. Waterwalls - spaceship stillsuits.

6. Water - radiation shield.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:40 am

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:51 pm

And Now a Study Suggests Universe Is Not Flat - It's Curved!

Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about new scientific suggestion that says the shape of the universe could be different from what we believed - it could be a sphere after all!

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Astronavigation has a learning curve.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:29 pm

Scientists Have Discovered a Way to Make Alcohol Out of Thin Air

PETER DOCKRILL 16 SEP 2017

Friends, the utopia is real. Researchers say they have a way to make alcohol out of thin air, and the technique might even save the world in the bargain, not just our rent money.

Now before you start organising your weekend around this bubbly fantasy, the alcohol we're talking about here is more than just the stuff in your drink, and the thin air it's made from is actually heavy – clogged with heat-trapping pollutants that are wrecking Earth's atmosphere.

Confused? Okay, let's backtrack a little, before we get onto the exciting new discoveries made by PhD student Ming Ma from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

While this research sounds like a great way to get tipsy sans tipping – and hypothetically it could be – it's actually all about repurposing the dangerous levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that are sending global temperatures into places they really oughtn't be going.

Short of just figuring out ways to reduce our carbon emissions before climate change gets even more volatile and threatening, one of the things scientists around the world are currently busy researching is what's called carbon capture.

Like the name suggests, this process involves various technologies for extracting carbon emissions from things like coal-fired power plants before they have a chance to drift away and escape into the atmosphere.

One of the ways of doing this is what's known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), in which treated atmospheric carbon can be pumped underground where over time it fuses into solid rock.

But an emerging alternative to carbon sequestration called carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) may prove to be a lot more useful to humanity than just channeling our emissions into the ground.

Instead, CCU seeks to repurpose carbon dioxide into other chemicals that we can use, like baking soda, or alternative fuel sources.

This is where that enjoy-in-moderation atmospheric alcohol comes in.

What Ming Ma has done is come up a new method for controlling a process called electroreduction, which is used in CCU to turn CO2 into other kinds of molecules.

Ma's PhD thesis, which is being defended this week – one of the stages in receiving the academic qualification – describes at the nanoscale level how different metals used during electroreduction can be used to produce different chemical results.

One example is copper nanowires, which can produce hydrocarbons from CO2, while nano-porous silver can produce CO.

By changing these metals, and altering the lengths of the nanowires used for electroreduction, Ma found that the electric potential in the reaction can be tuned, meaning it's possible to make any carbon-based product we want.

Of course, we shouldn't get too excited yet, because Ma's PhD – and the peer-reviewing of his paper – is obviously still a work in progress, but the research suggests there could soon be new ways to manipulate CCU to produce all kinds of chemicals.

Those products could include ethanol (C2H5OH) – the kind of alcohol we consume in alcoholic beverages – plus other forms such as methanol, and other molecules too, such as formic acid (HCOOH), which could help power fuel cells in the future.

The next step for Ma and fellow researchers – other than Ma getting certified, that is – is to figure out ways to improve the selectivity of the molecules produced during electroreduction, as well as looking into how to scale up the process, so it could one day help CCU efforts in the real world.

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists ... f-thin-air



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ATF raid.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby GamingGlen » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:00 pm

So Luke was a bootlegger? That explains his good driving and flying.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Moppy » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:54 pm

desert boy, mystical powers, fights evil empire, original sci-fi epic

it's dune
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:01 pm

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:35 am

Mystery of BT-SHT 365: Act 1 - The Bank Heist

Part One of my Review/Game Diary for the Traveller campaign The Mystery of BT-SHT 365. It's a wold-hopping adventure where the heroes face off against raiders, killer robots, and a corporate conspiracy in search of a lost planet.

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:27 pm

Tesla Cybertruck event in 5 minutes

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just unveiled the Cybertruck, the company’s first electric pickup truck. There will be three versions of the truck — 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles of range — with a variety of towing capacities and 0-60 mph capabilities. Musk unveiled the truck at a cyberpunk-inspired event with many, many lasers, and even a surprise ATV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7atGkba-Z8



Gorilla glass - room for improvement.

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:43 am

There’s a rumor that the YouTube video that’s supposed to demonstrate the unbreakability of the window glass shows the door isn’t secured but I’m not convinced that’s correct.

I’ve done breakage trials on gorilla glass and similar composites. How it’s supported is almost as important as the material itself in resisting impacts like that.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:19 am

I doubt Musk left anything to chance, and it's rumoured it's a stunt to ensure the continued virability of the video.

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