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Texas Fireball 2012 VIDEO Shows Rare Daytime Event

Texas Fireball 2012 VIDEO Shows Rare Daytime Event

Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 18:54:42 in Science

“The video doesn't show the meteor. It's showing a contrail. FYI. http://www.universetoday.com/94517/is-this-a-video-of-a-huge-fireball-over-texas/

fisher2737 on Apr 10, 2012 at 19:22:49

“Meteors don't have "contrails" That is a "trail" ( planes do ) That is a "tail" of a comet. Contrails come off surfaces of aircraft when at high altitudes, when there is an amount of moisture associated with the outside temperature of the "surface" of the aircraft" which causes contrails. Anyone here a pilot?”

ThinkCreeps on Apr 10, 2012 at 19:09:19

“It is indeed. That's not to say that the interviewed guy didn't see a fireball, but it does mean that the news editor is a sad man or woman.”
ISS Time-Lapse Video: The Milky Way And Storms Over Africa (VIDEO)

ISS Time-Lapse Video: The Milky Way And Storms Over Africa (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 17:34:47 in Science

“In which I answer some questions regarding this footage: http://wp.me/pru7J-12S

Thanks to HuffPo for sharing this!”
Bill Clinton Slams GOP Climate Deniers During Global Initiative Conference

Bill Clinton Slams GOP Climate Deniers During Global Initiative Conference

Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 20:42:47 in Green

“We no longer live in nomadic bands of several dozen individuals, like we did for the vast majority of human existence. And global climate rarely changed quickly, and when t did it was the result of dramatic catastrophe. Do we really want, in this modern age, to become that catastrophe and force ourselves to adapt, at the cost of potentially millions of lives and livelihoods?”

cimbri on Sep 23, 2011 at 04:54:26

“Millions of people is not a big deal. We have 7 billion to work with.”

Piepie on Sep 20, 2011 at 21:34:35

“You are making sense. The person upthread never thought about reality. Rather, s/he put forth a "solution" that makes no sense for this modern world.”
Bill Clinton Slams GOP Climate Deniers During Global Initiative Conference

Bill Clinton Slams GOP Climate Deniers During Global Initiative Conference

Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 20:37:17 in Green

“No pun intended, but HOLY CRAP. Is this really the baloney that people are waging the future of our world against?? You're right. Who cares about climate change, we are all screwed if anyone who honestly believes this is voted into power.”

Maater on Sep 20, 2011 at 20:57:04

“Yes people even some on Gov. do believe this, and may who are candidates. The "Who cares about climate change" is what they say. I care about climate change and any other destruction to the web of life that supports life on this planet. Thanks for your post.”
Senate: Laser Targeting Of Planes Criminal

Senate: Laser Targeting Of Planes Criminal

Commented Feb 5, 2011 at 12:03:42 in Travel

“These lasers are way too powerful and easy to get a hold of, I can testify to that. I had bought a 1w blue handheld laser last year online for $200. That's 1 full watt of power...the typical red pointer laser you can buy at the pet store is 5 milliwatts! These things are not toys by any means, they have the ability to permanently blind you with even reflected light, and the distance of such damage is over 800 feet, with a visible range of literally miles. Pointed toward an aircraft, even unwittingly, such beams – even weaker ones – create a prism effect off the cockpit windshield and can temporarily flash-blind pilots. Needless to say, very dangerous.

I soon realized the potential for eye damage from the one I bought and returned it. Yes, it was cool, but if you can't safely use it without concern of hurting yourself or others, what fun is it? What worries me are the people who have no such concerns, and I'm sure there are at least a few of them out there. I'm not even sure if laws like this will deter malicious or just plain stupid actions, but if they help at all they are worth it. Yes, the lasers come with very clear warnings against pointing at aircraft, but a warning is only as good as the people who heed it. I'm not saying they should be banned, but they should be treated as dangerous items.”
Solar Eclipse 2011: Partial Eclipse On January 4

Solar Eclipse 2011: Partial Eclipse On January 4

Commented Jan 3, 2011 at 23:20:35 in Green

“To those in the area of the eclipse, here's some ways to safely view it from Mr. Eclipse himself: http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality/TotalityCh11.html

While you won't go instantly blind from looking at an eclipse – or so I've heard – it can be particularly dangerous because the reduced amount of light can make your pupils dilate and thus allow more damaging UV radiation in to hit your retina. (The Sun is still sending out lots of UV rays during an eclipse.) Do it too long and nasty stuff like cataracts and macular degeneration can result. Best to use a reflected method like the pinhole projector or grade-14+ welder's lenses. And NEVER look at the Sun through a telescope, binoculars or other lens without protection...that can really fry your eyes! Me, I'll wait for the photos to come in. :)”
Mars Rover Spirit Still Silent, NASA Says

Mars Rover Spirit Still Silent, NASA Says

Commented Jan 3, 2011 at 23:00:33 in Technology

“It's sad to think of Spirit remaining silent there, sleeping and stuck in the dry Martian sand, waiting for a signal that it's ok to wake up. But the truth is Spirit and Opportunity have FAR exceeded expectations and mission goals by a huge factor. They've increased our knowledge of our neighboring planet immeasurably – and Opportunity is still going strong! So nobody can really complain...even though I'm sure we're all hoping for a little beep from Spirit come March.”
NASA Spacecraft Flies By Comet, Snaps Rare Photos

NASA Spacecraft Flies By Comet, Snaps Rare Photos

Commented Nov 8, 2010 at 19:26:51 in Technology

“Do you like Star Trek?

:)”

PresidentRobertBooth on Nov 10, 2010 at 19:00:48

“I am suspicious of anyone who doesn't like Trek.
 
It offers the best vision for humanity's future of any work of fiction.”

Lucille on Nov 8, 2010 at 21:40:47

“Yes I do :)”

WeCanDoMore on Nov 8, 2010 at 20:12:58

“uh huh.”
NASA Spacecraft Flies By Comet, Snaps Rare Photos

NASA Spacecraft Flies By Comet, Snaps Rare Photos

Commented Nov 8, 2010 at 19:24:50 in Technology

“These are all very important issues as well, and while NASA could use some 'tightening up' of policy to be even more cost-effective, truth is that the science and space budget is very small compared to other things such as defense, social security and medicare. Science research gets anywhere from 1-3% of the total US tax dollars in a given year...given that they manage to do what they do with what they get, you can color me impressed. Add to the fact that their research develops technologies that trickle down to the "private sector" in many forms, and they are learning more about the solar system that we are undeniably and irrevocably a part of – for better or worse – and I would say that they need more funding, not less.

Bring it down to the most imperative worst-case-scenario level: when that three-mile-wide asteroid is discovered to be on an inevitable collision course with Earth and we have less than five years to do something about it, the entire world is going to wish we'd thrown a few more bucks NASA's way back when it was first brought up. Poverty levels and defense contracts will become a moot point really quickly.”
NASA Spacecraft Flies By Comet, Snaps Rare Photos

NASA Spacecraft Flies By Comet, Snaps Rare Photos

Commented Nov 8, 2010 at 19:08:29 in Technology

“What amazes me is that we (well, the scientists) can successfully make a pass by the nucleus of a comet traveling 300 miles a second with a reused spacecraft traveling 27,000 mph, 23 million miles from Earth and have the images ready for the world to see within a half-hour! Now that's a real feat of engineering, IMO.”
Detailed Pictures Of The Sun Let You Get Up Close And Personal With The Star (PHOTOS)

Detailed Pictures Of The Sun Let You Get Up Close And Personal With The Star (PHOTOS)

Commented Oct 30, 2010 at 18:47:53 in Technology

“This is a great article...another beautiful image from the master of backyard solar photography!”
Detailed Pictures Of The Sun Let You Get Up Close And Personal With The Star (PHOTOS)

Detailed Pictures Of The Sun Let You Get Up Close And Personal With The Star (PHOTOS)

Commented Oct 30, 2010 at 18:45:33 in Technology

“For some reason the chromosphere – the layer of the Sun just above its "surface" (photosphere) – is much hotter than the surface itself....as much as five times hotter. And the corona is even hotter still. The exact mechanism causing this isn't exactly known, but it may have something to do with the dynamics of the Sun's magnetic field and sonic wave activity from deeper within the Sun. We still have a lot to learn about the star we see in the sky every day!”