Thursday Throughput for June 20, 2019


Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    ThTh3: Did they film it at some very high rate and digitally adjust the framerate on the fly to see the standing waves?Report

  2. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    ThTh2 (last link): There’s always the political problem of who gets to operate the giga/tera-watt lasers pointed at Earth :^) More seriously, since I’m feeling depressed about it this morning, it appears to me that the clean energy problem has to be solved in a time frame that doesn’t allow waiting for lunar (or other orbital) power sources. Increasingly I put fusion into the same category. The latest ITER/DEMO schedules call for learning enough to build a practical commercial fusion generating station around 2050.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    “It’s rare and we’re it” is an unsatisfying answer for the whole intelligent life thing.

    It seems likely that some other planet out there somewhere would win the lottery and also be juuuust far enough from the sun to have an ice/water cycle and a magnetic field.

    And if you’ve got that, well, you’ve got everything.Report