Thursday Throughput for 8/22/19

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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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  1. Avatar Mark says:

    Congratulations and immense thanks to the doctors, scientists, and technicians who made the Ebola treatment possible. Our thoughts and admiration go out, of course, to the patients who participated in the clinical trials; you are real heroes of humanity.
    Interesting development history.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4214273/?report=readerReport

    • Avatar George Turner says:

      During the previous outbreak, I seriously considered become a test subject for an Ebola vaccine, but I didn’t feel like driving all the way across town many times to be monitored.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Clearly all we need to do is ship all our excess CO2 to Mars!

    Two birds, one big ass flotilla of tanker space ships.Report

    • Avatar George Turner says:

      Venus has about 4 Earth’s worth of atmospheric nitrogen. Our whole food chain depends on available nitrogen and that may be something generally lacking on planets that lost their atmosphere.

      Another obvious source for nitrogen is ammonia clouds or ammonia ice on the outer planets.Report

  3. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    ThTh3: I love when they find treatments that are so effective it’s unethical to keep on with the placebos. Renews my faith that things can work out.

    ThTh5: What should we think if a hundred years from now we still haven’t found such a planet? Idle curiosity, it’s another of those things where I’m almost certainly not going to live long enough to find out if the negative answer is correct. I spent a chunk of my technical career doing predictions, but seldom more than ten years out. I seem to be making longer-term predictions these days, and it’s frustrating as hell that I won’t get to find out if I’m right.Report

  4. Avatar George Turner says:

    Texas firm has holy grail of electric motors.

    That’s so different that I haven’t wrapped my head around it yet, but it apparently blows all other electric motors out of the water, even without using any rare earth magnets. It provides double the torque density, three times the power density, and twice the power in a given size, and won’t need a gearbox to directly drive a car.Report