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Postby Banedon » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:35 am

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A self-taught rocket engineer who claims he believes the earth is flat plans to launch himself nearly 2,000 feet in the air on a homemade steam rocket this Saturday.

“Mad” Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver, told The Associated Press that he’ll be lifting off over the California ghost town of Amboy, traveling about a mile at 500 mph, reaching 1,800 feet in altitude and then exiting via parachute.


“I don’t believe in science,” Hughes told AP. “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”


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Postby Bote McBoteface » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:50 pm

That dude is definitely gonna die attempting that.
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Postby Bote McBoteface » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:12 pm

Oh, he's taking advantage of hopelessly stupid people for monetary gain? I actually respect that. He's still getting arrested for unlawful entry into US airspace tho.
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Postby Derwood » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:37 pm

Some days I wish that I lacked morals and could just grift these flat-earth idiots into poverty
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Postby Banedon » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:49 pm

Falcon Heavy's booster rockets simultaneously landing...



Tesla car with dummy driver (named Starman) that Falcon Heavy sent to orbit the sun and then head toward Mars...

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I love the fact Musk is calling this rocket B.F.R.
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Postby Banedon » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:24 pm

Giant net/harpoon being tested to clean up space junk.

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Postby Brian707 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:32 pm

Enn Tea wrote:Oh, he's taking advantage of hopelessly stupid people for monetary gain? I actually respect that. He's still getting arrested for unlawful entry into US airspace tho.



Reminds be of DJT and pretty much the entire GOP
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A man in the U.K. has contracted a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to the two main drugs used to treat it, according to British health officials.

This is the latest in a long history of gonorrhea developing resistance to antibiotics – in fact, the World Health Organization has warned that doctors are running out of ways to treat it.
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Postby Banedon » Thu May 17, 2018 7:59 pm

This Hawaii volcano stuff is fascinating. If it wasn't for all the people in the area, I'd definitely be rooting for more lava explosions, and whatnot though.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Thu May 17, 2018 8:03 pm

Banedon wrote:This Hawaii volcano stuff is fascinating. If it wasn't for all the people in the area, I'd definitely be rooting for more lava explosions, and whatnot though.

Me and the fam have tickets to Kona and air bnb reservations to an area 5 miles to the East of the new fissures in mid July. I'm also a geophysicist. I'm past facinated.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu May 17, 2018 8:05 pm

DiceMan4221 wrote:I'm also a geophysicist.


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Postby Banedon » Thu May 17, 2018 8:07 pm

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Spoilered for size, but if you look at the bottom, you can see placards of information for tourists visiting. A good friend of mine is pretty excited cuz he was just there last summer. To have been that close to something natural that is that violent is pretty amazing.
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Postby Banedon » Thu May 17, 2018 8:14 pm

DiceMan4221 wrote:
Banedon wrote:This Hawaii volcano stuff is fascinating. If it wasn't for all the people in the area, I'd definitely be rooting for more lava explosions, and whatnot though.

Me and the fam have tickets to Kona and air bnb reservations to an area 5 miles to the East of the new fissures in mid July. I'm also a geophysicist. I'm past facinated.


Please give us all of the nerdy information you get while you're there.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Thu May 17, 2018 8:23 pm

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DiceMan4221 wrote:I'm also a geophysicist.


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Well, I'm not a vulcanologist, but I'll do my best.

Any of the stuff you might read about this activity meaning an increase in the liklihood of an eruption anywhere else, such as the West Coast, is complete garbage. It doesn't work like that. Hawaii is a hot spot (a lot like Yellowstone, but under thinner oceanic crust than continental). Its volcanoes don't tend to be dramatic events like volcanoes that erupt along plate boundaries/subduction zones/the ring of fire.

Apart from new fissures and lava flows destroying stuff and the air quality issues of the SO2 and the ash plumes, there isn't too much to worry about. The place I'm staying is so close to the new fissures and my 3 year old has athma, so I'm mildly concerned about that, but the trade winds should blow all of that away from us for the most part, at least by the time we get there. What mildly concerns me is the increased possibility for a land slide moving down rift and triggering a tsunami.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Thu May 17, 2018 10:21 pm

oh look we have Ryan Zinke up in here
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Thu May 17, 2018 10:51 pm

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:oh look we have Ryan Zinke up in here

That is highly offensive, even as a joke. Now I'm triggered.
I've mostly worked in oil and gas seismic stuff, but I have seismology cred too. I worked for this lady for a few years and you can actually see my narrow a$$ wearing a green helmet at 14:00. I'm basically famous.
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DiceMan4221 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:
DiceMan4221 wrote:I'm also a geophysicist.


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Well, I'm not a vulcanologist, but I'll do my best.

Any of the stuff you might read about this activity meaning an increase in the liklihood of an eruption anywhere else, such as the West Coast, is complete garbage. It doesn't work like that. Hawaii is a hot spot (a lot like Yellowstone, but under thinner oceanic crust than continental). Its volcanoes don't tend to be dramatic events like volcanoes that erupt along plate boundaries/subduction zones/the ring of fire.

Apart from new fissures and lava flows destroying stuff and the air quality issues of the SO2 and the ash plumes, there isn't too much to worry about. The place I'm staying is so close to the new fissures and my 3 year old has athma, so I'm mildly concerned about that, but the trade winds should blow all of that away from us for the most part, at least by the time we get there. What mildly concerns me is the increased possibility for a land slide moving down rift and triggering a tsunami.


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Postby CoolHandLuke » Fri May 18, 2018 1:50 am

I want to know more! I teach Earth science to sixth graders, even though my background is biology (not that I know much about that) but seismology fascinates me. I love finding seismograms through usgs or Iris or elsewhere, but reading them and understanding what is going on, past the basics, still mostly baffles me.

For my first question, the curriculum we are using comes with a seismogram of the 1964 Prince William Sound earthquake, taken in Washington state. The main quake only lasted for a few minutes, but the seismogram seems to be going crazy for several hours before you can see legible data again. What's going on there?

I was able to measure the p-s lag time of aftershocks, refer to their speeds, and come up with an estimated distance, which was really rewarding when it turned out to be fairly close to the actual distance.

Any other tips/resources/books to help a layperson understand seismology would be greatly appreciated!
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Fri May 18, 2018 2:14 am

CoolHandLuke wrote:I want to know more! I teach Earth science to sixth graders, even though my background is biology (not that I know much about that) but seismology fascinates me. I love finding seismograms through usgs or Iris or elsewhere, but reading them and understanding what is going on, past the basics, still mostly baffles me.

For my first question, the curriculum we are using comes with a seismogram of the 1964 Prince William Sound earthquake, taken in Washington state. The main quake only lasted for a few minutes, but the seismogram seems to be going crazy for several hours before you can see legible data again. What's going on there?

I was able to measure the p-s lag time of aftershocks, refer to their speeds, and come up with an estimated distance, which was really rewarding when it turned out to be fairly close to the actual distance.

Any other tips/resources/books to help a layperson understand seismology would be greatly appreciated!

Well, if you are using p-s lag and triangulation to estimate epicenter locations, that's advanced enough for an educator, imo. For seismology and seismic surveys, I've mostly only dealt with really low amplitude waveforms, so I'm only guessing for your particular case, but when you have a seismogram close to a serious business earthquake, you can record all kinds of crazy things. You'll record p wave first arrivals, p wave "multiples" which are akin to echoes, same thing for the s waves, converted waves, where p waves create s waves at significant geologic layers, and then there are all kinds of guided and surface waves scattering all over the place. That shouldn't last for an hour though. You might have just recorded a lot of "tremor" which is a kind of mono-frequency rumbling. I can't even remember what causes that to be honest. I think its like preshocks and aftershocks on a very small scale, and not technically cause by an earthquake.

My current job is kind of on the boring side now a days. No fieldwork. Just testing algorithms for seismic survey processing on a computer all day. Not nearly as cool as kicking half ton multimillion dollar instruments off boats.

But I'll check and see what kind of books look good. Mostly earthquake seismology? This book is more entertaining than educational, but its a fun read and one of my former coworkers is the main sidekick, Ted.
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Postby CoolHandLuke » Fri May 18, 2018 2:26 am

I guess what drives me crazy is the seemingly insurmountable gulf between "Middle School student textbook level" understanding and really getting it. (I care more for my own curiosity than to help me teach students - I definitely get it enough for sixth graders)

This is the sort of picture that you find to learn about seismograms that gives you the basics but doesn't really help much when you look at the real ones:
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Thanks for posting that video! I had no idea that tidal stress influences earthquakes.
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