Great piece in Reason, not utterly poo-poohing Ebola fear but pointing to a potential future where infectious disease is conquered.
REASON : Ebola: ‘Dress Rehearsal’ or Show Closer? Rapid biomedical progress will soon make epidemics ancient history
Rand Paul on Diplomacy : Unconditional Surrender is Not an option
Why is it that so many see conservatives as absolutists? In reality they are much more likely to understand the limits of power, of hope, of dreams and to take the long view, big changes really happen over decades not years.
Illustration: T.A. Gruneisen/WIRED
And yes I know the convention is bitcoin like dollar and pound, yen, etc.
Illustration: T.A. Gruneisen/WIRED<
This piece draws the mind map to let you think about the issue in a useful way.
Is That Fleet Worth Buying?posted by Gahlran, discussed with insight in the comments
BAE Shipbuilding Fiasco Has Lessons
Source: defense-aerospace.com; published Nov. 7, 2013 By Giovanni de Briganti
BAE TO SHUTTER LAST UK SHIPYARD
A vastly different and nuanced take on the ‘closure’ from Sir Humphrey:
The death of UK shipbuilding has been greatly over exaggerated
The news in the UK is dominated today by the announcements of mass redundancies in the BAE shipbuilding business, with almost 2000 jobs being lost at three sites in Portsmouth and Scotland. The news is very sad, particularly for those families involved, but offset slightly by the news of a planned order of three new OPVs for the Royal Navy, ostensibly to replace the current River class vessels. The news has been seen as highly damaging to the UK shipbuilding industry, and resulted in headlines claiming the end of 500 years shipbuilding as we know it in Portsmouth (in fact utter nonsense as Portsmouth has gone many decades without building warships other than HMS CLYDE – it had only recently regained construction of blocks for the Type 45 project) and leading to unpleasant suggestions about it being a sop to the Scots ahead of the referendum.
This diagram shows how the University of Cincinnati’s SmartLight can direct sunlight from the outside of a building (far right) to the inner part of a building and to a centralized harvesting- and energy-storage hub (far left). Credit: Anton Harfmann, U?
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-11-smartlight-bright-idea-revolution-interior.html#jCp
Very cool but think about this, a century ago buildings had tall ceilings transoms, etc to duct light and air around, then we invented air conditioning and electric lights…and we got lazy. Sounds like the naked monkeys at it again.
The Norwegian Vindskip design from Lade AS uses a specially shaped hull to capture the wind and convert it into forward motion.
Natural gas fired Gas Turbines to get wind speed on the right ‘quarter’ and the combined wind speed provides a boost to get up to 60% fuel savings. All very well till you get in a real blow, it does look like it’ll be a bit of a handful in bad weather, it has big stabilizers like a sailing yacht so maybe it’ll work…anyway it’ll be a figment of computer simulation sthen tank testing for a few years yet.
Falcon 9 first stage burns an engine during a controlled descent to the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 first stage in a controlled descent toward the Pacific Ocean. At this point, the stage was about 3 meters (9.8 feet) above the water. (Credit: SpaceX)
“SpaceX then lit the center engine for a single engine burn. That relight also went well, however we exceeded the roll control authority of the attitude control thrusters. This particular stage was not equipped with landing gear which could have helped stabilize the stage like fins would on an aircraft. The stage ended up spinning to a degree that was greater than we could control with the gas thrusters on board and ultimately we hit the water relatively hard.
from the picture above it looks like it came pretty damn close! WOW!