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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Pluto is a Planet! (Message 1720038)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile tullioProject donor
New Horizons may have a new target, a Kuiper Belt Object one billion miles beyond Pluto, called 2014 MU69. It should reach it in 2019. It is a small object. much smaller than Pluto.Meanwhile the comet orbited by the Rosetta spacecraft seems to have survived the comet's perihelion, but no signals from Philae have been recorded. The Dawn spacecraft is orbting Ceres and sending astonishing images of the asteroid.
Tullio
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1719541)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile tullioProject donor
OK, I won't discuss its value. But it will be published in Physical Review LETTERS on September 4 and it is available online before that date. Should it be a breakthrough worthy of a Nobel prize, which would be its publication date? The September issue of CERN Courier does not mention it.
Tullio
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719511)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Got two more updates requiring reboots this morning. After playing with AMD Catalyst on a HP PC which started with Windows 8, updated to 8.1, updated to Windows 10, I had to reset the PC with the Repair DVD I had downloaded after the first two updates. I lost all HP applications which I had used, such as Quick Start, but I reinstalled BOINC 7.6.6 and Virtual Box 4.3.30 which is needed by CERN projects. It runs now as a naked Home Edition but it runs.
Tullio
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the universe understandable? (Message 1719509)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The binary black hole system should lose energy by emitting gravitationa waves, like a binary pulsar system. But it is too far away to detect them with our resent sensitivity. Maybe LISA could have detected them, but the project was abandoned by NASA. Now ESA is going to launch eLISA Pathfinder in November.
Tullio
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the universe understandable? (Message 1719420)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Hubble telescope has just discovered a double black hole in a galaxy which hosts the nearest quasar. The two black holes orbit each other and will end by merging in a few hundred thousands years. See www.nasa.gov.
Tullio
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the universe understandable? (Message 1719224)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile tullioProject donor
My only scientific paper, which described the results of my thesis, was published in Il Nuovo Cimento, in September 1967, and not in Lettere al Nuovo Cimento. Since I had graduated in February this gives an idea of the time lag involved in publishing in a referred journal.
Tullio
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the universe understandable? (Message 1719214)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Peer review is done by referees and the process takes time. Often the author(s) of the article is asked to explain or clarify some points before his text is accepted for publication. Meanwhile others may publish their theories without peer review and this brings the problem of priority. This is why many authors publish their article on line with the notice "submitted to".
Tuulio
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the universe understandable? (Message 1719201)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Peer review is a step done before publication of an article in a scientific journal.There are two main journals branches, full journal with peer review and letters to that journal without peer review. Now people put on line articles before they have been peer reviewed and sometimes present them in lectures and conferences which invriably end in Youtube. This is not peer review, but it is being done very frequently.
Tullio
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1718517)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The traditional role for the Italian woman was like the German one: Kirche, Kuche und Kinder. Now they are flying military jets, like Samantha, a captain in the Italian Air Force, managing many thousands of scientists at CERN like Fabiola and proposing new theories, like Laura. Only the Catholic Church is still blind to this new role for Italian women.
Tullio
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1718497)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Windows 10 has the habit of shutting me out. When I relogin I must restart my BOINC projects and the CERN Summer Challenge, which is not a BOINC projects but uses Virtual Box. I also cannot use RDP which worked on Windows 8.1.
Tullio
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1718495)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
If Albert Einstein had to propose his theories on Youtube instead of the Annalen der Physik nobody would have believed him. He was not a "visible scientist" like Stephen Hawking nor a beautiful woman like Laura Mersini-Houghton. But at least she cited Roger Penrose, who prefers writing books that nobody reads (except me) than appearing on Youtube.
Beware of Italian women. After astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, physicist Fabiola Gianotti, next CERN director, now we have this Laura Mersini-Houghton, who seem to be at least partly Italian.
Tullio
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1718356)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The idea that the universe is a hologram is not new. It was put forward by Gerard 't Hooft and others about twenty years ago.
Tullio
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1718242)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
The Higgs boson is a short lived particle which decays soon in other particles. It is not the Higgs boson that is important but the Higgs field, which gives mass to other particles, such as the intermediate vector mesons, hypothetized by Salam, Weinberg and Glashow and discovered at CERN by Rubbia and von Martens. The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson was only the confirmation of the Glashow-Salam-Weinberg theory.
Tullio
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1717963)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Big Brother is watching you!
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Universal time? (Message 1717660)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
John Harrison, a Yorkshire carpenter, built his chronometer in 1759 but had problems in having it admitted by the Admiralty.
Tullio
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1717607)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Nibali e' stato espulso dalla Vuelta perche' si faceva trainare dall'auto del suo team dopo la solita caduta di gruppo e il ritardo. Cosi' l'Astana ha perso uno dei tre big, Nibali, Aru e Landa. Sara' piu' facile per Vinokourov gestire il team con Aru capitano. Resta da vedere cio' che fara' Landa, che l'anno prossimo passa in Sky.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1717396)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Last year I bought a HP Pavilion 500-152ea PC for 509 euros. It had Windows 8 installed on it, soon updated to 8.1. This year I received a copy of Windows 10 Home edition, which was immediately updated too. I am using it mainly as a Virtual Box platforom to run CERN programs written in Scientific Linux. The problem is that some of them require a working Remote Dekstop Protocol, which worked out of the box on Windows 8.1 but I am unable to make it work on Windows 10.
Since I am a Linux user on two other PCs I don't have enough knowledge to tinker with Windows. The only thing I did was to put off all the various options allowing Microsoft to read my data, and I asked to be notified when an aupdate requires a reboot, allowing me tu suspend all running BOINC projects.
Tullio
18) Message boards : Number crunching : CMS@Home needs about fifty good volunteers... (Message 1716882)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I have a new set of jobs ready to submit, and be the basis of my comparison with standard GRID -- but I just can't submit them! BTW, we'll run out of recycled minimum-bias simulation jobs, probably sometime Saturday night, so if your CMS@Home-dev rigs subside into lethargy, feel free to revert to your backup projects.

Don't worry, I am running 6 projects and one or the other is often out of work. But I am running also CPDN tasks, which go on for months.
Tullio
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Italian cafe (Message 1716823)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
Iniziati i Campionati Mondiali di atletica a Pechino . RAI sport 1, canale 57, trasmette le gare serali a Pechino iniziando alle 14. Non so ancora invece se trasmette la Vuelta, che mi interessava di piu'.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : CMS@Home needs about fifty good volunteers... (Message 1716548)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile tullioProject donor
I finished my first task in about 27 hours and gained 678.81 credits. I had to find a power button with "high performance" on my Wndows 10 PC otherwise the task was frequently suspended, like other tasks.
Tullio


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