Posts by William Rothamel


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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your Epitaph (Message 1575522)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United States Navy. Her loss at sea in the North Atlantic during deep-diving tests approximately 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, on 10 April 1963 was a watershed event for the U.S. Navy,


My father, who was Executive Officer of the New London, Connecticut Naval Shipyard, ran the memorial service for the families of those lost on the Thresher.
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Amazing Discovery new life found. (Message 1575519)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
It does seem that the sample may have come from earth possible from visitors to station and live a short time before running out of energy


Damn ! For a minute there I thought that we had found out what Dark Matter really is.
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : NASA: Finding Life Beyond Earth is Within Reach (Message 1575518)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
We could go faster in the future. We could accelerate at one G for a few months if we had enough "Fuel"--but we would have to know where we were going to find a hospitable planet. That is the problem.

We might undertake a multi-year trip to another star system; or even a multi generation one in another 1000 years. The challenge will be to find a truly habitable planet close by. If the nearest one is 30,000 light years away then we will never find it
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1575117)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
My niece is studying dark matter at Indiana U.


Where did they get it ??

How much do they have.

I think that it may be plankton !!!
5) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1574369)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Perhaps we should obsess over this as well. From :

The World Meteorological Organization

"The atmospheric burden of nitrous oxide in 2010 was 323.2 parts per billion - 20% higher than in the pre-industrial era. It has grown at an average of about 0.75 parts per billion over the past ten years, mainly as a result of the use of nitrogen containing fertilizers, including manure, which has profoundly affected the global nitrogen cycle.

Its impact on climate, over a 100 year period, is 298 times greater than equal emissions of carbon dioxide. It also plays an important role in the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer which protects us from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun."
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1574225)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Anti-matter has been known to be a small part of cosmic rays for some time now. This much is not new news.
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1574127)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Nice ad hominum


Thank you. Not usually my style. My tolerance must be slipping in my old age.
8) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1573813)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Glenn

Thank you for your numerous corrections to my misconstructions of science and common sense. It is a breath of fresh air to be enlightened by such an erudite scientist and educated gentleman such as yourself.
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Top Science Mysteries (Message 1573808)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
A photon (the electromagnetic force carrier) has no rest mass. It does have energy of course. Though it can behave as a particle, it is more correctly described as a wave that is a disturbance in the electromagnetic field.
10) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1572621)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
From the same :

Consider:
• According to NASA satellites and all ground-based temperature measurements, global warming ceased in the late 1990s. This when CO2 levels have risen almost 10 percent since 1997. The post-1997 CO2 emissions represent an astonishing 30 percent of all human-related emissions since the Industrial Revolution began. That we’ve seen no warming contradicts all CO2-based climate models upon which global-warming concerns are founded.

•Rates of sea-level rise remain small and are even slowing, over recent decades averaging about 1 millimeter per year as measured by tide gauges and 2 to 3 mm/year as inferred from “adjusted” satellite data. Again, this is far less than what the alarmists suggested.

• Satellites also show that a greater area of Antarctic sea ice exists now than any time since space-based measurements began in 1979. In other words, the ice caps aren’t melting.
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1571038)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Since there are too many studies and articles to list--Do a google search on: Arctic ice cap expanding" and you will see what I am talking about.

Feel free to rebut any of these if you have other authoritive information.
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1570967)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Notes:

Earliest recorded snowfall ever in Colorado.

Arctic ice sheet expansion twice the size of Alaska;

Que Pasa ??

I want my money back on my carbon offset purchases.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Mars Curiosity Rover - Mission Progress (Message 1570965)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
A good update for this thread would be a detailed list of what accomplishments in the way of discovery that this rover has achieved.
14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Are aliens hiding on MOONS? Hunting for ET on planets' satellites may be our best chance at first contact, claims expert (Message 1570962)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I hate to always be the nay-saying curmudgeon but let's wait for some results before we repeat unsubstantiated claims and wild speculation which make the SETI effort look like it is populated by a bunch of Buffoons.

Who funds these University studies anyway ?? Probably an un-savvy government bureaucrat.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Stonehenge Secrets revealed (Message 1570054)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The last issue of "The Smithsonian" had the best articles of new discoveries at Stonehenge that I had seen.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The first "super moon" of the summer occurs on Saturday, July 12. (Message 1569970)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Here in the US we call it a "Harvest Moon" Probably named before we had lights on our combines, pickers and tractors.
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Milky Way (Message 1569183)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
We are apparently expanding equally in all outward directions. The exception to this is when 2 galaxies are close enough to attract each other such as the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxies. If we were attracted by another universe we would be going in a single direction. The trouble is that there may be no marker or signpost to answer this question out there in the Cosmos.

What evidence is there for another universe?
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1569081)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The brain is not a quantum computer. It is a very slow (by modern standards) Analog wave processor. There is nothing "Quantum" about it. It is a hugely parallel processor. And we don't really completely know how it works on the micro level let alone how it is organized logically to perform the many things that It can do.

My Daughter has a degree in NeuroScience and is just starting a 5-year PHD program here at Vanderbilt University. They study certain Macro functions in the brain --primarily for medical research. She actually worked in an Immunology Lab at Harvard for the past 4 years.

Just like the hype 50 years ago about "Artificial Intelligence " and "thinking machines" via artificial Neurons there has yet to be a practical explanation of what exactly a quantum computer is and why it would have an advantage over a modern high speed computer based on Boolean logic.

I built an "Artificial Neuron" when I was at the Army's Electronics Command in the 60's. it was based entirely on digital NAND logic that was well known by that Time. Bob Glorioso and I spent 2 years debunking the claims of McCulloch, Pitts, Ross Ashby, Heinz Von Forester etc. Glorioso went on to be a head honcho at Digital Equipment Corporation's high speed computer division. Ironically I even had graduate courses from these latter two professors. Ashby taught basic information theory in his CYBERNETICS and Von Forster was hauled before the Illinois Legislature to explain the nonsense going on in his HEURISTICS course such as where the class would meet each time.
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Milky Way (Message 1569077)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Mass creates what we call gravity. There is no such Attractor. What there is is a warping of space by the mass in the Galaxies and objects will "roll down the hill" because everything wants to be in the lowest energy state.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1568942)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
We don't know how the Brain functions . We have only studied neurons as afferents to the large motor neurons. The brain contains perhaps 10 ^12 or more neurons each one with maybe a thousand connections. We don't know where the screen is on which we play consciousness or where or how memory is implemented. As a result of this ignorance we are heavily steeped in Pseudo science and folklore.


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