Posts by William Rothamel


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1) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1603628)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
Such a plant should be kept at negative pressure to avoid odors. Also they will find that in certain times of the year they will have to add significant amounts of gas to drive off the moisture from wet garbage and lawn waste. If there is any positive revenue it will come from tipping fees. Other operators have found that trash haulers will drive many miles to a cheaper landfill to avoid high tipping fees so they are often left with little fuel for the boilers. In a government run operation this may not be a problem.

Financial viability is also enhanced if there is a steam district serving downtown businesses for heat, hot water and steam absorption air conditioning for the waste heat to be gainfully employed.

Big Players in incineration equipment are Von Roll and Wheelabrator Frye.
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1603083)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
A sphere has angular momentum if it rotates. You are living on one right now. If not for what we call "Gravity" you would be flung off into space. Gravity would also tend to form a sphere out of any irregular or rough surfaces. As evidence of this consider that all of the celestial bodies of large size are spheres : not perfect spheres; but spherical in shape none the less.. I haven't yet found a torus out there in the Cosmos.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1602582)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Sphere?


As I said it is uncertain. If you believe that the Universe started from a single point and then expanded at a nearly uniform rate in all directions then the resultant shape would be a spheroidal structure. I don't think that these assumptions are improbable. Other configurations would require a more convoluted set of assumptions. I believe Nature would choose the simplest path.

Some put the diameter at as much as 92 billion light-years.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1602560)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
They say organic molecules were found on the comet.


I hope that it is more than just Methane. Maybe some amino acids?
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1602557)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Though not certain: the shape of the universe would tend to be some sort of sphere. It did undergo faster than light expansion and still does. The actual diameter of the Universe has been estimated to be 56 billion light years across.
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1602359)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
It appears that I am in a battle of wits with unarmed men
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1602304)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
For all youse warmers--30 degrees F below NORMAL here in most of the United States.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1602295)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Imagine a world that has only 2 dimensions--such as the SURFACE of a basketball. If this surface represents the universe then The surface is finite and unbounded. As the universe expands the basketball gets bigger creating more two dimensional space. You can't say that it is expanding into the third dimension since this is purely a two dimensional world as I stipulated.

Now lets go to the three dimensional model. There is no more space than what the universe has instantaneously expanded to. As it expands in three dimensions more space is created. It is not expanding into a fourth dimension--it is not expanding into anything--it is just creating more space.

Such are the forces of creation--it is still going on.
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1602147)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
At any instant space is finite and occupies all the space that there is. There is nothing outside of space. In fact space is expanding faster than the speed of light.
10) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1596980)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Deliver to PE1, out to PE12 and back to PE2 several hundred yards away from the PE1 drop.


You could benefit from some Route Planning software or a little Operations Research Topic --The "Traveling Salesman Problem."
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1596978)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Back on Topic:

12) 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 1596967)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
*warning - buffoon entering thread*


That would be "buffoonette" LOL-- thinking that you could take some ribbing,

As far as I know the best chance for extant life might be under the Ice on Europa. I would guess that all life exhibits "Intelligence" at some level. Life that is comparable to homo sapiens is another question altogether.

Many of the statements made imply that smart aliens like us are lurking throughout the solar system. I think that it is important to see if life of any kind ( above the level of a virus--say) can be found anywhere else other than Earth, Mars may still be the best place to look for evidence of (extinct?) life.



13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1595587)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Most people would say that we know a fair amount about our Universe.

We know that it is finite.

We know it's size,

We know it's age.

As to multiple universes--what is the evidence?
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1595480)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Wind farms outstrip nuclear power


What do you pay per kilowatt-hour ?
15) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1595479)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Since I think that we don't know what we don't know about Ebola I believe we could be at great peril with these cavalier attitudes.

"I know nothing; but, I know what I don't know"--Socrates
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1595474)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
We are entering an 'Ice Age'.


Freeze warnings here in Tennessee and snow on NOV 1-usual first snow is in late December
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Astronomers Create First 3D Map Of Hidden Universe (Message 1595472)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Multiple versions of us are living in alternate worlds


Huh?

This should be in SETI-Non Science or maybe SETI-Nonsense
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Breaking News (Message 1594877)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The only reason that Kennedy wanted to be first on the moon was to score a political point against the Kremlin during the Cold war.


Though I am not an overall fan of the Kennedy Clan, I will postulate that JFK was probably smart enough to realize that such an endeavor would move all technology (not just military) forward to the benefit of the United States and ultimately, everyone else.
19) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1594382)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Here's what I don't get about this whole Ebola thing:

On the news I hear that a definitive test for Ebola has been developed that takes only a few hours. If true then I say why the 21 -day quarantine.

If the quarantine is the only way to be sure then I am all for it and it should be mandated to protect the population from an outbreak. I say this because I think that too many people are too glib about the "Science" of Ebola. What "science" ?? I see mostly screw-ups and contradictory opinion from doctors as well as politicians.
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1594376)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Since it would be impossible to prove this conjecture we must look for a counter-example to disprove it. Evidence of primitive life here in the solar system would be a start--either on Mars or one of the many moons would give a hint.

My own unfounded speculation is that any truly Earth-like planet is likely to be at least 30,000 light years away. I would like that to be proven wrong as well.


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