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1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Europa and Jupiter and Saturn (Message 1591046)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
Also on this moon, the tidal forces that stretch and deform Europa caused by Jupiter create lots of heat which may mean that there is a liquid ocean. let's hope that it is a water ocean.

I think that the ice layer can be up to 2 miles thick.
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1590423)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
For Chris. can I prove the Universe is finite ?

I can if these premises are true:

1. There is only our universe (one universe)
2. The universe began with the big bang
3. The universe underwent rapid expansion and is still expanding
4. The Universe is less than 15 billion years old.

If you accept these premises then you must accept my statement and conclude yourself that the Universe is finite.

These premises are based on observation, logic, theory and to some extent a viewpoint of theoretical physics. Remember that a leading physics journal is called the "Philosophical Review".

Some postulate that there are multiple universes, some deny the big bang.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1590337)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Chris,

Your exceptions have been noted.

Here's another one for you. Time began at the big Bang. Just as there no North of the North Pole there is no BEFORE before the big bang.
4) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1590217)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The Black Death of 1348 was responsible for a lot of changes


This plague wiped out a high percentage of the population of Europe at the time. It was found that paper could be made from rags about that time. All of the discarded clothes of the dead were available for paper making. This led directly to the viability of the printing press.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1590169)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The universe is big but it is not infinite.

There is nothing outside of the "boundary". Space is created by the expansion.

If you lived in a 2 dimensional world then nothing is outside the surface of a basketball. The 3rd dimension does not exist in this world.

What is North of the north pole ?---- same kind of thinking.
6) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1590125)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
As I have opined ling ago on these threads the Answer to this question may well be an emphatic YES.

Metallurgy evolved from armor. Gunpowder to defeat armor . Computers to aim artillery and Naval guns. Rockets grew out of warfare. Miniaturization of computer components. also came from the Space Program however. The internet grew out of Bitnet and the 50 kilobit ARPA analog network to several research universities that were sponsored by the Dept of Defense. We had it running through the University of Illinois in the early 70's. We were supposed to house the Illiac IV (1/4 of a planned 256 processor machine) by Burroughs that was originally planned to be the tracking computer for the Nike X anti-missle system. It was moved to NASA Aimes instead when the war protestors appeared and some Dynamite was found outside of the building that was to house it. The group that I was in at the Army Electronics command developed it along with the vendor. I tried unsuccessfully to get that building to house my huge new administrative computer that was to power all three campuses of the university of Illinois and the ten community colleges in the State as well.
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : What are you reading? (Message 1590122)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I just met Frances Mayes who wrote "Under the Tuscan Sun" and others about her reconstruction of a Farm house in Tuscany. She signed the two books of hers that I have and I tasted a few of her new line of wines.
8) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1588645)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
If I were a member of a terrorist organization bent on causing havoc among the western nations


Did anyone bother to ask about patient zero who flew into Dallas as to what was his religious affiliation??

The logic I don't understand is the claim that banning incoming flights from the affected west african countries would make it easier for infected persons to enter the USA


Don't you see Bob. If there were an infestation of flies buzzing around your house you should open the door so that they could come in and cause havoc --but eventually you could kill them with your fly swatter. Therefore you should not keep your doors and windows shut. You see it's all very simple. Any moron could follow this logic and He (President Obola) has.
9) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1588318)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Now I hear that one of the Dallas health workers went on a Cruise Ship.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : X37B (Message 1587758)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
magnetic pole flip


Yes it's true. Any military officer who has studied map reading knows that there is an annual declination in the drift of the North Pole indication that must be calculated and added in to correctly navigate and aim artillery.

The annual declination is written on any military map's data panel as well as the year that the map was created.
11) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1587068)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins San Frontieres) has had 16 cases of it's staff members coming down with the Ebola Virus. Nine have died
12) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1587066)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Checking what I heard today.
13) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1586280)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I think that I heard on the TV news that 34 planes from West Africa arrived at JFK Airport over the weekend. Hard to believe if true .
14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Detecting Alien Radar Signals? (Message 1585232)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I do not believe that S@H will be successful in the way it is currently working.


I agree with you and hope that we are both wrong. I have ranted that we have been listening for 50 years--some efforts have spanned other frequencies. It is most likely however that there is no planet within 50-100 light years from us that has a civilization--at least one that has advanced to use broadcast TV and radar.

This suggests that we should examine every SINGLE promising signal at the Lyman line to see if contains any modulation that would indicate intelligence. Such a signal may not be repeated if it is a slewing beacon.

It is probably reasonable that an advanced civilization who wanted to broadcast a "we are here" message would use these frequencies or a multiple of them. I would try π times the Lyman b line.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Scientists Say 'Life After Death' May Be Possible, In A Way (Message 1584832)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Ah Yes: Reincarnation !!. It's been a long time since that's been done well.
16) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1584338)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I don't think that it can be stopped in Africa. The best we can hope for is to contain it to Africa. I think that this will be more apparent as other countries' resources will be exhausted by containing their own outbreaks from people coming in from the affected areas of Africa.

Let's hope I am wrong. We need a cure and a vaccine to stop it--I don't see that happening in the near term. Maybe president Obola can pull a rabbit out of the hat that is the Center for Disease Control.
17) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1583953)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I honestly don't think that we know when the patient is sick with ebola, when he/she is contagious nor how long the virus lives and whether or not is transmitted in an airborne fashion.
18) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1583878)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
There are 168 Airports that are international in the United States.

What should be done is to allow entry into the US from perhaps 5 ports of entry around the world. Our doctors should be at these foreign airports. They should fly in to a similar number of Airports here where everyone is checked again.

Right now, massive epidemics are just a plane ride away.
19) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1583873)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Let's just hope that President Obola, by not securing our borders and Airports from whomever wants to come right on in, doesn't get us all killed.
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Pulses, but too bright for pulsar. ET beacon? (new nuSTAR discovery) (Message 1583869)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
That could make for a very conspicuous beacon,


One would presume that the "Signal" would have been monitored to see if it contained any modulation or other forms of information.


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