Posts by William Rothamel

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1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Antenna polarity? (Message 1507598)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
Only if the signal is analyzed. It's not clear how many signals, if any, have been analyzed for form or possible content.
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Big Bang or Big Blooper?? (Message 1505703)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The universe is infinite in all directions,

Actually, our Universe is finite but unbounded.
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery (Message 1505587)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
"It has many properties that resemble Earth."

I think that it maybe NASA has found one or two properties that mimic Earth. It is important to define and look for the other properties that are necessary for intelligent life to form. These may well number a dozen or more.

Hopefully in time we will be able to search for and verify more and more of these.

I wonder why we have not catalogued any planets in Alpha Centauri. At "just" 4 light years away it should be easier to get a close-up look. We all believe that most stars will have a collection of various planet types.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1504193)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
More to keep track of !!
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Einstein's Theory destroyed? (Message 1503607)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The original question was incompletely defined. Was the curve right or left handed ? What were the constraints ? How fast was the train going and relative to what .
6) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Beaming signal found by SETIs big ear radar. (Message 1501680)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
This new “Wow!” signal exhibited the characteristics an interstellar beacon signal might be expected to, with the exception that it did not repeat.

As i have ranted before on these boards. A strong signal of this type should have been recorded and analyzed for intelligence. I am led to believe that the original WOW signal is lost--never recorded for content.

It is my belief that if there ever is a received signal from an extraterrestrial intelligence, it will be a one time affair that will not be there the next time that we decide to look in that direction.
7) Message boards : Politics : NASA cutting ties with Russia (Message 1500491)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
35786 km or 22236 miles up...

That's right
8) Message boards : SETI@home Science : UFO lights over Phoenix Arizona, real or not? (Message 1500490)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Bunch of hicks who can't recognize lights on a jeep top rack or an 4-wheeler .
9) Message boards : Politics : NASA cutting ties with Russia (Message 1500219)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile William Rothamel

The Space Station is not in Geo-Synchronous orbit. It is only 200 miles high not at all around 1000 miles up.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmic coincidence. (Message 1498575)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Actually the problem is that Macro (Newtonian) physics and Micro (quantum physics) do not obey the same laws. Maybe some day we will discover a unifying law for both.

Remember that the Electron is a convenient fiction to describe and control what we think is going on at the atomic level. We have been successful of course in handling electricity and the electron even if it doesn't really exist in the way we portray it,
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : How do you measure time in space? (Message 1498570)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
E=MC^2 does not define the relativity of time. It defines the relationship between Mass and Energy. Look at "Time Dilation" to see that there are two notions of time especially when one is moving rapidly relative to an observer. The equation is due to Einstein and time dilation comes from the Lorentz transformations.

There is the local time of the traveler and observer time as well.

Time is an illusion which we order events in our lives. It can be measured as the elapsed interval between events.
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1498191)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
50 studies that show companies that invest in sustainability outperform companies that don't.

Slogans and PR material won't cut it financially and in the real world when it comes to keeping the price of energy from destroying what is left of our society.
13) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1497926)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Please define what you mean by sustainability. Give an example of a company that has invested in a particular thing and then point to how they have profited.
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, acceptance (Message 1496619)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Malaria was virtually wiped out in the more civilized, Western world by a conscious effort and program to spray with DDT. DDT is now banned; so now what do we do--we send mosquito nets to Africa to surround where people sleep. Sort of like treating the symptoms rather than the root cause. It's a fool's errand. So I say choose your poison and thereby choose your outcome.
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1496386)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Don't like the overused and under-defined word "Sustainability" just what are you saying is sustainable? and in what sense ??
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1495572)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
antipollution controls in place to force the fossils burners to at least clean up the sulfur and ash from their smoke stacks.

As much as 600 lbs of scrubber sludge per ton of coal burned is produced, which is put into holding ponds or landfills along with the fly ash from bag houses. This mess is concentrated as far as pollutants are concerned and may very well find it's way into the ground and surface water as it did at the massive Clinch river plant breach here in Tennessee.

In many cases it might be better to spread smoke stack emissions around where they can actually be beneficial to plant life. Locating coal burning plants where they can fog over cities however is also not the way to go.
17) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1490971)
Posted 36 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
How many of the hundreds of potential landing sites have been thoroughly searched ??
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Sad state of science education in the USA (Message 1490105)
Posted 38 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
There is mainly only one problem with US education today ( science or otherwise) and it is lack of discipline. You cannot remove a child from the classroom who is continuously disruptive nor can you discipline them in any meaningful way. You may have 30% of your class that fits this category in the "Inner City" schools. Sadly, public education is a dumping ground for students with severe physical, emotional and mental problems. Even in the wealthy suburbs a startling percentage of any classroom's students will be on medication.

A good whack with the "board of education:" might save most of these kids from Jail or being shot by age 18. Without two parents in the home many of these children know no discipline or classic aspirations and culture.

Unless there is a sea change in the culture and alteration in thinking as to what is politically correct then I can't offer any solution. The problem is not with the teachers it is with the students.

Specific to Higher Ed in the sciences: We must bring back the manufacturing, technical and advanced engineering jobs that we have lost. There is little incentive to pursue an arduous course of study if there are no appropriate jobs waiting as there were when I came up 50 years ago. Where is the NASA space program, where is Bell Laboratories.
19) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1489360)
Posted 40 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
When an overwhelming fraction or majority of any race or religious faction exhibits a certain trait; it is common to expect a member of that demographic to display the same trait or traits. I call this pre-judging; or I suppose "Prejudice". Do you think that this should also be termed Racism?
20) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1489351)
Posted 40 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
95% of our Great Lakes frozen; in places up to 4 feet thick. Iceboating on the Hudson River probably 3000 miles from the North Pole. A good portion of my shrubs, herbs and bushes wiped out or partially dead from the cold and lingering icy weather this late winter/early Spring here in Tennessee.Please don't post that it's obvious that we are warming. You may possibly want to say that weather patterns are shifting and may well follow trends--cyclic or otherwise.

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