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1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Were we contacted by aliens in 1977? (Message 1684559)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
There was no 1947 crash. We have not been visited and most likely never will be.
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1683902)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
It's a shame that NASA is out of the manned space flight program


3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1683887)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Daddio has vetted the authenticity of our Space Program.

4) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1682105)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
All of this is routinely done by large corporations. The latent heat given off by individuals is often more than enough to heat a large office building.

When I worked for Bell Labs in their famous "Puzzle Palace" at Holmdel New Jersey the building had 3500 people and dozens of labs with plenty of equipment. There was a Monday morning warm up but other than that the building had to be cooled even in winter. There were two enormous ponds out front that were the heat exchangers. Plastic Swans were floating in the ponds to keep the Canada Geese from fouling the ponds.

There was a long drive that led between the middle of the ponds. You could accelerate to 100 MPH and then brake for the sharp turn to keep you from going into the pond--this was to gain membership into the 100 MPH club. My 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix could do it easily.

Years before when i managed large IBM mainframes that required water cooling, we had a Glycol system that used outside air for cooling when the temperature got below 45 degrees F. That building had steam absorption air conditioning that was driven by the waste heat from our Campus power plant. Co-generation produced nearly BTU per BTU efficiency. The air conditioning itself ran at 300% efficiency (three times the cooling power per watt of input.

The University of Illinois had probably the world's largest steam absorption-air conditioning system in the world in our 170 buildings in Champaign/Urbana Illinois. I managed the enery budget of 30 million dollars which threatened to eat up all of our new funds during the Jimmy Carter years of irresponsible government.
5) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs Symbols Of Flying Objects (Message 1681059)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
how could ancient man then have drawn a perfect circle in the sand?


Tie a rope to a pole or stake and walk around as many times as you want.

Babylonians, Etruscans, Greeks, Romans and probably those in the middle east and China were all excellent mathematicians
6) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1680886)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I am selling large bags of Belly Button lint. Let me know how many you want.
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs Symbols Of Flying Objects (Message 1680885)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
My advice is to get back to rational thought and speculation or else this whole effort will be classified as an errand of a bunch of fools and buffoons
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speeding up space travel - EM Drive (Message 1680781)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
It's very interesting how the gravitational constant was measured in the laboratory.

An example of how a fiction allows us to understand and control things in our physical world.
9) Message boards : Politics : Myths and Realities (Message 1679935)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
" And slowly answer’d Arthur from the barge:
“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world."


Include me and Chris out !
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1679925)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Daddio has done extensive research on this topic. I think he and Johnnie Guiness are going to publish a two-volume set on Modern astro-physics and cosmology.

11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1679199)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
In my estimation: The best chance of us ever knowing is if:

    There is a civilization a little more advanced than ours within, say, 100 light years.

    They detect the possibility of life on Earth.

    They beam us a "We are here type of Message".

    We capture the message and decode it.



I don't think that there is that chance that this will happen--but you never know, and that is what SETI is all about.

12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speeding up space travel - EM Drive (Message 1674624)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
My radiometer spins with no ejection of any fuel. It has run now for ten years or more but still requires energy from the sun.

If this work here is actually real then this amounts to a way of rectifying circular motion into linear motion.

I did my master's thesis on semi-confocal microwave cavities (Fabry-Perot interferometer). Didn't look for any thrust but obtained a Q-factor that was 30,000 or so.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole (Message 1673364)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
There are several notions of infinity in the Mathematical world. Check out ALEPH-Null
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1671473)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Our bridesmaid's husband worked at Fermi-Lab outside of Chicago. Buffalo (American Bison) roamed about inside the circle.

My brother took data there when he worked for the High-Energy Physics group at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole (Message 1671298)
Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Profile William Rothamel
Entropy is disorder. The Universe is running down--therefore more disorder and increasing entropy. Zero entropy means perfect order--Probably a correct way to think when everything was compacted.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole (Message 1669171)
Posted 24 Apr 2015 by Profile William Rothamel
Jan wrote: "There is nothing wrong with the math."

Go do some reading on infinitessimals and then consider their implications and then you may change your view on whether the strangeness in quantum mechanics at the very small level may be due to the fact that our ideas about numbers may be inadequate.

An infinitessimal number is smaller than any real number and therefore it's inverse is larger than any real number. Interested ?? do some reading.


remember tha tin calculus we through away (dx)(dy) which is precisely what we say is the Heisenberg uncertainty principal.
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole (Message 1668944)
Posted 23 Apr 2015 by Profile William Rothamel
You may want to examine infinitessimals and their inverses. They may have implications for quantum effects at the very small and may indicate that there is something wrong with our numbers and number theory in general.

I abandoned my own studies in this area but there a few good books on the subject --they are a new way of looking at Calculus as well.
18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1668360)
Posted 22 Apr 2015 by Profile William Rothamel
Whether we are alone in the universe in the sense of other beings similar to us in sentience is perhaps humankind's greatest question. It has the highest level of curiosity and religious significance.
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole (Message 1667994)
Posted 21 Apr 2015 by Profile William Rothamel
Could be that the missing galaxies were swept out by a rather large black hole that may eventually eat up the entire universe.
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : We are alone in the universe (Message 1667991)
Posted 21 Apr 2015 by Profile William Rothamel
Yes: the confluence of necessary conditions for life like ours to form is likely to be extremely rare in my estimation.

The fact that there are hundreds of billions of stars in our Galaxy and a hundred billion galaxies will allow one to surmise that there are, has been or will be other intelligent civilizations in our Universe.

Though it may not be likely; we all hope to some day just know for sure, that someone is there. Also that someone wants someone else to know about the fact that they exist or once existed.


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