Posts by Bob DeWoody

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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Top Science Mysteries (Message 1574158)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I surely wouldn't want to be an old man for another 100 years. Even if my aging could have been slowed to a crawl, say in my early thirties, eventually life would become very boring even if I were a wealthy person. What does an immortal do after experiencing everything several thousand times? I guess some who seek power would enjoy their life longer than most but I wonder for how long?

I agree with Glenn that even though such a thing may become possible it may cause more problems than it solves.
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Top Science Mysteries (Message 1573658)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Forty five years ago, when I was in college and the Drake equation was new and being discussed in science and astronomy classes it was estimated that only one star in a thousand had planets and even then with that number it was still thought that the probability of life somewhere other than earth was very high.

Now the estimates are that at least one star in five has a planetary system containing at least one body where life could evolve. So, based on statistics, it is highly unlikely that ours is the only planet with life and very unlikely that we are the only (intelligent????????) beings in the Milky Way, let alone the universe.
3) 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 1573650)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Some of you responded as if this was a statement about our moon. If it was then I agree the idea is preposterous. If the statement was about the possibility that there are habitable moons circling large planets around other stars, why not? I think it is possible that a moon can have the right conditions for life as easily as a planet.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Interstellar Trajectory and Mission Planning Tool (Message 1572437)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
It seems to me the biggest obstacle to overcome is the lack of having a fixed reference point to tie navigation to. Every object in the galaxy, let alone the universe, is moving relative to every other object. Navigation across the face of the earth is childs play in comparison. You know that after leaving point a to travel to point b getting back to point a has a calculable bearing and distance regardless of time.

But in interstellar space, or spacetime, how to get back to point a depends on the elapsed time from when you left point a and knowing which direction it was travelling when you left. This appears to be a very difficult set of equations to solve with too many variables.
5) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Science Channel "Aliens, the Definitive Guide" (Message 1570542)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
oops, I should have said he was the one being interviewed.
6) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Science Channel "Aliens, the Definitive Guide" (Message 1570450)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The guy on the right was the one doing the interview.
7) Message boards : Politics : Should the west now send in the troops : ISIS & IRAN (Message 1570375)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The west and the USA in particular does not have the fortitude to do what is really necessary to end the problems in the middle east. Every time we get involved it starts getting messy and unpopular at home at which time we pull the plug and leave the job half finished. Then it is only a matter of time before a new group or the remains of an old group gathers it's strength again and the whole thing starts all over again.

This will probably be the case until the oil runs out or new sources of energy become plentiful enough to tell OPEC where they can shove their oil. No oil money = no new weapons = eventual peace in the region.

But I'm sure the nations of the world will find a new place to try to spark a war that will end it all.
8) Message boards : Politics : Japanese Arctic Whaling JUDGED Criminal (Message 1570316)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody

Do not be confused by the starved brutality used to 'train' captured dolphins to blindly do circus tricks in commercial aquariums...

Disgusted with the continued senseless Japanese whaling corruption!

My brother was an animal trainer at SeaWorld Orlando. He would be offended by your remarks. They did not brutalize any of the dolphins, Killer whales, sea lions or any of the other aquatic mammals at the park.
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Science Channel "Aliens, the Definitive Guide" (Message 1570268)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
This program is on the Science channel right now. There was a small segment featuring the Seti@home project and I saw the computer that is responsible for sending and receiving the data bundles our home computers process.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Milky Way (Message 1570258)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I am still convinced that what we know about the universe is only a drop in a bucket compared to oceans of what we don't know and can't see.
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1570254)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Scientists: 'Extreme' Solar Storm Heading to Earth

An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

It's been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the sun, said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.

I hope their wrong.

:/ uh-oh

Well I'm not going to exactly but I might buy a couple of candles tomorrow. Thanks Lynn! Let's hope we just get some extra specially pretty Northern and/or Southern lights :)

@Bob... I have often thought if there was a tv channel that only showed the polar lights - I'd never watch any other channel :)

My laptop computer with windows vista has a screen saver (which I use) that replicates the looks and the colors of the auroras. It stays on all night running seti@home and the first thing I see when I wake up is the screen saver.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1570207)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I kind of wish I lived up north now as they say there should be some spectacular auroras Friday night.
13) Message boards : Politics : Japanese Arctic Whaling JUDGED Criminal (Message 1570201)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The killing of these magnificence mammals, has got to stop. :(

Yes. Make it chrime to eat magnificence mammals.
My list of them.
1. Cow.
2. Pig.
3. Moose.
4. Raindeer.
5. Hare.
6. Deer.
7. Whales.
8. Seels.
As a Child I used to stay at a farm some summers. First summer I saw a calf being born.
Next summer we used to play with him. Both he and we kids enjoyed it. Do anybody know to have your hand in a calves mouth?
Then the summer after a truck came...
The calve felt that something was wrong and it was almost impossibly to get him into truck.

I still eat veal and other meat because I have to and like it.
The farmer however didn't eat meat. 100% vegetarian.

What he said. First I am not in favor of industrialized whale hunting in any ocean. But tell me how hunting, killing and eating whale is any different from eating beef, lamb or pork? Pigs, from what I understand are pretty intelligent animals.

If you are vegetarian then at least you are being consistent. But if you eat meat in any form then I don't understand the frenetic campaign against hunting whales.
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1568973)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I think we have as much of a chance of destroying the universe with a collider as an ant has of building an atomic bomb.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Milky Way (Message 1568972)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
you're welcome, Chris.

Looking at the map again, reminder of We Are Small And Insignificant.

+1 Very much so. And Lanikea is just a small portion of what we know as the universe.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The first "super moon" of the summer occurs on Saturday, July 12. (Message 1568971)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Well I live in Florida but if tomorrow is anything like tonight and last night we won't get to see much moonlight.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Amazing Discovery new life found. (Message 1567712)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Plankton is life, just in a very low form. IF it is found to be true that any form of life can survive, unprotected, exposed to the harshness of space then the probability of life being widespread throughout the universe rises by several orders of magnitude. But i am waiting for some peer review reports before I get too excited here.
18) Message boards : Politics : Know thine enemy (Message 1567550)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I haven't read every single entry in this thread and I was a bit confused at the start regarding the where it was intended to go. My understanding of socialism is that it is supposed to be all about sharing and making sure even the people at the bottom of the pile have what is needed to live comfortably. That is what Christianity was supposed to be about but the mission got twisted over the centuries. Modern western governments try to enforce this concept by taxing the wealthy and distributing a small portion of that wealth to the people at the bottom. The problem is that governments are run by bureaucracies and even the best are somewhat corrupt so that most of the funds intended to help the poor never reach them.
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Time Travel (Message 1567323)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Time travel in the forward direction is possible and most likely inevitable for long distance high speed space travellers. But I doubt that anyone will ever invent a machine that you can step into, push a button, and seconds later step out into a different time, either forward or backward.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Time Travel (Message 1567039)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The killer is always the energy required to achieve the field required to actually travel backward through time. There are probably many things that are doable on paper or in a thought experiment but are for all intents and purposes impossible.

I think Stephen Hawking's dinner party was a clever way to demonstrate that backward time travel will remain beyond man's capability for a long time to come.

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