Posts by Bob DeWoody

1) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1834331)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
All land everywhere belongs to those who have the power to control it now. What a mixed up world it would be if all land was returned to the control of the descendants of those who originally settled it, if they even still exist.
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Could There Be Life In Pluto's Ocean? (Message 1833587)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
It will most likely be a long time before another mission to Pluto is launched. But if Europa or Enceladus are discovered to have life in their oceans then I'd say the chances are that Pluto does too.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : How soon will planet 9 be found? (Message 1833550)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
If it's there, we'll never find it if we stay away from the coasts.

I don't understand your reply.

It's a Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' reference. "The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. Recently, we've waded a little way out, and the water seems inviting."

So in other words, we have to get away from the coast of the cosmic ocean and make our way out away from the shore.

Thanks, I get it now.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : How soon will planet 9 be found? (Message 1833427)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
On Tuesday Nov. 29, 2016 the science channel aired a program dedicated to providing us with what is known and speculated about the discovery of a new large planet in our solar system dubbed planet 9. Although the astronomers interviewed are all positive that the planet exists no one has actually located the object. Most of the program was filled with speculation about the composition and history of the planet. It is estimated that it is about 10 earth masses and can either be rocky, a small gas planet or icey like Pluto. Who knows?


If it's there, we'll never find it if we stay away from the coasts.

I don't understand your reply.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1833391)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I'm glad I found this site.

We don't know the universe by a lot and that's what makes it so interesting.

What site? The one I provided a link to?
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : How soon will planet 9 be found? (Message 1833291)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
On Tuesday Nov. 29, 2016 the science channel aired a program dedicated to providing us with what is known and speculated about the discovery of a new large planet in our solar system dubbed planet 9. Although the astronomers interviewed are all positive that the planet exists no one has actually located the object. Most of the program was filled with speculation about the composition and history of the planet. It is estimated that it is about 10 earth masses and can either be rocky, a small gas planet or icey like Pluto. Who knows?
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1833199)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Potential Planet.


Astronomers discover a dense 'hot Jupiter' exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star


(Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected a so-called "hot Jupiter" exoplanet transiting a distant sun-like star located some 1,800 light years from the Earth. The newly discovered planet, designated EPIC 220504338b, was found using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission known as K2. The findings are presented in a paper published Nov. 23 on arXiv.org.

EPIC 220504338b was first spotted by K2 as a planetary candidate during the spacecraft's Campaign 8 in mid-2016. To confirm it as a planet, a team of researchers led by Nestor Espinoza of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile conducted follow-up observations using ESO's Fibre-fed, Extended Range, Échelle Spectrograph (FEROS) at La Silla Observatory in Chile. FEROS observational campaign was carried out in August and November 2016.

Not exactly what they've been looking for.
8) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Is it even possible to receive EM radiation from a planet orbiting a star light years away? (Message 1833198)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
As I suspected the earth and Mars are not exactly on the same plane as they orbit the sun and therefore only on rare occasions would the sun mask a signal from Mars to the earth or visa versa.
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1833195)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
And what proof do you have that these things even exist?
10) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Is it even possible to receive EM radiation from a planet orbiting a star light years away? (Message 1833193)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Someone else will know for sure but I would guess that as seen from Mars the earth would only take a few hours to pass in front of or behind the sun and I have never seen a reference to LOS for that reason.

You are not the only person that thinks that SETI is a waste of time and their reasons are varied.
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Is it even possible to receive EM radiation from a planet orbiting a star light years away? (Message 1833054)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Randy, an example that you are wrong is the fact that we can communicate with probes like the Voyagers that are very far out from the sun, even when the earth is immediately in front of the sun from the point of view of the probe.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Goodbye Seti (Message 1832783)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I'm different I guess. I kind of like the change. I just wish everyone would lighten up on the politics and get back to discussing science.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2016-2017 Season (Message 1832328)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Cowboys win 10 straight for the first time in their 57 year history.
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : ExoMars (Message 1832327)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The Italian Space Agency has made a rather critical review of the Schiaparelli affair. Its software was developed by a Romanian software house founded by a man graduated in theology and no hardware test of the Schiaparelli landing procedure was made, for economy reasons.
Tullio

Is this possibly implying sabotage due to religious beliefs. Many deeply religious people I know have objections to missions to Mars that may lead to a human presence.
15) Message boards : Politics : Since Bob has locked the Trump thread I will post this. (Message 1832177)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Call for a Congressional Investigation: An Open Letter from Concerned Scholars

The concern is that in several states, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan the pattern of voting in the counties differs significantly depending on whether it is a "paper ballot" or a "machine ballot". In these state the majority for Trump is very small.

Basically;
Hillary won in paper ballots.
Trump won the machine ballots.

The question is did someone or some outside entity tamper with the machine counts?

Yeah, right.
Maybe it's just that Trump supporters were more likely to vote via machine than via old fashioned paper.

It was reported that Trump won, in some parts of the country, because the rural population voted for him. it is most likely that rural areas will use a paper voting system, while the urban and suburban areas will use machine voting.
As the educated, more likely to be Democrats, tend to move to cities to get jobs, then one would have expected the machine votes to be more likely for Hillary. What the papers authors are saying is the opposite happened.

Well, screw them then.
How many pundits and expundiators had predicted the opposite outcome?
And now they are crying like babies because their predictions did not come true and they are trying to cover their arses.
I, for one, am tired of hearing about it.
The American people have elected their next president and if you wanna go to sleep for the next 4 or maybe 8 years, you can read about it in the history books.

Done deal, enough said.

From the title of a Glen Frey song all the whiners need to "GET OVER IT."
16) Message boards : Politics : Since Bob has locked the Trump thread I will post this. (Message 1832118)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
There was a president who was credited with saying, "If I can't appoint my friends to high positions, what the point in being President?." That president was Abraham Lincoln.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Are Galactic Civilizations Possible? (Message 1831681)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I grew up watching Star Trek, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica and later on Babylon 5 was my favorite space program. So I hope and wish as much as anyone that a way to travel across the galaxy is discovered, but now that I am in my late 60's I have also learned that wishing something is possible doesn't necessarily make it happen. Most of the things that are now considered possible when it comes to FTL travel also come with an almost impossible energy requirement and I doubt that a ZPM as described in Stargate SG1 will ever be invented by a human from earth. Maybe some civilization out amongst the stars has made this achievement and will hand it down to us.
18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Are Galactic Civilizations Possible? (Message 1831631)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The speaker in the linked video maintains that the speed of light in an absolute limit for travel and communications. This would make a galactic civilization essentially impossible. That's a notably unimaginative point of view. Ironic that he should evoke the work of Albert Einstein as the basis of his conclusion, when it was Einstein himself who said that imagination was more Important than knowledge.
The speaker has a good deal of information at his command; that can not be denied. The fact that our current knowledge does not contain a proven means of working around the light speed limit is not the equivalent of knowing that such a thing is impossible. If there is a means by which the light speed limit can be gotten around, it is imaginative thinking that will find it, not an attitude that what we think we know today will stand for all time.

It may not be an imaginative point of view but it could still be the most accurate one. If the speed of light is an absolute speed limit for travel and communication we will be severely restricted in our quest to be an interstellar civilization.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2016-2017 Season (Message 1831157)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys made a classy speech this week. Basically he made the old, if it ain't broke, don't fix it speech, referring to the success that Dak Prescott has displayed so far this season. Knowing how much Romo would like to lead his team to a superbowl victory it took a lot of courage for him to take the pressure off the head coach regarding a change in quarterbacks now that he is recovered from his injury.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1831151)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
New study claims dark matter may not exist.
https://www.insidescience.org/news/new-findings-muddy-understanding-dark-matter


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