Posts by Pierre A Renaud

1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1969142)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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The citizen science project Planet Hunters TESS continues the work Planet Hunters initiated with KEPLER's data.

With your help, we can discover new planets around stars outside of our own Solar System. The recently launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is providing us with a huge amount of data that lets us look for planets outside of our own Solar System. Over the next two years TESS will be busy surveying two-hundred-thousand bright nearby stars, measuring and recording their brightness every two minutes. With your help, we hope to uncover lots of interesting planetary systems, allowing us to explore the formation and evolution of these worlds. Our findings may even bring us one step closer to answering the question that we all seek to answer: Are we alone in the Universe?
More about the transition from the Planet Hunters project to the Planet Hunters TESS project
https://blog.planethunters.org/2018/12/06/planet-hunters-tess/

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2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1969108)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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There, there, Earthling.


via Micro SF/F stories
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : SETI@home in the News (Message 1969021)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Silvano P. Colombano is a doctor of philosophy (1). Yes, he's also working at NASA's Intelligent Systems Division and he surely has the credentials for this kind of pay grade, but this said I must say that my dentist also has an opinion about wether aliens, great and small, populate the universe and visited us. But sadly, her interesting views are of no interest to the yellow press because she has no NASA credentials.

Now, I found his paper (2) on the importance for science of giving more space for the scientific investigation of "low signal-to-noise data" (the polite term for, say, UFO research and angelology?).

I simply want to point out the fact that the intelligence we might find and that might choose to
find us (if it hasn’t already) might not be at all be pro-duced by carbon based organisms like us. How might
that change the above assumptions about interstellar travel? Our typical life-spans would no longer be a
limitation (although even these could be dealt with multi-generational missions or suspended animation),
and the size of the “explorer” might be that of an ex-tremely tiny super-intelligent entity. And how might
this change our assumptions about openness or desire to communicate with other civilizations?
Fair enough. But I can see how the sensationalist press latched on tiny aliens visiting Earth.

In light of the challenges described above I propose a more “aggressive” approach to future SETI explora-
tion, in the following directions:
1. Engage physicists in what might be called “speculative physics”, still grounded in our most solid theories but with some willingness to stretch possibilities as to the nature of space-time and energy.
2. Engage technologists in futuristic exploration of how technology might evolve, especially w/r Artificial Intelligence, “Evolvable Robot-ic Systems” and symbiosis of biology with machines.
3. Engage sociologists in speculation about what kinds of societies we might expect from the above developments, and whether and how they might choose to communicate.
4. Consider the UFO phenomenon worthy of study in the context of a system with very low signal to noise ratio, but nevertheless with the possibility of challenging some of our as-sumptions and pointing to new possibilities for communication and discovery.
At this stage, I just wonder how NASA will justify keeping a philosopher who apparently fails to see the importance of evidence-based science on their payroll without paying a price at the credibility counter.

The only thing worse for NASA would be to have a creationist paid to advocate in favor of scientific studies seeking to count the number of angels dancing on the top of a pin.

1. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Silvano_Colombano
2. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20180001925
4) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1968268)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help - December 2, 2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46384067

"The UN has warned the 2015 Paris accord's goal of limiting global warming to "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels" is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling short of their pledges.

But scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the leading international body on global warming - last month argued the 2C Paris pledge didn't go far enough. The global average temperature rise actually needed to be kept below 1.5C, they said. So how warm has the world got and what can we do about it?"


#environment #climate #climatechange #globalwarming #science
5) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1968267)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help - December 2, 2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46384067

"The UN has warned the 2015 Paris accord's goal of limiting global warming to "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels" is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling short of their pledges.

But scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the leading international body on global warming - last month argued the 2C Paris pledge didn't go far enough. The global average temperature rise actually needed to be kept below 1.5C, they said. So how warm has the world got and what can we do about it?"


#environment #climate #climatechange #globalwarming #science
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Fusion power on the grid within 15 years? (Message 1967545)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Oh
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Fusion power on the grid within 15 years? (Message 1967372)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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It takes about that time for good whiskey to mature. Coincidence ? =:)

How 'miniature suns' could provide cheap, clean energy - 16 November 2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46219656

We're just five years away from harnessing almost unlimited power from "miniature suns", some start-ups say: nuclear fusion reactors that could provide abundant, cheap and clean energy.

In a world of global warming caused by our addiction to fossil fuels, there is an urgent need to find sustainable alternative sources of energy. If we don't, the future looks decidedly bleak for millions of people on this planet: water and food shortages leading to famine and war.

Nuclear fusion has long been heralded as a potential answer to our prayers. But it's always been "thirty years away", according to the industry joke. Now several start-ups are saying they can make fusion a commercial reality much sooner.
Billionaire-Backed Breakthrough Energy Ventures Makes 7 More Investments - October 01, 2018
The fund started by Bill Gates backs R&D into fusion power, capturing water from the air and carbon in concrete, and other long-range efforts.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/billionaire-backed-breakthrough-energy-ventures-makes-7-more-investments

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http://www.b-t.energy/
https://www.cfs.energy/
http://www.psfc.mit.edu/research/topics/sparc

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW_YCWLyv6A Aug 16, 2018
Fusion: How to Put the Sun in a Magnetic Bottle - with Ian Chapman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn1SJOPgewo
8) Message boards : Politics : Police and Law Enforcement #5 (Message 1967268)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Indeed. Britain's motorbike thiefs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CgeTbJl31w don't have it easy anymore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAgF7WX30Hk as statistics demonstrate this police tactic is (all things being relative) safe for the criminals.

Well, this is different - and thankfully non-lethal.

'Thieves' knocked off mopeds by police in London
9) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1966892)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life - BBC News November 24, 2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46325168

Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns. "Future risks from climate change depend... on decisions made today," the 4th National Climate Assessment says.

The report says climate change is "presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth". The White House has been accused of trying to bury the report by releasing it on Black Friday - the unofficial start of America's Christmas shopping season.
FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century

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International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - Fifth Assessment Report on Global Warming (2018)
http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/

An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
A major new IPCC climate report slams the door on wishful thinking - Oct 7, 2018
https://www.vox.com/2018/10/5/17934174/climate-change-global-warming-un-ipcc-report-1-5-degrees

US National Academy of Sciences & The Royal Society - Climate Change: Evidence and Causes
http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/more-resources-on-climate-change/climate-change-evidence-and-causes/
http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/exec-office-other/climate-change-full.pdf

The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society have released “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes,” a new publication produced jointly by the two institutions. Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on the some of the questions that continue to be asked. The publication makes clear what is well-established and where understanding is still developing. It echoes and builds upon the long history of climate-related work from both national academies, as well as on the newest climate-change assessment from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It touches on current areas of active debate and ongoing research, such as the link between ocean heat content and the rate of warming.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 1966813)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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The InSight robotic probe will land on Mars monday, november 26, at 11:47 AM Pacific Time, 2:47 PM Eastern, 18:47 UTC and it will be "seven minutes of terror" you don't want to miss !
https://www.forbes.com/sites/billretherford/2018/11/18/days-away-from-mars-nasa-awaits-the-seven-minutes-of-terror/
https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/multimedia/podcast/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDSbUpmRksI

On November 26th 2018, a mole will land on Mars - The Oatmeal
https://theoatmeal.com/comics/insight
https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/


#comics #NASA #InSight #probe #space #science #mars #MarsLander #kids #humor #learning
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 1966411)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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On November 26th 2018, a mole will land on Mars - The Oatmeal
https://theoatmeal.com/comics/insight
https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/


#comics #NASA #InSight #space #science #mars #MarsLander #kids #humor #learning
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (113) Server Problems? (Message 1966385)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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New thread started here
13) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases, Food and Drugs, Recalls #5 (Message 1966204)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Anti-vaccination stronghold in N.C. hit with state’s worst chickenpox outbreak in 2 decades - November 19, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/19/anti-vaccination-stronghold-nc-hit-with-states-worst-chickenpox-outbreak-decades/

Cases of chickenpox have been multiplying at the Asheville Waldorf School, which serves children from nursery school to sixth grade in Asheville, N.C. About a dozen infections grew to 28 at the beginning of the month. By Friday, there were 36, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

The outbreak ranks as the state’s worst since the chickenpox vaccine became available more than 20 years ago. Since then, the two-dose course has succeeded in limiting the highly contagious disease that once affected 90 percent of Americans — a public health breakthrough.

The school is a symbol of the small but strong movement against the most effective means of preventing the spread of infectious diseases. The percentage of children under 2 years old who haven’t received any vaccinations has quadrupled since 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Oumuamua (Message 1966070)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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https://www.howtopronounce.com/oumuamua/
She speaks very fast, Michel ! Is that Too Much Coffee Woman's version ? :)

I suggest this one from an Hawaian native (and astronomy expert) :

Pronunciation of 'Oumuamua, the name of the first interstellar asteroid discovered.
Audio by Ka'iu Kimura, Director of 'Imiloa Astronomy Canter, Hilo, Hawaii.
https://soundcloud.com/roy-gal-787702179/oumuamua-pronunciation

For the challenges' loving Chris: Champs Élysées
https://fr.forvo.com/word/champs-%C3%A9lys%C3%A9es/#fr

Now for anyone who visited the previous links :

Je vais prendre une aspirine car j'ai mal à la tête (I'll take an aspirin 'cause I have a headache)
https://fr.forvo.com/phrase/je_vais_prendre_une_aspirine_car_j%27ai_mal_%C3%A0_la_t%C3%AAte/#fr
15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1965840)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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And when shouldered by the JWT, TESS will kick arse (1) even more than it already does since this summer ! *

Farewell, Kepler: NASA Shuts Down Prolific Planet-Hunting Space Telescope - Nov. 16 2018
https://www.space.com/42461-kepler-exoplanet-hunting-telescope-shuts-down.html[/s]
so which one will be its successor ? and when it will be operational ?
(1) Sorry for the vocabulary I acquired on these message boards
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1965807)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Farewell, Kepler: NASA Shuts Down Prolific Planet-Hunting Space Telescope - Nov. 16 2018
https://www.space.com/42461-kepler-exoplanet-hunting-telescope-shuts-down.html[/s]
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Oumuamua (Message 1965676)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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Great links, Pierre! You are the link specialist around here. :~)
Risen ape, Too Much Coffee Man and now link specialist... I'm not sure the picture is getting prettier !

But to understand what you guys are talking about, you gotta do what you gotta do lol
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : California Wildfires (Message 1965671)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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You're not alone to wonder about the mortality and health impacts of the hazardous air quality on populations living in affected areas, which are bound to be increasingly significant as wildfires over the next years are expected to increase. Are you personally affected by the air degradation in your area ? How does that translate in every day's life ?

I wonder what number the statisticians in the future will allot to increased mortality rates for Californians who have suffered under Extremely Unhealthy and Hazardous air quality for the cumulative 4 months of bad air we have suffered so far in the North State.

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California's Wildfires Have Become Bigger, Deadlier, and More Costly. Here's Why - November 13, 2018
http://time.com/4985252/california-wildfires-fires-climate-change/

Wildfires destroying California bring questions about health and climate - Nov. 15, 2018
https://news.stanford.edu/2018/11/15/wildfires-destroying-california-bring-questions-health-climate/

Wildfires cause more than breathing problems across California - Nov. 15, 2018
https://www.axios.com/wildfires-cause-breathing-stress-medical-problems-d1bed067-ccbc-44d0-ba88-70c39629a375.html

California's $442 Million Fire Budget Is Exhausted—and Needs $234 Million More to Keep Fighting - Sept. 6, 2018
http://fortune.com/2018/09/06/california-fire-2018-cost-insurance-claims/

California State Web Portal | Statistics & Events
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_statsevents

2018 California wildfires - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_California_wildfires

California Statewide Fire Map
http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps

Berkeley News | Disasters
https://news.berkeley.edu/topics/disasters/
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : California Wildfires (Message 1965637)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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The wildfire situation in California is indeed not looking good when such measures have to be taken =:/

Worsening air quality forces cancellation of classes
By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley| November 15, 2018
https://news.berkeley.edu/2018/11/15/worsening-air-quality-forces-cancellation-of-classes/

The forecast for tomorrow from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District now indicates that conditions are expected to deteriorate. In that context, and based on the guidance of experts on campus, we must assume that the 200 AQI threshold will be exceeded tomorrow. As a result, we have decided to cancel all classes for the remainder of the day today, and on Friday.

Berkeley has cancelled classes today due to smoke issues. So unless the team can fix things remotely, we might be looking at a problem for a while. Hoping the Seti group stays safe and that the firefighters can get this fire out soon.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (113) Server Problems? (Message 1965634)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Pierre A Renaud Project Donor
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The wildfire situation in California is indeed not looking good when such measures have to be taken =:/

Worsening air quality forces cancellation of classes
By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley| November 15, 2018
https://news.berkeley.edu/2018/11/15/worsening-air-quality-forces-cancellation-of-classes/

The forecast for tomorrow from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District now indicates that conditions are expected to deteriorate. In that context, and based on the guidance of experts on campus, we must assume that the 200 AQI threshold will be exceeded tomorrow. As a result, we have decided to cancel all classes for the remainder of the day today, and on Friday.

Berkeley has cancelled classes today due to smoke issues. So unless the team can fix things remotely, we might be looking at a problem for a while. Hoping the Seti group stays safe and that the firefighters can get this fire out soon.

edit : just took a look at the status and all seems ok at the moment.

edit: ok, I see it now. it isn't cleaning up. my list of valids is way too long. more than the 24 hour standard. just as was said in previous post, it will go boom at some point, but for now is still running.
A preoccupying situation for which I have started a thread


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