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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 01:35 AM       
That almost sounds like it could make sense a little bit maybe.
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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 01:43 AM       
We're running out because it floats away really easily!

But, yeah, short of extracting it from the damn sun we have to rely on radioactive decay to get any helium, and the process is slower than the rate at which we use it

And yes Zhukov you can legitimately blame us asshole Americans for this one! Helium's cheap and we use a ton of it all the time for party balloons and shitty parade floats because the law says we have to use it up! Whoops!

"By 1995, a billion cubic metres of the gas had been collected and the reserve was US$1.4 billion in debt, prompting the Congress of the United States in 1996 to phase out the reserve.[1][2] The resulting "Helium Privatization Act of 1996" (Public Law 104–273) directed the United States Department of the Interior to start liquidating the reserve by 2005."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Helium_Reserve
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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 01:49 AM       
I guess we'll have to go back to using hydrogen.
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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 02:31 AM       
eh we'll have a surplus of it once we figure out cold fusion :yeahright
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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 10:23 AM       
Plenty of helium on the moon.

Lunar Mining of Helium-3

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There is no doubt that one of the most difficult problems that a peaceful world will face in the 21st century will be to secure an adequate, safe, clean, and economical source of energy. Existence of lunar helium-3, to be used as fuel for fusion reactors, is well documented; verified from numerous Apollo and Luna mission samples, current analyses indicate that there are at least 1 million tonnes embedded in the lunar surface. The helium-3 would be used as fuel for fusion reactors.
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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 05:01 PM       
No no no.

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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 10:25 PM       
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eh we'll have a surplus of it once we figure out cold fusion :yeahright
Remember when I asked you if this was real and you said it probably wasn't?
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Old Jul 29th, 2011, 12:21 AM       
i still think it probably isnt but whatevs
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Old Aug 2nd, 2011, 10:38 AM       
This is why physicists should never be given too much free time.

I mean, it's cool and all, but really? Maybe some future applications in data storage and memory, but "spintronics"? Can anyone with more knowledge in this field give me any clue as to what use this could have?

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Old Aug 2nd, 2011, 10:43 AM       
Coolinator (if he were still around) would post this link, and state "wha-BAM!"

Problem is, he would be wrong. The study does not refute global warming, it just indicates that there is still much about climate change that is still not modeled appropriately, or even completely understood.

The author even states that his work is being misrepresented by the "non-scientist blogosphere".

Still, it is interesting, and topical.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2011, 11:53 AM       
Fascinating stuff.
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Old Sep 6th, 2011, 01:21 PM       
Sorry for the bump, but this is really cool stuff.

The gist is that this supernova was caught nearly at the point of explosion, which is extremely improbable. This being said, astronomers can now study the "unexploded bits" of the star that get ejected first, before the star really gets big and bright. This has never been done before, nor have we as a society ever had the tools to do it properly, as we do now (Hubble, Keck, etc.). They are expecting the star to be visible with a good pair of binoculars (and a dark sky, naturally) in about a week. An increase in brightness of about 4-5 magnitudes.
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Old Sep 6th, 2011, 01:35 PM       
Sweeeeeeeeet
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 07:57 AM       
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Sorry for the bump, but this is really cool stuff.

The gist is that this supernova was caught nearly at the point of explosion, which is extremely improbable. This being said, astronomers can now study the "unexploded bits" of the star that get ejected first, before the star really gets big and bright. This has never been done before, nor have we as a society ever had the tools to do it properly, as we do now (Hubble, Keck, etc.). They are expecting the star to be visible with a good pair of binoculars (and a dark sky, naturally) in about a week. An increase in brightness of about 4-5 magnitudes.
That is pretty cool actually, and extremely improbable doesn't cover it. You have to be looking in the exact right place at the exact right time. It would be like if you won the powerball, and then were qualified to enter a second powerball with all the other winners ever, and then won that powerball as well, and then a meteor hit you.
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 01:17 PM       
More astromomical stuff ...

This is cool because it throws some cosmogical doubt on the origin of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. All main sequence stars are mostly Hydrogen and Helium, but this one is nearly all hydrogen (75%) and helium (25%). This means this star is extremely old - on the order of 13 billion years old - which is roughly the age of the universe, give or take a couple of billion years. Stars like this should not exist in this age - yet there it is, in our celestial neighborhood. And, according to the article, it has friends ....
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 01:22 PM       
I friended it on facebook but all it talks about is its gasses and how many meteorites it bangs.
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 02:12 PM       
that's... really fucking weird.

how could something like that just happen?
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 02:24 PM       
Don't know, Willie, perhaps these events happen more often than we realize, and that with better detection we can see more of them. You're right, though, it is weird that one would get observed JUST as it began the supernova process. Out of hundreds of millions of years, it picks this time to go kablooie.

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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 03:30 PM       
i was talking about the no-metal star, but that's weird too
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 04:31 PM       
All the first stars were non-metallic since it's the stars themselves that created metal for the newer stars. The fact that, apparently, stars like those still exist is strange
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 10:21 PM       
Actually, the fact that it has no Lithium in particular is strange - the first stars should have, by all the current models, a small amount of Lithium-6, which this one apparently does not have - the only "heavy metal" even detectable in the spectrum is Calcium-40. The fact it has no Lithium at all is problematic with the current model of star formation. Without Lithium, stellar formation should not be possible - there would not be enough density for any matter to coalesce to form a star in the first place.

The astronomers have some 'splainin' to do.
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Sorry about that, chief. :MaxwellSmart
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Actually, the fact that it has no Lithium in particular is strange - the first stars should have, by all the current models, a small amount of Lithium-6, which this one apparently does not have - the only "heavy metal" even detectable in the spectrum is Calcium-40. The fact it has no Lithium at all is problematic with the current model of star formation. Without Lithium, stellar formation should not be possible - there would not be enough density for any matter to coalesce to form a star in the first place.

The astronomers have some 'splainin' to do.
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So, you're still depressed then? Try Xanax. :D
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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 10:54 PM       
Esu, you don't want to know the subject of MY thesis. That was the meaning of the word PAIN.
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