Coalition of the Confused

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Confused malcontents swilling Chardonnay while awaiting the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Started 8/29/19 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 12311 views.
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1/10/20

BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

1/10/20

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

GPS is everywhere - on your phone, in your car, even on your wrist. But it hasn't always been as ubiquitous as it is today.

I didn't realise it was implemented first in 1991, the Gulf War (that we insultingly call "1" when its very much "2").

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

1/12/20

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr, together with a friend whose name I forget,  was the person who started the invention of blue-tooth and gps.

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1/19/20

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3/10/20

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3/23/20

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

4/6/20

You need to listen to this, it's beautiful!


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4/9/20

BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

4/14/20

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

The promise is enticing - a safe form of nuclear power to end the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But can it be done?

That's much more optimistic than previous reports I'd seen:

"Five or six years ago, ITER was not in a good shape. It was late, it was over-budget. But a new directorate was put in on the project and they have really got the thing moving in the right direction."

The first plasma experiments are now expected to begin in 2025.

For ITER to be considered a success, according to Professor Garrett, it must demonstrate that it can achieve an energy gain of a factor of 10.

"ITER consumes 50 megawatts of power to produce this plasma at 150 million degrees, and the goal is to produce 500 megawatts of power from that plasma," he says.

"The second goal is to be able to maintain that condition for many minutes at a time, so maybe 10 minutes, up to an hour, and that's what you would need for a steady-state power reactor."

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