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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2012 :  11:28:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Boron10

Random awesomeness posted by an old friend on Facebook:

Mammal Tree of Life
As a quick test, I found (though not easily, as the page works best from the general toward the particular, than vice versa) the Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vamyprus, lovely name), a very large fruit bat that I believe I've observed here.

IT's really nice to explore. Thanks, Boron!

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13285 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2012 :  11:31:53   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Boron10

Random awesomeness posted by an old friend on Facebook:

Mammal Tree of Life
Cool!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25713 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2012 :  07:57:59   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Photo gallery of the mess caused by Hurricane Sandy. Especially powerful is #26, a photo of seawater pouring into the Ground Zero construction site in Lower Manhattan.

The winds knocked over one of my garbage cans. I'm gonna call FEMA.

Edited to add link to video of ConEd explosion.

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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
1360 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2012 :  17:21:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Photo gallery of the mess caused by Hurricane Sandy. Especially powerful is #26, a photo of seawater pouring into the Ground Zero construction site in Lower Manhattan.

The winds knocked over one of my garbage cans. I'm gonna call FEMA.

Edited to add link to video of ConEd explosion.

The photo numbers change as new ones are added. The higher the number, the older.
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25713 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2012 :  18:02:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by ThorGoLucky

The photo numbers change as new ones are added. The higher the number, the older.
Ah. The WTC one was up to #99 when I just looked again. Apparently, they're taking the oldest ones out as they add new ones, too, 'cause it's down to 268 total instead of 270 like earlier.

Anyway, here's the WTC image:



Click to embiggen. The photo was credited to the Associated Press.

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/31/2012 :  07:53:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You Right Coaster's are getting the bejesus knocked out of you this year. My heart's out to all of you, but I think I better stuff it back in.

Not a single typhoon has struck the Philippines directly this year, as far as I can recall. But there have been serious tropical storms. Monsoon systems have been sucked into typhoons that have missed the Philippines, flooding cities here on their way. Even the latest couple of typhoons that missed the Philippines caused scores of deaths, mainly by flooding.

But you guys are getting some terrific fast-moving floods there, in areas that are unaccustomed to them. The firestorm in Queens was quite frightening to see on TV.

Stay safe as you clean up!

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2012 :  05:40:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
China is trying to develop its own stealth fighters. It's working on at least two, one larger, one smaller. CNN has an article written around the photos that have been released of flight tests of the smaller fighter. The general opinion from outside China is that the stealth characteristics of both fighters are somewhat limited, and that they share a longstanding Chinese problem: relative primitive domestic jet engines.

What really caught my attention, however, was one of the photos, below, of the smaller stealthy fighter, the J-20. Though I found nothing in the CNN article mentioning what I see, it seems to me that the fusilage is coming apart around the rear wheel wells. What do you think?:


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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On fire for Christ
SFN Regular

United Kingdom
1215 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2012 :  06:55:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think it looks like someone put a bad body-kit on a regular jet. Lol china

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sailingsoul
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2830 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2012 :  07:00:07   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send sailingsoul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks like the wheels are not fully deployed but the panels are opened and they are half deployed. Heat seeking missiles that are selective on what heat signature they track should make quick work of this marvel.

There are only two types of religious people, the deceivers and the deceived. SS
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2012 :  07:54:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To me it kind of looks like they didn't include landing gear well doors, but just let the wheels burst through the fuselage when they were ready to land.

But of course that would make no sense, since the landing gear were presumably used for takeoff. But the raggedness of the material (apparently a composite, not metal) around the landing gear wells is quite irregular, and different on each side. It really looks broken.

If this was a first flight, they may have kept the landing gear down the whole time. Looks like the doors just fell apart in the slipstream.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25713 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2012 :  08:11:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

To me it kind of looks like they didn't include landing gear well doors, but just let the wheels burst through the fuselage when they were ready to land.

But of course that would make no sense, since the landing gear were presumably used for takeoff. But the raggedness of the material (apparently a composite, not metal) around the landing gear wells is quite irregular, and different on each side. It really looks broken.

If this was a first flight, they may have kept the landing gear down the whole time. Looks like the doors just fell apart in the slipstream.
I count three fuselage panels on each side that are open for deployment of the landing gear. I don't see anything that looks like damage.

The edges of the panels are going to have a toothed pattern, so as to reduce radar reflections off the seams. Look at this page on the F-117. Check the bomb-bay door in the second photo, and the fuselage around the windows in the third-to-last photo.

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2012 :  08:50:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

I count three fuselage panels on each side that are open for deployment of the landing gear. I don't see anything that looks like damage.

The edges of the panels are going to have a toothed pattern, so as to reduce radar reflections off the seams. Look at this page on the F-117. Check the bomb-bay door in the second photo, and the fuselage around the windows in the third-to-last photo.
Hmmm... You may be right, but I see no regular saw-toothed edges, as on the F-117A. To my eye, it looks a lot more ragged than that, and asymmetrical.

In your favor, of course, is the fact that the Chinese released these photos, which must have been scrutinized closely from both military secrecy and PR perspectives. And that's a powerful argument on its own.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Boron10
Religion Moderator

USA
1253 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2012 :  17:10:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Boron10 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
More random awesomeness:

Richard Feynman Messenger Lectures: The Character of Physical Law.

Series of seven lectures given in the 1960s at Cornell for a general audience.

I love being back at school!
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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9637 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2012 :  06:19:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm currently sitting, watching a technician refitting the stock speakers in my car with a fresh Dynaudio custom kit.

He was very meticuously measureing everything both twice and three times before he started cutting the plastic frame holding the stock 8"(!) front door mid-bass speaker. I like way this guy works, and I'm sure when all this is done, the sound will be great! Dynaudio is a premium level speaker system manufacturer.

Together with an Alpine digital sound processor, my car stereo will be all levels of awesome!!



Dr. Mabuse - "When the going gets tough, the tough get Duct-tape..."
Dr. Mabuse whisper.mp3

"Equivocation is not just a job, for a creationist it's a way of life..." Dr. Mabuse

Support American Troops in Iraq:
Send them unarmed civilians for target practice..
Collateralmurder.
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Valiant Dancer
Forum Goalie

USA
4818 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2012 :  07:02:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Valiant Dancer's Homepage Send Valiant Dancer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

China is trying to develop its own stealth fighters. It's working on at least two, one larger, one smaller. CNN has an article written around the photos that have been released of flight tests of the smaller fighter. The general opinion from outside China is that the stealth characteristics of both fighters are somewhat limited, and that they share a longstanding Chinese problem: relative primitive domestic jet engines.

What really caught my attention, however, was one of the photos, below, of the smaller stealthy fighter, the J-20. Though I found nothing in the CNN article mentioning what I see, it seems to me that the fusilage is coming apart around the rear wheel wells. What do you think?:




I think it is designed that way. The F-117A Nighthawk has similar joins for the cockpit. The jagged edges of the joins help scatter radar.

It also looks like a Frankensteined Mig 31. One of the most important parts of the Nighthawk is the curved airframe. This has too many straight edges. They might be trying someing with polymers and focusing on scattering radar from moveable parts and scattering radar with the multiple geometry shown here. I don't expect it will be particularly effective, but it does remove the need for advanced avionics.

Cthulhu/Asmodeus when you're tired of voting for the lesser of two evils

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