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filthy
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Posted - 04/16/2008 :  12:07:52  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Don't you just love it when some smart-assed kid takes down the Big Guys! Well, it's happened again and I, for one, am delighted! There may yet be hope for the species.
A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA's estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.

Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported.

NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right.
Or maybe not..... I don't like the way them odds tightened up. But anyhow, that'll learn 'em not to try and run any more moon-landing flapdoodle on us. Nico might tear them a new one on that, if it catches his attention.





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Edited by - filthy on 04/16/2008 12:09:10

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Posted - 04/16/2008 :  12:30:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well as soon as I get my asteroid thrusters functional, there will be a 1 in 1 chance! Muhahaha!

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Chippewa
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Posted - 04/16/2008 :  19:19:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Didn't happen says the Bad Astronomer. He links to other sites that debunk the story as well.

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Zebra
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Posted - 04/16/2008 :  23:58:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Zebra a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ah, well. At least I got to expand my vocabulary, not previously having had a clue that boffin, in its myriad meanings, isn't the same as boffing.

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filthy
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  04:27:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Chippewa

Didn't happen says the Bad Astronomer. He links to other sites that debunk the story as well.
Interesting.... It was on the hour of news I watch every evening, as well (ABC local). Of course, that doesn't add much support for any story.

Hmmm.




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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filthy
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USA
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  04:50:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep, evidently the kid blew it. I am deeply disappointed. Gotta give him kudos for trying, though.




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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Dude
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  06:46:59   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Filthy.... US news reports don't actually fact check anything anymore. All they require is the ability to point and say, "<insert person's name here> said <insert inane moronic drivel here>."

Thats the official format!

Facts are not relevant in the tabloid news system!


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filthy
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USA
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  06:55:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dude

Filthy.... US news reports don't actually fact check anything anymore. All they require is the ability to point and say, "<insert person's name here> said <insert inane moronic drivel here>."

Thats the official format!

Facts are not relevant in the tabloid news system!


I know, which is why I only bother with a little local news in the afternoon. But the orginal story was at least said to have been verified by NASA, so.....




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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