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Re: Episode # 196
« Reply #60 on: April 29, 2009, 01:05:05 PM »
About as misguided as the Air Force's "nuclear powered bomber" (google it).

Looks like they never even bothered to turn the damn thing on, it might have been a great idea.

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Re: Episode # 196
« Reply #61 on: April 29, 2009, 04:24:29 PM »
Regarding the "candida yeast causes all disease" article by Kim Evans:
Dr. Crislip focused in on that issue in one of his Quackcasts

http://www.quackcast.com/spodcasts/files/podcast_23.mp3

Calling an antibiotic "Big Gun", does make Dr. Crislip start talking about burros and burrows, though.   :)


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Re: Episode # 196
« Reply #62 on: April 30, 2009, 03:55:39 PM »
WTN: It's the sound from the so called "hole to hell" in Russia, where 'scientists' claimed to have recorded the sounds of hell after drilling into a hole.
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Re: Episode # 196
« Reply #63 on: April 30, 2009, 07:16:09 PM »
WTN: It's the sound from the so called "hole to hell" in Russia, where 'scientists' claimed to have recorded the sounds of hell after drilling into a hole.

that's the one thing I know it isn't (unless there are new versions, or edited versions of the original)
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Re: Episode # 196
« Reply #64 on: October 24, 2009, 05:11:39 AM »
Obviously everybody has moved on from this topic, but in case anybody cares, there are serious issues with drag from any ramjet, and the plausibility is seriously in doubt. Robert Zubrin (mentioned in the podcast) coauthored a paper showing this back in 1975. The drag could be used to stop the rocket at its destination however, so it would need only half the delta-v and might still add quite a bit to performance if it could be deployed in flight.

Also all the comments on Star Trek's anthropoid aliens seem to neglect the fact that a lot of the show was meant as social commentary, with the underlying message being that all the aliens were all more or less alike, and many of them reflecting aspects of humans in the 60s.
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Re: Episode # 196
« Reply #65 on: October 24, 2009, 06:45:36 AM »
Also all the comments on Star Trek's anthropoid aliens seem to neglect the fact that a lot of the show was meant as social commentary, with the underlying message being that all the aliens were all more or less alike, and many of them reflecting aspects of humans in the 60s.

I was at a talk by Prof Steve Jones about his contention that human biological evolution has effectively come to a halt. As an illustration of the popular, allegedly erroneous idea that people are still evolving at a visible rate he showed pictures of two Star Trek characters which were noticeably different from present day humans. I pointed out that his evidence was faulty, as he had shown pictures of an alien (Quark) and an android (Data), both of which looked more human than they had any business to be, and that in fact all humans (and most aliens apart from a few minor prosthetics) in Star Trek looked exactly like late 20th century Americans.

His response was that he never watched rubbish like Star Trek anyway. OK, but then he shouldn't be using stuff he doesn't know about as evidence to support his hypothesis about evolution.
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