Using rank on the axis is always suspicious. The groups could actually have very similar views, but the rank order will show a lot of spread. Everybody could be +- 1% on "should gov't enforce morality", but that would still deliberately spread them all the way from left to right. This emphasizes differences… » 9/02/14 11:23am Today 11:23am

The negative comments here show why exo-skeletons are so hard, and why they aren't actually useful. In order to move real weight you can't rely on any part of a person's skeleton, or else you'll just break bones. It has to be a complete suit, including a back brace and legs. Even then it would have to be stronger… » 8/31/14 8:09am Sunday 8:09am

The Hobbit is mining the LoTR universe. I would go see movies based on the Silmarillion, but maybe not many would. I would totally go see a film version of "The Last Ringbearer", which is the whole war from the point of view of the orcs. Effing elves think they're so superior - who wouldn't want to give them… » 8/28/14 12:50pm Thursday 12:50pm

Not to worry - they haven't built Jupiter and Saturn yet. There's still time! If we put the Sun in the Florida Keys and Neptune at the tip of the Aleutian Islands, we can get a US solar system model about 8800 km long, according to Google Earth. That's almost 40 times larger than that of those socialist Swedes!… » 8/28/14 12:40pm Thursday 12:40pm

The ESA article elaborates that the gamma rays come from the decay of cobalt into iron. We're basically living on a ball of iron with some other contaminants. So these pictures show the material of the Earth being generated right before your eyes! That's God's forge, right there. » 8/28/14 7:40am Thursday 7:40am

Nope, Marvel is the anti-Pixar. Every single Pixar movie emphasizes either family, community, or teamwork. Every single Marvel movie is about a father figure failing a son, whether it's Robert Redford betraying Captain America, Howard Stark being too stiff with Tony, or Starlord cast out into a cruel galaxy. … » 8/22/14 6:46pm 8/22/14 6:46pm

This zombie idea again. The 1% deserve all their wealth because they're so productive! Give us your brainzzz if you want to be like us! We're the makers, and you're the takers! Don't blame us when we take all your money with financial fraud and send your jobs to Mexico and China, blame the robots! Oooh, those… » 8/22/14 12:13pm 8/22/14 12:13pm

Automatic weapons, I.e. machine guns and all their descendants. These have killed more people than any other single type of device. The inventor of the modern machine gun, Hiram Maxim, was naturally a hero of the British Empire for enabling this new form of carnage. When he was being feted in 1900 at a banquet of… » 8/21/14 8:08am 8/21/14 8:08am

This movie looks stylish, but robots as an oppressed minority has been beaten to death, starting with R.U.R. in 1920. That's probably what this movie's EvilCorp, ROC, is referencing. But we're now 70 years into the computer age, and these widgets are all around us. You'd have to be Amish to think of computers as… » 8/20/14 5:59pm 8/20/14 5:59pm

The article didn't mention this, perhaps because it's obvious, but the Romans didn't care about the nails as nails. They wanted to keep steel out of the hands of their enemies. A Roman sword weighed about two pounds, so seven tons of nails could make 7,000 of them, enough for a legion. It was bad enough having… » 8/19/14 10:46am 8/19/14 10:46am

This is a favorite tactic of patent trolls - go after small fish who can't afford to beat off a legal challenge, and then leverage that up to go after bigger ones. Sherlock himself would no doubt wonder what kind of dark conspiracy attempts to extort money from someone almost a century after the author's death. He… » 8/05/14 8:59am 8/05/14 8:59am

Cancelling Prometheus 2 in favor of The Martian is nothing but good news. Prometheus was to Alien about like The Phantom Menace was to A New Hope - a disaster that permanently tarred the director's reputation. George Lucas didn't recover his rep by making even more sequels, and Ridley Scott won't recover his that… » 8/04/14 7:47am 8/04/14 7:47am