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Jan 31st 2010 11:29AM What I would suggest is that airlines come up with a polite but firm printed pamphlet which they can hand out to passengers who are a problem. These regulations of behavior onboard commercial aircraft probably should be backed up with government laws and regulation. It is not just the airline which these people are a problem for, it is also other passengers as well.
Dec 26th 2009 11:14AM If you ask me, this attempt is most likely diversionary, intended to throw us off the scent of a real upcoming attack, like a large scale attack using 'belly bombers'. Al-Qaeda has been working on surgic ally implanted 'belly bombs' for at least a couple of years now. I have tried a couple of times to alert authorities to this growing risk. We need the ability to screen for these types of devices. If anything is holding al-Qaeda back, it is the desire to mount a large scale, coordinated attack using 'belly bombers', which could kill more people than the 9/11 attacks.
Nov 14th 2009 9:53AM PS - You have to be careful using composites under continuous load conditions, because the materials which are used to bind composites together tend to be plastic in nature, and this plasticity tends to put a greater strain on the reinforcement fibers over time, due to the gradual deformation of these materials.
Nov 14th 2009 9:28AM There is a limit to what we can use plastics for, and I suspect there will be a limit to what we can use composites for, too, if only in the foreseeable future. I just hope we don't find out what those limits are the hard way.
Nov 14th 2009 8:48AM In retrospect, they probably should have eased into the use of composites more gradually, slowly increasing the percentage of use in their planes over time. This is the general approach which we have taken with plastics. This would have given them time to work the bugs out of the composite material. They are in the hot seat now, and that seat could get much hotter if these composite materials begin to fail once these planes are put into service. It is a huge gamble with huge payoffs and potentially huge liabilities. But they were basically gambling this form of huge against Airbus's huge aircraft. We will just have to see which form of huge wins out in the end. I just hope the public isn't the huge loser.
Oct 8th 2009 6:16PM If the DeloreanMotorCo. were smart, they would rescue the Saturn (name), and eventually add to it a Uranus and Neptune (in fact, one for every planet in our solar system).
Oct 6th 2009 11:17AM I like to use a two stage cooking system for beef, which relies upon secondary microwave cooking of meat immediately following the first stage to ensure fully cooked meat deep inside. I have never had a problem by using this approach.
Oct 3rd 2009 12:51PM If the U.S. government simply invests in thousands of leading edge technologies, with the idea of earning taxpayers a future return on their investment, then it doesn't have to cost taxpayers anything. It is the best way to 'spur' our national economy and end our reliance upon expensive overseas oil, not to mention end our serious trade deficit. It could even potentially put the U.S. government in the 'green' over the long hall. And depending on how fast they do this, they won't even need to extend unemployment benefits very far. There are hundreds if not thousands of emerging technologies out there which are languishing for lack of investment money, especially in these tight financial markets. It is high time that the U.S. government start thinking in terms of profitability, if only from the standpoint of investments. Otherwise there is only 'red' as far as the eye can see. - Rick Carter
Oct 3rd 2009 4:00AM I call it absolutely unforgiveable that although the U.S. has already earmarked about $66 billion in stimulus money for renewable energy, more than 80 percent has yet to be allocated, New Energy Finance estimated.
In addition, the bulk of the money for announced allocations has yet to reach companies' bank accounts, analysts said. The allocation and distribution of this stimulus money for renewable energy is the number one priority when it comes to countering global warming as well as countering the economic downturn. How the Obama administration manages to sleep at night is completely beyond me!
Sep 26th 2009 9:28PM Creationism and evolution are not mutually exclusive of one another, as long as you believe that our Universe was created with the potential for the evolution of life (not to mention the evolution of pretty much everything else as well). Stars evolve, galaxies evolve, planets evolve, even primordial matter has evolved. The fact that our Universe is described mathematically tells us that Intelligent Design is behind it. (I am Scientian, and I personally regard Mathematics as being the true language of the Creator God. I even believe in an afterlife, based upon a quantum mechanical body (or so called "spirtual body") which resides inside of our mechanical (or physical) body.) - Rick Carter