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by midtskogen
26 Oct 2021 13:20
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites
Replies: 122
Views: 31232

Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites

Mounted a new meteor camera at 1800 masl in Norway today.  This mountain has a spectacular view.  The question is, will the camera just ice up?  Some footage I took:

by midtskogen
25 Oct 2021 06:25
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Unusual weather
Replies: 422
Views: 141109

Unusual weather

38135 Currently watching what may be the deepest low ever recorded this close to the coast in the Pacific Northwest. It is currently about 950 hPa and still intensifying rapidly, with models in good agreement for a minimum pressure of around 943 hPa. That's just a typical North Sea winter storm.  U...
by midtskogen
22 Oct 2021 14:50
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites
Replies: 122
Views: 31232

Asteroids, meteors, and meteorites

37946 I haven't read the whole thing, but a lot of people certainly will.  It's a bold claim, since the probability that such an event happened above a city is pretty low. Looks like the paper has attracted quite a bit of criticism. I have little to weigh in with, but I wouldn't be surprised if it'...
by midtskogen
18 Oct 2021 12:40
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38080 The bad news is that this isn't that unlikely, because the selective pressure for mutations which help evade immunity is growing larger, and the virus is still circulating a lot so many mutations are still happening. Now any new variant that arises will be an offshoot of delta, because delta ...
by midtskogen
15 Oct 2021 03:43
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38046 The vaccines clearly work Yes, a recent study from Norway found that the  vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalisation by >70% : " We included 7,977 cases of Delta and 12,078 cases of Alpha. Overall, 347 (1.7%) cases were hospitalised. The aRR of hospitalisation for Delta compared...
by midtskogen
15 Oct 2021 03:09
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 5
Views: 310

How many countries have you been to?

38053 Across the US I've visited more states than not, and driven across country (Virginia to Washington) twice. US states for me are just New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, California, Florida, Oregon, Illinois, Hawaii and Tennessee (airport only).  Places visited in Canada: Nova Scotia, Newfoun...
by midtskogen
14 Oct 2021 08:29
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 5
Views: 310

How many countries have you been to?

SSIA. Whilst not a "collector" countries, making a list was interesting.  I'm not 100% sure it's complete, but certainly close.  I feel old when I'm beginning to forget visits.  I count 35 (33 if UK is regarded as one): Norway (native), Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, England, Scotland,...
by midtskogen
14 Oct 2021 05:23
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrobiology Poll
Replies: 52
Views: 18023

Astrobiology Poll

Biological diversity is highly correlated to latitude.  But I think there are several more essential factors.  These include climate stability over geological time, solar stability, magnetic field, tides, atmospheric stability, orbit stability.  Just one bad factor easily reduces the chances of life...
by midtskogen
13 Oct 2021 12:53
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrobiology Poll
Replies: 52
Views: 18023

Astrobiology Poll

38030 Interestingly, they are basing this on when Earth was a tropical rain forest paradise and are looking for planets warmer, wetter and larger than earth and with denser atmospheres with more oxygen. Funny how climate doomsayers think warmer, wetter means inhabitable Earth, whilst astrobiologist...
by midtskogen
09 Oct 2021 23:00
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38018 Be careful with the booster if you decide to take it. My basic take on vaccines is that the benefits should outweigh the risks.  So if there is a 10% chance of getting a disease, the disease should be at least 10 times worse than the ill effects of the vaccine.  The benefit of doubt is given ...
by midtskogen
09 Oct 2021 05:21
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38012 I was reading today that Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland are having great success with dealing with the pandemic because of the extremely high vaccination rates in those nations. Norway lifted the restrictions last week despite an infection rate near the top of the entire pandemic, when 2...
by midtskogen
08 Oct 2021 01:16
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

The fact by sharing your DNA also means sharing your relatives' DNA is just how nature works.  You own your of DNA, it was not given to you under an NDA, so you can share it if you like.  But that your ability to have control over your own DNA is limited, doesn't mean that it's OK to sample every ci...
by midtskogen
06 Oct 2021 07:41
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37988 Then you've removed their right to decide what happens to their own body Uhm, what?  Ok, I think what you're arguing is that there is a conflict of rights.  Then there's no win-win, and I think the sad truth is that the rights of the majority defeat the rights of the minority.  If your have a...
by midtskogen
05 Oct 2021 09:55
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37985 Not everyone who attends (or works at) a university is young. And have you given thought to what happens when students bring this disease home to their parents, or to people at a shop, or a restaurant or bar, and ultimately the rest of society including those who are at high risk or unable to...
by midtskogen
04 Oct 2021 07:32
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92818

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

Well, slippery road, but it's not that this stand means an unvaccinated society.  If it did, it would mean that everybody would be opposed, and the argument would be even worse.  If this still seems a good idea, understand at least how horrible laws in the past were passed in the interest of public ...
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