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Author Topic: SCIENCE, Gravitational waves, and the whole LIGO OST!  (Read 277780 times)

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« Reply #3675 on: May 18, 2016, 04:52:31 pm »

All the non-Latinized ones seem related to mythological beings however.

So, Latinized words or named after gods. You can sure have an English one as long as it's named after the traditional English pantheon. Don't have your own pantheon? Tough shit.

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« Reply #3676 on: May 18, 2016, 05:01:10 pm »

Ah yes, the famous god Copernicus.
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« Reply #3677 on: May 18, 2016, 05:11:47 pm »

Ok, you got me, add "famous astronomers" to the allowed list. One of whom is English, btw: Harriot.

Latin fits with scientific nomenclature, Gods fits with traditional naming of stars and planets, and Astronomers, well that just fits with the whole "naming stars" thing, doesn't it?

There's no real English bias on display here.
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« Reply #3678 on: May 18, 2016, 05:18:31 pm »

Who said anything about bias? The IAU's standards are just arbitrary and pointless.

We have a lot of celestial bodies to go through, no reason to limit ourselves.
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« Reply #3679 on: May 18, 2016, 05:30:11 pm »

We have a lot of celestial bodies to go through, no reason to limit ourselves.
Fourth question down...
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« Reply #3680 on: May 19, 2016, 04:50:15 am »

("Orbitar" looks a bit proto-"Planety McPlanetface", doesn't it?  ;) )
It's interesting, because apparently it's a contrived name in reference to NASA's orbital operations. I don't quite get why that ended up being "Orbitar" as opposed to "Orbiter" or "Orbita", but there you have it.
It's spacey. Pulsar, Magnetar, etc. The 'tar' is from "star" I think, so it's technically incorrect (it'd be a better name for the sub-star in a dom/sub binary system, an "orbiting star") but whatever.

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« Reply #3681 on: May 19, 2016, 11:06:21 am »

("Orbitar" looks a bit proto-"Planety McPlanetface", doesn't it?  ;) )
It's interesting, because apparently it's a contrived name in reference to NASA's orbital operations. I don't quite get why that ended up being "Orbitar" as opposed to "Orbiter" or "Orbita", but there you have it.
It's spacey. Pulsar, Magnetar, etc. The 'tar' is from "star" I think, so it's technically incorrect (it'd be a better name for the sub-star in a dom/sub binary system, an "orbiting star") but whatever.
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So, NASA is working on designing a troop of robots called Valkyries to serve as an advance party for colonizing Mars.
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« Reply #3682 on: May 19, 2016, 11:11:58 am »

("Orbitar" looks a bit proto-"Planety McPlanetface", doesn't it?  ;) )
It's interesting, because apparently it's a contrived name in reference to NASA's orbital operations. I don't quite get why that ended up being "Orbitar" as opposed to "Orbiter" or "Orbita", but there you have it.
It's spacey. Pulsar, Magnetar, etc. The 'tar' is from "star" I think, so it's technically incorrect (it'd be a better name for the sub-star in a dom/sub binary system, an "orbiting star") but whatever.
Descan, please keep your dong out of my stars.

His is the dong that will pierce the heavens.


So, NASA is working on designing a troop of robots called Valkyries to serve as an advance party for colonizing Mars.
Using humanoid robots on a distant planet sounds like a terrible idea, considering how unstable they continue to be even in the best of conditions. If one of them faceplants and can't get back up, that's several million dollars wasted.

What's wrong with good old wheels?
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Re: SCIENCE, Gravitational waves, and the whole LIGO OST!
« Reply #3683 on: May 19, 2016, 11:19:11 am »

This just in: Mars will be conquered for humanity by a team of 4 ugly power rangers.

In all seriousness, I'm with Sirus on this. We haven't exactly managed to make full bipedal workable robots on earth yet, why are they considering sending 4 of them to mars to operate on uneven, rocky, dusty terrain?
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« Reply #3684 on: May 19, 2016, 11:45:07 am »

Windy. Don't forget windy.
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« Reply #3685 on: May 19, 2016, 11:49:01 am »

I guess the reasoning is that rovers wouldn't be very good mechanics.
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« Reply #3686 on: May 19, 2016, 12:08:19 pm »

That's part of it, yeah. The human form is kind of wobbly when not controlled well, but don't forget that our shape provides an extreme level of versatility. We evolved into this form as a consequence of needing to do...all the things that we do, and it's unlikely that a non-humanoid robot of similar capacity would be able to match a humanoid robot of similar capacity.

For building structures on Mars, that's the kind of versatility and ability we absolutely need. That goes double if what they build is ever inhabited by flesh-and-blood humans, I can just imagine the kind of unforeseen ergonomic failures two-foot tall balls of wheels and welding torches would construct. We'd also have to build a couple hundred more of those than these, thanks to their specialization.

All in all, I get the concern after years of watching clumsy soccer robots, but let's not lose sight of NASA's job being to make the big leaps forward like these. The goal here is to essentially make a robotic copy of the human form. Humans who faceplant can stand up again. So long as they do the job, it'll be fine.

Windy. Don't forget windy.
Mars isn't windy. Or at least not meaningfully windy, as the air pressure is so low even a massive gust can't exert force on the surroundings.
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« Reply #3687 on: May 19, 2016, 12:38:20 pm »

This just in: Mars will be conquered for humanity by a team of 4 ugly power rangers.

In all seriousness, I'm with Sirus on this. We haven't exactly managed to make full bipedal workable robots on earth yet, why are they considering sending 4 of them to mars to operate on uneven, rocky, dusty terrain?

Not too worried about that.
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« Reply #3688 on: May 19, 2016, 01:03:00 pm »

Didn't google put up boston dynamics for sale not too long ago?
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« Reply #3689 on: May 19, 2016, 01:07:08 pm »

@ MetalSlimeHunt: I was actually thinking more along the lines of Curiosity-sized robots. That thing was about the size of a small car, IIRC. Much bigger than most robotic rovers, and with specialized arms I'm sure they could put together pre-fabricated structures.

This just in: Mars will be conquered for humanity by a team of 4 ugly power rangers.

In all seriousness, I'm with Sirus on this. We haven't exactly managed to make full bipedal workable robots on earth yet, why are they considering sending 4 of them to mars to operate on uneven, rocky, dusty terrain?

Not too worried about that.
It's getting there, no question, but still a bit unstable for my tastes. At least if we're talking about sending it several light-minutes away with absolutely no chance of recovery.
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