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Old 11th February 2024, 07:02 PM   #401
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Originally Posted by bruto View Post
Alas true in detail, but if you back up a little, you get the delta of Venus.
...which rhymes with...
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Old 11th February 2024, 08:42 PM   #402
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My daughter says that she learned in science class that hurricanes in the north hemisphere turn counter clockwise and clockwise in the south hemisphere
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That depends on whether you're watching them from the ground or from space.
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Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
That depends on whether you're watching them from the ground or from space.
My daughter says ok cool, I didn't know that!
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Old 12th February 2024, 12:03 AM   #405
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Originally Posted by MinnesotaBrant View Post
My daughter says that she learned in science class that hurricanes in the north hemisphere turn counter clockwise and clockwise in the south hemisphere
It is not just hurricanes that do that. Low-pressure systems are the same. High-pressure systems go in the opposite way to low-pressure systems in the same hemisphere.

Weather systems are viewed from above. If they are viewed from the ground then they are viewed horizontally.
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Old 12th February 2024, 06:12 AM   #406
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Originally Posted by rjh01 View Post
It is not just hurricanes that do that. Low-pressure systems are the same. High-pressure systems go in the opposite way to low-pressure systems in the same hemisphere.

Weather systems are viewed from above. If they are viewed from the ground then they are viewed horizontally.
With the wind on your back the low is on your left.
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And the same thing that makes them spin the way they do also makes them take the courses they take on a map. Do an image search for hurricane & typhoon paths/tracks and you'll see that they repeatedly form in the same regions and follow the same curved paths, veering to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere.

What the northern right curves and southern left curves have in common is that they both veer away from the equator. The net result of the forces that are pushing & pulling on them is like a push/pull away from the equator.

I would use that fact in an analogy to explain to people how financial life in the economy works, but I don't think enough people would get it because not enough people know about hurricane/typhoon paths. The idea is that there's a financial "equator" that people are always getting pushed away from. If you're below it, you keep encountering feedback loops that push you lower, and if you're above it, you keep encountering feedback loops that push you higher. As a result, it's so difficult to cross in either direction that most people don't know it's there because (unlike me) they've spent their whole lives on the same side of it. So the analogy with tropical storms and the equator would be a nifty succinct way to tell people that the financial equator exists too... except that an analogy between X and Y to explain Y as being similar to X in some way only works if the audience is already familiar with X.

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Cool thanks! In the 80’s I saw someone get raises and promotions because he had a cool car and rich family so I can sort of see how that works
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Old 16th February 2024, 05:54 AM   #409
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Learned this yesterday from the National Audubon Society: Eastern skunk cabbage is thermogenic.
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Old 16th February 2024, 06:47 AM   #410
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Learned this yesterday from the National Audubon Society: Eastern skunk cabbage is thermogenic.
Clicked the link and there goes the rest of my day. Fascinating. Thanks.
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Old 28th February 2024, 05:23 PM   #411
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Astronomers discover 3 previously unknown moons orbiting planets in our solar system.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/28/world...-new-moons-scn
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Old 29th February 2024, 11:06 AM   #412
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A genetic mutation that stole something awesome from us has been identified:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00309-z

The TBXT mutation is the reason why we don't have a tail.
High time to bring them back!
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Might have already been reported, but the reason why some alloys do not expand upon heating ("invars") has been confirmed to be owed to changed electron spins owing to increased spacing, creating enough magnetic attraction to counteract expansion.

This confirmation allows for developing more precise, thermally stable measuring equipment, among other advances.
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If we're including biological to include "scientific" (it fits broadly), then:

A newborn blue whale gains about 200 pounds a day during its first year.

Cmon. 200 lbs/day? That's insane.
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If we're including biological to include "scientific" (it fits broadly), then:

A newborn blue whale gains about 200 pounds a day during its first year.

Cmon. 200 lbs/day? That's insane.
I always thought that Whale Milk would be the ultimate bodybuilder drink.
I'm surprised that no billionaire has tried to milk whales.
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Originally Posted by bigred View Post
If we're including biological to include "scientific" (it fits broadly), then:

A newborn blue whale gains about 200 pounds a day during its first year.

Cmon. 200 lbs/day? That's insane.

I thought you must've misread something, but...
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A nursing blue whale mother produces over 50 gallons of milk a day. The milk is about 35 to 50 percent milk fat, which allows the calf to gain weight at a rate of up to 10 pounds an hour, which amounts to over 250 pounds a day!
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I feel like you could almost see that happening.
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A nursing blue whale mother produces over 50 gallons of milk a day. The milk is about 35 to 50 percent milk fat, which allows the calf to gain weight at a rate of up to 10 pounds an hour, which amounts to over 250 pounds a day!
"Up to 10 pounds an hour" doesn't equate with "over 250 pounds a day".

Unless nursing blue whale mothers swim more than 15° due west every day?
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Originally Posted by sphenisc View Post
"Up to 10 pounds an hour" doesn't equate with "over 250 pounds a day".

Unless nursing blue whale mothers swim more than 15° due west every day?
Now that you mention it...? Maybe they can drink up to 10 gals/hr to gain 250lbs/day.
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Originally Posted by sphenisc View Post
"Up to 10 pounds an hour" doesn't equate with "over 250 pounds a day".

Unless nursing blue whale mothers swim more than 15° due west every day?
Technically 10.49 rounds down to 10 and times 24 is 251.76. Possible but sloppy writing.
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Originally Posted by Wudang View Post
Technically 10.49 rounds down to 10 and times 24 is 251.76. Possible but sloppy writing.
Could also be the other way around. 250 lbs/day = 10.416... lbs/hr. Rounded down gives you 10.
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Is no one going to mention the "35 to 50% milk fat"?
ISTR cow's milk is around 4%, bodybuilding indeed. Put a whole pony keg where your six-pack used to be.
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Is no one going to mention the "35 to 50% milk fat"?
Makes sense. For cows, milk provides both nutrients and water. Whales don't really need the water component, except as a solvent for the nutrients.
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When it comes to eating food, the blue whale can consume as many as 40 million krill per day, which ends up weighing close to 8,000 pounds of food daily!

Note: Instead of krill, the baby blue whale consumes milk during its first 6 – 18 months of birth and can drink as much as 150 gallons of milk per day during its first year.
That is a lot of krill. It's amazing ocean levels don't fall with that much krill being eaten. Apologies to Steven Wright.

Also, 150 or 250lbs? Now I'm curious how that number is generated.
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That is a lot of krill. It's amazing ocean levels don't fall with that much krill being eaten. Apologies to Steven Wright.

Also, 150 or 250lbs? Now I'm curious how that number is generated.
I think I once read that krill are the most numerous multi-cellular critter on the planet. I have reservations about that as I'd guess they suffer from endoparasites, multiple nematodes per krill that is. But whatever - there's a lot of krill out there
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In the Southern Ocean, one species, the Antarctic krill, makes up an estimated biomass of around 379,000,000 tonnes,[3] making it among the species with the largest total biomass. Over half of this biomass is eaten by whales, seals, penguins, seabirds, squid, and fish each year.
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379 billion tonnes!!!

That's like 10 Donald Trumps...
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379 billion tonnes!!!

That's like 10 Donald Trumps...
379 million not billion.
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Now that you mention it...? Maybe they can drink up to 10 gals/hr to gain 250lbs/day.
Speaking from experience, that happens with beer too.
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I think I once read that krill are the most numerous multi-cellular critter on the planet. I have reservations about that as I'd guess they suffer from endoparasites, multiple nematodes per krill that is. But whatever - there's a lot of krill out there
There's a lot of ******** too. Maybe we could get the whales to eat them?
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379 million not billion.
Ah, so just one Trump.
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Humans are the only animals with chins.
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Humans are the only animals with chins.
Um... chinchilla?

Yes, I'm hilarious.
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