Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The 7 Smartest Animals In The World | Answers With Joe

The long thought figure of 100 billion neurons for humans has been disproven.  The correct number is 86 billion.  Dogs have 2.25. billion.  Cats have 0.75 billion.  I think that it is safe to say that dogs exhibit more behaviors than cats, but cats are brilliant at being cats.  Ants only have 7 thousand.  The house fly has 100 thousand, bees have 960 thousand, while cockroaches and praying mantises have 1 million.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

FDA panel endorses Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use | Fox Business

I thought that FDA approval would come today, but they are saying later this week, although there is not much week left. There seems to be some concern about people with allergic reactions. There is also some talk about people being hesitant to take the vaccine. Some of my friends are saying, "You go first", which would be okay by me. We can't make progress without a vaccine.

From what I can tell by casual observation, maybe 10 to 20% of the population doesn't want to take the vaccine.


Friday, December 4, 2020

Fusion is a Terrible Way to Produce Electricity: Princeton Physicist

I find this discouraging.  The fusion prototype in France was originally supposed to be working by 2020 or sooner, but now it is scheduled for 2027.   I saw their website years ago stating that this was the energy for the future.  However, now I learn that this won't even be close to a practical fusion plant.  

We have been told repeatedly that we are a decade or two away from fusion energy, but the author thinks that it might be the end of the century.  

This makes me wonder what happened to algae fuel?

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

World's Heaviest Weight

I did a calculation and assuming that you were standing 3 meters away, 1 million pounds of mass would generate about one-millionth of G force on your body.  Not significant, but it is there.  Since the mass is spread out a bit, it might be a little less.  If you and the mass were both floating in space, you might very slowly pull toward it.  However, it wouldn't take much distance to make the effect negligible.