Open Thread – Weekend 4 Jun 2022

Claude Monet, The Road in front of Saint-Simeon Farm in Winter, 1867

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June 7, 2022 3:32 pm
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June 7, 2022 4:33 pm

“General relativity has been empirically verified many times over, sometimes by the discovery of features Einstein predicted, but could not yet prove. In short, his theory has proven to be astonishingly accurate.”

Indeed – without the time dilation it predicts (and for which we can correct), SatNav systems would be impossible. Ditto Doppler shifts.

Although I will note that the first “proof” of relativity and “warped” space time (bending of star light by the sun’s gravity, seen during a solar eclipse), was actually “in the noise” – I believe we have since seen this “above the noise”, but the first instance did not have the resolution and/or accuracy to say for certain. The retrograde motion of Mercury, which was also “predicted” by relativity, had already been observed, so not really “confirmed” as a “prediction”.

June 7, 2022 4:59 pm

Indolent, thanks. Very helpful.

June 10, 2022 10:00 pm

In reality where we all live, solar has achieved vastly greater scale than nuclear and has a lot more scope for scale efficiencies in the future. Nuclear is starting way behind on the scale issue, and continues to fall further behind. Thanks Uncle Xi!

Fatboy, you don’t understand what scale means, you fat idiot.

Scaling or economies of scale doesn’t mean that installing more of the renewable crap (and it is crap) will produce more energy. It will, but that what it means.
Scaling means you can dial up production using existing technology/asset.

Renewballs actually exhibit diseconomies of scale. This means the more production the more costly it is.

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  1. A biopic on the life of George Floyd? “A man with flaws?: Seriously?

  2. Their ABCcess has decided to start afresh after Phatty Phill waddles off to tend his flourishing patch of crotch fungi.…

Oh, you think that, do you? Care to put it on record?x