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NASA confirms that the impossible EmDrive thruster really works, after new tests submitted by Braintrust to science

springboard 0 points 49 points (+49|-0) ago

Interesting result but I'm still going to put my money on conversation laws simply because we've tested these laws on the very small scales of atoms all the way to the size of the universe and they all hold true. Everywhere we've looked we've seen them to be true. My guess is that there is some source of thrust that researchers haven't considered. Physics is a very large and complex, especially when studying new and not well understood objects, and can be full of surprising, misleading, and subtle results.

I say this as a physicist who would love to see new breaking results, but you also have to be realistic and practical. Plus it's happened many times over the year in many fields that some new effect has been observed, only to be later explained using known theory. This isn't bad because it can lead to new insight or ideas for future designs.

Media Silent As Sanders Overtakes Trump In Every Major Poll submitted by cynoclast to politics

springboard 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago

This election in the US is absolutely fascinating as an outsider. I've been following the US elections since 2000 and this election has been the one where I have absolutely no idea what the heck is going to happen. If you had asked me 4 months ago I would have said it would have been (another) Bush-Clinton, but at this point, I have no idea. If the last few months have taught me anything, I have no idea what is in store for us by February.

I did the Math, Proof that Star Wars is a Piece of [Shit] Movie and has an artificially inflated review submitted by 00ellis to movies

springboard 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago

I saw it and I loved it. Great film.

Where does this whole SJW thing come in? Because the film features a female lead and a black guy? I didn't follow any of the marketing for it (it helps that I don't live in the USA) and knew absolutely nothing about it beyond the trailer and many people on seem to be shoving this SJW idea onto it yet I never saw any of that in the film at all. Where does it come from??

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Jezebel In Action: Objectifying female politicians is bad, objectifying male politicians is good. submitted by skymod to whatever

springboard 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Here is an interesting comment from one of the anchors from CBC News here in Canada about the objectification of Trudeau. She makes a point that is almost immediately swept under the rug, but is critical and the very point mentioned here.

It's a very strange double standard.

NASA confirms that the impossible EmDrive thruster really works, after new tests submitted by Braintrust to science

springboard 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Have you ever met a physicist? I am a physicist and work with them every day and not a single one I've ever met has claimed we have a complete knowledge. We know we don't because quantum mechanics and general relativity do not mix but they both exist in a universe so our knowledge cannot be complete. We would absolutely love nothing more than to see our theories wrong. We want to be shown wrong and we all crave it. We absolutely want to have our understanding of the universe be completely flawed because it means there is new stuff to discover!

But, you have to remember that we are also an experimental science and every single experiment we've done, and there are hundreds of thousands of them, on the range of 10^-10 m up to 10^25 m has confirmed our theories. We've searched in many places and the laws always hold. Thus if you suddenly come along and say look at this device that seemingly violates these laws, we are going to be skeptical, especially at a length scale that is very, very well understood. Physics is a vast and complex field and even the best experimenter can miss things, which is most likely what is happening. But, that means we can learn something new. Perhaps there is a new effect of the theory we never considered and can lead to more clever designs of rockets.

And if they somehow discovered something that violates the conversation of momentum, this will blow the whole theory of physics wide open because suddenly it's wrong and yet we have theories that are insanely good approximations almost everywhere we look. Why would the world be like that? It would open the doors to a massive amount of research.

Media Silent As Sanders Overtakes Trump In Every Major Poll submitted by cynoclast to politics

springboard 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

If it does come to Trump vs Sanders, I think we'll see their viewpoints converge away from the "extremes". Right now both are in the comfort of their campaigns speaking to their own people and that does isolate them from some criticism. When they actually go out in front of the entire American public, without the worry of other candidates, the game is different. Politics is all about image and perception and what you say to your own party is not the same you can say to the general public. Is it unfortunate that it works this way? I think so, but that's how politics is these days.