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(Mother Nature Network)   Scientists from the land that brought us kilts, bagpipes, and haggis think grinding up an asteroid and using the dust to shield Earth will help stop climate change   (mnn.com) divider line 80
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2012-10-02 09:27:30 AM  
Next on thier list, stoping the tides and sunrises
 
2012-10-02 09:27:42 AM  
candidate for worst headline of 2012?
 
2012-10-02 09:27:46 AM  
I can think of another Scottish scientist who tried something similar...

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2012-10-02 09:30:37 AM  

Biness: candidate for worst headline of 2012?


+1
 
2012-10-02 09:30:39 AM  
Oop yar kilts....
 
2012-10-02 09:31:45 AM  
Sounds like a great idea! Who needs satellites anyways?
 
2012-10-02 09:33:05 AM  
Been hitting the Buckfast a bit hard in the lab, have we?
 
2012-10-02 09:34:24 AM  
Don't knock Scottish Engineers. They invented the steam engine, the railroad locomotive, the differential heat engine, the blast furnace, the repeating rifle, the revolver, the first precision lathe, the mill, the vacuum still, the first functional telephone. Not to mention the best distilled alcoholics beverage the world has ever seen.
 
2012-10-02 09:36:47 AM  
It's not weird at all, subby. While it is impractical, it is based in knowledge. The Clean Air Act had some unintended consequences. It, and similar clean air regulations around the world, was directly responsible for greatly reducing the amount of particulate emissions into the atmosphere. These particles served to reflect quite a bit of incoming sunlight back into space. The Clean Air Act didn't do much about gaseous emissions, so greenhouse gases continued to rise. So a combination of a reduction of particulate and a steady increase of gaseous emissions combined to accelerate atmospheric warming.
 
2012-10-02 09:37:47 AM  
simpsons did it

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2012-10-02 09:39:18 AM  

JackieRabbit: It's not weird at all, subby. While it is impractical, it is based in knowledge. The Clean Air Act had some unintended consequences. It, and similar clean air regulations around the world, was directly responsible for greatly reducing the amount of particulate emissions into the atmosphere. These particles served to reflect quite a bit of incoming sunlight back into space. The Clean Air Act didn't do much about gaseous emissions, so greenhouse gases continued to rise. So a combination of a reduction of particulate and a steady increase of gaseous emissions combined to accelerate atmospheric warming.


Give a hoot -- pollute!
 
2012-10-02 09:39:29 AM  
They make take our lives! But they'll never take.....our sunlight!
 
2012-10-02 09:41:01 AM  
Haggis was a good idea.
 
2012-10-02 09:41:54 AM  
CSB: I was once taking a tour of Edinburgh Castle when an overly informative tour guide (curator? I dont know) cornered me and asked, since I was obviously a Yank, if I thought Scotland was just about "Kilts, haggis, and whisky." It was almost lunch time IIRC so I said yes, to which I received an impromptu hour long lecture on the scientific accomplishments of Scottish academicians.

Long story short, I don't remember any of it, but I was left with the distinct impression that Scotland has produced some important people who did something important, and some really bossy tour guides.
 
2012-10-02 09:42:23 AM  
And then when it cycles back to cooling how do we take the shiat back out?
 
2012-10-02 09:42:35 AM  

gilatrout: Haggis was a good idea.


what's HAGGIS? do u have the SHINNING???

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2012-10-02 09:42:50 AM  
If only there was something else to convert co2 to another gas.
 
2012-10-02 09:43:00 AM  
The bean counters told me we literally could not afford to buy seven dollars worth of asteroids, much less seventy million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground 'em up, shot em back into space. And guess what? Ground up asteroids are pure poison. I am deathly ill.
 
2012-10-02 09:43:05 AM  
They may be right...but what happens if they release too much dust?
 
2012-10-02 09:43:38 AM  

Rindred: JackieRabbit: It's not weird at all, subby. While it is impractical, it is based in knowledge. The Clean Air Act had some unintended consequences. It, and similar clean air regulations around the world, was directly responsible for greatly reducing the amount of particulate emissions into the atmosphere. These particles served to reflect quite a bit of incoming sunlight back into space. The Clean Air Act didn't do much about gaseous emissions, so greenhouse gases continued to rise. So a combination of a reduction of particulate and a steady increase of gaseous emissions combined to accelerate atmospheric warming.

Give a hoot -- pollute!


God, I had forgotten all about that ad campaign. A blast from the past.
 
2012-10-02 09:45:53 AM  
It was a Scot that discovered Penicillin too..
 
2012-10-02 09:50:01 AM  

Cyno01: The bean counters told me we literally could not afford to buy seven dollars worth of asteroids, much less seventy million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground 'em up, shot em back into space. And guess what? Ground up asteroids are pure poison. I am deathly ill.


Thanks for saving me the time finding that.
 
2012-10-02 09:50:48 AM  
Ya' got Asteroids?

Naw, but my dad does. Can't even sit on the toilet some days.
 
2012-10-02 09:57:08 AM  
It's not a plan, it's a threat.

/"Stop being bourgeois capitalist pigs, or we will be forced to destroy the world to save it!"
 
2012-10-02 09:59:00 AM  
Have to coat the sun with the stuff.
 
2012-10-02 10:01:09 AM  
Don't listen to them. They want to terraform our planet into a cold, gray, soggy, treeless empire where they can toss telephone poles and expose their nether-regions to marmots.
 
2012-10-02 10:02:07 AM  
Kilts, bagpipes, and haggis... What are three things that DID NOT ORIGINATE IN SCOTLAND.
 
2012-10-02 10:06:53 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: I can think of another Scottish scientist who tried something similar...

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This is the first thing I thought of.

I see that, much like the movie, everyone is pretending your post does not exist.
 
2012-10-02 10:06:57 AM  
i16.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-02 10:09:08 AM  

Deathfrogg: Don't knock Scottish Engineers. They invented the steam engine, the railroad locomotive, the differential heat engine, the blast furnace, the repeating rifle, the revolver, the first precision lathe, the mill, the vacuum still, the first functional telephone. Not to mention the best distilled alcoholics beverage the world has ever seen.


You had me up till you mentioned Scotch. If you like a beverage that is redolent with the essence of burnt peat-moss, seaweed, and ass, then by all means, go right ahead drink your scotch. If you like a whiskey that actually tastes good, then drink bourbon.
 
2012-10-02 10:11:56 AM  

Deathfrogg: Don't knock Scottish Engineers. They invented the steam engine, the railroad locomotive, the differential heat engine, the blast furnace, the repeating rifle, the revolver, the first precision lathe, the mill, the vacuum still, the first functional telephone. Not to mention the best distilled alcoholics beverage the world has ever seen.


Also television, waterproof cloth, macadam road surfaces, adhesive stamps, anaesthesia, sterile surgery, logarithms, sociology, economics, radar, ATMs, refrigerators, hypodermic needles, football and the first ever cloned sheep.
 
2012-10-02 10:13:30 AM  

Joe Blowme: And then when it cycles back to cooling how do we take the shiat back out?


This. The potential for this plan to go horribly, horribly wrong makes it totally impractical. And we'd be better off with more warming than more cooling.
 
2012-10-02 10:15:02 AM  

give me doughnuts: Deathfrogg: Don't knock Scottish Engineers. They invented the steam engine, the railroad locomotive, the differential heat engine, the blast furnace, the repeating rifle, the revolver, the first precision lathe, the mill, the vacuum still, the first functional telephone. Not to mention the best distilled alcoholics beverage the world has ever seen.

You had me up till you mentioned Scotch. If you like a beverage that is redolent with the essence of burnt peat-moss, seaweed, and ass, then by all means, go right ahead drink your scotch. If you like a whiskey that actually tastes good, then drink bourbon.


Bourbon is a recipe from wales. John `jack the lad` daniels got the recipe from his welsh grandmother...
 
2012-10-02 10:16:04 AM  

mortimer_ford: Don't listen to them. They want to terraform our planet into a cold, gray, soggy, treeless empire where they can toss telephone poles and expose their nether-regions to marmots.



i249.photobucket.com

Feast your eyes!
 
2012-10-02 10:16:13 AM  

mongbiohazard: Joe Blowme: And then when it cycles back to cooling how do we take the shiat back out?

This. The potential for this plan to go horribly, horribly wrong makes it totally impractical. And we'd be better off with more warming than more cooling.


repeating bears.jpg

As we are only 90% sure it is man made anyway, what if it isn`t and we cause bigger problems?
 
2012-10-02 10:16:48 AM  
Giant ice cubes from comets?
 
2012-10-02 10:18:37 AM  
The "scientist" in question is quoted as saying "What could go wrong?!?!?"
 
2012-10-02 10:19:43 AM  
There is NO WAY they should even consider doing this until they have a PROVEN technology to clean it all up if it goes wrong.
 
2012-10-02 10:20:40 AM  
Dump a kiloton or two of iron dust into the worlds oceans and use algal blooms to sequester a megaton or two of CO2.
 
2012-10-02 10:23:14 AM  

SpectroBoy: There is NO WAY they should even consider doing this until they have a PROVEN technology to clean it all up if it goes wrong.


What about a consensus on the tech to clean it up, will that suffice?
 
2012-10-02 10:23:27 AM  

SpectroBoy: The "scientist" in question is quoted as saying "What could go wrong?!?!?"


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2012-10-02 10:23:41 AM  
Things invented by Scots: Adhesive stamps, the Bank of England, bicycle pedals, Bovril, breech-loading rifle, chloroform, the cloud chamber, colour photography, cornflour, cure for malaria, the decimal point, electro-magnetism, finger printing, fountain pen, hypnosis, hypodermic syringe, insulin, kaleidoscope, the lawnmower, the Kelvin scale, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, lime cordial, motor insurance, MRI scanner, paddle steamer, paraffin, piano pedals, pneumatic tyres, the postmark, radar, raincoats, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, tarmac, teleprinter, tubular steel, the typhoid vaccine, ultrasound scanner, the US Navy, Universal Standard Time, vacuum flasks, wave powered generators, wire rope, and of course every idea of philosophy that came out of the Enlightenment . Scotland had 75% literacy rates in the 1750s, when most of the rest of the civilised world were largely illiterate.
 
2012-10-02 10:28:57 AM  

Spiralmonkey: Things invented by Scots: Adhesive stamps, the Bank of England, bicycle pedals, Bovril, breech-loading rifle, chloroform, the cloud chamber, colour photography, cornflour, cure for malaria, the decimal point, electro-magnetism, finger printing, fountain pen, hypnosis, hypodermic syringe, insulin, kaleidoscope, the lawnmower, the Kelvin scale, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, lime cordial, motor insurance, MRI scanner, paddle steamer, paraffin, piano pedals, pneumatic tyres, the postmark, radar, raincoats, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, tarmac, teleprinter, tubular steel, the typhoid vaccine, ultrasound scanner, the US Navy, Universal Standard Time, vacuum flasks, wave powered generators, wire rope, and of course every idea of philosophy that came out of the Enlightenment . Scotland had 75% literacy rates in the 1750s, when most of the rest of the civilised world were largely illiterate.


God damn devils.
 
2012-10-02 10:50:32 AM  

Spiralmonkey: Things invented by Scots: Adhesive stamps, the Bank of England, bicycle pedals, Bovril, breech-loading rifle, chloroform, the cloud chamber, colour photography, cornflour, cure for malaria, the decimal point, electro-magnetism, finger printing, fountain pen, hypnosis, hypodermic syringe, insulin, kaleidoscope, the lawnmower, the Kelvin scale, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, lime cordial, motor insurance, MRI scanner, paddle steamer, paraffin, piano pedals, pneumatic tyres, the postmark, radar, raincoats, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, tarmac, teleprinter, tubular steel, the typhoid vaccine, ultrasound scanner, the US Navy, Universal Standard Time, vacuum flasks, wave powered generators, wire rope, and of course every idea of philosophy that came out of the Enlightenment . Scotland had 75% literacy rates in the 1750s, when most of the rest of the civilised world were largely illiterate.


wonderful, but it takes an idiot to believe that ANY person invented magnetism or the US Navy.

And most of your list is composed of things invented by people of Scottish descent. That is a rather weak attempt to claim something that is not deserved.
 
2012-10-02 10:53:40 AM  

chuckufarlie: Spiralmonkey: Things invented by Scots: Adhesive stamps, the Bank of England, bicycle pedals, Bovril, breech-loading rifle, chloroform, the cloud chamber, colour photography, cornflour, cure for malaria, the decimal point, electro-magnetism, finger printing, fountain pen, hypnosis, hypodermic syringe, insulin, kaleidoscope, the lawnmower, the Kelvin scale, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, lime cordial, motor insurance, MRI scanner, paddle steamer, paraffin, piano pedals, pneumatic tyres, the postmark, radar, raincoats, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, tarmac, teleprinter, tubular steel, the typhoid vaccine, ultrasound scanner, the US Navy, Universal Standard Time, vacuum flasks, wave powered generators, wire rope, and of course every idea of philosophy that came out of the Enlightenment . Scotland had 75% literacy rates in the 1750s, when most of the rest of the civilised world were largely illiterate.

wonderful, but it takes an idiot to believe that ANY person invented magnetism or the US Navy.

And most of your list is composed of things invented by people of Scottish descent. That is a rather weak attempt to claim something that is not deserved.


Descent? Please enlighten me.
 
2012-10-02 10:53:48 AM  

SpectroBoy: There is NO WAY they should even consider doing this until they have a PROVEN technology to clean it all up if it goes wrong.


pffft. What could possibly go wrong?
 
2012-10-02 10:58:10 AM  

chuckufarlie: Spiralmonkey: Things invented by Scots: Adhesive stamps, the Bank of England, bicycle pedals, Bovril, breech-loading rifle, chloroform, the cloud chamber, colour photography, cornflour, cure for malaria, the decimal point, electro-magnetism, finger printing, fountain pen, hypnosis, hypodermic syringe, insulin, kaleidoscope, the lawnmower, the Kelvin scale, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, lime cordial, motor insurance, MRI scanner, paddle steamer, paraffin, piano pedals, pneumatic tyres, the postmark, radar, raincoats, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, tarmac, teleprinter, tubular steel, the typhoid vaccine, ultrasound scanner, the US Navy, Universal Standard Time, vacuum flasks, wave powered generators, wire rope, and of course every idea of philosophy that came out of the Enlightenment . Scotland had 75% literacy rates in the 1750s, when most of the rest of the civilised world were largely illiterate.

wonderful, but it takes an idiot to believe that ANY person invented magnetism or the US Navy.

And most of your list is composed of things invented by people of Scottish descent. That is a rather weak attempt to claim something that is not deserved.


No-one is claiming that a person "invented" magnetism, but it was James Clerk Maxwell who formulated electromagnetic theory. Also, never heard of John Paul Jones, founder of the US Navy? In what way were they not Scottish?
 
2012-10-02 10:58:32 AM  

Joe Blowme: What about a consensus on the tech to clean it up, will that suffice?


I'd like to see a at least working prototype. It's the only planet we got.
 
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2012-10-02 10:59:16 AM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

/oblig
 
2012-10-02 11:05:54 AM  
My only concern is that if society collapses into some sort of semi dark age for any number of reasons then we have a large asteroid who's orbit we can no longer correct. Can any physics people comment on the chances of getting it into a stable and permanent orbit safely?
 
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