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(UPI)   Does this belt make me look fat??   (upi.com) divider line 25
    More: Interesting, dark matter, Earth, University of Texas at Arlington, Earth mass, International Astronomical Union  
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2014-01-06 10:28:01 AM  
no, sight makes you look fat.
 
2014-01-06 11:50:39 AM  
I'm going to counter that article by saying: The Earth might be heavier than previously thought because invisible dragon realms
 
2014-01-06 12:08:56 PM  

Mangoose: I'm going to counter that article by saying: The Earth might be heavier than previously thought because invisible dragon realms


Maybe you can't see them, but I sure as hell can.
 
2014-01-06 12:18:54 PM  
Something we can't see and have never actually discovered may be the cause of things we can't explain.  More at 11.
 
2014-01-06 12:19:32 PM  
"This could be explained in there were a disk of otherwise undetectable dark matter around the Earth's equator 120 miles thick and 45,000 miles wide, Harris said."

So, this Dark Matter, of which we know very little, has a density that is so well-calculated (even though it does not interact with matter) that we can throw out dimensions for its alleged belt? I hate poor journalism, and I hate poor science journalism even more.
 
2014-01-06 12:22:22 PM  

Farce-Side: Something we can't see and have never actually discovered may be the cause of things we can't explain.  More at 11.


Dark Matter as a religion?.

/All praise the Dark Matter!
 
2014-01-06 12:31:04 PM  
They've found God's cock ring!
 
2014-01-06 12:41:39 PM  

SordidEuphemism: "This could be explained in there were a disk of otherwise undetectable dark matter around the Earth's equator 120 miles thick and 45,000 miles wide, Harris said."

So, this Dark Matter, of which we know very little, has a density that is so well-calculated (even though it does not interact with matter) that we can throw out dimensions for its alleged belt? I hate poor journalism, and I hate poor science journalism even more.


Agreed. The assignment of some completely ass-pulled volumetric dimensions was a little stupid.
 
2014-01-06 12:56:53 PM  

CygnusDarius: Farce-Side: Something we can't see and have never actually discovered may be the cause of things we can't explain.  More at 11.

Dark Matter as a religion?.

/All praise the Dark Matter!


No more like the after birth fluids of the universe.
 
2014-01-06 12:57:59 PM  
If it doesn't explain why pi is not a whole number, it is irrelevant to my interests.
 
2014-01-06 01:15:17 PM  
It's just the weight of all the extra souls going to Hell instead of Heaven because the gays can marry.
 
2014-01-06 01:20:01 PM  
Comic Book Guy: Yes, I would like to return your quote-unquote *ultimate* belt.
Clerk: I see. Do you have a receipt, quote-unquote sir?
Comic Book Guy: No, I do not have a receipt. I won it as a door prize at a Star Trek convention, although I find their choice of prize highly illogical, as the average Trekker has no need of a medium-size belt.
Clerk: Wow, a fat sarcastic Star Trek fan. You must be a devil with the ladies... gee, I hate to let you down, Casanova, but no receipt, no return.
 
2014-01-06 01:37:34 PM  

zenobia: If it doesn't explain why pi is not a whole number, it is irrelevant to my interests.


PI IS DETERMINED BY THE ANGLE BETWEEN THE SPATIAL DIMENSIONS AND HAS THEREFORE CHANGED WITH THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE -- THE LACK OF CHANGE IN PI OVER THE OBSERVABLE LIFETIME OF THE UNIVERSE MEANS THAT THE UNIVERSAL EXPANSION SINCE THE STATE CHANGE FROM THE INFLATIONARY EPOCH IS INSIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO THE OVERALL SIZE AND THEREFORE THE EXPANSION DURING THE INFLATIONARY EPOCH!

/Cap locked for crackpottery.
 
2014-01-06 01:44:36 PM  

zenobia: If it doesn't explain why pi is not a whole number, it is irrelevant to my interests.


Pi is a whole number in base pi.  You're just counting wrong.
 
2014-01-06 01:58:26 PM  

Radak: zenobia: If it doesn't explain why pi is not a whole number, it is irrelevant to my interests.

Pi is a whole number in base pi.  You're just counting wrong.


Counting in base pi:

Apple
Cherry
Pumpkin
Mince
Key Lime
ApplishApple
ApplishCherry
ApplishPumpkin
ApplishMince
ApplishKey Lime
CherrishApple
CherrishCherry
CherrishPumpkin
CherrishMince
CherrishKey Lime
...
and so forth
 
2014-01-06 02:18:40 PM  

give me doughnuts: Radak: zenobia: If it doesn't explain why pi is not a whole number, it is irrelevant to my interests.

Pi is a whole number in base pi.  You're just counting wrong.

Counting in base pi:

Apple
Cherry
Pumpkin
Mince
Key Lime
ApplishApple
ApplishCherry
ApplishPumpkin
ApplishMince
ApplishKey Lime
CherrishApple
CherrishCherry
CherrishPumpkin
CherrishMince
CherrishKey Lime
...
and so forth


And that only works until you get to the Limey-apple
 
2014-01-06 02:23:54 PM  
So we're just going to ignore our known understanding of gravity irregularities due to the uneven distribution of Earth's mass now?

/sounds legit
 
2014-01-06 02:33:41 PM  

show me: Mangoose: I'm going to counter that article by saying: The Earth might be heavier than previously thought because invisible dragon realms

Maybe you can't see them, but I sure as hell can.


"A picture of Jesus" by Piers Anthony?

anyways, why is this guy pulling the dark matter card? Wouldn't this just improve the mass of the earth number?
 
2014-01-06 02:46:26 PM  
Damn!  They've discovered my halo of dark matter?

Well....back to the drawing board.
 
2014-01-06 03:35:48 PM  
Does this article make them sound stupid??
 
2014-01-06 07:02:47 PM  

OhioKnight: zenobia: If it doesn't explain why pi is not a whole number, it is irrelevant to my interests.

PI IS DETERMINED BY THE ANGLE BETWEEN THE SPATIAL DIMENSIONS AND HAS THEREFORE CHANGED WITH THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE -- THE LACK OF CHANGE IN PI OVER THE OBSERVABLE LIFETIME OF THE UNIVERSE MEANS THAT THE UNIVERSAL EXPANSION SINCE THE STATE CHANGE FROM THE INFLATIONARY EPOCH IS INSIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO THE OVERALL SIZE AND THEREFORE THE EXPANSION DURING THE INFLATIONARY EPOCH!

/Cap locked for crackpottery.


You should be using Tau.
 
2014-01-06 07:04:10 PM  

Gaddiel: They've found God's cock ring!


Nay, but verily, 'tis Lucifer's anus!
 
2014-01-06 08:28:44 PM  

SordidEuphemism: "This could be explained in there were a disk of otherwise undetectable dark matter around the Earth's equator 120 miles thick and 45,000 miles wide, Harris said."

So, this Dark Matter, of which we know very little, has a density that is so well-calculated (even though it does not interact with matter) that we can throw out dimensions for its alleged belt? I hate poor journalism, and I hate poor science journalism even more.


Without reading the paper, (Which is probably way over my head anyways) I'm going to assume that there is a difference between the actual orbital velocities of the GPS satellites, and the expected amount of time dilation they experience.

GPS satellites have some of the best clocks around, since they are timed to account for the very tiny difference in the rate of time they experience being so far from the Earth's gravity well.

If they track changes in actual time dilation and correlate it to orbital velocity, then differences between actual and expected orbital velocities and/or time dilation might be used to determine a mass difference in the Earth system, and if the difference between observed and expected orbital velocities and/or time dilation is dependent a satellite's location in it's orbit, that can be used to define a region where this extra mass is.
 
2014-01-07 12:22:28 AM  
It's the fat that makes you look fat.
 
2014-01-07 03:31:00 AM  
If the variation in the Earth's apparent mass is in the neighborhood of 0.008%, that's small enough that it could be easily explained by us being wrong about the exact ratios of the elements that make up the planet's interior. If the deep mantle contained a bit more gold than we thought, or something along those lines, that ought to account for such a small variation*. Or the measurements that determined the Earth's mass were insufficiently precise. We're talking about less than 1 part in 10,000, after all.

*small variation meaning 477 quadrillion metric tons of.....something
 
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