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(Counsel & Heal)   Scientists announce breakthoughs in counting whales from space, transparent aluminum   (counselheal.com) divider line 36
    More: Interesting, whales, idea, right whales, scientists, British Antarctic Survey, proof of principle, automated system, surveying  
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2014-02-16 06:03:53 PM  
Gracie is pregnant.
 
2014-02-16 06:04:30 PM  
Well, double dumbass on you!
 
2014-02-16 06:22:47 PM  
The irony is that transparent aluminum is not some futuristic technology; it's found naturally and known as ruby, sapphire, or corundum:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corundum
 
2014-02-16 07:15:47 PM  
I'm just going to say nipples and leave.
 
2014-02-16 07:36:51 PM  
And if my grandmother had flukes she'd be a humpback

/wait...
 
2014-02-16 07:38:37 PM  
It said it could count 90% of those counted manually. What about all those species that are never seen? I was looking through a compendium of whale species last year and was surprised that there are many that are known only from bodies that occasionally wash up, and with some that happens only once every few decades.
 
2014-02-16 07:45:48 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And if my grandmother had flukes she'd be a humpback

/wait...


Humpback? People?
 
2014-02-16 07:50:40 PM  

HawgWild: MaudlinMutantMollusk: And if my grandmother had flukes she'd be a humpback

/wait...

Humpback? People?


What hump?
static.guim.co.uk
 
2014-02-16 09:38:02 PM  
"I think he did a little too much LDS "
 
2014-02-16 10:32:54 PM  
Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?
 
2014-02-16 11:01:09 PM  
Hello, computer!
 
2014-02-16 11:04:30 PM  
 
2014-02-16 11:20:37 PM  
www.shadowsanctum.com
 
2014-02-16 11:32:30 PM  

2wolves: "I think he did a little too much LDS "


Spock obviously was from Utah. The lack of emotions can be traced back to RomneyBot 1.0.
 
2014-02-16 11:45:32 PM  

EngineerAU: 2wolves: "I think he did a little too much LDS "

Spock obviously was from Utah. The lack of emotions can be traced back to RomneyBot 1.0.


I don't know if you've got the whole picture, but he's not exactly working on all thrusters.
 
2014-02-16 11:51:41 PM  
Humpbacked PEOPLE?

static1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-02-16 11:59:06 PM  
Remember where we parked.

/got nuthin'
 
2014-02-16 11:59:26 PM  
Your mother keeps throwing off the automated counts.
 
2014-02-17 12:03:42 AM  
Anyway I said to her, "If you think I'm going to spend sixty dollars for a goddamn toaster oven, you're out of you're mind."
 
2014-02-17 12:05:25 AM  
Sounds like there would be useful ship and boat tracking possibilities with a similar approach.
 
2014-02-17 12:06:53 AM  
Ohhhhh, I'm not sure I know the answer to that.  I think it's across the bay.  In Alameda.

/zat's vat I said, Alameda.
//But where is Alameda???
 
2014-02-17 12:09:33 AM  
Let us hope that they don't put the planet in nuclear winter while they perform their count.
 
2014-02-17 12:12:24 AM  
Of course he's a Russki, but he's a RETARD or something!
 
2014-02-17 12:14:41 AM  
OK, make nice. Give us the ray gun.
 
2014-02-17 12:47:31 AM  
Count the number of bowls of petunias that are right next to them???
 
2014-02-17 01:07:00 AM  
Chekov, Pavel. Rank, Admiral.
 
2014-02-17 01:29:37 AM  
Captain, we found the nuclear wessel and its the enterprise.
 
2014-02-17 01:31:25 AM  
 
2014-02-17 01:44:15 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: The irony is that transparent aluminum is not some futuristic technology; it's found naturally and known as ruby, sapphire, or corundum:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corundum


Well .... aluminum oxide anyways ...
 
2014-02-17 01:54:47 AM  
Aluminum oxynitride.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alumin ium_oxynitride
 
2014-02-17 02:04:50 AM  

JohnAnnArbor: Sounds like there would be useful ship and boat tracking possibilities with a similar approach.


First thing I thought of. And it already exists from what I've heard.

I don't have a source for you. So I guess I could be full of baloney.
 
2014-02-17 05:56:28 AM  
"Captain, there be whales here!"
"That's a mirror, Scotty."
 
2014-02-17 06:52:47 AM  
I'd have thought there'd be so few whales from space that counting them wouldn't be very difficult.
 
2014-02-17 06:55:18 AM  
Oh no, not again
 
2014-02-17 07:24:18 AM  

vossiewulf: It said it could count 90% of those counted manually. What about all those species that are never seen? I was looking through a compendium of whale species last year and was surprised that there are many that are known only from bodies that occasionally wash up, and with some that happens only once every few decades.


I'm more amazed by the fact that decent face regcognition software in cameras is so flaky, but that they can recognize various partially submerged whales from space
 
2014-02-17 03:35:50 PM  
Sources say they've replaced the old "poke and it see if it bubbles" method with actually looking at the water...
 
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