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That went well

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I like the line "It's midnight". A lot

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Good job Ward! :)

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Is Art getting questions from bellGab? or are we all on the same frequency here?

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MITD is living up to expectations

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An ad for a kickstarter? Damn... it's the future.

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: July 20, 2015, 04:56:30 AM »
I thought she was great as well, people are strange, let a bit of time pass. I think they just hate change

Art
Follow what your gut says when it comes to a co-host. Let the fan base deal with it.

Was great to hear you back on tonight, and neat to hear how excited you were when you got a call from a far away place!

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I liked Redacted on the show, I thought she did a great job. If she is not a permanent fixture then I hope she calls often and Art keeps her around for a while each time she gets on. I like the idea of a public forum and a roundtable discussion. Could make for more interesting talk.

All the best with the tech problems Art, I'm sure they will get cleared up. If a show gets cancelled here or there because of a rain day once in a while, no sweat. This is breaking new and interesting ground, and in order to do that you need to solve problems no one has really run into before.

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omg Redacted! Gratz :)

And nice to hear you as well Jaz... even though this grim omen may spell certain doom!

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These Pluto flyby photos are incredible....

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General Discussion / Re: Is Bellgab now doomed?
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:07:35 AM »
DOOOOOOOOOOOOM

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Where is agent orange when we need him to answer some of the biggest questions in our universe?

Off trying to answer smaller and more manageable questions. :)

Just dropped in on a whim today but glad that I did. Hope you guys are all doing well and you had a nice July 4.

I've been working hard since the beginning of the year and running stealthy and quiet ever since. Have kept my head down and had some serious results work out in my favor. So the summer has turned out to be very busy (in a positive way) with some unexpected travel and conferences come up on my radar.

Anyway this story came up as a press release yesterday:
"Biggest explosions in the Universe powered by strongest magnets"
http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1527/
which made my antennae perk up. Art needs to have an expert on magnetars come on his show and discuss these objects with him. They are not as nearly well-known as black holes but are in many ways more interesting - at least to me anyway :)

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Hah.
"That's funny... Every time the Philae lander is around Cam is not. And every time Cam's around the Philae lander is nowhere to be seen...
wait a sec... maybe Cam IS the Philae lander!!
Oh, Agent : Orange, that is the dumbest idea I've ever thought of."
And somewhere Clark Kent pushes his glasses up to the bridge of his nose and winks at a camera. 

Anyway was just passing through and noticed the previous post, very interesting Zeebo! Honestly I've never run into the idea of an E-sail before but it seems like it could be plausible. The wires have to be very long, because part of the trick here is to get the electric field from the wire to drop off very slowly. From Maxwells equations you can show that an infinitely long wire will produce an electric field that will drop off as 1/r instead of the usual 1/r^2 drop off you get from a point charge (as an example the solution is given here http://faculty.wwu.edu/vawter/PhysicsNet/Topics/ElectricForce/LineChargeDer.html). Of course an infinitely long line charge is unrealistic but the upshot of this argument is that the effective cross-section of the wires will increase with their length. Just changing the geometry from a point to a line produces a much stronger electric field that drops off more slowly. Not an exact argument at all because it ignores what happens at the ends of the wires where there will be large fringe fields but for all intents and purposes I would not be surprised that you could get an effective (but still small) boost from this kind of method.
If you wanted to make an even bigger effect - but one which is totally unrealistic - you could use a solid charged sail. Then the electric field will drop off even more slowly near the surface of the disk (ie http://www.physics.udel.edu/~watson/phys208/exercises/kevan/efield1.html) and you'd get an even bigger boost. Of course any fast moving grain of dust will punch a hole in your charged disk and ruin it so the long wires seem more plausible.

You will want to make sure you launch your E-sail during or near a solar maximum as well to optimize the amount of plasma the Sun will barf at you. And, why not double your fun with a two stage E-sail and solar sail further up along the line? When you're near the Sun you can have both deployed, then once you're up to speed eject them at the edge of the solar system to cut down your mass and get even more of a boost. I've not kept up with the current state of the Art's new upcoming show (so I'm sorry if it's a painful topic if something has gone wrong with it since I've been gone) but I hope Art does a whole upcoming show on potential unconventional propulsion systems for space-craft and how they could be used. Would be very interesting.

Incidentally by analogy you should get a stronger force of gravity near a long string of mass than you would from a point mass as well, part of what would make a cosmic string so interesting. :)

Hope you are all doing well!

And Cam - please keep sending science data back from comet 67P. I'm glad the Sun once again shines on you and that you were able to efficiently recharge your batteries. Your secret is safe with me.

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A brief blurb about a new formation channel for Wolf Rayet stars.

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-hubble-one-of-a-kind-star-nicknamed-nasty.html

Maybe of interest because Art and Michio Kaku captured our collective imaginations with the discussion of WR104 on the first DM show? :)

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I don't remember how the lone gunmen died...
luckily there's time to do some catching up before the new episodes come out!

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 06, 2015, 05:31:54 PM »
All the best Art. Hope you feel better soon.

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Gillian Anderson back as Scully?
*gush*

So far all the netflix series have been well produced, I hope the same holds for the new X-Files episodes. Also really hope the series does well and comes back beyond the first six.

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:49:20 PM »
So we have a physicist and a chemist on the board?  I can say that hearing AO he would be good for commentary as he has the voice and the ability to explain what he is talking about and dumb it down for us mere mortals.  Possibly chefist could comment on the danger of all drugs and how c-a-r-i-n-o-v-a can cure any ailment? ;)
So far the weekend has been good...  It would have been great to hear you call in during the interview.  Art has a history of letting smart and knowledgeable callers run with it for awhile while sitting back and listening.

I don't know how I forgot about Astroguy... I have even enjoyed listening to his podcasts...

You are too kind Wotr!

I vote for Astroguy as a guest, he definitely has the presence and experience to make for interesting conversation. And, I'm sure, would be better suited to do battle with all sorts of callers. :)

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:39:14 AM »
Wow that's cool. Some of my best friends are chemicals.
haha
Hey Aldous, long time no speak. How's the cacti in your part of the world?

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:38:39 AM »
Hi AO...what's your science background?  Just curious...I'm a chemist...

Hi Chefist
I have a Ph.D in physics and I specialize in astrophysics. I'm currently just a lowly post-doc in the grim and frostbitten great white north. My main interests are in theory and computational work. What kind of chemistry do you do?

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:33:18 AM »
Hey also, did Don Zaidle only do one show with Art? I keep running across the interview where he promoted a book called "American Mankillers" and I remember back in the day his stories about animal attacks kept me on the edge of my seat. One of my favorite shows that Art ever did.

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:28:06 AM »
AO!!! Please call into MITD a few times to discuss all things science.
Hey wotr! How's it going?
I'm kicking myself for not calling in the first DM show with Michio Kaku on it. One day I'll speak with both of them! :)

I.  Don't.  Have.  The.  Words.   8)
haha :P

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2015, 11:29:08 PM »
Going good, your jones will soon be satisfied.  It's been quite a ride just getting ready for it, as Art has been keeping us in the loop on some of the production.  Been wondering when you were going to show up again.   ;D

Waiting for the times to get better...

But glad to be back in the meantime (even if just to poke my head in).

Also how cool is it that Art still walks among us?!

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Other Talk Radio/Podcasts / Re: Steve Warner's Dark City
« on: May 02, 2015, 10:35:13 PM »
Hey

Just wanted to drop by and say hello and thanks for all the free entertainment. Making my way through the shows, not caught up yet, but savoring each one. :)

The most interesting new approach for me with respect to the UFO business has been Greg Bishop's stance that was generally adopted in the film Mirage Men. The combination of psyops and experimental aircraft would have been just the right mix to perk up my ears back in the days when Art was on the air and I'm enjoying how this show has explored that general theme. So it's nice to hear Ty Rogoway (sp?) and others expand a bit on aspects of the air defense and secret projects that are apparently behind the scenes. Other than the information on these shows I have not done much reading on the Bennewitz/Doty affair and I found that story also extremely interesting.

Actually a lot of the "contactee" stories from the fifties and sixties take on a different (and much more sinister) air when examined with the idea that high grade psychedelics and narcotics were being commonly experimented with as weapons and interrogation methods during that timeframe. After all, how many of the contactees had to eat or drink something before they had their claimed experiences? I feel it adds a bit to the eerie atmosphere around some of these stories regardless of their actual nature.

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2015, 10:20:10 PM »
Agent : Orange!

Live stream will be free, downloadable podcast without music & other perks $5 a month.  Last one to the party is a square.  Art says he will have more, but can't reveal everything now.

Hey Red how's it going? Good to see you up & around!

The other day I was jonesing for new content and hoped the plans were still going forward. Very happy to hear they are.

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2015, 10:18:44 PM »
Nice thanks, can't wait to listen in!

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Art Bell / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 02, 2015, 10:12:43 PM »
I love the name Midnight in the Desert, glad that this is happening.

Is the plan for free live streaming but paid archives? Or is a subscription needed to listen live as well? Thanks

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