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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:40 AM

The Next Big Scientific Thing - We spoke to five scientific minds



As National Science Week celebrates scientific discovery in Australia, we ask what’s likely to be the ‘next big thing’ in some of the most exciting fields of science research?

By Anders Furze, University of Melbourne | 8/11/19

From the rise of artificial intelligence to identifying dark matter and developing innovative solutions to climate change, big things are happening in the fast-moving world of science.

ENERGY
The prospect of a hydrogen economy will be the next big thing in energy, predicts Professor Michael Brear, director of the Melbourne Energy Institute.

“Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, will deliver a national hydrogen strategy later this year,” he says. “Nobody really knows yet whether the hydrogen economy is economically viable … there will be a lot of debate over the next 12 months.”

Hydrogen can be made using electricity to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen using an electrolyser. For hydrogen to be “clean” that electricity will also need to be “clean.” That means a viable hydrogen economy will depend on a major expansion of solar and wind energy....

QUANTUM COMPUTING
Professor Lloyd Hollenberg thinks the moment a quantum computer outperforms a conventional computer for the very first time could be just a few years away....

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Concerns about the role of artificial intelligence in surveillance and warfare, as well as its potential to cause job losses, means that ethics is the next big thing in the field, Dr Niels Wouters says....

DARK MATTER
It’s estimated to make up 85 per cent of all the matter in the universe, but scientists are still working to establish exactly what dark matter is....snip

E-DNA
Much like humans, animals leave behind traces of themselves as they move through environments, like skin cells or hair strands...

Full article: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-next-big-scientific-thing

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Reply The Next Big Scientific Thing - We spoke to five scientific minds (Original post)
Aquila Aug 2019 OP
rampartb Aug 2019 #1
oflguy Aug 2019 #2
SatansSon666 Aug 2019 #5
oflguy Aug 2019 #6
SatansSon666 Aug 2019 #7
oflguy Aug 2019 #9
SatansSon666 Aug 2019 #10
oflguy Aug 2019 #12
SatansSon666 Aug 2019 #13
Aquila Aug 2019 #15
oflguy Aug 2019 #16
Independent.mind Aug 2019 #11
Bob the Bilderberger Aug 2019 #3
Aquila Aug 2019 #4
oflguy Aug 2019 #8
SatansSon666 Aug 2019 #14

Response to Aquila (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:58 AM

1. room temp superconduction using carbon films might be one to watch

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:21 AM

2. scientific minds

Like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Algore?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:16 AM

5. Their names are listed in the article.

Bill Nye or Al Gore weren't mentioned.
They occpuy a large part of your brain, don't they?
An article that talks about dark matter and A.I., innovations in eDNA, makes you think of Al Gore and Bill Nye.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:32 AM

6. Well, they ARE two of the most respected icons in Leftyland science circles

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Response to oflguy (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:36 AM

7. Not really. You need to bone up.

They are celebrities, not respected scientists.
They get the attention because you guys keep giving it to them.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:39 AM

9. Yes really, YOU need to bone up

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Response to oflguy (Reply #9)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:44 AM

10. No. You.

They live in your head and you accuse your enemies of being obsessed with them.
Nobody I know gives a shit about bill nye or Al gore. You sure do though.
An article about dark matter and other things that have fuck all to do with climate change makes you think about Al fucking Gore.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #10)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 02:20 PM

12. And yet, Bill Nye is on TV every weekend, spewing his lies

and Lefty laps it up

PBS LOVES him

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Response to oflguy (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 04:48 PM

13. So, he's a celebrity, like I said.

Whoop-deee-fucking-dooo

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Response to oflguy (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 05:51 PM

15. I've never ever seen a Bill Nye show. Ever.

No interest in US MSM whatsoever. None. Don't watch. If I watch any TV at all, it's British. The Brits know how to do good TV, for the most part. And their presenters (for the most part) aren't self-obsessed, spoiled, narcissistic, obnoxious little twats.

So, that blows your latest "theory".

Try again?

One of your biggest problems, that I can see from a HTML page, is that you are constantly "ASSUMING" stuff you pull out of your nether-regions.

It is HILARIOUS!

Thanks for the entertainment.

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Response to Aquila (Reply #15)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 09:41 PM

16. You should join the living

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Response to oflguy (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 12:16 PM

11. I used to think your posts were an act

But I realize now they are not and I feel very sorry for you.

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:54 AM

3. As a former submarine sailor ...

who breathed oxygen created from sea water, I've long been a fan of the potential of oxygen-hydrogen separation technologies to create either or both oxygen and hydrogen for their common use.

However, the power necessary to run such machinery makes it cost prohibitive, I'm afraid. The technologies have been there for 50 years. It would have happened by now I think if a better way of doing it was available.

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Response to Bob the Bilderberger (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:21 PM

4. Meet Gernany's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Submarine - Type 212

------------"However, the power necessary to run such machinery makes it cost prohibitive, I'm afraid. The technologies have been there for 50 years. It would have happened by now I think if a better way of doing it was available."--------------------------------



The German Type 212 class, also Italian Todaro class, is a highly advanced design of non-nuclear submarine developed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) for the German and Italian navies. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent propulsion (AIP) system using Siemens proton exchange membrane (PEM) compressed hydrogen fuel cells. The submarines can operate at high speed on diesel power or switch to the AIP system for silent slow cruising, staying submerged for up to three weeks without surfacing and with little exhaust heat. The system is also said to be vibration-free, extremely quiet and virtually undetectable...

Air-independent propulsion

Although hydrogen–oxygen propulsion had been considered for submarines as early as World War I, the concept was not very successful until recently due to fire and explosion concerns. In the Type 212 this has been countered by storing the fuel and oxidizer in tanks outside the crew space, between the pressure hull and outer light hull. The gases are piped through the pressure hull to the fuel cells as needed to generate electricity, but at any given time there is only a very small amount of gas present in the crew space.

Propulsion:
1 MTU 16V 396 diesel-engine
9 HDW/Siemens PEM fuel cells, 30–40 kW each (U31)
2 HDW/Siemens PEM fuel cells 120 kW (U32, U33, U34)
1 Siemens Permasyn electric motor 1700 kW, driving a single seven-bladed skewback propeller
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_212_submarine



Hydrogen- the Next Big Thing™ - and you heard it here first, only because the US Media is broken.

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Response to Aquila (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:36 AM

8. And the cost?

You always ignore that part

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Response to oflguy (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 04:50 PM

14. What, is Bing! down today or something?

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