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  1. I take it you have heard about photosynthesis. Looks like author of the article that was posted upthread hasn't. As for the Haber-Bosch process, you don't need natural gas for that. That's just the cheapest way to produce the hydrogen. And it could be disputed that we really need it in the quantities we use right now as a large chunk of it is for meat production.
  2. We have been making food out of thin air for millennia. It's called farming.
  3. Apparently it's all because of those fancy new Nike shoes. But in case of the women's record it is an official world record. As far as the men's record is concerned, Kipchoge's 2018 time run at the Berlin Marathon still holds. Of course, 2:01:39 is just as insane as the time he ran in Vienna.
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    Electric Cars - Advise?

    According to the numbers I found, a Tesla Model X is roughly on par with a diesel-powered BMW 3-Series (320d). That's based on the German power grid, which has about 1/3rd renewables and 12 % nuclear.
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    Electric Cars - Advise?

    Well, it's only as eco-friendly as the power grid you are charging from.
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    Athletics World Championships - 2019

    She is skinny but I don't see what's supposed to be unhealthy about that. Not much body fat but there's definitely muscle. You don't get that from starving.Neither could she be competitive without it. If she were a model for swimsuits or underwear you'd probably want her to gain a few kg but she is a long distance runner.
  7. I wonder. The transition period agreed on in May's withdrawal deal was supposed to end on 31 December 2020. The current extension has already eaten up a good chunk of that. When is the final deal supposed to be negotiated?
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Keeping the AfD out of parliament or reducing their presence there won't make the reasons why people vote for them go away. Like it or not, they do represent a substantial part of the electorate. Shutting them out would be undemocratic. You need to convince people not to vote for them.
  9. Such legislation would have to pass in both houses. And Johnson doesn't have a majority in the House of Commons to begin with.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Ain't no such thing as first class and second class seats. A seat is a seat, no matter how it was won. And of course the guy who gets into parliament via a list represents their constituency just as much as the guy who won the direct mandate. Nothing stops them from having an office there. Actually, my daily commute used include a walk past the bürgerbüro of a member of the Brandenburg landtag. She was of the FDP (still is, but hasn't been a MP since the 2014 elections) , so there is no way she could actually have won the constituency.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Most people probably don't care who their MP is, especially in regional elections. I couldn't tell you who is mine. The strength of the parties in parliament is determined by the second vote, so who cares about the first. Yes, there are all those quirks that lead to extra seats, but how many understand those? Besides, it isn't really a two party race anymore for the direct mandates. In some cases the winner had less than 25 percent of the votes. And the Greens actually won some mandates. Biggest change from 2014 is probably how the Linke got thrashed. Looks like the days when they could claim to be the party of the East are over. Big losses also for the CDU. That's remarkable as far as Brandenburg is concerned as they were in the opposition. Looks like being in government at the federal level hurt them. Some interesting local results, too. Klara Geywitz, who is running for the party chair along Olaf Scholz, lost her seat to a Green candidate. And no list mandates for the SPD in Brandenburg. Prime minister Woidke won his constituency, but the AfD got more second votes than the SPD.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    Won't be easy to form a coalition in either state.
  13. WoT is about as complete as ASOIAF is. James Rigney died with the series half finished. Brandon Sanderson was then hired to finish the series, and he did, sort of. Problem is that his WoT ending is about as convincing as the last four seasons of GoT.
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    Do you like Feast and Dance?

    Feast and Dance each are basically stacks of well-written chapters that fail to add up to good books. If the series ever gets finished people probably won't mind but it is a problem now.
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    International Thread 3

    Looks like the trade deal between the EU and Mercosur is in danger because of Brazil's stance on deforestation: https://www.yahoo.com/news/macron-pulls-support-mercosur-trade-120623096.html
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    Why didn’t Varys kill Tommen?

    Cersei as regent serves Varys just fine. He doesn't want a competent ruler right now. That's why Kevan had to die.
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    International Thread 3

    There also have been extensive wildfires in Russia. For some reason they haven't got much attention by Western media.
  18. While I don't see what this has to do with global warming, self-driving cars are the future, and always will be. Current tech is level 2 at best.
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    Formula One 2019

    Well, the main event of the weekend was the DTM races. DTM cars are a bit heavier and less powerful than Formula 1 cars, so outdated former Formula 1 tracks like Brands Hatch and Zandvoort are just right. Coulthart used to compete there after his F1 career, BTW. So did Jean Alesi, Mika Häkkinen and Ralf Schumacher. Currently, there are two former F1 drivers, namely Timo Glock and Paul di Resta. Interestingly, no former F1 driver has ever won the series. di Resta won it before going F1, but hasn't after his return. Gary Paffett won in 2018, but he only was a test driver in F1. ETA: Heinz-Harald Frentzen also competed in DTM after his F1 career. Pascal Wehrlein was a DTM driver before and after his F1 career. Like Paffett, he is a victim of Mercedes's decision to withdraw from the series in favour of Formula E. So was di Resta, but he got a drive at the newly-formed Aston Martin team.
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    German politics. Flinten Uschi defying the laws of gravity

    It's the other way round. Farmers are used to being painted the bogey man by environmentalists, animal rights activists etc., so they're wary of them.
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    Who is Quaithe?

    Robb was trapped with a love potion.
  22. It's dated from 2015. Only the POV character dies. And I don't think GRRM has ever made a character that has appeared before a POV character in a prologue chapter. As far as I can remember they were all characters we had never met.
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    Who is Quaithe?

    We don't know anything for sure. Shiera Seastar is a good candidate. She would have to use some kind of magic to prolong her life span but that is definitely possible. As for her agenda, it's not likely that she has any interest in Dany's quest to win the Iron Throne, but she probably knows about the Others and the whole prince that was promised / Azor Ahai business.
  24. Turns out that passenger ships are quite bad at fuel efficiency, even at rather modest speed: https://www.brighthubengineering.com/naval-architecture/100758-cruise-ship-fuel-efficiency/ Travelling by ship is definitely not going to reduce your CO2 footprint.
  25. Problem is that aerodynamic / hydrodynamic drag scales with the square of the speed. That makes high speeds prohibitively expensive at sea level and for ships. Airplanes avoid this problem by cruising at high altitude. Modern airplanes are remarkably power efficient. But they're still burning fossil fuel... Not sure if electric planes are feasible. The weight of the batteries and (lack of) range will not be easy to overcome.