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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the we-are-made-of-star-stuff dept.
AnonTechie writes "Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., today released a significant expansion and upgrade to a public, on-line database that houses a unique and extensive collection of information about a family of complex, carbon-rich molecules that are both widespread and abundant throughout the universe. Scientists believe more than 20 percent of the carbon in the universe is tied up in this extensive family of compounds, collectively know as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or simply PAHs.
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by chebucto on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:12PM

    by chebucto (36) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:12PM (#6993) Journal

    Might as well link to the database [astrochem.org] the article is talking about.

    Not terribly useful to me, though; it very much looks like a specialist's tool. No pretty planetarium-style visualizations that I could see.

    • (Score: 1) by tynin on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:24AM

      by tynin (2013) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:24AM (#7024) Journal

      I look forward to the day when we can use this as a resource map to plunder, because we can.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by tynin on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:12PM

    by tynin (2013) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:12PM (#6994) Journal

    I just noticed that this and the previous 2 articles are missing when I'm logged in. If I log out, I see them just fine. I've gone through each of the preference pages, and I'm not seeing anything that controls what articles I would be seeing (I swear I've seen that pref page before on /. way back when, but after going through each pref page twice, I'm just not seeing it). I've tried chrome and firefox and dumped my cache. Can anyone suggest how might I resolve this? Thanks!

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by frojack on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:37PM

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:37PM (#7004) Journal

      Sounds like you are behind a caching proxy.

      If simply clicking the Refresh button doesn't work, putting a question mark behind the URL:
                http://soylentnews.org/ [soylentnews.org]?

      which tells the proxy not to cache that page.
      Either that or try https://soylentnews.org/ [soylentnews.org] which requests an encrypted page so that
      the caching proxy can't serve it out of cache.

      I'm just guessing though.

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      • (Score: 1) by tynin on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:47PM

        by tynin (2013) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:47PM (#7009) Journal

        LOL, yeah, I use the ? trick to get past a fortigate user firewall at work. I gave it a try and unfortunately, that doesn't fix my problem in this case. Although if it did fix my issue, I would have been on the phone to Comcast to ask them WTH they think they are doing to my traffic. Thanks for the suggestion.

        • (Score: 4, Informative) by xlefay on Wednesday February 26 2014, @07:37AM

          by xlefay (65) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @07:37AM (#7176) Journal

          It's a known bug, iirc #124.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by melikamp on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:46PM

      by melikamp (1886) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @11:46PM (#7008) Journal
      In Homepage, where it says All Sections, pick the right-most radio button and save. I am not sure what that does, but it seems like it fixes it.
      • (Score: 2) by frojack on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:12AM

        by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:12AM (#7014) Journal

        Still looking for where is says "All Sections"
        Searched for the term, still not found.
        Are we still talking about SoylentNews.com?

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        • (Score: 1) by tynin on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:19AM

          by tynin (2013) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:19AM (#7017) Journal

          I imagine you didn't click on the Homepage [soylentnews.org] link on the leftside column. From there it is under the "Customize Stories on the Homepage" part of the page, it has that "All Sections" portion with some radio dials to select some very non-obvious dot and dash symbols that don't convey anything meaningful, but lo and behold, selecting the right most radio dial and clicking Save at the bottom fixed me.

          • (Score: 1) by tynin on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:21AM

            by tynin (2013) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:21AM (#7022) Journal

            Strange, I swear I gave it a different URL for that Homepage link. Here is what I meant to link to:
            http://soylentnews.org/my/homepage [soylentnews.org]

          • (Score: 2) by frojack on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:34AM

            by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:34AM (#7031) Journal

            Ah, there it is...

            You are right, that page is a bit of a mess. Conveys no meaning seems like a euphemism for
            deliberately uninformative.
            Non obvious dot dash seems to be binary code, but I still can get past that part where I
            read "Here is where you can choose to ignore subjects you have no interest in"
            and was left wondering if Checking something meant excluding it or including it.

            When I arrived nothing was checked. Yet I seemed to be getting all articles.

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            • (Score: 2) by unitron on Wednesday February 26 2014, @09:12AM

              by unitron (70) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @09:12AM (#7210) Journal

              I think I remember something about that on /.

              If you leave all the boxes unchecked, you get everything, but if you check a single one of them, you have to check all the ones you care about in order to see them.

              It's like it's dormant as long as you don't touch it or something.

              But it's something I haven't looked at over there in years.

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      • (Score: 1) by tynin on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:13AM

        by tynin (2013) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:13AM (#7015) Journal

        That fixed me. Thanks!

    • (Score: 1) by pjbgravely on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:37AM

      by pjbgravely (1681) <reversethis-{moc ... ta} {ylevargbjp}> on Wednesday February 26 2014, @12:37AM (#7032) Homepage
      I was 12 hours behind for a day. I thought the site shut down. If you look at the site not logged in you can get the URL to the stories so you can post logged in. I used 2 browsers to do this. The problem is with the home page while being logged in only. It finally resolved it self after a day.
  • (Score: 4, Funny) by combatserver on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:17AM

    by combatserver (38) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @02:17AM (#7059)

    "PAHs in space are probably made the same way soot is made in the combustion engines that power trucks and cars here on Earth."

    I was totally confused until I read this. Thanks for clearing that up, Rachel.

    Now, can I go watch Sesame Street again?

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    • (Score: 2, Funny) by aristarchus on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:38AM

      by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @06:38AM (#7153) Journal

      Simple, really. High compression ratios, ignition, voila! Organic nano-particles we can track through space. (So long as we are following a diesel spacecraft.)

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by unitron on Wednesday February 26 2014, @09:15AM

    by unitron (70) on Wednesday February 26 2014, @09:15AM (#7211) Journal

    But you have to grab someone's ear to detect them.

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