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Apr
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comment Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
I should mention that the CANDU reactors are heavy water reactors, and I think that it is commonly accepted that they are today's safest and most efficient reactor design. I do not think that choosing heavy water over material refinement is inherently a sabotaging decision.
Apr
1
comment Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
@BenCrowell: I believe that the reference to Einstein had more to do with the energy equivalence equation (E=mc<sup>2</sup>) than relativity directly. The energy of an atomic bomb comes from the matter that is converted to energy.
Mar
19
comment Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
@taninamdar: The truth is that they're not too happy with Israel or the US being qualified as a "nation" either, but they are in control of the territory, operating civil services, and collecting taxes.
Mar
19
answered Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
Feb
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Feb
22
comment When has serious unemployment among educated young populations not led to revolution or war?
The people have their bread and circuses.
Feb
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Feb
3
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Even today, in modern Hebrew the word Kush is used as a derogatory word for dark-skinned people, much like Nigger is used in English.
Jan
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Jan
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Jan
5
comment Lion in the european monarchies' flags
Seems to be a dupe of this question.
Nov
10
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Thank you Greg. Actually, I tried to pre-emptively prevent that mistake from being made in the question.
Nov
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comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Thank you. Unless one goes out specifically to look for it, African history is largely ignored. I am very glad to see this contribution.
Nov
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Nov
5
comment What was the first Solar Eclipse that was demonstrably predicted in advance?
@sdenham: Very interesting, thank you. I had never heard that, though I see now that the wikipedia article on the device mentions it.
Nov
5
answered What was the first Solar Eclipse that was demonstrably predicted in advance?
Jul
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Jul
9
comment Is “Friends, Romans, …” a historical speech?
@theodox: I suspected as much, but the idea of opening with such a greeting is creatively effective. It creates instant rapport with the audience. I wondered if this building of rapport in fact is factual, not necessarily word-for-word translation.
Jul
9
comment Is “Friends, Romans, …” a historical speech?
Thank you for the insight, Dan, I actually do appreciate your criticism. Considering the the historical event was the basis of the fictional work, and considering the popularity of the quote and it's association with the historical figure, I found it prudent to know if the quote was attributed to the right place.
Jul
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