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I suppose we could add another widget/list for Amazon stuff beyond books... but how should we curate the products that might go into that?
I've used it a few times to jump my car, and it works as I expected -- takes less than a minute to connect and jump. And there's not a whole lot of things that can go wrong -- just gotta make sure red is connected to red (and black to black) and that this portable battery has enough charge in it.
If you're looking around for car jumpers, I'd recommend avoiding the kind that plug into the cigarette lighter. Even though those devices look easier to use, they are limited by the fuse for the lighter outlet, so they take a while (more than a minute) to actually work.
There are other devices with more amps and whatnot, but this thing is a bit cheaper than some others. I'm no car expert or anything, and if you find a better/cheaper device, let me know.
The heaviest elements (including gold) might not be as abundant if they were formed only from stars exploding in supernova events. The majority of known gold might have been created in the collisions of neutron stars. So some of the gold we know about may be from supernova events, but most might come from star-star collisions.
"Over 70 countries have some kind of space program now.."
An impressive statistic--until you examine it more closely. How many of those 70 have actually launched anything into orbit (or elsewhere) from their own soil--and how many rely on other nations to do the launching for them?
I should have emphasized the "some kind" of space program because, you're right, countries like South Korea have had a space program, but one that totally relied on another country's (Russia) space program.
But... then again, the US falls into that category right now for manned spaceflight since the retirement of the space shuttle.