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Ocean 10-29-2009 10:13 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
What could reflect the true spirit of Fun Science than Stephen Colbert interviewing Brian Cox about the LHC?

claymisher 10-30-2009 01:51 PM

wikipedia
 
There are tons of fun science articles on wikipedia. I love the orders of magnitude:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders_...nitude_(length)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro-

I feel like I should know a lot of these off the top of my head, but I don't. I didn't know a nanometer was a billionth of a meter.

bjkeefe 10-31-2009 04:37 AM

You no know nano?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by claymisher (Post 135418)
There are tons of fun science articles on wikipedia. I love the orders of magnitude:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders_...nitude_(length)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro-

I feel like I should know a lot of these off the top of my head, but I don't. I didn't know a nanometer was a billionth of a meter.

Had someone asked, "Wanna bet whether clay knows what a nanometer is?," I would have said, "Hmmm. That guy knows all sorts of technical type stuff. Sure!"

Funny how we have these odd little gaps in our knowledge.

Starwatcher162536 11-02-2009 11:16 AM

Creepy can be fun...
 
http://www.bodyspacesociety.eu/2009/...rriage-market/

Me&theboys 11-02-2009 05:07 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 135309)
What could reflect the true spirit of Fun Science than Stephen Colbert interviewing Brian Cox about the LHC?

That was excellent! Cox handled Colbert exactly right. Thanks for the link.

Ocean 11-02-2009 06:00 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Me&theboys (Post 135835)
That was excellent! Cox handled Colbert exactly right. Thanks for the link.

You're welcome. And I agree with the comment.

claymisher 11-02-2009 06:47 PM

Re: You no know nano?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 135576)
Had someone asked, "Wanna bet whether clay knows what a nanometer is?," I would have said, "Hmmm. That guy knows all sorts of technical type stuff. Sure!"

Funny how we have these odd little gaps in our knowledge.

I hear you. I run with the geek crowd so I'm usually the dumb guy in the room. I'm ok with that.

bjkeefe 11-02-2009 07:59 PM

Re: You no know nano?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by claymisher (Post 135853)
I hear you. I run with the geek crowd so I'm usually the dumb guy in the room. I'm ok with that.

I know what you mean. I used to have a job like that, and though it was often embarrassing, it was more often rewarding.

claymisher 11-10-2009 03:22 AM

essentialists lose again
 
Girls can do math:

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/math-gender.html

claymisher 11-19-2009 11:12 PM

cells communicate with photons?!
 
cells communicate with photons?!


Quote:

Last year, researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago showed that human cells in culture could synchronize their internal chemical processes even though they were mechanically, chemically, and electrically isolated from one another. The cells, it seemed, were communicating through the exchange of photons.
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/24425/?a=f

SkepticDoc 11-20-2009 05:46 AM

Re: cells communicate with photons?!
 
BS!

bjkeefe 11-20-2009 07:36 AM

Re: cells communicate with photons?!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by claymisher (Post 139147)

I for one look forward to being able to beam my thoughts and shoot death rays from my eyes.

Ocean 11-20-2009 07:41 AM

Re: cells communicate with photons?!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 139194)
I for one look forward to being able to beam my thoughts and shoot death rays from my eyes.

What? I thought you were able to do that already...

bjkeefe 11-20-2009 08:36 AM

Re: cells communicate with photons?!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 139195)
What? I thought you were able to do that already...

No. Sadly, the best I can do at the moment is to beam Rays of Mild Discomfort.

popcorn_karate 11-20-2009 12:36 PM

Re: cells communicate with photons?!
 
more here

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:...l.pone.0006256

SkepticDoc 11-22-2009 07:19 AM

Re: cells communicate with photons?!
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/1...05H1fhqKpfw%3D

Ocean 11-22-2009 11:37 AM

Re: cells communicate with photons?!
 
How about less sinister luminescence?

Ironically, luciferin...

Ocean 11-22-2009 08:42 PM

Re: A Baguette?
 
I just came across this article. I didn't know about the piece of bread. They are kidding, aren't they?

bjkeefe 12-09-2009 10:22 AM

Hey, we're still here!
 
Dennis Overbye has a brief note in today's NYT, copied here for your reading pleasure:

Quote:

Collider Meets Its Goal for Power

The Large Hadron Collider achieved its goal to be most powerful physics machine in the world on Tuesday evening.

Scientists from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, accelerated protons around the 17-mile underground racetrack outside Geneva to energies of 1.18 trillion electron volts apiece and then crashed them together. That broke a record held by the Tevatron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, making the European machine the most energetic in the world and ending a long American dominance in the field.

The collisions came after a week of steady progress in which the CERN physicists were colliding beams of protons at the lower energy of 450 billion electron volts in larger and larger numbers. At the end of the day Tuesday they briefly ramped the machine’s energy up to 1.18 trillion electron volts to produce the record-setting collisions. More are planned in the coming days before the collider is shut down for the holidays.

Next year the CERN physicists plan to run the collider at even higher power, up to 3.5 trillion electron volts, to perform physics experiments in search of forces and laws that prevailed during the first trillionth of a second of time.
So I guess it's next year that we'll all get swallowed up by the black holes.

SkepticDoc 12-09-2009 03:10 PM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Why do they shut down for the "holidays"?

Do they have to go to Christmas midnight mass? :)



Just askin...

bjkeefe 12-09-2009 04:54 PM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SkepticDoc (Post 142090)
Why do they shut down for the "holidays"?

Do they have to go to Christmas midnight mass? :)



Just askin...

Oh, no. I'm sure it is a godless heathen celebration of the winter solstice, featuring that most pagan of symbols: a decorated evergreen tree.

SkepticDoc 12-09-2009 05:07 PM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Or maybe it is the Saturnalia?

or Sol invictus?

Ocean 12-10-2009 07:41 AM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 142033)
So I guess it's next year that we'll all get swallowed up by the black holes.

Not so fast...

True or hoax?

bjkeefe 12-10-2009 08:55 AM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 142167)
Not so fast...

True or hoax?

That must be the spinning plasma vortex device used to cut crop circles.

AemJeff 12-10-2009 09:51 AM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 142167)
Not so fast...

True or hoax?

Apparently true - it was seemingly a Russian rocket stage spiraling out control and spewing ejecta, possibly fuel.
The Bad Astronomer is on the case!

Ocean 12-10-2009 06:04 PM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 142170)
That must be the spinning plasma vortex device used to cut crop circles.

No doubt.

Ocean 12-10-2009 06:06 PM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AemJeff (Post 142175)
Apparently true - it was seemingly a Russian rocket stage spiraling out control and spewing ejecta, possibly fuel.
The Bad Astronomer is on the case!

Yes, I read that was a one of the possible explanations. The photograph that I saw online, looked so, but so perfect, that I thought it was more likely that someone had gotten really creative...

SkepticDoc 12-10-2009 07:11 PM

Re: Hey, we're still here!
 
http://trueslant.com/jimnash/2009/12...speak-spanish/

popcorn_karate 12-14-2009 07:05 PM

Re: genetics
 
very interesting article

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/print...bs-orchid-gene

there are always two sides to the coin...

edit: explains how the alleles commonly identified as "risk factors" are also "exceptional factors" i.e. in one environment you get worse than "normal" results, but in others you get better than "normal" results by having a certain allele, and that is why they exist and have not been selected out by evolution.

AemJeff 12-15-2009 03:39 PM

Do you think they can count in octal?
 
Quote:

They’re more closely related to clams than to people. They’re not supposed to be smart. But it’s hard to argue with the evidence, and in recent years, researchers have grappled with the possibility that octopuses can even use tools.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/20...le+Feedfetcher

bjkeefe 12-15-2009 04:19 PM

Re: Do you think they can count in octal?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AemJeff (Post 143143)

Like many, I wondered how PZ would react.

[Added] Heh. Just noticed your subject line. Nice.

claymisher 12-15-2009 05:03 PM

Re: Do you think they can count in octal?
 
Octal! That gave me the giggles.

claymisher 12-16-2009 04:02 PM

Fun science literally
 
The stand-up scientist:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/sc...omic.html?_r=2

Ocean 12-19-2009 11:01 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
Cool video introduced by Jennifer Ouellette.

SkepticDoc 12-22-2009 09:33 AM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/...medium=twitter

bjkeefe 12-22-2009 10:01 AM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SkepticDoc (Post 143870)

He left out one that he could have cast in terms of transvestism -- an old Playboy cartoon I saw decades ago: "Don We Now Our Gay Apparel."

Ocean 12-26-2009 05:59 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
About the brain...

SkepticDoc 01-05-2010 07:04 AM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
http://www.kepler.nasa.gov/

bjkeefe 01-05-2010 07:10 AM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SkepticDoc (Post 145096)

Way cool. Thanks.

bjkeefe 01-05-2010 09:00 AM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
A good read:

(h/t: Idea of the Day)


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