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Old 09-13-2013, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A thread to post and discuss interesting science.

I'll start it off with this
The First Gear Discovered in Nature - Popular Mechanics

A bug evolved a mechanical gear in it's legs.
It is the only creature known to have gears.
It is one of (but not the) fastest animal accelerators.
It's body is less than 1/10th an inch and it can jump over 8 mph at nearly 400 g's.
Humans die at less than 20 g's.

It's "hip" bones.




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Recent advancements in quantum teleportation.


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Just an FYI as I understand that.

By teleportation they do not mean "beam me up Scotty" style.

If perfected I think it would have two primary uses.
1. Make computer processors extremely fast.
2. Make communication between Earth and space extremely fast. Which would be really handy if we ever start to really explore space.

Pretty sure they are first working on #1.
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Pretty cool. Although Kong is right, its more of a communication rather than a teleportation.




Polymer regenerates all by itself | Chemistry World

Terminators are not too far away.

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A 1,476-foot tower equipped with its very own cloaking device

Super cool but super pointless. Low flying aircraft crash just waiting to happen.
We start making invisible things and the first thing we make is a building. Why?

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Super cool but super pointless. Low flying aircraft crash just waiting to happen.
That was my first thought. Who would fund something like this?
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That was my first thought. Who would fund something like this?
"...the project is being backed by Korea Land & Housing Corporation ó a state-owned land and public housing developer"

No completion date yet though so maybe they are still looking for funding.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bill Nye the Science Guy was on Dancing With the Stars yesterday. He was pretty bad but the crowd loved him and started chanting "Bill! Bill! Bill!".


While this has barely anything to do with science, I figured this would be the perfect place to post this since Bill Nye is The science guy And I definitely didn't want to make a topic just on this XD

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Bill Nye gets a pass on anything(within reason obviously) he does because he's so cool.
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I like that they incorporated his personality into the dance. Good song choice for him.

Is anyone (everyone) else super annoyed by all the formulaic 3 judge panel shows? I totally felt like the judges were reading a script and knew what they were going to say irregardless of his performance.
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I like that they incorporated his personality into the dance. Good song choice for him.

Is anyone (everyone) else super annoyed by all the formulaic 3 judge panel shows? I totally felt like the judges were reading a script and knew what they were going to say irregardless of his performance.
Yeah I really don't watch the show. My mom does and I watched yesterday when I heard Bill Nye was going to be on lol.
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Why is Bill Nye so cool? I havent watched much of his stuff.
Personally as a science geek I like
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He's had a children show about putting baking powder in vinegar and such. I have no idea why he's exploded off the top of the cool charts over the last couple years.
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@Kong- Yeah the panel judge thing is getting really old. It seems like they always have a formula, like one judge will be mean no matter what.

@steven- I assume he's popular again because he's out spoken about his belief that stuff like creationism is bad for kids and that climate change is very real. He's sick of the misinformation and he's not making any apologies if it offends people. He's not a jerk about it though.
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I grew up watching Bill Nye videos in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th grade. He's fun. He loves his job, and he's good at it too. I've learned a lot from him and he keeps kids interested. Plus he's just a fun character in general lol.
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@Kong- Yeah the panel judge thing is getting really old. It seems like they always have a formula, like one judge will be mean no matter what.

@steven- I assume he's popular again because he's out spoken about his belief that stuff like creationism is bad for kids and that climate change is very real. He's sick of the misinformation and he's not making any apologies if it offends people. He's not a jerk about it though.
Gotcha, I'm a bit out of the loop when it comes to stuff like that.
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Here's an episode of his show. He pretty much teaches basic science for kids to learn. Honestly, it really did help me in middle school and early high school. Its a fun way to learn, which is hard to find in school for the everyday student.
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I grew up watching Bill Nye videos in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th grade. He's fun. He loves his job, and he's good at it too. I've learned a lot from him and he keeps kids interested. Plus he's just a fun character in general lol.
Ditto. I never knew anyone who hated Nye or his show. Even when I was a freshman in high school we occasionally watched clips from his stuff with minimal groaning at the (by then) simple material.

@Barra: I like Kaku as well, but I a big factor in the popularity is Nye's show. A lot of people who were exposed to it are in college and highschool now.

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Oh right so its more about Nye's character/persona which has the mass appeal. I guess you can see it as Nye being the kids scientist and Kaku being the adults'....hehe
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On the main topic, I believe that teleportation could be possible not through disintegration and reintegration, like on Star Trek, but through mini-wormholes and quantum singularity. I once saw a show which stated that the software data alone for "Trek transport" is beyond even near future tech, and that disintegration would essentially kill the passengers.
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and that disintegration would essentially kill the passengers.
Don't worry Star Trek didn't gloss over this part. In that story there's a debate about what actually happens when someone is beamed up. Are they still the same person or a copy? When they were first used in starships most people still preferred other transport, like shuttlecraft. Even as late as TNG they made a point of showing that Bones(DeForest Kelley) hates using it because he doesn't want his atoms scattered. Obviously they show that the vast majority of people don't think twice about doing it but here and there they show some reluctance and outright refusal.
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Aha, some were sketchy about it. On Star Trek, they have a device which solves the uncertainy principle, but how does that work?

When do you believe teleportation will become feasible for regular use?
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To both questions- Who knows. It's science fiction. It might never happen.
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Sleep is important!

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Much of what was sci-fi is now sci-fact.

Strangely, though, little sci-fi media predicted the internet, or at least it's role in society.
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