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by danpilon54
Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 9711

Re: Favorite Scientist?

Haploanddogs wrote:No Love for newton?


I think if you look at a biography of him regarding his personality you will find why not many people voted for him.
by danpilon54
Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?
Replies: 76
Views: 6392

Re: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?

I don't think people are saying engineering should be science (well some maybe are but I wouldn't), I think they are just pointing out that for the most part it is not. This is to distinguish it from the whole science vs. religion argument so that it makes sense that there are more religious enginee...
by danpilon54
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can light be bent?
Replies: 46
Views: 5941

Re: Can light be bent?

I agree with above, but I also would like to add: What is your definition of bending? Really anything you would define to be smoothly bending is really just a bunch of angles if you look close enough. Mathematically however, if you have a perfectly smooth density gradient (ignoring quantum mechanics...
by danpilon54
Tue Aug 05, 2008 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think we will see at the LHC?
Replies: 160
Views: 20842

Re: Question about the Large Hadron Collider

I'd be more impressed by the grad student, who can think that they can catch every mistake by simply reading and never copying down the contents placed on the board. I've seen mistakes found in lectures that where 7+ years old. Nobody noticed the error in an induction (it wasn't critical, but the i...
by danpilon54
Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think we will see at the LHC?
Replies: 160
Views: 20842

Re: Question about the Large Hadron Collider

I was talking to a physics grad student here about the black hole thing. I was not concerned and I already thought the whole thing was crap, but I wanted to know for sure. He said that a professor here did out the math, and said there was no chance. The reason this is significant is that this grad s...
by danpilon54
Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1265
Views: 283751

Re: The Liquor Thread

MotorToad wrote:Scotch, on the other hand, is a walking withdrawal any moment that there isn't a glass in my hand. :)


Finally someone who shares my struggle! I think its becoming a serious problem with me :P
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Velociraptor Robot
Replies: 26
Views: 3747

Re: We're screwed (velociraptor robot)

wow when you said velociraptor robot I was not expecting anything as ridiculously awesome as that.
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How do you take your coffee? (Or tea)
Replies: 106
Views: 9115

Re: How do you take your coffee? (Or tea)

I felt the same way about black coffee before I started forcing it down. Now I prefer the taste without milk or sugar. I guess just like everything else it is an aquired taste. I do believe, however, that the reason most people who think coffee is bitter black think so because theyre trying to drink...
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

It wasnt anything special, but probably wouldnt have happened if I wasnt there. I got them to take a piece of a equipment off the draw tower (fiber optics company) that blows helium onto the freshly drawn fiber. I determined the process was unnecessary for the draw speeds we were at, so they took it...
by danpilon54
Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

I felt the same way when I got an internship at a company my dad was like vice president of. He had no say in the intern selection process and could not even ask what the status of the decision was for fear of looking like he was interfering. I always hate it when people jump to conclusions. I ended...
by danpilon54
Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

Wow very impressive. How did you do all that when you were a freshman/sophomore. I didn't know near enough at that age to do anything close. I probably dont even know enough now...
by danpilon54
Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 255529

Re: High and low point of your day

high: found out I might get a patent in my name very soon
low: the grad student I work with completely shattered his clavicle (like 2 pieces), but I guess could be considered a high cuz hes alright and we laughed about it a lot today.
by danpilon54
Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Resolution of the human eye?
Replies: 23
Views: 3539

Re: Resolution of the human eye?

In response to the zoom question, yes there is a limit. The focusing of light is limited by its wavelength. I forget the formula, but basically light can only resolve objects larger than its wavelength. Since we see light with wavelength on the order of 500nm or so, one could only theoretically see ...
by danpilon54
Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What to do when I grow up (whenever that is)
Replies: 13
Views: 1338

Re: What to do when I grow up (whenever that is)

If you like math enough to get a PhD, I would consider academia. It is really nothing like being a teacher. A professors life is pretty sweet. You get to do research in a field you love, teach maybe 1 or 2 classes of students that actually want to be there (and it is really nothing like being a grad...
by danpilon54
Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Illustrations of the earth's age
Replies: 22
Views: 3344

Re: Illustrations of the earth's age

The problem with all of these examples is that the YEC can simply say "well God made it look that way". If your YEC really wants to have a closed mind there's going to be nothing you can do about it. Yea, basically it is fruitless to argue unless the other person at least somewhat believe...
by danpilon54
Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pizza Topping Location Relative to Cheese Layer
Replies: 12
Views: 1849

Re: Pizza Topping Location Relative to Cheese Layer

My parents have made pizza like this before, probably to keep the toppings on. It tasted good but you certainly cant beat toppings on top. The toppings just kind of get soft as if you boiled them if theyre under the cheese, while they get nice and crispy on top. Never seen a pizza place with topping...
by danpilon54
Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 255529

Re: High and low point of your day

high: going out drinking with friends
high: played an awesome game of squash
low: didn't get the apartment I wanted
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How do you take your coffee? (Or tea)
Replies: 106
Views: 9115

Re: How do you take your coffee? (Or tea)

That might be a good thing. I always lament my immunity to caffeine when I really need it.
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44192

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

jmorgan3 wrote:You just broke a meme. I'm telling.


I know, maybe I'm trying to start my own anti-meme meme
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44192

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

jmorgan3 wrote:-open successful restaurant chain
-profit!


fix'd
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does swinging oneself work?
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Re: How does swinging oneself work?

The motion of swinging is simply pulling on the chain at the right moment and in the right direction that you apply a force tangent to your swing path. Basically, the added energy (height) you get is given to you buy applying a force on the chains which apply a force to the bar. There is no way to s...
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Material with a very high surface area?
Replies: 31
Views: 3427

Re: Material with a very high surface area?

I guess there is always carbon nanotubes. They conduct electricity amazingly and have probably the highest surface area to mass ratio out of anything (other than graphene maybe). This probably isnt very feasible however. Any old schmoe can get graphene, its just really hard to get a decent sized pie...
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 44192

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

Cooked meat is easier to digest, not to mention a lot more sanitary. I dont know if taste is really determined by evolution, however. People can learn to like a lot of different things, and I think its more that all the meat you eat as a kid is cooked. Raw fish is eaten in things like sushi and beef...
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Material with a very high surface area?
Replies: 31
Views: 3427

Re: Material with a very high surface area?

hmm, the surface area will depend on how u get it, not really the material itself. Is this to quickly oxidize something? If you take aluminum and really rough it up with a belt sander or something, that would increase its surface area. It is also cheap. Maybe not the best idea tho.
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

Sounds really interesting and congrats on the publication and being first author! Is that your first?
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How do you take your coffee? (Or tea)
Replies: 106
Views: 9115

How do you take your coffee? (Or tea)

Recently I was converted to drinking black coffee. This was mostly due to the unavailability of sugar or milk in the office, but now I can't drink coffee with anything in it (except bailey's). If anyone has any (good) cool ideas on what to put in coffee please post!
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 255529

Re: High and low point of your day

BomanTheBear wrote:High: Hot dogs!
Low: Hot pockets...


reminds self of Jim Gaffigan. "Did I just eat that or did I rub it all over my face?"
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: focused temperature / maxwell's demon
Replies: 9
Views: 1751

Re: focused temperature / maxwell's demon

Yah, of course a sample of atoms all with the same kinetic energy would collide and redistribute their velocities, resulting in a bell curve again. Except for a single particle... or, it occurs to me, when you have multiple particles all moving in the same direction. They have a given kinetic energ...
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Temperature of beer in freezer as a function of time
Replies: 16
Views: 9989

Re: Temperature of beer in freezer as a function of time

Let me guess, bud light?

Well technically it does cool faster, by a few seconds, but by the same logic it also warms up again faster by a few seconds. Heat conduction goes both ways.
by danpilon54
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 255529

Re: High and low point of your day

Very low point: waking up after having excruciatingly vivid dreams of my ex and another guy. (I think I have issues)

high: going to work at a job I actually like :P
by danpilon54
Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Launching stuff into space with coilguns
Replies: 26
Views: 3079

Re: Launching stuff into space with coilguns

So... a terawatt of power if the coilgun has only 1 stage which is fully powered in 1 second.... 1 second is very slow. Probably around a tenth of a second, so it would be... 100 gigawatts? It is extremely unlikely to be a single stage coilgun. Probably 2000 stages (1 stage/m). So, on a 2000 stage ...
by danpilon54
Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Launching stuff into space with coilguns
Replies: 26
Views: 3079

Re: Launching stuff into space with coilguns

You cannot launch something into a stable orbit from the earth without some sort of thrusters on what you are launching. Orbits are closed loops when not acted upon by outside forces, so if you start on the earth, you'll end up on the earth. The only theoretical orbit possible by launching something...
by danpilon54
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: interesting "pseudoscience" company
Replies: 15
Views: 2749

Re: interesting "pseudoscience" company

I highly doubt that a physician could reformulate quantum mechanics, given that most physicists would have trouble just deriving the current form. Also, even if the thing does generate some form of useful energy, I would bet my life that the way it does so does not violate any know physical laws, es...
by danpilon54
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Illustrations of the earth's age
Replies: 22
Views: 3344

Re: Illustrations of the earth's age

A common misconception when calculating the age of the earth in various ways is assuming that complex processes are constant, and can be assumed worked the same millions or billions of years ago. Such arguments include the moon moving away from the Earth. It is a famous creationist argument that if ...
by danpilon54
Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Video of the moon transiting the Earth
Replies: 1
Views: 909

Re: Video of the moon transiting the Earth

Very cool. Gives you the definite impression that our planet is just like any other (with moons at least), albeit a very pretty and life-giving one :P
by danpilon54
Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

I'm sure the university has rights over all royalties, but I'm also pretty sure the inventors still get their name on the thing. And gratz sm_usagi on the publications. That sounds really cool. I wrote a paper on gamma ray bursts for an astronomy writing class that a took. Definitely a very cool top...
by danpilon54
Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

which is why Im not too concerned with royalties, but it would be awesome to tell grad schools that I have a patent. The way we do things doesn't really jive with the whole recording and signing/dating everything approach, as we weren't trying to invent anything to be patented. I do, however, have a...
by danpilon54
Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

Did the fabrication require special skills, or could you have sent the designs to a contract fabrication place? If the latter, then it seems clear to me that conceiving and designing the device was much more critical than the fabrication. As for the testing, was there anything novel there, or was i...
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5084

Re: Your First Publication

I can't see them making me first name. Maybe the engineer who fabricated it. Im really not sure how it works tho. The only reason I say hell probably get #1 is he was the one who needed a perfect absorber, and he fabricated it, and mostly handled the testing. Also, as I am an undergrad, theyre not g...
by danpilon54
Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Odd Multiplication Trick on your Hands
Replies: 10
Views: 3324

Re: Odd Multiplication Trick on your Hands

v1ND wrote:Does anyone know a good trick for multiplying by 10?


is that a joke? I didn't sleep much last night so it's not obvious if it is or not.

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