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by nash1429
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?
Replies: 52
Views: 7141

Re: How many organisms can be coded using DNA?

A) Why is this not in the science section?

B) If anyone can answer this question, they know enough about enough biological fields to win every Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine until the year they die.
by nash1429
Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2419509

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Well, as is my wont, I have been lazy and not made this post until after over 100 others. I am addicted to Hulu and StumbleUpon, and I often stay up into the wee hours surfing upon the intertubes. This habit will need to be broken when I start at the University of Washington this fall (hopefully stu...
by nash1429
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...
Replies: 49
Views: 9117

Re: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...

You might look into the TI-92 or TI-200. They have some increased capability over the 89, but the main advantage is a full keyboard and a better user interface (it looks like a digital spellchecker/dictionary, so you will have to accept that you look rather funny and be instantly recognizable as an ...
by nash1429
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16690

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

I think it is quite common for anyone even remotely associated with nerds to know about Richard Feynman. Not only was he an amazing scientist, HE WAS THE COOLEST GUY WHO EVER LIVED. And he did indeed have the ladies swooning over him.
by nash1429
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What exactly do you do for math research projects?
Replies: 19
Views: 4296

Re: What exactly do you do for math research projects?

I may be remembering more physics books than math, but I am pretty sure I have read about things like noticing odd patterns. You can't claim to know everything about something just because you can define it mathematically.
by nash1429
Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What exactly do you do for math research projects?
Replies: 19
Views: 4296

Re: What exactly do you do for math research projects?

On a somewhat related note, it seems like in biographies or histories of science there is usually a mention of when someone "noticed an odd result" when performing some already well known and understood calculation. Does the development of a statement that a mathematician will prove essent...
by nash1429
Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16690

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

mercuryseven wrote:Probably every (theoretical) physicist secretly wants to be the "next Feynman", rather than the "next Einstein"...


More accurately: every hardcore nerd EVER. If you have never heard of Feynman you are posting on the wrong fora.
by nash1429
Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Experiment Ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 3427

Re: Physics Experiment Ideas

Since we're talking about diffraction, I have to mention You can actually do the single slit experiment wherever you are right now! Hold two of your fingers very close together; there should be only the tiniest little gap between them that you can barely see through. Look towards a light source, li...
by nash1429
Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A Mostly Female Workforce in the Future?
Replies: 31
Views: 4287

Re: A Mostly Female Workforce in the Future?

ipreferpi wrote:Most women are discouraged by peers and teachers from STEM related studies.


While I cannot say that I haven't been on the lookout for it, I have never actually observed this kind of behavior. I have also had more female STEM teachers than male ones.
by nash1429
Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How does one finish high school at 10?
Replies: 55
Views: 8909

Re: How does one finish high school at 10?

Jorpho wrote:
cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:It's why I have such distain for English classes
Whee, irony!


Awesome, but would be funnier if it wasn't intended. (At least, I hope it was, as the fora has a spellchecker.)
by nash1429
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How does one finish high school at 10?
Replies: 55
Views: 8909

Re: How does one finish high school at 10?

Until you get to a point in life where the work you're asked to do isn't quite so easy anymore but you realize you don't have the study skills to actually do anything about it. I have never seen homework as fostering study habits. It is either educational or it is useless. Those assignments that ta...
by nash1429
Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimalist space suit
Replies: 32
Views: 4176

Re: Minimalist space suit

As I understand it the cause of death in a vacuum would be blood boiling from relative pressure.
by nash1429
Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How does one finish high school at 10?
Replies: 55
Views: 8909

Re: How does one finish high school at 10?

tastelikecoke wrote:If they're too smart they sometimes, full of hubris, don't do homework at all.


Yeah, because it's pointless (usually).
by nash1429
Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at math?
Replies: 57
Views: 8454

Re: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at ma

Let's not forget the verizon math fail.
by nash1429
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Origin of Life
Replies: 39
Views: 7513

Re: Origin of Life

Unfortunately people will take that and say "Science doesn't have an answer... They have no way to prove any of this and are just making guesses. This is why we should teach intelligent design in schools!" My favorite counter to this argument is to point out that we have more empirical, s...
by nash1429
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ACT scores
Replies: 81
Views: 10934

Re: ACT scores

I simply cannot read graphs as quickly as one must for the science section. And I would get rather caught up in truly interpreting the graphs instead of answering the questions.
by nash1429
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Origin of Life
Replies: 39
Views: 7513

Re: Origin of Life

This uncertainty is essentially true of anything that happened in the past.
by nash1429
Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Private vs. Public school, and some underlying stereotypes
Replies: 44
Views: 7962

Re: Private vs. Public school, and some underlying stereotyp

A study done by the Chicago school district followed students who applied to enter public schools outside their neighborhoods and found that those who were not accepted did just as well on standardized tests as those who were, while both groups did generally better than those who stayed in their nei...
by nash1429
Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:00 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How does one finish high school at 10?
Replies: 55
Views: 8909

Re: How does one finish high school at 10?

I must congragulate you on perhaps deflating his/her ego. In my opinion, it is very important with most such cases that people realize that they can lose.
by nash1429
Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math pick-up lines.
Replies: 15
Views: 2845

Re: Math pick-up lines.

Sorry, I meant that they don't explain the underlying math in anything, not that they cover what you need to know for Euler. It is quite true that they are boring.
by nash1429
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A Mostly Female Workforce in the Future?
Replies: 31
Views: 4287

Re: A Mostly Female Workforce in the Future?

Or because of affirmative action favoring women/minorities.
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time stopping
Replies: 32
Views: 3524

Re: Time stopping

gmalivuk wrote:Photons? No. They travel *at* the speed of light and don't experience any time at all.


They are perpetually in the moment they were emmitted by a body, are they not? Relativity is kind of a mind fucker.
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The brain: How do you think it works?
Replies: 46
Views: 5600

Re: The brain: How do you think it works?

Personally, I have long wondered what size of computer bank would be required to simply simulate the actions of each nerve cell. This seems like it would have potential to simulate the activities of the brain, and thereby understand them. Thoughts?
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math pick-up lines.
Replies: 15
Views: 2845

Re: Math pick-up lines.

Have you never been in a middle or high school math class? That's pretty much what they are.
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A summer of math?
Replies: 24
Views: 3235

Re: A summer of math?

I remember going over lin alg in middle school, the atrocity was that it was one of many topics that was meant to be taken on faith.
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hating on the statisticians
Replies: 72
Views: 10325

Re: Hating on the statisticians

Incompetent wrote:the whole point of statistics is admitting we don't really *know* very much about the real world, and often all we can hope to do is come up with more efficient ways of guesstimating


This, much more than anything, has earned the field my respect. Nobody else has the same humility.
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cellulose
Replies: 27
Views: 3117

Re: Cellulose

Thought: can humans metabolize beta-glucose in the first place?
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math pick-up lines.
Replies: 15
Views: 2845

Re: Math pick-up lines.

My own knowledge of Euler's Theorem is somewhat lacking. Did he have some kind of punchline or was he just trying to get them to fall in love with his uber math skills?

Awesome poem, too.
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A Mostly Female Workforce in the Future?
Replies: 31
Views: 4287

Re: A Mostly Female Workforce in the Future?

This is a valid point. According to Outliers by Malcom Gladwell, the success of people with an IQ above 115 is determined more by creativity and life experiences than actual IQ. The measurement of creativity has always bothered me, but he uses the best metric I have seen (still not satisfactory, but...
by nash1429
Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A summer of math?
Replies: 24
Views: 3235

Re: A summer of math?

At my school most 100 level science courses are either taught without calculus :cry:, or calculus can be taken concurrently. Even/especially pre-engineering types will take calculus their first year after having had it in high school, although more accelerated classes are offered for people who want...
by nash1429
Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A summer of math?
Replies: 24
Views: 3235

Re: A summer of math?

Cleverbeans wrote:the content is entirely accessible long before it's introduced in most public school curricula for some inexplicable reason.


I have also never understood why it is regarded as an esoteric subject that must only be taken by the brightest of high school students after they have completed calc.
by nash1429
Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: US College vs. US High School
Replies: 20
Views: 3509

Re: US College vs. US High School

Continuing on that point, I think that our image of other countries' education systems relative to ours is due in part to the fact that they send only their brightest here. If every American in an Ivy League went overseas, we would look pretty smart, too.
by nash1429
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Capillary action
Replies: 24
Views: 3691

Re: Capillary action

Oh, but perhaps you didn't realize that I'm not stupid, they are obviously two different mechanisms driven by the same principles. And I don't think that you can define science terms based on what you find in a lay dictionary. Moving a hose a few centimeters does not constitute a change in the iden...
by nash1429
Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cellulose
Replies: 27
Views: 3117

Re: Cellulose

It would be a good idea if you can find some other polymer to take the place of cellulose. I don't imagine cellulose is particularly tasty though, it would probably serve as an emergency food supply.
by nash1429
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hating on the statisticians
Replies: 72
Views: 10325

Re: Hating on the statisticians

Well, everbody likes hating on somebody.
by nash1429
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A summer of math?
Replies: 24
Views: 3235

Re: A summer of math?

Linear algebra/programming? Game theory? Cryptology? You might as well learn some trigonometry and expand on your knowledge of calculus. It is when math starts to get interesting, and will make next year easier for you.
by nash1429
Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Capillary action
Replies: 24
Views: 3691

Re: Capillary action

Perhaps you didn't watch past 8:00? Not only does he demonstrate the siphon working when gravity won't pull the liquid down, he descibes other, more sophisticated siphons that can pump LH2 uphill.
by nash1429
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cellulose
Replies: 27
Views: 3117

Re: Cellulose

Cellulose plays an important role in digestion: the fibers stimulate glands in the intestines that secrete mucous, allowing refuse to pass through smoothly. Basically you get to choose constant constipation or slightly less available energy.
by nash1429
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Private vs. Public school, and some underlying stereotypes
Replies: 44
Views: 7962

Re: Private vs. Public school, and some underlying stereotyp

There is a definite difference between the high paying engineer/accountant/consultant kinds of jobs and the high paying business executive kinds of jobs. I think that the former type is more conducive to a happy life, and is more realistic when pushing children to achieve financial security. And chi...
by nash1429
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Length of Admissions Essays
Replies: 8
Views: 1412

Re: Length of Admissions Essays

You might try some anecdotes to demonstrate your skills/abilities/etc. if you want to get the paper a little over 2 pgs.

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