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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby ACF » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:10 pm UTC

I'm kind of surprised I've heard no mention of 'Tungsten carbide drills? What the bloody 'ell's tungsten carbide drills?'

(answer: 'It's something they use in coal mining, father.')

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby bentheimmigrant » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:37 am UTC

ACF wrote:I'm kind of surprised I've heard no mention of 'Tungsten carbide drills? What the bloody 'ell's tungsten carbide drills?'

(answer: 'It's something they use in coal mining, father.')



I fear the "drill" part reduces the sciencey-ness.

Anything with nano works pretty well:
nanorobotics
nanofiltration
nano-nano-bo-bano-bamano-mo...... (ok maybe not that)
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Tahlas » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:30 pm UTC

I like the sound of pneumatic nebulizer. (nebuliser? nebulizer? hmm how is it spelled?)

The Ultra-sonic nebulizer with piezo crystals is probably cooler it just doesn't sound as nice.

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Postby elektricat » Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:36 pm UTC

ethylenediomenetetraacetic acid! A 30 letter term! EDTA for short, yes acronyms ARE a godsend!!!!
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby wst » Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:32 pm UTC

Tahlas wrote:I like the sound of pneumatic nebulizer. (nebuliser? nebulizer? hmm how is it spelled?)

Nebuliser, you're closer to the UK than you are to the US ;)

I have one in a bag upstairs, they've often prevented me from a trip to the hospital.
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Postby ducksan » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:58 am UTC

Methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Matterwave1 » Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:05 pm UTC

on effective Hamiltonians for adiabatic perturbations of magnetic schroedinger operators

My prof wrote a paper on that...I've no idea what it means

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Postby The-Rabid-Monkey » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:21 am UTC

5,6 Dibromo 1,1,4 Trichloro 2,3 Dimethyl 5 Ethyl Octan-1-ol
Formula of a chemical that today one observed on the white board of the Chemistry room.

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Postby tday93 » Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:31 am UTC

Buckminsterfullerene?


at least its more sciencey than bucky-ball

then theres carbon nanotubes, adenosine triphosphate, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, quantum harmonic oscillator, and the ever mysterious M Theory...


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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Kaiyas » Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:14 am UTC

Any hydrocarbon name. e.g. pramoxine HCl, p-dimethylamino-azobenzenesulfonic acid, deoxyribonucleic acid, phosphatidylcholines, phosphatidylethanolamine.

It's undeniable; Chemistry is by for more science-y sounding.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Uber_Apple » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:50 am UTC

Apart from the ones on this forum:

Halagenoalkenes
Superdiamagnetism
Fractional Quantum Hall Effect
Quantum Chromodynamics

Theres lots to be honest

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Postby The-Rabid-Monkey » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:43 pm UTC

Kaiyas wrote:It's undeniable; Chemistry is by for more science-y sounding.

I concur. Nothing says "sciency word" like 2 bromo 2,3 dimethyl butan-1-ol

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Rgeminas » Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:26 am UTC

I'm not really a scientist, but I have to say I am attracted to the title of a paper of a professor of mine: "Dielectric screening, exciton binding energy and the insulator-metal transition in molecular H"

Nearly every word there sounds bad-ass.

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Postby MotorToad » Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:18 pm UTC

Vivek wrote:Quantum Chromodynamics
ARG! I was just about to post that one, as I'd read it in a Mlodinov book about Feynman a couple of weeks ago. I'm starting to not like the phrase, though, because reading about it makes me feel stupid. :)
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Qwake » Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:52 am UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
Robin S wrote:
Actaeus wrote:What about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
That's not a real word.

Well, it kind of is. Now. But it's less a word that any scientist would use in an actual medical setting than it is a fanciful word used by people who like to talk about impractically long words.


Or it's German.

Photo ionization detector. Big word for a little box that fits in the hand and sucks air.

Kaiyas wrote:Any hydrocarbon name. e.g. pramoxine HCl, p-dimethylamino-azobenzenesulfonic acid, deoxyribonucleic acid, phosphatidylcholines, phosphatidylethanolamine.

It's undeniable; Chemistry is by for more science-y sounding.


Agreed. Bio-chem takes the cake for biglongwords.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Zak » Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:00 am UTC

I really like 'Tau neutrino' for some reason.
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Postby Mr. Beck » Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:50 am UTC

Z.A.K wrote:I really like 'Tau neutrino' for some reason.

Is it abnormal that I think "Tau" would be a really cool name for a (female) kid?

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Postby Glade » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:16 am UTC

Anything involving 'quantum wave' seems to work well. Quantum wave variation, quantum wave frequency, quantum wave interference... They all work.

Also, does this thread have an opposite? As in, the least science-sounding science words that are actually science? That has some potential. As someone mentioned, there's boson, and Timey Wimey would probably be up there.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Caboose » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:21 pm UTC

Someone's already mentioned Tegmark's "the mathematical universe" but that is chock full of crazy sounding phrases.

Some other quality science phrases:
“biological species” may be paraphyletic assemblages of populations united only by a plesiomorphy.

Using synapomorphy as evidence of monophyly requires that the polarity of character be determined.


Myself, I am a fan of maths terminology: homological algebra, adjoint functor, inaccessible cardinal, groupoid, boolean lattice

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Fetret » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:01 pm UTC

Take your pick:

Sphygmomanometer
Adenosine triphosphate
Prophase (always reminds me of lasers...)
Terminal velocity

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby meat.paste » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:08 pm UTC

I always enjoy calling the MRI scan the nuclear magnetic resonance imager (NMRI) because so many people freak out when they are told to get in a machine with the word 'Nuclear' in the name. This is, unfortunately, the true reason why the technology in the lab is a NMR, but in a medical setting it's a MRI.

Science-sounding word...Hmm....How about

Psuedopotential

Alternatively...deliquescence.

You think quantum makes it sound science-y? Try this (made-up) phrase.

The diffluance of neo-classical and quantum chromodynamics as analyzed through the Hamiltonian pseudopotentials.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Kaiyas » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:30 am UTC

Fetret wrote:Sphygmomanometer

That looks so much more bad-ass than it actually is.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Tez » Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:11 am UTC

Pyschophysicist and Psychomathematician?

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Postby masher » Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:38 am UTC

meat.paste wrote:This is, unfortunately, the true reason why the technology in the lab is a NMR, but in a medical setting it's a MRI.


And also, N.M.R. sounds a lot like enema...

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Postby Sungura » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:30 pm UTC

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Postby Monty40xi » Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:25 pm UTC

Nanobiomechanical engineering.

I loved that course because it was exactly as Mad Science-y as it sounds. The professor had an anecdote about the time he almost built a neural control system for disease-carring mosquitos before he realized what he was actually doing.
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Postby danpilon54 » Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

Micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology. Gotta love that mouthful.
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Postby scienceandreason » Sat Oct 04, 2008 3:37 am UTC

I have always been a fan of "non-trivial collective excitation". My non-science friends all think i am referring to some sort of orgy.

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Postby Batman7 » Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:34 pm UTC

cypherspace wrote:
Shadowfish wrote:Magnetocrystalline anisotropy.
Hoorah! My area of research.

Quantum Chromodynamics, anyone?


You win! I have been wanting to stud that area since way before I had any idea what it was. How can you resist a name like that?

I am go with a couple of the least sciencey actual science phrases I have heard:
Killing Vector Field
Hairy Ball Theorem

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Postby electronic mily » Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:04 pm UTC

I'm kind of a fan of cytokinesis, or endocytosis. Or xylem. My high school's Treee-Hugging Hippie Environmentalist Club was called The LORAX, which we backronym'd to "Lovers of Recycling and Xylem." We had it printed on our shirts. Turned out not to be the best idea, because every time you wore the shirt you had to be prepared for people constantly asking you what xylem was.

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Postby Sungura » Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:59 pm UTC

I just heard another word - retinoblastoma.
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Postby gorcee » Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:54 pm UTC

Krylov Subspace Methods still wins.

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Postby kettle25 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:53 pm UTC

Tachyphylaxis.

Heard it in my physiology lecture last week and could not stop laughing.
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Postby telcontar42 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:05 pm UTC

Matterwave1 wrote:on effective Hamiltonians for adiabatic perturbations of magnetic schroedinger operators

I think I understand the meaning of every word here, but I have no idea what that title is about.

Also, it seems like using chemical names is kind of cheating here. They are just a bunch of smaller words and prefixes stuck together. It's generally easy for anyone to recognize that it's some kind of chemical. I think better words are those that most people can't even figure out what they relate to.

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Postby Fnord » Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:16 pm UTC

non-organic biochemistry (if anyone can enlighten me on what non-organic biochemistry actually is, please do...)
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Postby jmorgan3 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:07 pm UTC

Fnord wrote:non-organic biochemistry (if anyone can enlighten me on what non-organic biochemistry actually is, please do...)

The study of molecules that are produced by organisms but that don't have the carbon backbone characteristic of organic chemicals. oxoiron is a bio-inorganic chemist if I remember correctly.
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Postby BlackSails » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:27 pm UTC

Sorry for the necromancy, but I found this on wikipedia:

"QCD does not violate the CP-symmetry as easily as the electroweak theory; unlike the electroweak theory in which the gauge fields couple to chiral currents constructed from the fermionic fields, the gluons couple to vector currents."

Anyone want to translate?

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Postby thecommabandit » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:31 pm UTC

Come back in four years time and hopefully I might be able to. =D
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Postby Aelfyre » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:14 pm UTC

ducksan wrote:
evilbeanfiend wrote:anything from a shampoo advert :roll:


If you can pronounce everything on the ingredient list, you win a prize. Even chemists might have a bit of trouble. >_>


methylcholoroisothiazolinone followed by its non chlorinated cousin Methylisothiazolinone were always favorites of mine.. I can say this because I am sitting at my deak at work and not within a mile of a shampoo bottle. :)
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Minchandre » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:57 pm UTC

Quantum chromodynamics! The study of the somewhat less scientific sounding Color Force.


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