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(Discovery)   Scientists: "Let's build a neutron star so we can poke it with a stick"   (news.discovery.com) divider line 38
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2010-12-15 06:37:24 PM  
Science! We're all about 'coulda', not about 'shoulda'.
 
2010-12-15 09:08:00 PM  
Pastor of Muppets: Science! We're all about 'coulda', not about 'shoulda'.

Pssshaw! You doubting Thomas' always get in the way of science!

I say, let scientists do science, and you ignoramuses do ignorance.

I also say they should build a neutron star and then hit it with the Hadron Collider!

Yay, science!
 
2010-12-15 09:15:38 PM  
I didn't have to go further after seeing "team of Duke University physicists"

They obviously harnessed the power of their suckage to create the conditions necessary for a neutron star.
 
2010-12-15 09:27:10 PM  
Paging Adrian Berry (new window) ...
/He wrote The Iron Sun, about how we should build a black hole nearby
//You can never tell with Brits if they're being sarcastic, though
 
2010-12-15 09:31:01 PM  
Nice one, subby; you got a chuckle out of me.
 
2010-12-15 09:54:10 PM  
hell yeah, that headline made me lol

/yep I'm a nerd
//wish there were more of us than "the other type of people"
 
2010-12-15 10:08:16 PM  
Isn't that science at its core. Poking stuff with sticks. Scientists were the kids who, if they found a dead body, would go poke it with a stick, a lot.
 
2010-12-15 10:10:01 PM  
Kinek: Scientists were the kids who, if they found a dead body, would go poke it with a stick, a lot.

Actually, that would be forensic pathologists ;)
 
2010-12-15 10:12:56 PM  
So they went off making an analog for neutron stars and ended up also having an analog for quark gluon plasma. Sweeeeeeeeeeet.
 
2010-12-15 10:16:43 PM  
Kinek: Isn't that science at its core. Poking stuff with sticks. Scientists were the kids who, if they found a dead body, would go poke it with a stick, a lot.

That's what I did, except I used my penis. Can I still be a scientist?
 
2010-12-15 10:20:18 PM  
Quantum Apostrophe:
That's what I did, except I used my penis. Can I still be a scientist?


So you used your penis to model longitudinal waves?
 
2010-12-15 10:42:23 PM  
The All-Powerful Atheismo: Quantum Apostrophe:
That's what I did, except I used my penis. Can I still be a scientist?

So you used your penis to model longitudinal waves?


Longitudinal waves? Isn't that like the finger indentions on your old bicycle's grip? Doesn't everyone's penis look like a bicycle grip? Hell, if not, I'll go in and model a longitudinal wave with my penis for show and tell next semester.
 
2010-12-15 10:48:32 PM  
this headline made me lol

I might actually buy the shirt...

nah probably not, sorry drew
 
2010-12-15 11:00:20 PM  
Enjoyed the headline. Then I enjoyed the article. Then I enjoyed the headline a second time.

Thanks, subby.
 
2010-12-15 11:00:32 PM  
When the Duke scientists say "ultra-cool" they mean uber-cooled to around 150 micro-Kelvin -- that's only a few billionths of a degree Kelvin above absolute zero.

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2010-12-15 11:04:09 PM  
caution: When the Duke scientists say "ultra-cool" they mean uber-cooled to around 150 micro-Kelvin -- that's only a few billionths of a degree Kelvin above absolute zero.

Well it is only 150,000 billionths
 
2010-12-15 11:15:59 PM  
caution: farm4.static.flickr.com

I want one of those.
 
2010-12-15 11:19:38 PM  
img576.imageshack.us

smbc comic goodness
 
2010-12-15 11:21:58 PM  
I appreciate this article for doing what so few others do and explaining the difference between, say, recreating the Big Bang and recreation conditions of the Big Bang. Other articles just flat out say "OMG MAN-MADE BIG BANG!!"
 
2010-12-15 11:29:54 PM  
The All-Powerful Atheismo: caution: When the Duke scientists say "ultra-cool" they mean uber-cooled to around 150 micro-Kelvin -- that's only a few billionths of a degree Kelvin above absolute zero.

Well it is only 150,000 billionths


Shouldn't that be millionths (micro= 10^-6)?
 
2010-12-15 11:54:57 PM  
Kinek: Isn't that science at its core. Poking stuff with sticks. Scientists were the kids who, if they found a dead body, would go poke it with a stick, a lot.


Or (in my case) they poke spiders with their fingers and wind up with their own Tim Taylor-esque coffee mug at the ER. Wait, that's EVERY arachnologist...

"What happened this time?"
"I wound up fishing around in the dark for the light switch, forgot to seal a terrarium and now I've got Atrax venom coursing through me. Who's the (ambulance) driver tonight?"
"Jack."
"Oh! So I won't have to sit through 'Shadow Dancing' again! Hey, Mary? Tell them to step on it I'm having trouble focusing..."
"No problem, they'll be right there. Do you have the specimen?"
"Yeah. The little farker is still banging against the jar trying to finish the job. Evil little bastard."

/Most arachnos have the antivenin on-hand. But not always.
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression. This is why Latrodectus (Widow spiders) are my focus. Nice, decent, polite spiders.
///Also have a soft spot for Solifugids, just because they are the most alien-looking thing on Earth. Seriously.
 
2010-12-15 11:59:15 PM  
stealingisbad: The All-Powerful Atheismo: caution: When the Duke scientists say "ultra-cool" they mean uber-cooled to around 150 micro-Kelvin -- that's only a few billionths of a degree Kelvin above absolute zero.

Well it is only 150,000 billionths

Shouldn't that be millionths (micro= 10^-6)?


which would make it 150,000 billionths.
 
2010-12-16 12:01:31 AM  
The All-Powerful Atheismo: stealingisbad: The All-Powerful Atheismo: caution: When the Duke scientists say "ultra-cool" they mean uber-cooled to around 150 micro-Kelvin -- that's only a few billionths of a degree Kelvin above absolute zero.

Well it is only 150,000 billionths

Shouldn't that be millionths (micro= 10^-6)?

which would make it 150,000 billionths.


well, I fail at reading comprehension
 
2010-12-16 12:28:05 AM  
I hope these people aren't receiving government funding
 
2010-12-16 01:06:18 AM  
Sometimes I'm very happy that some scientists don't get the grants they apply for.
 
2010-12-16 01:39:16 AM  
I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
 
2010-12-16 02:03:24 AM  
Jedekai: Kinek: Isn't that science at its core. Poking stuff with sticks. Scientists were the kids who, if they found a dead body, would go poke it with a stick, a lot.


Or (in my case) they poke spiders with their fingers and wind up with their own Tim Taylor-esque coffee mug at the ER. Wait, that's EVERY arachnologist...

"What happened this time?"
"I wound up fishing around in the dark for the light switch, forgot to seal a terrarium and now I've got Atrax venom coursing through me. Who's the (ambulance) driver tonight?"
"Jack."
"Oh! So I won't have to sit through 'Shadow Dancing' again! Hey, Mary? Tell them to step on it I'm having trouble focusing..."
"No problem, they'll be right there. Do you have the specimen?"
"Yeah. The little farker is still banging against the jar trying to finish the job. Evil little bastard."

/Most arachnos have the antivenin on-hand. But not always.
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression. This is why Latrodectus (Widow spiders) are my focus. Nice, decent, polite spiders.
///Also have a soft spot for Solifugids, just because they are the most alien-looking thing on Earth. Seriously.


Hail Lloth?

wraithmare: I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

need to find some Latin writer to translate "we do what we must, because we can."

and just cause everyone wants to hear it now.
Link (new window)
 
2010-12-16 03:08:44 AM  
Pastor of Muppets: Science! We're all about 'coulda', not about 'shoulda'.

Awesome reference! Patton Oswalt should be a jagillionaire and/or a household name. Some of both I think he would appreciate.

And this headline, subby, is the funniest tonight. Well done.
 
2010-12-16 07:38:47 AM  
Jedekai:
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression.


I saw a guy the other day who was literally poking at a Sydney funnel-web with a stick to induce a threat display. Science!
 
2010-12-16 08:12:39 AM  
Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Jedekai:
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression.

I saw a guy the other day who was literally poking at a Sydney funnel-web with a stick to induce a threat display. Science!


While in threat display, they actually can't run anywhere near as fast. However, the lowering of the front legs is like a 100m dasher jumping out of the blocks.

Moonk A: It's "Lolth" and B: I never played Forgotten Realms, I'm a Dragonlance and Alternity guy. :)
 
2010-12-16 09:33:51 AM  
Jedekai: Kinek: Isn't that science at its core. Poking stuff with sticks. Scientists were the kids who, if they found a dead body, would go poke it with a stick, a lot.


Or (in my case) they poke spiders with their fingers and wind up with their own Tim Taylor-esque coffee mug at the ER. Wait, that's EVERY arachnologist...

"What happened this time?"
"I wound up fishing around in the dark for the light switch, forgot to seal a terrarium and now I've got Atrax venom coursing through me. Who's the (ambulance) driver tonight?"
"Jack."
"Oh! So I won't have to sit through 'Shadow Dancing' again! Hey, Mary? Tell them to step on it I'm having trouble focusing..."
"No problem, they'll be right there. Do you have the specimen?"
"Yeah. The little farker is still banging against the jar trying to finish the job. Evil little bastard."

/Most arachnos have the antivenin on-hand. But not always.
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression. This is why Latrodectus (Widow spiders) are my focus. Nice, decent, polite spiders.
///Also have a soft spot for Solifugids, just because they are the most alien-looking thing on Earth. Seriously.


There's something wrong with you...

/kidding, have a tarantula sitting his his terrarium back at the apartment
//he's just like a widdle eight-legged hamster!
 
2010-12-16 10:57:42 AM  
beer4breakfast: I didn't have to go further after seeing "team of Duke University physicists"

They obviously harnessed the power of their suckage to create the conditions necessary for a neutron star.


this
 
2010-12-16 11:28:23 AM  
Slinky on an Escalator: smbc comic goodness

Yeah, that about sums it up.
 
2010-12-16 12:44:00 PM  
Moonk: wraithmare: I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

need to find some Latin writer to translate "we do what we must, because we can."

and just cause everyone wants to hear it now.
Link (new window)


lordbost.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-12-16 03:12:18 PM  
Jedekai: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Jedekai:
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression.

I saw a guy the other day who was literally poking at a Sydney funnel-web with a stick to induce a threat display. Science!

While in threat display, they actually can't run anywhere near as fast. However, the lowering of the front legs is like a 100m dasher jumping out of the blocks.

Moonk A: It's "Lolth" and B: I never played Forgotten Realms, I'm a Dragonlance and Alternity guy. :)


No i meant the Andean queen of spiders; half human, half spider, half llama, yeah, thats the ticket!
 
2010-12-16 03:55:26 PM  
"need to find some Latin writer to translate "we do what we must, because we can.""

Facimus quod nobis oportet, quoniam possumus.
 
2010-12-17 06:16:43 AM  
Moonk: Jedekai: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Jedekai:
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression.

I saw a guy the other day who was literally poking at a Sydney funnel-web with a stick to induce a threat display. Science!

While in threat display, they actually can't run anywhere near as fast. However, the lowering of the front legs is like a 100m dasher jumping out of the blocks.

Moonk A: It's "Lolth" and B: I never played Forgotten Realms, I'm a Dragonlance and Alternity guy. :)

No i meant the Andean queen of spiders; half human, half spider, half llama, yeah, thats the ticket!


There is now water on my keyboard. Thanks.
 
2010-12-17 06:33:19 PM  
Jedekai: Moonk: Jedekai: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Jedekai:
//Even a seasoned and dyed-in-the-wool spider freak won't handle Brazilian Wandering Spiders outside of wearing a contained suit. Little bastards are worse than Atrax (Sydney Funnel Web) species when it comes to aggression.

I saw a guy the other day who was literally poking at a Sydney funnel-web with a stick to induce a threat display. Science!

While in threat display, they actually can't run anywhere near as fast. However, the lowering of the front legs is like a 100m dasher jumping out of the blocks.

Moonk A: It's "Lolth" and B: I never played Forgotten Realms, I'm a Dragonlance and Alternity guy. :)

No i meant the Andean queen of spiders; half human, half spider, half llama, yeah, thats the ticket!

There is now water on my keyboard. Thanks.


well better than blood or other... fluids. Though i have seen some well etched etching of Lolth in mah day, so i suppose thats a porper offering for worsgip, just hell on keyboards.
 
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