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2012-08-13 02:46:44 PM
Specifically, the Inflationary Theory.
 
2012-08-13 02:50:26 PM
Only when I get nervous...
www.bbc.co.uk
 
2012-08-13 03:01:26 PM
Interesting...
 
2012-08-13 03:11:33 PM
And the LORD answered Moses, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you peace."
 
2012-08-13 03:53:59 PM
Isn't the existence of... everything?
 
2012-08-13 04:24:46 PM
The universe always has and always will be.
 
2012-08-13 05:51:34 PM
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2012-08-13 05:56:53 PM

Diogenes: And the LORD answered Moses, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you peace."


Hahah Awesome. Funny click for you.
 
2012-08-13 06:03:37 PM
the801

Someone didn't think their sculpture all the way through.
 
2012-08-13 06:11:52 PM

Diogenes: And the LORD answered Moses, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you peace."


You've been on fire today, sir.
 
2012-08-13 06:41:52 PM

Bondith: the801

Someone didn't think their sculpture all the way through.


It's like a Puppeteer's nutsack.
 
2012-08-13 07:15:33 PM
 
2012-08-13 08:20:33 PM

Bondith: the801

Someone didn't think their sculpture all the way through.


"Atom Nutz", popular in physics labs in red states.
 
2012-08-13 08:26:55 PM
FTA:

In the case of the helium in the sun, two protons form a deuterium atom.
Uh, no, with two protons that would be a Helium atom.

The atom is then smashed with another proton to make a helium-3 atom.
No, three protons is Lithium, idiot.

When a second helium-3 atom collides with the first helium-3 atom, two protons wander off on their own, and the remnants of the two atoms combine to make a helium-4 atom,
Assuming you meant two of your above Lithium atoms, then you now have 4 protons, and that's Beryllium (@#$%^&)

with two protons and two neutrons.
Whoa! What's going on here smart guy?? Where in the above did you mention neutrons at all??

/goes to sulk in corner and weep for the state of science journalism...
 
2012-08-13 08:36:11 PM

thisman: FTA:

In the case of the helium in the sun, two protons form a deuterium atom.
Uh, no, with two protons that would be a Helium atom.

The atom is then smashed with another proton to make a helium-3 atom.
No, three protons is Lithium, idiot.

When a second helium-3 atom collides with the first helium-3 atom, two protons wander off on their own, and the remnants of the two atoms combine to make a helium-4 atom,
Assuming you meant two of your above Lithium atoms, then you now have 4 protons, and that's Beryllium (@#$%^&)

with two protons and two neutrons.
Whoa! What's going on here smart guy?? Where in the above did you mention neutrons at all??

/goes to sulk in corner and weep for the state of science journalism...


Beta decay can turn protons into neutrons, you know.
 
2012-08-13 08:55:02 PM

revrendjim: thisman: FTA:

In the case of the helium in the sun, two protons form a deuterium atom.
Uh, no, with two protons that would be a Helium atom.

The atom is then smashed with another proton to make a helium-3 atom.
No, three protons is Lithium, idiot.

When a second helium-3 atom collides with the first helium-3 atom, two protons wander off on their own, and the remnants of the two atoms combine to make a helium-4 atom,
Assuming you meant two of your above Lithium atoms, then you now have 4 protons, and that's Beryllium (@#$%^&)

with two protons and two neutrons.
Whoa! What's going on here smart guy?? Where in the above did you mention neutrons at all??

/goes to sulk in corner and weep for the state of science journalism...

Beta decay can turn protons into neutrons, you know.


I know that, and you know that, but the idiot author doesn't know that and completely failed to mention it.

Science journalism, on a good day, consists of the "reporter" going to interview a scientist, listening to the entire explanation, and then going back to the office and writing a story about the only word he understood.

My favourite example of this involves the 900MHz NMR facility at the National Research Council in Ottawa. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance involves placing your sample in a magnetic field and whacking it with a radio pulse to get structural information about the molecule. With a stronger field, you use a higher frequency, which gets you better data. 900MHz corresponds to the strongest field you can get these days, and it's pretty close to the theoretical limit of the technique.

What was the headline of the CBC article when the facility opened?
"Scientists unveil Canada's largest research magnet"

It makes one want to weep.
 
2012-08-13 09:06:29 PM
That's pretty sad.
 
2012-08-13 09:07:17 PM

Mr. Fuzzypaws: The universe always has and always will be.


Only in the sense that time itself is part of the universe. Time as we know it did not exist prior, and will not exist after. Which effects a *kind* of 'always,' but probably not the kind you're thinking of.
 
2012-08-13 09:09:00 PM
He He
 
2012-08-13 10:27:50 PM

thisman: Uh, no, with two protons that would be a Helium atom.


Don't bash somebody when you dont know what you are talking about.

The proton proton chain (which is what is being described) turns 4 protons (hydrogen nuclei) into 1 helium nuclei. 2 of the protons decay into neutrons as part of the process - you get one alpha particle as part of the net result (2 protons + 2 neutron). Thats where (smaller and first generation) stars get their energy basically.

The process is described in more detail here
 
2012-08-13 11:26:05 PM
Got nothin', so here's a pic of Kaley Cuoco as Wonder Woman:

static.igossip.com
 
2012-08-14 02:27:12 AM

Diogenes: Specifically, the Inflationary Theory.


Oddly enough, it would seem so.

/booo for the pun, though. BOOO!
 
2012-08-14 03:33:17 AM

Bondith: What was the headline of the CBC article when the facility opened?
"Scientists unveil Canada's largest research magnet"

It makes one want to weep.


ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2012-08-14 04:21:58 AM
So, there's old news, and there's Old News. This is some 1970s stuff here.
 
2012-08-14 05:24:51 AM
Just before that, the helium didn't exist.

From nothing comes something. Yeah, that makes sense.
 
2012-08-14 06:08:06 AM

SevenizGud: Just before that, the helium didn't exist.

From nothing comes something. Yeah, that makes sense.


I'll let Brian Greene & Richard Dawkins explain

If you're genuinely interested, I strongly recommend Greene's The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos which is very accessible to the layman such as myself.
 
Skr
2012-08-14 07:23:53 AM
I wonder which company will land the first mining op on the moon for He-3.

"Interestingly, the helium in the balloons that you use to decorate your birthday party isn't proof of the Big Bang. That was mostly made by decaying uranium." kehehe that will be a fun fact to bring up when around balloons.
 
2012-08-14 09:23:19 AM

skodabunny: SevenizGud: Just before that, the helium didn't exist.

From nothing comes something. Yeah, that makes sense.

I'll let Brian Greene & Richard Dawkins explain

If you're genuinely interested, I strongly recommend Greene's The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos which is very accessible to the layman such as myself.


This predicts that the factors that culminated in the big bang exist everywhere, and all the time, yet the big bang happened only once.

Seems unlikely.
 
2012-08-14 09:46:23 AM

SevenizGud: This predicts that the factors that culminated in the big bang exist everywhere, and all the time, yet the big bang happened only once.

Seems unlikely.


What the hey? "Factors that culminated in the big bang"?
 
2012-08-14 06:18:06 PM

SevenizGud: This predicts that the factors that culminated in the big bang exist everywhere, and all the time, yet the big bang happened only once.

Seems unlikely.


Cor blimey, if only you had pointed this out to him before he wrote all those books and papers.
 
2012-08-14 06:30:45 PM

skodabunny: If you're genuinely interested, I strongly recommend Greene's The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos which is very accessible to the layman such as myself Lawrence M. Krauss - A Universe from Nothing - Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (2012).


Whoops! This is what I meant - apologies.
 
2012-08-15 03:00:39 AM
Ilmarinen

What the hey? "Factors that culminated in the big bang"?

It was payday, you were single, and she was horny as hell?
 
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