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(Casper Star-Tribune)   Things for teens to do in a small, middle of nowhere town: Going to keggers, tipping cows, building nuclear fusion reactors in the shed. Wait, what?   (trib.com) divider line 90
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2013-02-04 03:20:52 PM
I wonder what Gramps thinks of him?
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If that little f**k irradiates my El Camino one more time I'm kicking his ass!
 
2013-02-04 03:28:25 PM

StopLurkListen: It makes me proud, as an American, that we have people with such amazing talent and drive and ability to create such things. And that I live far away from the blast radius.


Fusion won't explode, at least assuming the reactor is build halfway right. If it explodes, then who knows what the fark he was up to. Not fusion.

A fusion reaction needs energy from outside to keep going. As soon as the process has a kink, the whole thing just ends with a soft *poof*, not a giant *boom*.

A hypothetical real fusion reactor for generating power would be self-sustaining. The power generated would be fed back to itself to keep the process rolling, and the remaining energy would be output as the power generation. If anything doesn't work right, then it just quietly ends.

That's what's so awesome about fusion. Not only is it more safe (less explosions, easier to manage radiation, no meltdowns), but it has the potential to generate tons and tons more energy than today's fission reactors.
 
2013-02-04 03:36:06 PM

ohokyeah: [the-big-bang-theory.com image 240x300]

Approves


Came for Sheldon Cooper. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-02-04 03:41:03 PM

rwfan: I am not liking any of the above analogies that "explain" the hundreds of millions of degree temperatures of the plasma of a fusor.


Hey, it's an analogy - not an exact description.  I was just trying to explain, as my pastor put it in a sermon once, 'how somebody could create something 6 million degrees Fahrenheit without burning up half the county'.
 
2013-02-04 03:42:25 PM
the kids obviously a terrorist send him away to "camp" in CUBA
 
2013-02-04 04:08:39 PM

torusXL: StopLurkListen: It makes me proud, as an American, that we have people with such amazing talent and drive and ability to create such things. And that I live far away from the blast radius.

Fusion won't explode, at least assuming the reactor is build halfway right. If it explodes, then who knows what the fark he was up to. Not fusion.

A fusion reaction needs energy from outside to keep going. As soon as the process has a kink, the whole thing just ends with a soft *poof*, not a giant *boom*.

A hypothetical real fusion reactor for generating power would be self-sustaining. The power generated would be fed back to itself to keep the process rolling, and the remaining energy would be output as the power generation. If anything doesn't work right, then it just quietly ends.

That's what's so awesome about fusion. Not only is it more safe (less explosions, easier to manage radiation, no meltdowns), but it has the potential to generate tons and tons more energy than today's fission reactors.


I was being silly, but I appreciate your explanation all the same. Thanks!
 
2013-02-04 04:09:48 PM
Where the hell did you get the atomic bomb!
i7.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-04 04:34:44 PM

ohokyeah: [the-big-bang-theory.com image 240x300]

Approves


/Came for this.
//Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-02-04 04:38:33 PM

Karac: rwfan: I am not liking any of the above analogies that "explain" the hundreds of millions of degree temperatures of the plasma of a fusor.

Hey, it's an analogy - not an exact description.  I was just trying to explain, as my pastor put it in a sermon once, 'how somebody could create something 6 million degrees Fahrenheit without burning up half the county'.


OK but there are better analogies, a static electric shock for example.  It takes 4 to 20 keV of potential to get a spark to jump a cm air gap.  That's a pretty hefty spark but I think I had a car (well car seats) that could get me up to that levels of static electricity in the winter.  So when I got out of that car and touched the metal door I was producing some electrons and ions that had kinetic energies equivalent to millions of degrees Fahrenheit.  Not enough to set the world on fire, just the gas tank.

/that car really sucked in the winter, I quickly learned to wear leather gloves which took most of the sting out.
 
2013-02-04 05:18:35 PM
mydisguises.com
Home-made reactors?
 
2013-02-04 05:23:47 PM
Meh.

When I was 17 I drank a half dozen glow sticks, farted in the bathtub and then screamed at the bubbles.  Did I get a new article written about me and my precocious experiments in bio-sonoluminescence?? Noooooo...
 
2013-02-04 05:31:40 PM

bhcompy: Ned Stark: Cow tipping is a myth.

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Nope.  Real.  Saw it in a movie.


but why would you do it  they have projectile liquid crap
 
2013-02-04 05:40:26 PM

BigLuca: Meh.

When I was 17 I drank a half dozen glow sticks, farted in the bathtub and then screamed at the bubbles.  Did I get a new article written about me and my precocious experiments in bio-sonoluminescence?? Noooooo...


What exactly was the purpose of screaming at the bubbles? Did that activate something?
 
2013-02-04 05:59:04 PM

Frozboz: Very nice, especially considering how his father treats him.  FTA:


His dad tells him not to forget his roots. Tom Farnsworth made his money in oil. That money bought the shed where Conrad built his reactor and paid for the tools he used to make its parts.

"All I tell him is that if he invents something that does away with fossil fuels, it will be on him to take care of his mom and I," Tom Farnsworth said.
 Yeah son, don't bother saving the world with clean, renewable energy if it does away with the almighty fossil fuels!


I think its more of a joke.  Son you are creating something that is going to put me out of a job!
 
2013-02-04 06:02:11 PM

China White Tea: machoprogrammer: So he made something by himself that scientists cannot?

No.  Just making fusion happen is not a problem.  Making fusion that produces more energy that it consumes (without leaving a miles-wide crater) is the problem.  He has not done that part - what he built could not power anything.


and he is aware of that as stated in the article.  Right now it is basically a high-tech lava lamp.
 
2013-02-04 06:09:26 PM
I clicked thinking "someone else has built a Farnsworth fusor.

Lo and behold the families name is Farnsworth. Probably related to Philo, and Mormon. This is the kind of stuff their kids get up to instead of drinking and smoking.
 
2013-02-04 06:23:05 PM

Hack Patooey: 600 million degrees?


Low pressure plasmas can have very high temperatures with very little plasma to conduct that heat to other things.  High pressure plasmas tend to vaporize everything they touch.  This leads to amusing slide shows for the next "My Favorite Laboratory Disasters" panel at your local science fiction convention.
 
2013-02-04 06:30:21 PM
So wait, is this the guy who killed Jim Nabors?
 
2013-02-04 06:35:30 PM

Frozboz: Very nice, especially considering how his father treats him.  FTA:


His dad tells him not to forget his roots. Tom Farnsworth made his money in oil. That money bought the shed where Conrad built his reactor and paid for the tools he used to make its parts.

"All I tell him is that if he invents something that does away with fossil fuels, it will be on him to take care of his mom and I," Tom Farnsworth said.
 Yeah son, don't bother saving the world with clean, renewable energy if it does away with the almighty fossil fuels!


That's what I thought too.  Dad doesn't seem to be completely supportive of his son's full potential.  The kid is only allowed to go *so* far with all his science stuff.  You know, as long as he doesn't make his dad look bad.

Sheesh.
 
2013-02-04 08:13:12 PM

pciszek: Hack Patooey: 600 million degrees?

Low pressure plasmas can have very high temperatures with very little plasma to conduct that heat to other things.  High pressure plasmas tend to vaporize everything they touch.  This leads to amusing slide shows for the next "My Favorite Laboratory Disasters" panel at your local science fiction convention.


last time i created high density plasma(and a copper plasma at that, which i'm still quite proud of) it took out a large part of my workbench, scorched the ever-unholy crap out of the wall, and then blew a hole a couple meters and some across in the roof of my workshop.

i also managed to blow the main breaker on the house, as well as fark with the electrical for three or four houses down the line both ways.

very glad i was actually standing technically outside the workshop(in the doorway). the concussion was spectacular.


/for my next trick, i'm going to build a lightning director. yes, i'm going to fire lasers at the sky till mighty zeus gets pissed enough to try and smite me.
 
2013-02-04 08:20:11 PM

earthworm2.0: BigLuca: Meh.

When I was 17 I drank a half dozen glow sticks, farted in the bathtub and then screamed at the bubbles.  Did I get a new article written about me and my precocious experiments in bio-sonoluminescence?? Noooooo...

What exactly was the purpose of screaming at the bubbles? Did that activate something?


Well it was either to induce acoustic cavitation and release  Bremsstrahlung and quantum vacuum radiation through the Casimir effect, or it was because I was a very angry child.  Probably the latter.
 
2013-02-04 08:46:15 PM

GreatGlavinsGhost: Frozboz: Very nice, especially considering how his father treats him.  FTA:


His dad tells him not to forget his roots. Tom Farnsworth made his money in oil. That money bought the shed where Conrad built his reactor and paid for the tools he used to make its parts.

"All I tell him is that if he invents something that does away with fossil fuels, it will be on him to take care of his mom and I," Tom Farnsworth said.
 Yeah son, don't bother saving the world with clean, renewable energy if it does away with the almighty fossil fuels!

That's what I thought too.  Dad doesn't seem to be completely supportive of his son's full potential.  The kid is only allowed to go *so* far with all his science stuff.  You know, as long as he doesn't make his dad look bad.

Sheesh.


So am I the only one that thought the father was making a modestly funny joke at his own expense?
 
2013-02-04 09:00:17 PM
czetie:

So am I the only one that thought the father was making a modestly funny joke at his own expense?

no.
 
2013-02-04 09:07:41 PM
that;s hot
 
2013-02-04 09:09:37 PM

rwfan: czetie:

So am I the only one that thought the father was making a modestly funny joke at his own expense?

no.


Yeah me too.
 
2013-02-04 09:24:31 PM

Crewmannumber6: Where the hell did you get the atomic bomb!
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I got a C in physics last semester. Think what the students getting A's and B's could do.
 
2013-02-04 10:01:58 PM
I'm suprised that the place I was born and raised was mentioned on Fark.com.  I'm doubly suprised it wasn't for something like the biggest meth bust in a decade, or the refinery in the middle of town dropping another toxic cloud on the school that's not even 1/4 a mile away.  It's a lovely place.
 
2013-02-04 10:02:11 PM

JasonOfOrillia: Crewmannumber6: Where the hell did you get the atomic bomb!
[i7.photobucket.com image 440x346]

I got a C in physics last semester. Think what the students getting A's and B's could do.


The AP Physics B exam is evil....
 
2013-02-04 10:33:19 PM

Rockstone: JasonOfOrillia: Crewmannumber6: Where the hell did you get the atomic bomb!
[i7.photobucket.com image 440x346]

I got a C in physics last semester. Think what the students getting A's and B's could do.

The AP Physics B exam is evil....


He didn't get the reference
 
2013-02-04 10:45:59 PM

Crewmannumber6: Rockstone: JasonOfOrillia: Crewmannumber6: Where the hell did you get the atomic bomb!
[i7.photobucket.com image 440x346]

I got a C in physics last semester. Think what the students getting A's and B's could do.

The AP Physics B exam is evil....

He didn't get the reference


That's fine.  It was pretty obscure.  I originally tried to track down the quote where the student describes how he extracted the fissile material from day-glo watches but this one was better.
 
2013-02-05 12:43:19 AM

give me doughnuts:
You'll discover that the higher density but slightly lower tenperature water burns your hand more than the higher temperature yet lower density air in the oven.


Thermal conductivity.
 
2013-02-05 02:53:40 AM
Conrad is the first person in Wyoming, and one of about 60 in the world, to achieve nuclear fusion. Only about 15 of those are in high school

So, only 1/4 of all people who have accheived fusion are in high school.

Got it.
 
2013-02-05 07:20:56 AM
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2013-02-05 07:42:08 AM

weiserfireman: basemetal: I hope they don't have a HOA.

It's rural Wyoming   Most of them can't spell HOA


And how many fusion reactors did people in your neighborhood build?
 
2013-02-05 09:28:03 AM

Optimal_Illusion: [mydisguises.com image 500x389]
Home-made reactors?


/innacave
//withaboxofscraps
 
2013-02-05 09:44:03 AM
Not only is this kid farking awesome, but makes me a bit happier about mine (the screwdriver thing appears to be universal?). Now I just gotta get him into a choir and ... learn to raise fish? Wait. What?
 
2013-02-05 11:09:38 AM
Now where'd I put that chisel

/not obscure
 
2013-02-05 12:21:50 PM

booger42: Now where'd I put that chisel

/not obscure


obscure, no.

a punishable offense for raising the specter of yahoo serious over these hallowed grounds? yes.
 
2013-02-05 01:00:45 PM
rthanu: I'm suprised that the place I was born and raised was mentioned on Fark.com  HAY ANYONE WANT TO STEAL MY IDENTITY??
 
2013-02-05 01:02:00 PM

buttery_shame_cave: booger42: Now where'd I put that chisel

/not obscure

obscure, no.

a punishable offense for raising the specter of yahoo serious over these hallowed grounds? yes.


But if you can't trust the governments of the world, who can you trust
 
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