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(Phys Org2)   New microscopic sonic screwdriver capable of turning cells tartan. Or for you American readers, "plaid"   (phys.org) divider line 25
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2014-05-14 11:35:39 AM
Oh, this will be good. Does someone else want to tell subby, or should I?
 
2014-05-14 11:48:32 AM
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2014-05-14 11:57:20 AM
*insert tartan paint joke here*
 
2014-05-14 12:36:14 PM
It's the sort of thing you would expect Dr Who to do

The credibility of this so-called science article is impeached in the first sentence. It's  The Doctor, not  Dr anybody.

I SAID GOOD DAY SIR.
 
2014-05-14 12:45:45 PM
some sort of bizarre Dr Who Spaceballs mashup?
 
2014-05-14 12:59:33 PM
*So long as the cells aren't wood.
 
2014-05-14 01:02:37 PM
And for you Norman-descended Brits, you might want to look at the etymology of the two words.

Plaid descends from Gaelic

Tartan is FRENCH.

So piss off, you Frenchified bastards.
 
2014-05-14 01:10:29 PM
They mean to win Wimbledon!
 
2014-05-14 01:10:53 PM
Dr Who sucks

/runs and ducks
//seriously tried getting into it and i cannot

I have Scottish heritage so I'm genetically predispositioned to like plaid (or something)?
CLAN DUNBAR HOOOOO!
 
2014-05-14 01:13:47 PM
Plaid is a garment. What English folk call tartan is breacan.
 
2014-05-14 01:15:24 PM
Sonic screwdriver? See you at happy hour, half price drinks 2-4!

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2014-05-14 01:28:01 PM
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Kazran:  Now? I kiss her now?
The Doctor:  Kazran, trust me. It's this or go into your room and design a new kind of screwdriver. Don't make my mistakes.
 
2014-05-14 01:33:24 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: And for you Norman-descended Brits, you might want to look at the etymology of the two words.

Plaid descends from Gaelic

Tartan is FRENCH.

So piss off, you Frenchified bastards.


You're worried about what we call the color of your skirt?
 
2014-05-14 01:35:32 PM
Point of order:

The plaid is technically the cloth, the 'tartan' is the pattern.  Plaids can also have basic checkered patterns and simpler (or more complex, I suppose) multi-colored machine weaves other than the specific 'tartan' designs, so even if you're using 'plaid' to refer to the pattern, tartan is a  subset of that.


Aside:

This is actually something that branches into a reasonably complex discussion of the shift in textile labor economics in the steam age, British imperial politics in the 1800s, and the power struggles between domestic, foreign, and local economic interests regarding staple goods in the colonial age.  Selling machine textiles to the Scots was one of the first big fully-recorded case studies in the use of politics to push product sales and vice/versa.

I totally vote we thread-jack to talk about this instead of the actual article, but then I'm an engineer with a specialty in chemistry and solids physics so it's possible that acoustic patterning of materials is more in the "this was already old news in the 1920s" category for me than for everyone else.

// Not that it's not a useful application, it's just that the effect itself is something that's been well understood for on the order of a century.  All the interesting bits, i.e. the engineering details on how they accomplished it on this awesomely tiny a scale without error fuzzing the pattern away, aren't in TFA so I have trouble mustering interest.

//1920s may be something of an exaggeration, I'm not 100% sure of when exactly we started playing with the sand plates and so on.
 
2014-05-14 01:59:13 PM

Jim_Callahan: Point of order:

The plaid is technically the cloth, the 'tartan' is the pattern.  Plaids can also have basic checkered patterns and simpler (or more complex, I suppose) multi-colored machine weaves other than the specific 'tartan' designs, so even if you're using 'plaid' to refer to the pattern, tartan is a  subset of that.


Aside:

This is actually something that branches into a reasonably complex discussion of the shift in textile labor economics in the steam age, British imperial politics in the 1800s, and the power struggles between domestic, foreign, and local economic interests regarding staple goods in the colonial age.  Selling machine textiles to the Scots was one of the first big fully-recorded case studies in the use of politics to push product sales and vice/versa.

I totally vote we thread-jack to talk about this instead of the actual article, but then I'm an engineer with a specialty in chemistry and solids physics so it's possible that acoustic patterning of materials is more in the "this was already old news in the 1920s" category for me than for everyone else.

// Not that it's not a useful application, it's just that the effect itself is something that's been well understood for on the order of a century.  All the interesting bits, i.e. the engineering details on how they accomplished it on this awesomely tiny a scale without error fuzzing the pattern away, aren't in TFA so I have trouble mustering interest.

//1920s may be something of an exaggeration, I'm not 100% sure of when exactly we started playing with the sand plates and so on.


Will somebody PLEASE get Cliff Claven a beer?  Maybe that'll shut him up.
 
2014-05-14 02:05:35 PM
I think Heptagon Acoustic Tweezers would be a great name for a band!
 
2014-05-14 02:14:54 PM

Tricky Chicken: some sort of bizarre Dr Who Spaceballs mashup?


Of course.  The Doctor helps them find Spaceballs 2 in Spaceballs 3:  The Search for Spaceballs 2.
 
2014-05-14 02:30:42 PM

Jim_Callahan: Point of order:

The plaid is technically the cloth, the 'tartan' is the pattern.  Plaids can also have basic checkered patterns and simpler (or more complex, I suppose) multi-colored machine weaves other than the specific 'tartan' designs, so even if you're using 'plaid' to refer to the pattern, tartan is a  subset of that.


Aside:

This is actually something that branches into a reasonably complex discussion of the shift in textile labor economics in the steam age, British imperial politics in the 1800s, and the power struggles between domestic, foreign, and local economic interests regarding staple goods in the colonial age.  Selling machine textiles to the Scots was one of the first big fully-recorded case studies in the use of politics to push product sales and vice/versa.

I totally vote we thread-jack to talk about this instead of the actual article, but then I'm an engineer with a specialty in chemistry and solids physics so it's possible that acoustic patterning of materials is more in the "this was already old news in the 1920s" category for me than for everyone else.

// Not that it's not a useful application, it's just that the effect itself is something that's been well understood for on the order of a century.  All the interesting bits, i.e. the engineering details on how they accomplished it on this awesomely tiny a scale without error fuzzing the pattern away, aren't in TFA so I have trouble mustering interest.

//1920s may be something of an exaggeration, I'm not 100% sure of when exactly we started playing with the sand plates and so on.


Duuuuude, like I understand almost all of the words you used, but I don't have a flippin' clue what the hell you are saying. It is like I dove into the mind of a kid with ADD Halloween night.
 
2014-05-14 03:14:33 PM

Jim_Callahan: Point of order:

The plaid is technically the cloth, the 'tartan' is the pattern.  Plaids can also have basic checkered patterns and simpler (or more complex, I suppose) multi-colored machine weaves other than the specific 'tartan' designs, so even if you're using 'plaid' to refer to the pattern, tartan is a  subset of that.


Aside:

This is actually something that branches into a reasonably complex discussion of the shift in textile labor economics in the steam age, British imperial politics in the 1800s, and the power struggles between domestic, foreign, and local economic interests regarding staple goods in the colonial age.  Selling machine textiles to the Scots was one of the first big fully-recorded case studies in the use of politics to push product sales and vice/versa.

I totally vote we thread-jack to talk about this instead of the actual article, but then I'm an engineer with a specialty in chemistry and solids physics so it's possible that acoustic patterning of materials is more in the "this was already old news in the 1920s" category for me than for everyone else.

// Not that it's not a useful application, it's just that the effect itself is something that's been well understood for on the order of a century.  All the interesting bits, i.e. the engineering details on how they accomplished it on this awesomely tiny a scale without error fuzzing the pattern away, aren't in TFA so I have trouble mustering interest.

//1920s may be something of an exaggeration, I'm not 100% sure of when exactly we started playing with the sand plates and so on.


that's the one

Basically a tartan is a specific, registered pattern of plaid.

http://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/
 
2014-05-14 03:18:46 PM
oh that's positively microscopic..mines bigger
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Mines Plaid.
 
2014-05-14 04:38:14 PM
So they're working on how to make steak tartan?

I knew letting scientists learn how to grow meat in the lab would end in tears.
 
2014-05-14 05:59:52 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: And for you Norman-descended Brits, you might want to look at the etymology of the two words.

Plaid descends from Gaelic

Tartan is FRENCH.

So piss off, you Frenchified bastards.


oooOOoooOOoo get you!

/clutches handbag
 
2014-05-14 06:42:21 PM
The horror.
THE HORROR.
 
2014-05-14 07:04:26 PM
www.polyvore.com
 
2014-05-14 09:53:42 PM

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Let me get my screwdriver, I'm sure I can open that.
 
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