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(io9)   Researchers have detected the smallest force ever measured: 42 yoctonewtons - equivalent to one septillion of a newton and an unknown quantity of Oreos   (io9.com ) divider line
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2014-06-28 03:10:02 AM  
"You'll notice it's not capitalized."
media-1.web.britannica.com
"That's when you know you've made it."
 
2014-06-28 03:56:33 AM  
I'm more interested in finding out that there's a quantum limit to measuring force.
 
2014-06-28 04:06:47 AM  

Intelligent_Donkey: I'm more interested in finding out that there's a quantum limit to measuring force.


Apparently this is about 4x that force. After which, it's complimentary measure of motion (I assume this is speed?) screws with it.


http://www.iflscience.com/physics/sci entists-reveal-smallest-amount-f o rce-ever-measured#eAvsCOQXc2WmTiqG.99

/phone sorry
 
2014-06-28 04:47:02 AM  
42. Coincidence?
 
2014-06-28 04:59:50 AM  
there are about 3x1023 yoctonewtons in just one ounce of force

Yes, that's the definition of the prefix "yocto"


God science journalismi09 is awful.
 
2014-06-28 05:22:59 AM  
A regular newton or a pig newton?
 
2014-06-28 05:23:19 AM  

slotz: 42. Coincidence?


Correlations of a number system on intelligent correlations. No idea what we do with it though.
 
2014-06-28 05:23:54 AM  
... on intelligent communication is what that was supposed to be.
 
2014-06-28 06:35:28 AM  

doglover: there are about 3x1023 yoctonewtons in just one ounce of force

Yes, that's the definition of the prefix "yocto"


God science journalismi09 is awful.



It's hardly a commonly-encountered term; I don't see the problem with defining it for the reader.

But TFA is otherwise a pretty shiatty excuse for an article.
 
2014-06-28 07:22:40 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I don't see the problem with defining it for the reader.


Even defining Newtons in terms of ounces? That is insanity itself. No science happens in imperial measure. Not since a hogshead of mercury in the penis cured the malaise that caused wilting willy syndrome and phrenological examinations held up in court.
 
2014-06-28 07:43:40 AM  

doglover: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I don't see the problem with defining it for the reader.

Even defining Newtons in terms of ounces? That is insanity itself. No science happens in imperial measure. Not since a hogshead of mercury in the penis cured the malaise that caused wilting willy syndrome and phrenological examinations held up in court.


Science doesn't happen in Rhode Islands or widths of a human hair, either, but I don't have a problem with offering terms the lay audience may find more relatable, in addition to reporting the actual measurement.
 
2014-06-28 08:25:19 AM  

doglover: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I don't see the problem with defining it for the reader.

Even defining Newtons in terms of ounces? That is insanity itself. No science happens in imperial measure. Not since a hogshead of mercury in the penis cured the malaise that caused wilting willy syndrome and phrenological examinations held up in court.


That's a lot of mercury to be injecting into any part of the body.
 
2014-06-28 08:26:21 AM  
"Back-action evading techniques"

/that is all
 
2014-06-28 08:29:01 AM  
Yatta!
 
2014-06-28 09:43:28 AM  

EvilEgg: doglover: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I don't see the problem with defining it for the reader.

Even defining Newtons in terms of ounces? That is insanity itself. No science happens in imperial measure. Not since a hogshead of mercury in the penis cured the malaise that caused wilting willy syndrome and phrenological examinations held up in court.

That's a lot of mercury to be injecting into any part of the body.


Nobody said it was a sensible treatment.
 
GBB
2014-06-28 10:10:54 AM  
42 yoctonewtons of force sounds like as much effort my wife puts into doing chores on her days off.

/Hey, ohhhhhhh!
 
2014-06-28 10:25:27 AM  

EvilEgg: doglover: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I don't see the problem with defining it for the reader.

Even defining Newtons in terms of ounces? That is insanity itself. No science happens in imperial measure. Not since a hogshead of mercury in the penis cured the malaise that caused wilting willy syndrome and phrenological examinations held up in court.

That's a lot of mercury to be injecting into any part of the body.


Teddy Roosevelt would have been behind it.
 
2014-06-28 11:48:09 AM  
but what is it in nutter butters?
 
2014-06-28 01:10:59 PM  

syrynxx: Yatta!


I don't know if it's pleasing or disturbing that I'm not the only person who thought of that.
 
2014-06-28 01:18:53 PM  
"Hey, what about 41 yoctonewtons!?"
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-06-28 01:20:22 PM  
How many yoctonewtons to penetrate Subby's mom's ass while dry?
 
2014-06-28 01:27:59 PM  

ReverendJynxed: How many yoctonewtons to penetrate Subby's mom's ass while dry?



"One thing just led to another and... yocto, yocto, yocto... there it was."
images.closerweekly.com
 
2014-06-28 01:51:48 PM  
new level of passive-aggressive behavior...
 
2014-06-28 02:17:26 PM  
How many brazillions is that?
 
2014-06-28 02:28:51 PM  

SJKebab: Intelligent_Donkey: I'm more interested in finding out that there's a quantum limit to measuring force.

Apparently this is about 4x that force. After which, it's complimentary measure of motion (I assume this is speed?) screws with it.


http://www.iflscience.com/physics/sci entists-reveal-smallest-amount-f o rce-ever-measured#eAvsCOQXc2WmTiqG.99

/phone sorry


It's not necessarily that force has a quantum limit, I don't think we're at all sure about that, or whether what they're calling force in this context is even quantized. This has to do with how accurate a measurement you can make. They're bouncing photons off the thing to measure how far it moved, and they're close to the point where the induced movement due to those photons is large enough in proportion that it overwhelms the movement they're trying to measure.
 
2014-06-28 02:58:35 PM  
We have not yet detected gravitons.

Not to mention the graviolis.
 
2014-06-28 03:09:47 PM  

Hector Remarkable: We have not yet detected gravitons.

Not to mention the graviolis.


aspicyperspective.com

The graviolis are tasty.
 
2014-06-28 03:18:34 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-28 09:12:39 PM  
cdn-static.denofgeek.com


You said we only had to one yoctillionth of a thing each!
 
2014-06-29 01:09:57 AM  
comedycentral.mtvnimages.com

Two newtons?  I eat them by the sleeve
 
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