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What is the coolest scientific link/article you have read lately?

Asked by Bri_L (12191points) February 18th, 2009

Something that really knocked you on your but. I am hoping this doesn’t turn into a negative debate where people start dissing the technology.

Just, what cool stuff is going on out there.

Here is mine.

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EmpressPixie's avatar

Here’s mine. I hope it counts! It’s not cool in a good way so much as a weird way. It’s just really interesting. I know I log into my e-mail without thinking about it at times, but that’s reallllly without thinking about it.

Hinata_88's avatar

The weapons they used in the civil War where nothing like they are today. (thats what I learned in on a link) The polites used pistals instead of the guns that attach to the plane itself.

TenaciousDenny's avatar

I thought all that talk of the particle accelerator and the chance that it could create a black hole and consume the earth was pretty cool.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@TenaciousDenny I was particularly fond of the webcams from the LHC. Of course, there were some more useful videos as well.

Bri_L's avatar

@EmpressPixie – cool good, cool bad, cool interesting what ever. you call it.

Bri_L's avatar

Here is another one I just read

Grisson's avatar

@Bri_L that’s cool! But I’m still waiting for MIT’s promised desktop fabricator from several years ago.

I’m also waiting for truly wireless home automation. (I want a cheap solar powered Wifi enabled switch that I can use to turn on my garden sprinkler with a web app.) But that’s my own dream.

Bri_L's avatar

@Grisson think of the implications of this new storage technology. And it is not out of reach of the common man’s ability to maintain. Be looking for companies and ipo’s!

Judi's avatar

@shilolo just linked this article about how they are identifying viruses faster in another post. I thought it was great because even though I am a total looser in the area of math and science I was facinated and understood it.

Grisson's avatar

@Bri_L Oh! I’d absolutely lurve free energy! (G/Q btw)

EmpressPixie's avatar

@aprilsimnel: I love the set up in that article.

Grisson's avatar

@A_Beaverhausen Awesome… especially the moon shot.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@EmpressPixie – It was cute, wasn’t it?

Bri_L's avatar

@A_Beaverhausen that is amazing photography!! is that the same set they used to fake the landing? KIDDING!

Bri_L's avatar

@aprilsimnel the set up was great! although halfway through reading the article I destroyed it.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@shamroch: Eeech! No thank you. I like the sleeping. Plus, you just know people would get addicted.

Bri_L's avatar

@shamroch wow. That is something.

Bri_L's avatar

@steelmarket Holy CARP is that cool!

steelmarket's avatar

Yeah, the big problem has always been how to get the power down to earth without frying us.

MindErrantry's avatar

Well, technology does seem to be the biggest thing going around here, but I’m going to go with a broader look at ‘science’ and propose this… I don’t know, I just think it’s fascinating stuff—and important beyond just biological/psychological implications. non-science person jumping in

Bri_L's avatar

@MindErrantry That is interesting and I think scientific. Nice add!
@SherlockPoems that is way cool

tellelefler's avatar

i heard they just discovered TWO new materials significantly stronger than the diamond. there goes the Mohs scale of hardness…

Bri_L's avatar

wow, I had read about one, but not two.

Grisson's avatar

. o O ( Moh will be devastated!)

EmpressPixie's avatar

This group (ArcAttack) creates music with Tesla coils. It seriously makes me want to make a Tesla coil just so I can do this. Anyway, here is a link to their Dr. Who theme. But if you go to their website directly, you can also hear Star Wars and Zelda and others.

Music! Tesla coils! Music!

Bri_L's avatar

@Grisson I have no idea what that is.

@EmpressPixie – How cool is that!

Grisson's avatar

@Bri_L MOH’s scale is a scale of MINERAL hardness ranging from 1 (talc) to 10 (diamond).
The rumour that Moh was considering something completely different for 10 is unsubstantiated

intro24's avatar

I lack copy and paste capabilities but I just saw a post on Gizmodo today about scientists recreating the rare occurance of balls of lightning in a lab. It’s really interesting and I’ll try to get the link up later if I have time.

steelmarket's avatar

Here is a great explanation of the Higgs boson

intro24's avatar

@myself two comments up

Here it is.

Bri_L's avatar

@intro24 – I am going to get a tattoo. Guess what it’s gonna say and where I’m gonna get it.

Seriously though, great link. I never heard of it.

@steelmarket – Isn’t this in the realm of theoretical physics? I love reading it. It always makes me feel like I have a job I can fall back on. Making shit up. heheh

steelmarket's avatar

Theoretical, yes. As in, if they can’t find the Higgs, then they more on to the next theory.

intro24's avatar

@Bri L – It’s going to be a heart and it’s going to say “Mom” and your going to get it on your left arm. Am I right? No? Then I don’t get it. I’m tired and can’t think straight. Explain please.

Bri_L's avatar

the article was about “lightning balls” so I was trying to joke that I would get a tattoo that said lighting balls near my own.

intro24's avatar

Ha ha, okay I get it. Fluther funnies for the win.

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