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by Nosforit
Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 544419

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I was able to replicate it with just a few dozen tries, so unless I have a magic touch it should be pretty common in physical space. Unless tidal forces shred them?

IIRC retrograde meant that a celestial object appered to move backwards, and did not physically do so...
by Nosforit
Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 544419

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

This comes from this game. http://images.4channel.org/f/src/gravity.swf

Image

See that sine and curl going off to the lower left? Could that really happen? Happen in space? :o

ED:
Oh wait, of course it can. The moon makes the Earth wobble too. :oops:
by Nosforit
Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Delectably stupid questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2039

Re: Delectably stupid questions

A. No it doesn't.

B. Tearing. Definitely tearing.

C. 1/0 -> infinity. 100/-1 = -100.
by Nosforit
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Delectably stupid questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2039

Delectably stupid questions

If I have a pizza pie and I cut a slice from it, is the pizza really in two parts since the slice is much smaller than what's left?

Why does it take less effort to count from 0 to 1 than from ...99 to 100 when the former is infinitely bigger and the latter is merely engineering tolerance?
by Nosforit
Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Gravity production on spaceships
Replies: 47
Views: 20704

Re: Gravity production on spaceships

"...if two wheels are spun on a common axis, the mutual gravitational attraction between the two wheels will be greater if they spin in opposite directions than in the same direction. This can be expressed as an attractive or repulsive gravitomagnetic component." - http://en.wikipedia.org/...
by Nosforit
Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: papermen
Replies: 81
Views: 14083

Re: papermen

Ninjap00 wrote:[imgBREAK]http://www.ainsliestreeter.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/timebreak.png[/img]

<3!
by Nosforit
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does this sound like a worthwhile sci. documentary?
Replies: 2
Views: 480

Re: Does this sound like a worthwhile sci. documentary?

How I would do it, Don't concentrate on just one company or research group. I think you'd be better off if you looked at the class of problems this "DBS" solves, made observation about how the problems are all alike and then took up the subject of the research done. There is probably too m...
by Nosforit
Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Does this tail make my butt look big?
Replies: 5
Views: 2605

Re: Does this tail make my butt look big?

He's a she now. Ate boobie skittles and became a woman. No longer gay. :mrgreen:
by Nosforit
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Does this tail make my butt look big?
Replies: 5
Views: 2605

Re: Does this tail make my butt look big?

He's a bit femme... Possibly lesbian. But a man nonetheless. >:|
by Nosforit
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Does this tail make my butt look big?
Replies: 5
Views: 2605

Re: Does this tail make my butt look big?

Better this way?
by Nosforit
Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Does this tail make my butt look big?
Replies: 5
Views: 2605

Does this tail make my butt look big?

Spaceman sitting on a box. 20 minutes or so in Inkscape.
by Nosforit
Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 165926

Re: Iain M. Banks

The conflict (to me) comes through the tension between moral systems. The Culture takes Utilitarianism to its logical conclusion. We as humans don't instinctively work off a utilitarian moral base and therefore various aspects of the Culture strike us as uncomfortable. Would you want a hidden hand ...
by Nosforit
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gyro array symmetry
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Gyro array symmetry

It does! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgvjwEmKY6o Intuitive, but not quite like I expected. This won't cause a flywheel to turn like the tires of a car when you turn the steering wheel. My intuition does however insist that the force I use to overcome a spinning flywheel's sideways inertia won't b...
by Nosforit
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Computational Chemistry- Where to start?
Replies: 21
Views: 5761

Re: Computational Chemistry- Where to start?

"A resource for nanoscience and technology, the nanoHUB was created by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology."
- http://nanohub.org/
by Nosforit
Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gyro array symmetry
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Gyro array symmetry

I am not a physicist, but I have heard such mutter the words gravitomagnitism around these fora, so I'm going to wait for someone smarter than me to come around and explain exactly how that all works. Frankly, it's all beyond me, but much in the same way that electrons moving at relativistic speeds...
by Nosforit
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fusion and massive confinement
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Fusion and massive confinement

Matter conducts heat rather than acting as an insulator. When you heat a gaseous atom up it shoots off at speed, so a fusion reactor is sort of like a disorganized particle accelerator. In your example you have the accelerator in the centre and it shoots off your fuel in all directions like a cue ba...
by Nosforit
Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gyro array symmetry
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Gyro array symmetry

An array of stuff with magnetic momentum wants to fall in line so that its entropy is as low as possible, and if you take one stuff and flip it over a wave starts to propagate through the array to flip the rest of them. Is this true for an array of gyroscopes? What about gyros of relativistic propor...
by Nosforit
Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0434: "xkcd Goes to the Airport"
Replies: 107
Views: 25931

Re: xkcd Goes to the Airport Discussion

I did once get caught with lockpicks in the airport. They saw that I had nail clipping scissors in my luggage, and when we were digging through my stuff to find the scissors we got to the lockpicks that I had made. A jumble of bent paperclips to most, so I said I had forgotten I had them and they we...
by Nosforit
Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0167: "Nihilism"
Replies: 54
Views: 27439

Re: Official "Nihilism" Discussion

Nihilism rocks because it's the ultimate philosophy and we notice we don't act like we should do as nihilists meaning our logic contradicts our actions and that therefore logic doesn't mandate action and that reality such that we see it is just a dream by an entity that can have the cake and eat it ...
by Nosforit
Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0411: "Techno"
Replies: 150
Views: 30412

Re: "Techno" Discussion

vodka.cobra wrote:Image


Corrected.

(Hear the rrrolling of my "rrr". :P )
by Nosforit
Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What kinds of Wikipedia edits do you make?
Replies: 37
Views: 2397

I revert vandalism since I weed through a lot of articles anyway any given month, and ask strange questions on the discussion page. I've added genuinely useful links at times.
by Nosforit
Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics question; photons
Replies: 28
Views: 3164

Re: physics question; photons

Momentum is a defining characteristic of mass, but not exclusively of mass. This actually makes perfect sense, even from a Newtonian perspective since AFAIK the only way to measure a mass is to apply an acceleration to it. That is to say that momentum is more intuitive than mass, since when trying ...
by Nosforit
Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics question; photons
Replies: 28
Views: 3164

So spin is indeed something which bares no resemblance in the macroscopic world? Absolutely; in fact, pretty much everything is like that at the subatomic level! Quantum effects such as the uncertainty principle which aren't intuitive to humans and are imperceptible to us play a massive role, for e...
by Nosforit
Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 358858

Image
And,
Image

Here's the tutorial I wrote on how to implement it:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=489493
by Nosforit
Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics question; photons
Replies: 28
Views: 3164

So spin is indeed something which bares no resemblance in the macroscopic world?

What of the magnetic and electric components of the photon then? They're perpendicular to each other... But are the waves they form just a graph of the chance of finding a photon there or what?
by Nosforit
Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pseudoscience and Gaia and other non-CERN stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 6585

Prrr... Now you're going to have to cite your sources. :) Do a mathematical proof. It works. You have confidence that it works because the steps used have, in the past, led you from true statement to true statement, and have generated interesting and beautiful patterns. Even if the steps used where...
by Nosforit
Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What does IQ measure?
Replies: 69
Views: 9655

Welcome, Shinju. A truly intelligent person will realise that improving their emotional intelligence will work far more to their advantage than improving their logical intelligence, equally focusing on game playing/strategising will benefit a person greatly. There are many, many things which are far...
by Nosforit
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fictional Races
Replies: 153
Views: 8172

Wemics are larger and stronger than humans; a wemic can leap up to 50 feet with a running start. Their front claws are sharp, and they can fight with both claws and weapons at the same time!
- Wiki

Image

:D
by Nosforit
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics question; photons
Replies: 28
Views: 3164

Frequency and frequency are not frequency? My hed aslpode. :(

Could you restructure what you just said? Preferably not in a single sentence...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics question; photons
Replies: 28
Views: 3164

If I got this * right, photons have momentum because of Planck's constant, the unit of which is J * s, meaning angular momentum. Think of the energy stored in a flywheel, and that the speed the flywheel spins at is proportional to the frequency of our photon. (And remember that you can easily have 0...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: my friend Catherine is on icanhascheezburger :O
Replies: 56
Views: 3893

Re: my friend Catherine is on icanhascheezburger :O

CatProximity wrote:But I'm so anti Cheezburger cat-speak....So torn.

It glues the caption on its cat. o_o
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89691
Views: 6003468

/me gnaws on Planck's constant. >:\

It has a flavor, but invisible meaning!
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: breaking down cellulose
Replies: 20
Views: 2852

Dunno their name, if I understood it correctly you can find them right under your nose. Grow a culture, maybe? Then throw it at someone and watch their clothes* dissolve!

*Possibly their skin too.
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: breaking down cellulose
Replies: 20
Views: 2852

You'll want to break up the cellulose molecules into glucose molecules. Cellulose is a polymer of glucose. Polymers are nice... Right. So, you won't be wanting to dip it into nitric acid because then you get gun cotton and might blow yourself to kingdom come. I know there are enzymes in saliva which...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Immortality
Replies: 79
Views: 7117

Yar(n). Been trying to wrap my head around it for years, but it always boils down to what Shakespeare said so eloquently, the anthropic principle, and zen. :? One thing that however does seem plausible to me is using neural plasticity to make the brain learn to run its processes in a synthetic proce...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Immortality
Replies: 79
Views: 7117

If there is such thing as a soul, why couldn't it be replicated? If you consider the soul to mean the sum of the information stored in the neural net of a person (Not just the brain; there are collections of nerves in other places of the body, and I for one wouldn't take the risk of working with an...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pseudoscience and Gaia and other non-CERN stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 6585

If it makes you feel better, consider the expression "that is bullshit" to mean "there is no evidence there that makes the idea worth changing my behaviour over". You have a very strange way of expressing yourself. Then you are using the wrong term when you say the world "p...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucid Dreaming - What's the deal?
Replies: 120
Views: 8352

but somehow, i can never seem to jump the gap to ⋅ this is my head, so i can do anything i want. Try to decide beforehand what you're going to try to do. For example, I'm currently trying to shove my hand into the ground, touch and pull up the object I desire, or have it manifest out of t...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So there's this kid in my lunch period...
Replies: 58
Views: 4701

One of our fraternity pledges this year is a really shy, awkward guy with a lisp. He was going to be an out-of-house member, but he came over tonight and said his roommates in the dorm were bullying him, and that he wanted to move in ASAP. We just sent about 20 guys to his dorm room to help him mov...
by Nosforit
Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What does IQ measure?
Replies: 69
Views: 9655

The functionary in charge of our test, conducted at Helsinki University, said from experience that about half the people present at that occasion would score 148 or more. This means that there existed a disposition among the candidates urging them take such a test in the first place. That is, while ...

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