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by 3clipse
Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ear issues?
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Ear issues?

Not sure where else to put this, and the internet has been useless so far. So my left ear has been stopped up with stuff for about 5 days now. I tend to get bad ear wax buildup, and was told to flush with water when this happened. I did so last Thursday, but got some water (or so I thought) stuck wa...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stupid science tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Stupid science tricks?

Why don't they mix? At least the alcohol in whiskey is supposed to mix with water, right? Kind of? But ethanol is a lot less polar than water, and can form fewer hydrogen bonds, so while its soluble, there's a distinct limit to how much alcohol will dissolve in the water. And considering that most ...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry of Leaky Alkaline Batteries
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: Chemistry of Leaky Alkaline Batteries

Turquoise sounds like oxides of copper to me. Is there copper in the casing? Aren't the terminals traditionally copper and zinc? Or am I thinking of the wrong kind of battery? Yes, they're usually copper and zinc, which would explain the turquoise (copper oxidizing in dried KOH). I believe that the...
by 3clipse
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 32541

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

I am a bio major.

Yes, Randall: help us to strike down the chemists once and for all, and the physicists will be left in peace.
by 3clipse
Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:43 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What drove you to the field you are studying?
Replies: 62
Views: 5766

Re: What drove you to the field you are studying?

I'm studying biology with a minor in chem right now. 9th and 10th grade, those were my two least favorite classes. I thought they were boring and stupid. Cue junior year biochemistry. It helped that my teacher was this awesome, awesome down to earth older woman who was almost as sarcastic as I was. ...
by 3clipse
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your attendance at college or university - good or poor?
Replies: 44
Views: 5094

Re: Your attendance at college or university - good or poor?

My attendance in physics was woeful this semester, and since homework was collected every class (I don't know any other college class that does this), my homework grade was terrible. I'm fairly certain I'm going to get a C. First one ever whoo! I also almost never went to organic chem this year, but...
by 3clipse
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: MIT
Replies: 60
Views: 7773

Re: MIT

doogly wrote:
Pit wrote:That being said, I think MIT is overplayed, just as any other Ivy is.


Those of us who went to actual Ivies will thank you not to group us with technical colleges ;)


*cough* pedestal *cough*

What? I always say that when I cough. =P
by 3clipse
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: speed of gravity?
Replies: 44
Views: 7758

Re: speed of gravity?

ok, for the second year in a row my physics teacher has stated that nothing travels faster than light, and that gravity travels as fast as light. My question is, how did we prove this? The light, I understand, that is just basic principals which have been observed. But how did we test whether gravi...
by 3clipse
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biological Goo
Replies: 9
Views: 1182

Re: Biological Goo

TaintedDeity wrote:
Sungura wrote:Sounds almost slime-mold-ish to me. Did you go back a few days later and had it moved?

Moved?!
That's creepy.

Try googling tree sap and see if you can find anything similar.


Yeah, when slime molds are in slime-mold form (aka no fruiting bodies), they migrate.
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 313299

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

What is the mass of a feather? In ancient Egypt... One soul, more or less. And I remember some reading about some scientist or another who once tried to weigh souls as they escaped dying people (don't remember all the details offhand). So find those numbers and use them. Or go collect your own data...
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: xkcd's effect on your appreciation of science/maths
Replies: 67
Views: 9128

Re: xkcd's effect on your appreciation of science/maths

x2017 wrote:Mh, don't think so.....it's more like "I like math and therefore like xkcd", not the other way round

//Class 13 in Germany atm


This. I got into xkcd because I like science, not the other way around. And when I got into it I was in high school.
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Real that's what she said moment in school
Replies: 132
Views: 13517

Re: Real that's what she said moment in school

My high school was big on Your Mom jokes. The best one was when we were all sitting in geometry. Our math teacher was this older woman from Rhode Island, super friendly, basically your grandmother (younger than that though, but older than your mother). So we're doing a practice problem and she stops...
by 3clipse
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:13 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Self Defense in schools
Replies: 115
Views: 10144

Re: Self Defense in schools

Or schedule it for after school hours. Kick someone's ass when it won't go on your permanent record This. I made sure the one real fight I had was away from school. I never got in trouble, and you only need to thrash someone once for them to get the message that you're not fair game. Also, the guy ...
by 3clipse
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [BIOCHEMISTRY] Amino acids in substance
Replies: 17
Views: 1801

Re: [BIOCHEMISTRY] Amino acids in substance

And yeah, as I said, it assumes the genetic code is universal. ?? Is there any doubt about this? Have any organisms been found that don't follow the genetic code? /just curious I think he means for mRNA coding. And hey, considering that different species have different rRNA, this may well be true i...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 176976

Re:

You said the 70s or later , so I'm guessing... "What is Love" by Haddaway 'cause it's repetitive, and they're a one-hit wonder by most accounts. Ooh, I think that was it. Thankee. Finally, someone else who actually says thankee in, like, every day life. I thought I was the only one. Shame...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Misquote the person above you.
Replies: 4764
Views: 305787

Re: Misquote the person above you.

Asmodieus wrote:
Trumpkin wrote:
Platypodes wrote:
ekzrated wrote:Munchkins. You'll see them. You will all see them!!!!

I don't believe in munchkins therefore they don't exist

What about Ceiling Cat?

Ceiling Cat is a myth


Not true. He hangs from my ceiling, watching me masturbate.
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2971706

Re: Woman Thread - Holds 5% more blue liquid than other brands!

Mine fluctuates around the 26 days margin with a few flights of fancy per year. My average is around 31 days. (And I've had 26 day ones, and 38 days ones.) My cycle changes each month... Never on time. Neeeeevvveeerrr. ;__; (And it lasts 7 days, fun.) Also I had no idea cup size changed with band s...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 28304

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

Honestly I'm disappointed. I just read on some thread that xkcd never killed anyone in-strip, which was a refreshing realization. The "classhole" is dead. Technically we don't know they killed him! It could have been miraculous. Or they could be planting a bag full of...um...dripping red ...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:05 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: MIT
Replies: 60
Views: 7773

Re: MIT

schmiggen wrote:MIT was the first place I heard of hacks being an actual tradition. That alone earns the place a mystical awesomeness for me.


Yep. Hacking's not as big where I go (Carnegie Mellon), but we have the same tunnel fetish. Also locked doors usually don't stay locked.
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 28304

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

I'm sorry Randall. Murder=funny now? I have to wonder why we don't treat murder the same way we treat rape: as a completely horrible thing that is not a thing to be joked about. Two reasons. One, in murder, the victim is dead, not horribly traumatized and psychologically scarred. Also, film and vid...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 28304

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

I'm sorry Randall. Murder=funny now? I have to wonder why we don't treat murder the same way we treat rape: as a completely horrible thing that is not a thing to be joked about. Two reasons. One, in murder, the victim is dead, not horribly traumatized and psychologically scarred. Also, film and vid...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 28304

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

videogamesizzle wrote:AH HA HA HA HA HA HA *breathe* HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

oh, wow. that was a good one. it seems like the kind of thing they'd do. although this is the first time they've committed direct murder. :shock:


As far as we know, at least.

>.>

<.<
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ivy League Schools
Replies: 20
Views: 1987

Re: Ivy League Schools

Hmmm...all of this is breath taking. I totally understand that's it's not literally the the name of the school that defines your degree but their program...I only wasn't aware of where I should head for an outstanding education in physics. I saw that the famous Stephen Hawkings got his degree in ph...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:43 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is a B.S. in CompSci easier than one in biology?
Replies: 17
Views: 2107

Re: Is a B.S. in CompSci easier than one in biology?

Well...in my undergrad biology, chem, biochem, premeds all took organic 1. We had a saying. Orgo1 makes the most business majors. I did biochem, and my biology courses were easy I barely studied, my chem classes were harder. I'm not sure how compsci fits into this. I see what my brother does (he's ...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Percentage Question
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: Percentage Question

This question has been bugging the hell out of me. I have no idea why, but I feel like I'm doing something wrong. "How much petrolatum should be added to 25% sulfur ointment to make 180g of 12.5% sulfur ointment? The approach should use the least amount of petrolatum." The answer is 90g. ...
by 3clipse
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to Reinstate my Genius
Replies: 15
Views: 1915

Re: How to Reinstate my Genius

Well, the first obvious way is to look at a clock once in a while and extrapolate the current time from that. Usually precise up to two or three minutes. Also things that happen around you at a regular time are very useful. For a method that's really without any clock: look where the sun is, and if...
by 3clipse
Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Real super-powers
Replies: 49
Views: 3805

Re: Real super-powers

For what it's worth, I have perfect pitch... "Aha! He's playing sharp! Clearly he is nervous, and therefore the time to strike is now!" So you'd fight evil musicians? Obviously Zombie Beethoven would make an awesome nemesis for someone with such musical prowess. Anyone who you can sneak u...
by 3clipse
Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lucid Dreams
Replies: 58
Views: 5376

Re: Lucid Dreams

"2) Why does everything need an evolutionary purpose?" It's quite an expensive and complicated thing just to arise by chance. It either has to have been selected for (e.g. useful tool for evaluating consequences?) or a by-product of other processes (combination of "dream" and &q...
by 3clipse
Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [BIOCHEMISTRY] Amino acids in substance
Replies: 17
Views: 1801

Re: [BIOCHEMISTRY] Amino acids in substance

1)Look up the tomato genetic code (im sure its been sequenced) and look for between a start codon and stop codon, codons for all the various amino acids. This assumes that tomatos share the same code as everything (almost) else. Introns, man. Introns. However, could separate out the contents of the...
by 3clipse
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Real super-powers
Replies: 49
Views: 3805

Re: Real super-powers

For what it's worth, I have perfect pitch... "Aha! He's playing sharp! Clearly he is nervous, and therefore the time to strike is now!" I laughed IRL. My mom and sister have perfect pitch. It freaks me out when they start jabbering about what note a train that just went by was on. EDIT: B...
by 3clipse
Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Real super-powers
Replies: 49
Views: 3805

Re: Real super-powers

I was reading lifehacker during an electrical storm. There was a huge flash of light, and I instantly became incredibly productive lazy. Ah, the four hour work week... I've never broken a bone. Perhaps mine are super-strong. I'm not really up to testing that, though. I've been hit by cars (okay, ca...
by 3clipse
Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Real super-powers
Replies: 49
Views: 3805

Re: Real super-powers

I was reading lifehacker during an electrical storm. There was a huge flash of light, and I instantly became incredibly productive lazy. Ah, the four hour work week... I've never broken a bone. Perhaps mine are super-strong. I'm not really up to testing that, though. I've been hit by cars (okay, ca...
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemical potential of excited states
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: Chemical potential of excited states

Hmm... I'm not sure that I get it. Why doesn't a photon from a de-excitation count as energy? It does, just not as "useful" energy. Of course, excited states can (and often do, depending on the state) relax via several sideways transitions involving vibrational states, making an electroni...
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If you lose an eye...
Replies: 22
Views: 2639

Re: If you lose an eye...

I think that the change in depth perception would be most noticed in new environments. If you just cover your eye, you've been looking at everything in front of you already, so your brain pretty much remembers where everything is. I think the real test would be to cover your eye and go to a new envi...
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Solar Powered Slug
Replies: 32
Views: 3213

Re: Solar Powered Slug

Neuman wrote:We all know where this is headed.
Spoiler:
bulbasaur.jpg



Someday. Just you wait.


Dear christ do I hope so. That would be swell.
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemical potential of excited states
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: Chemical potential of excited states

While I'm not clear on the particulars, I think it's something along the lines of, no energy will come out of an excited state de-exciting. You'll get a lovely photon of a wavelength corresponding to the energy change, but no actual change in energy, per se (discounting the energy in the photon, of ...
by 3clipse
Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sperm powered cars
Replies: 25
Views: 3628

Re: Sperm powered cars

I had this idea. Sperm have known to use little energy to move a far distance. So I'm thinking it's efficiency is pretty high. So if one can convert the sperm's motor power into something useful by cars, it might replace gasoline. I talked with some bio people they say maybe we can add chlorophylls...
by 3clipse
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would chainmail protect me from a taser?
Replies: 32
Views: 7710

Re: Would chainmail protect me from a taser?

TomBot wrote:Just want to point out that with tasers, the current flows between the two electrodes, so it doesn't really matter if you're grounded or not.


This.
by 3clipse
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0389: "Keeping Time"
Replies: 213
Views: 50117

Re: "Keeping Time" Discussion

Ahahahahahaha.

I'm not a marching band kid, but I've played drums for 13 years, and this happens to me all the time. If the beat on the music I'm listening to changes or someone stops the music I get tripped up.
by 3clipse
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: argon fish tank
Replies: 28
Views: 5513

Re: argon fish tank

The problem with this is that the person has assumed that a gas and a liquid are going to have the same density and weight if they have the same specific gravity, which just isn't true. Argon may be heavier than air or water gas, but it is certainly not heavier (per volume at a certain pressure) tha...

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