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by medlii
Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1308: "Christmas Lights"
Replies: 42
Views: 19543

Re: 1308: "Christmas Lights"

StClair wrote:
CatCube wrote:This was clever as hell. It took me a few minutes to figure out the large spectrum was from a fire, but I laughed when I got it.

Ditto.

Anyone up to the task of deriving the color of each light from the spectrum?


This the best I can do for the tree using MS Paint without a mouse...
by medlii
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atomic-bond resolution microscopy
Replies: 41
Views: 5029

Re: Atomic-bond resolution microscopy

Actually, the ball and stick model shown isn't quite right- the rings are benzene rings, not cyclohexanes. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacene] On a more relevant note, can anyone explain to me how they got such a good example of this molecule? Is it a property of the molecule's structure that d...
by medlii
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So You Want To: Evaluate A University's Physics Program
Replies: 28
Views: 3557

Re: So You Want To: Evaluate A University's Physics Program

Your initial questions are good ones, I just got my BS degree at an engineering school with undergraduate research and here is my take: you want to learn specifically about what students do and what opportunities the research gives them. So I would ask: Tell me about your undergraduate research prog...
by medlii
Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Piece of Lab Equipment
Replies: 83
Views: 9809

Re: Favorite Peice of Lab Equipment

Polarized Optical Microscope. It's awesome because you get amazing pictures like the one below. Basically, you use it to look at crystals. The image is black if there are no crystals and shows pretty colors when there are crystals. The different colors and "edges" of the shapes show the bo...
by medlii
Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Collection of 1 million hand-drawn giraffes!
Replies: 50
Views: 8111

Re: The Collection of 1 million hand-drawn giraffes!

Do you think he'd accept this giraffe if I redrew it by hand?

Spoiler:
Image
(inspired by http://xkcd.com/604/ )
by medlii
Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaur runway discovered
Replies: 14
Views: 1624

Dinosaur runway discovered

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090819/sc_livescience/prehistoricrunwayusedbyflyingreptile Prehistoric 'Runway' Used by Flying Reptile A prehistoric runway for flying pterosaurs has been discovered for the first time. Scientists uncovered the first known landing tracks of one of these ...
by medlii
Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: My Attempt at Being Funny
Replies: 15
Views: 2736

Re: My Attempt at Being Funny

The third image is broken D:

I like the second one, but the first one is too long and the text is difficult to read, as has been said before.
by medlii
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that Joseph Lister, 1st Baron of Lister, was a surgeon from the 1800s who did tons of work on sterilization. And Listerene is named after him.
by medlii
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that not all root canals hurt and that the proper term for getting a root canal is "endodontic therapy." Also, that they fill your tooth with gutta percha, which is the fancy name for natural rubber.
by medlii
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 103226

Re: Childhood misconceptions

I thought that if you were in the army, you would die. I remember talking to my grandpa when I was probably 6 or 7 and asking him what sort of jobs he had. He was in the military for awhile and I straight out didn't believe him. Of course, I thought that being in the military meant you were a soldie...
by medlii
Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Super long carbon nanotubes from Nanokites
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

Re: Super long carbon nanotubes from Nanokites

... had yielded a paltry 0.5 percent ratio of nanotubes to substrate materials, Hauge's technique brought the yield up to an incredible 400 percent. I had to reread that sentence a few times because I thought they were claiming a 400% yield... The 9 page paper that the article is based on has some ...
by medlii
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Making a lava lamp
Replies: 12
Views: 4971

Re: Making a lava lamp

I think the "real" lava lamps use wax that melts when it gets to the temperature of the light bulb you're using to heat it but yours should work. I suggest adding some food coloring to color the mineral oil- you should probably only need a few drops. Post pictures and let us know how it wo...
by medlii
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that there is such a thing as a seeing-eye-horse. A non-profit organization trains miniature horses to guide blind people.
by medlii
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google Trends
Replies: 158
Views: 16228

Re: Google Trends

There's probably causation in the other graphs but you do realize that for this one, it's just summer, right? Summer > hot > ice cream and Summer > beach > sharks. Hehe, I know, I didn't think about the fact that some correlate and some don't and sarcasm is tough to detect on the internet. Back to ...
by medlii
Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google Trends
Replies: 158
Views: 16228

Re: Google Trends

I'm disappointed by this one . Or maybe it is a good sign. Oh look! More ice cream means more shark attacks! (ice cream- blue) (shark- red) http://www.google.com/trends/viz?q=ice+cream,+shark&date=all&geo=all&graph=weekly_img&sort=0&sa=N Also, it looks like people plan ahead for ...
by medlii
Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that in New Mexico (and other parts of the world), there are ice caves where even though the outside temperature may be quite warm, ice exists in the cave year round.

There are some pretty cool pictures in that link, I particularly like the "ice extrusion."
by medlii
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that there is a difference between "Real Dollars" and "Actual Dollars." Real dollars are adjusted for inflation while actual dollars are not.
by medlii
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 103226

Re: Childhood misconceptions

When I was six or so and learning to read and write, I tried to write down what the priest was saying at church on Sundays. We used to sing a hymn that went something like "The lamb of God will take away the cities of the world... have mercy on us." Being six, I had no idea what a sin was ...
by medlii
Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that sand has an angle of repose of 35 degrees.

I also learned that someone with a GPS will argue with someone who knows the area :? Today, the person with the GPS learned that GPS doesn't always know the fastest way.
by medlii
Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

No new posts today :( Today I learned that all American cars are required to have a "check engine light" (or malfunction indicator lamp) that also stores a code in your car that tells a mechanic the trouble your car is having. I also learned about the oxygen sensors around your catalytic c...
by medlii
Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Read here for why moleskine notebooks are so popular/expensive: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2009/02/24/122-moleskine-notebooks/ Today I learned a new reason to stop global warming!! Because if the ice all melt, if all the poles all melt out, and then if the sea is warm, then the gas might be rel...
by medlii
Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Keepin' busy at work without going nuts
Replies: 31
Views: 3336

Re: Keepin' busy at work without going nuts

For some variety, you could do some desk exercises. They aren't particularly challenging and won't keep you in great shape but they are slightly distracting. While waiting for stuff at work, I like to- -stand on one leg- keep the other foot as close to the ground as you can for a challenge -while si...
by medlii
Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Force of a raindrop
Replies: 17
Views: 7306

Re: Force of a raindrop

Interesting, I was just thinking about the force of a raindrop this morning on my way to class. Think there's an alternative energy application for the force provided by the rain (if it rained frequently enough)? Then we'd have sun, wind, and rain covered
by medlii
Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a chemistry major if...
Replies: 139
Views: 41484

Re: You might be a chemistry major if...

... You know that the word "nuclear" doesn't imply something radioactive ... You can look at the t-shirts with some molecule (caffeine, chocolate, etc) and identify it before reading the rest of the shirt ... You've tried to spell out your name using only atomic symbols ... You've tried to...
by medlii
Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So I have this here one subject notebook...
Replies: 30
Views: 2928

Re: So I have this here one subject notebook...

When I remember, I like to write down interesting things that I see or want to learn more about. Quotes, poems, and lyrics that you find interesting are good. Sometimes I think up puns, jokes, or silly connections and write them down. Condensing them into one notebook would be a good idea! For examp...
by medlii
Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: HandiRaptor: Randall's Worst Nightmare (or Best Dream?)
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: HandiRaptor: Randall's Worst Nightmare (or Best Dream?)

Hehe, I like it. Did one of the raptors from Jurassic Park get injured on the set?

If you're into making fun of vanity license plates, check out Vanity Plates: Creepiness in 8 Characters or Less
by medlii
Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Engagement Ring Stone Choices
Replies: 18
Views: 3757

Re: Engagement Ring Stone Choices

There is no other option Edit: In case that dosen't make sense, I thought it said lolite. It seems it's actually iolite, lolite would've been perfect. lol-ite? Perfect! The capacitor/resistor/inductor piece of circuitry is a cute idea. I'm into polymers, I don't know what kind of pretty ones you co...
by medlii
Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland was designed to look like a record player when viewed from above.

Thanks for the overhead view, Google Maps!
Spoiler:
rock and roll hall.jpg
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by medlii
Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 103226

Re: Childhood misconceptions

When I was 4 or so, I realized that my poor dog only got to drink water every day. How boring it must be to never get milk or juice. Luckily, I figured this out at breakfast time, so while my mom was in the other room, I poured milk, orange juice, and grape juice into the dog's bowl. I think my mom ...
by medlii
Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

No new stuff? :( I learned about the interrobang today, a combination of the exclamation point and a question mark. It was meant to be used when expressing disbelief, asking a rhetorical question, or asking a question in an excited manner- basically anywhere you'd use a ?! at the end of a sentence. ...
by medlii
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that something as tiny as a tin whisker could cause all kinds of problems that mostly involve shorting out electrical circuits.
by medlii
Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that it doesn't matter how hungry I am, I always eat about the same amount at each meal. Example: I haven't eaten breakfast, so I get a footlong Subway sandwich for lunch. Even though that was the first thing I ate all day, I was full after eating only half, which is the same amount ...
by medlii
Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What made you feel incredibly stupid?
Replies: 551
Views: 60940

Re: What made you feel incredibly stupid?

Today I realized that pacemakers aren't actually some kind of blood pump that fixes someone's heart... they do just what their name implies- basically, regulating the heartbeat when the body's controls break down. There are some good stories in this thread. I'm glad to realize that everyone on these...
by medlii
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Thanks to the science board, I learned that purple is not a synonym for violet . I also learned that there is an architectural structure designed after buckminster fullerene. Picture is spoiler'd. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/61/178115279_2587dbe814_o.jpg The dome is at ASM International, a materi...
by medlii
Fri May 29, 2009 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 28051

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

I am not a biologist, this is just what I remember from a college biochem class that I took: A biologist named Edwin Southern developed a technique for DNA detection, and it was appropriately named the "Southern Blot." Somewhat similar techniques were developed and played off of the name: ...
by medlii
Thu May 28, 2009 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 49358

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

I have mildew in my bathroom because it is always damp. I got a packaged dessicant today to absorb the moisture from the air. After looking it up online, I found out it's made of calcium chloride. Now I haven't figured out whether the hexahydrate or tetrahydrate is more common but I did figure out t...
by medlii
Thu May 28, 2009 1:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that there are 100% solar powered watches that can run for up to 6 months in the dark.
by medlii
Fri May 22, 2009 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3336666

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Hello! I am new and have posted a few times but never posted to introduce myself :oops: *waves* This thread is great! I love the openness, sharing, and hearing other people's opinions and experiences on everything girl-related. I'm really enjoying the hair discussion. My hair is shoulder length now,...
by medlii
Tue May 19, 2009 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

I learned that the instrument used for measuring blood pressure is called a sphygmomanometer and that blood pressure is reported in units of mmHg.
by medlii
Thu May 14, 2009 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13416
Views: 1661320

Re: Today I Learned

I learned that the middle traffic light appears orange to other people besides me, but for some reason, everyone refers to it as yellow.

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