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by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat May 22, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shortest possible length of time?
Replies: 17
Views: 3600

Re: Shortest possible length of time?

Planck speed, for example, would just be stupid. What's stupid about the speed of light? ... Sorry, my mistake. But, the thread was asking for the smallest measurement of time, and I answered. Should read up on my planck units. I was under the impression that planck speed would be some speed which ...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Fri May 21, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shortest possible length of time?
Replies: 17
Views: 3600

Re: Shortest possible length of time?

Sorry, my mistake. But, the thread was asking for the smallest measurement of time, and I answered. Should read up on my planck units.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Fri May 21, 2010 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shortest possible length of time?
Replies: 17
Views: 3600

Re: Shortest possible length of time?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_time The time it takes light to travel one planck length. There's a planck everything, and this is pretty much the smallest value before simply becoming irrelevant, giving arbitrary units to measurements we'll never use. EDIT: upon re-reading, there probably isn't...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Looking for some reactants (things that go boom... ish)
Replies: 23
Views: 3044

Re: Looking for some reactants (things that go boom... ish)

Minerva: That seems like exactly what I'm looking for. I'll test some transition metals on 3% hydrogen peroxide today and see how it works, then plan to find some better concentrations. Thanks. Edit: The best reaction I could get was between silver and hydrogen peroxide, but it was particularly slo...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image results?
Replies: 21
Views: 9314

Re: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image resu

Yeah. Like I said, we know what benzene molecules look like without having 'seen' them. Recently, someone imaged a naphalene molecule (I think?) and 'lo! it looks exactly like we thought it did. The sophistication of instrumentation provides clues, our knowledge of chemical interactions provides ot...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flickering light to sound
Replies: 1
Views: 751

Re: Flickering light to sound

Get a headphone jack, wire light detective resistor to headphone jack, with one pin going to the Live, and the other to GND. Plug into computer's mic socket. This should show you where the ground and live (+) cables are. It says it's for a speaker, but it applies to microphones too. It shouldn't nee...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?
Replies: 24
Views: 3135

Re: Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?

I'm no mathematician, and I don't know how stupid I'm going to sound saying this, but surely with the huge distances involved travelling to pluto, You could get pretty close to the speed of light if your velocity is on a log scale, yes? I'd say draw yourself a graph, calculate the area and do some j...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Airzooka physics
Replies: 10
Views: 2821

Re: Airzooka physics

It would seem that all you need to do is come up with a way to fill up the chamber with smoke before you shoot it. Dry Ice and warm water to vapourise it quickly. Or the kind of vapouriser you find that the bottom of ponds. They generate a lot of vapour rather quickly. Also, quick question, what is...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 151078

Re: public misconceptions

Then I ask them if they want to know something really cool about ester (they do not). You should enlighten them so they won't have any misconceptions about ester :lol: Tell them that a mixture of Ethyl Ethanoate and Ethyl Methanoate is what makes their wine smell nice? Or am I just wanting to show ...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How have you destroyed a computer?
Replies: 101
Views: 21233

Re: How have you destroyed a computer?

I take smaller bits of circuitry and discharge disposable camera flash capacitors into them. I found that transistors give a nice loud bang followed by a molten globule of plastic flying and sticking to the nearest available surface. I have yet to acquire a processor to try that, what with the hundr...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Places that refuse to use IUPAC nomenclature...
Replies: 16
Views: 3135

Re: Places that refuse to use IUPAC nomenclature...

Personally, I wouldn't find it aggravating. Personally I see no difference between calling them paraffin and naptha rather than "a mixture of alkane hydrocarbons" or naming any alkane, alkene or alkyne individually. It's just the difference between how I pronounce and/or spell Sulphur, Alu...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!
Replies: 68
Views: 8989

Re: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!

tl;dr :Sometimes, omitting the finer details has little or no impact on the current problem, so we may as well if we can. No point talking about subatomic spin to 8 year-olds when we only care about why things fall downwards. I do thank you, kind sir, but I feel that once I'd learned the 2,8,8,8,8,...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!
Replies: 68
Views: 8989

Re: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!

Okay, I leave my thread for a night and I get an overwhelmingly good response from it. Except my garlic knuckles are still unanswered D: And, being a Sixth-former who is also a gamer I also have the attention span of a five-year old, and a whole page of writing is not nice to read at half twelve in ...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!
Replies: 68
Views: 8989

Re: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!

BlackSails wrote:Do you work in a lab that uses dimethyl sulfoxide?


Partially the reason I'm asking the other question is because I've not left school. I'm still doing my A-levels. So therefore no, I don't work in a lab that uses dimethyl sulPHoxide. It's a PH, not an F.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!
Replies: 68
Views: 8989

They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!

Yeah, GCSE (O-levels) being year 11, or when I was 15 going on 16, for everyone not english. I don't know whether this fundamentally undermined my knowledge of chemistry for the future, and I have no understanding of why they teach it to us just to re-teach it later on. Teach it to us when it's actu...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Perpetual Motion Machine! (With exotic matter...)
Replies: 18
Views: 2804

Re: Perpetual Motion Machine! (With exotic matter...)

Outchanter wrote:p = mv
p = m = 0
solve for v...


Divide by zero? NOOOOOOoooooooooooooo......
by TescoPeeledPlums
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Home-built supercomputer
Replies: 82
Views: 14887

Re: Home-built supercomputer

Right. Cooling: Big, water-TIGHT box filled to the brim with 6 barrels of industrial grade mineral oil, (preferably bulletproof, what with all the pressure and the leaking) plexiglass walls with copper nickel-plated cooling fins moulded in, to be used as passive cooling, with no fans. These need to ...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 94997
Views: 7491654

Re: Count to a Million

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by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the signature above you
Replies: 913
Views: 128211

Re: Rate the signature above you

6/10, not necessarily funny, but it's good to bear in mind.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2476053

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. They're used, mind you. And the majority of them have been corrupted.

I wish I could win the game. (which I just lost, incidentally)
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 94997
Views: 7491654

Re: Count to a Million

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by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I want to see this graph...
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: I want to see this graph...

The people in the corrupt-a-wish forum game might be able to help you out, because judging by the lack of replies so far nobody understands what you're on about.

Not that I could help you if you explained, but still.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ready-made Space Habitat
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Re: Ready-made Space Habitat

Vieto wrote:-if you lose helium into space, no big loss.


Yes, but I don't think OP quite understands the fact that it's incredibly hard to find "space-pressure" gases anywhere, what with it being 3 atoms per m2 and all.

might need to think this through a bit better first, OP
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Random knowledge
Replies: 32
Views: 3233

Re: Random knowledge

Paper made of horse poop exists. Paper made of elephant poop exists too. Near where I live a church has a link with a crafts shop in Tanzania, where they provide employment for disabled people who would usually be shunned and hidden away by their families. You can go to said church and you can buy ...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2476053

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Your family and everyone you love or ever will love die from malignant brain tumours induced my shit movies.

I wish someone would corrupt this wish.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ready-made Space Habitat
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Re: Ready-made Space Habitat

You've forgotten that the zero pressure of space would cause the "bubble" to expand until it bursts, so you would have to be incredibly sparing with the amount of oxygen you use. You can't fill the entire full-size "bubble" with atmospheric pressure oxygen, it would, quite approp...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Random knowledge
Replies: 32
Views: 3233

Re: Random knowledge

Toilets flush in E flat.

[EDIT] *The majority of, as far as I know.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?
Replies: 97
Views: 9910

Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

LemonyCricket wrote:-POINTS TO THREAD ABOVE-


*Post. Not thread.

I'm on fire.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?
Replies: 97
Views: 9910

Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

In the younger days of secondary school when given red, blue and green dividers, green instantly went to biology, followed by chemistry to red, followed by blue to physics. This wasn't just by rule of elimination, 'cause there's chlorophyll for biology, obviously, and I'd always associated chemistry...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?
Replies: 31
Views: 5262

Re: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?

Well, I tried it and it was mediocre. There was a smell of rotten eggs, a tower about 2 inches above the container and some bubbly black tar-ish substance. It's not as good as the demonstrations they do in school which grow to about a foot. There was also a caramel-ish smell. Picture: Carbon (4&...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Dial 328-427
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: Dial 328-427

ICWUDT
Spoiler:
328-427 spells out "ECTICS" on the keypad of a phone. Thereby spelling Dial ECT-ICS. I don't see why no-one else has spotted that. I've no idea about your actual subject though.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Special Switch
Replies: 13
Views: 2113

Re: Special Switch

I'm not sure whether this is entirely within the rules of this competition, the plausibility of it and whether it would actually work are all questionable, but can't you have a steel or iron ball, something magnetic. Well, actually, I have 2 theories now: 1. You place electromagnets at intervals ben...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Different alcoholic beverages and their effects
Replies: 18
Views: 2741

Re: Different alcoholic beverages and their effects

I'm not buying it without a citation :P For one thing, nearly all of the co2 is gone by the time you swallow or is burped out soon after. For another, I can't think of any reasonable mechanism by which anything like that would happen. This may be completely irrelevant and slightly horrible, but I t...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?
Replies: 31
Views: 5262

Re: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?

The EGE wrote:Drop chocolate in a small amount and watch it solidify.


What, the Chocolate solidifies? Wow, watch that exciting non-change of matter state.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Re: For Sale Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB,Nokia N900,HTC Touch Pro2
Replies: 0
Views: 510

Re: For Sale Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB,Nokia N900,HTC Touch Pro2

Oh lawdy, here we go. MODS!

This is why we don't respond to spam posts, because when they get smershed, you're left looking like the spam bot, what with all the replying you did

- Felstaff
by TescoPeeledPlums
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?
Replies: 31
Views: 5262

Re: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?

Nope, seeing as it actually says WARNING SULPHURIC ACID on the label and a the warning square also has SULPHURIC ACID written below it. I'm more curious whether the concentration is strong enough to do exciting things like make carbon towers. EDIT: the warning label states the Ph, which is unusual....
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?
Replies: 31
Views: 5262

Re: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?

The ultra-high sulfur acid drain cleaners have been pretty much removed in favor of the basic ones...mostly because people, people without any foresight that were using it as if a magic bottle that banishes clogs to the land of dust and wind , were eating holes in things . However! The sulfuric bas...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?
Replies: 31
Views: 5262

Re: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?

Whelan wrote:Remember the story of Johnny.

Johnny was a Chemist's son
But Johnny is no more
What Johnny thought was H2O
Was H2O4


OOH YOUSE WRONG - H2SO4

And I already knew that, thanks.
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?
Replies: 31
Views: 5262

Re: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?

Nope, seeing as it actually says WARNING SULPHURIC ACID on the label and a the warning square also has SULPHURIC ACID written below it. I'm more curious whether the concentration is strong enough to do exciting things like make carbon towers. EDIT: the warning label states the Ph, which is unusual. ...
by TescoPeeledPlums
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I have some sulphuric acid. What do?
Replies: 31
Views: 5262

I have some sulphuric acid. What do?

Right, I found some industrial drain unblocker (because I have blocked drains, duh) from some small-time farm shop, and upon reading the label, I found it is rather concentrated. As in, labeled with "when this comes into contact with skin WILL cause instant chemical burns. Contains sulphuric ac...

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