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Movie Night [19 May 2013|09:01am]

prophet_marcus
[ mood | cheerful ]

Last night I took my sons to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was a fun, exciting movie - as long as I kept my brain shut off. Tricky for me. I always want to analyze things. When I went to see Riverdance in Boston I had the same problem. I spent the first five or ten minutes just trying to shut down the analytical parts of my brain and simply enjoy the show.

Anyway, we had fun at the movie and then "discussing" it all the way back home. It's been a long time since I got home after midnight. Only sour note was getting hit with lower intestinal distress on the way home. Hard to find an emergency pit stop that late. Barrington to Newmarket where Eric lives (with a stop in Durham because I've got a key to the building where I work), then home to Somersworth. Feeling a little better this morning.

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curiosity question [25 Feb 2010|08:25pm]

choice_of_tyche
are any of you members of 23andMe?



if so, let me know!

if not, ignore me.
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What is life? [02 Feb 2010|08:04pm]

captainsavvy

Since September i've been working on a project. I have neglected posting about it here because i wanted to really dig in and understand it myself before i felt ready to share or debate.

Basically I want to redefine what we consider to be alive as our reasons for excluding what most consider "inanimate objects" just doesn't make sense to me and I would argue don't make sense even according to our current ideas of what is alive. It also solves the question of when did life "arise" on the planet as its always been here, just in a way that is different than what we think of as life. The earth itself is alive, so instead of there being this almost mystical change over from "inanimate matter" into "life" we have simply an evolution from one form of life to another, molecules into single cell organisms. It makes a lot more sense science usually prefers the simpler explanation.

Anway i've done a lot of writing and a lot more thinking on the subject and most of it is posted on my blog which I welcome you to read, comment on and question with me.

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Her Last Modesty [04 Aug 2009|04:30pm]

hissilliness
The New York Times reports multiple puzzling technical difficulties at the Large Hadron Collider.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/science/space/04collide.html?em

My theory? Mother Nature is struggling to hold onto her g-string, as the rowdy European physicists shout "Take it ALL off baby!"
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Now THIS Is More Like It! [14 Apr 2009|05:52pm]

gwferguson
Over at Boing Boing they note Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Probably Shouldn't.
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Advice on FPLC systems [06 Jan 2009|10:44pm]

paris_of_priam
[ mood | curious ]

Hi everybody!
We are thinking of getting an FPLC system for our teaching laboratory so that students can learn how to purify proteins. We've narrowed our choices down to either the Bio-Rad BioLogic LP System or the GE Healthcare's AKTA Explorer . Have any of you used either of these two systems, and if so, what did you think of them? Which would you recommend for a teaching lab? Which is better for durability, ease of use, lack of breakdowns and ease of repair or upgrade?

Thanks for any advice you can give me!

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Science Kits! [23 Oct 2008|01:14pm]

baron_waste

http://www.discoverthis.com/shopbycategory.html

For children of all ages.

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Science T-Shirt, not necessarily Mad [22 Oct 2008|11:41am]

lifeofreilly



Which can of course be purchased Here.
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MAD SCIENCE T-SHIRT [22 Oct 2008|02:22pm]

navytron89
[ mood | devious ]


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“Radio-cooked Toast Never Tastes Burned, Even If Black” [14 Oct 2008|09:51am]

baron_waste

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/10/12/radio-cooked-toast-never-tastes-burned-even-if-black/

RADIO cooking is the latest stunt developed by broadcast engineers. If a hot lunch is wanted by the operators in a transmitting station, all they have to do is place their food between the electrodes of the transmitter. In a few moments it will be done to a turn. Bread may be toasted in six seconds, but steak and potatoes take several minutes. Oddly enough, food overdone by cooking on the radio transmitter does not have a burned taste. Toast can be charred black without tasting in any way different from the kind a cook would be proud to serve. Engineers are not quite sure just why this is so, but believe it is because the cooking is done by the electric discharge and the electrodes get only slightly warm.


Ow!

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[17 Sep 2008|11:45am]

justplainbryan
So, would it be OK to discuss the TV show Fringe in this community every now and then? Dr Bishop is very quickly becoming my mad scientist role model, and I find that the "science" in the show, while highly questionable, is interesting to speculate about.
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"How Mad can A Scientist Get?" [19 Aug 2008|10:37pm]

gwferguson
Book review spotted on io9:

The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame
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Don't Try This At Home! [18 Aug 2008|11:32pm]

gwferguson
Oops...too late. People already are.

Nuclear Ambitions: Amateur Scientists Get a Reaction From Fusion

In the garage of his house, Frank Sanns spends nights tinkering with one of his prized possessions: a working nuclear-fusion reactor.

Mr. Sanns, 51 years old, is part of a small subculture of gearheads, amateur physicists and science-fiction fans who are trying to build fusion reactors in their basements, backyards and home laboratories. Mr. Sanns, who owns a banquet hall here, believes he's on track to make fusion a viable power source.
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Day in History... Old Sparky gets used for the first time [06 Aug 2008|06:33am]

navytron89
[ mood | Shocking ]

 William Kemmler (May 9, 1860August 6, 1890) of Buffalo, New York was the first person to be executed via electric chair.

Probably the most infamous American electric chair - Old Sparky from Sing-Sing Prison

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food science rants and raves [01 Aug 2008|09:00am]

dracoreina
[ mood | busy ]

I started a blog as a place for me to share my food science rants and to answer any questions anyone might have for an opinionated food scientist.

Email: askafoodscientist@gmail.com

http://askfoodscientist.blogspot.com/

Post about organic food now up. Share your thoughts! Yell at me! Whatever!

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Siphons! [17 Jul 2008|06:16pm]

vulpecula6
So, I read an article (a while ago - at least two years), and I was wondering if anyone on this community would help me locate it, or further information about it.

It was essentially about a guy who had the solution to our energy and water needs, by siphoning cold water out of the ocean into the warmer air and collecting the condensation. As I recall, he had all sorts of other interesting things he could do with this siphon system. Has anyone else heard about this idea or this person? Or is this old news? I can't remember the guy's name, but I'd like to take a look at this again. It wasn't a legit journal article or anything, just this guy with an idea.
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Something I've been thinking about... [15 Jul 2008|02:00pm]

justplainbryan
For you scientifically inclined types out there (which I'm assuming is everyone in this community), how possible would it be to exploit fusion reactor technology to create orbiting "mini-suns" to heat up planetary bodies in the outer solar system and aid in terraforming? I envision mini-suns not lasting very long (500 years?) but being easily replaceable at End of Life, and placed at the right orbit for a comfortable temperature.

I've also wondered how possible it would be to build rings around planetary bodies (either in orbit or directly on the ground) to simulate magnetic fields, thus providing protection from harmful cosmic rays.

Are these ideas completely outside the realm of possibility?
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build your own lifeform contest [08 Jul 2008|07:24pm]

eldereft
Io9 is running a build your own lifeform contest. Prizes include an all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong for the Synthetic Biology Conference.

Found via Pharyngula.
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Good candidate [04 Jul 2008|09:41pm]

internet_sampo
I just watched Burden of Dreams.

Werner Herzog would make an excellent mad scientist. 

 
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The Anti-Dilbert™ [01 Jul 2008|05:41am]

baron_waste


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