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    Post  Sherrers on Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:10 pm

    Son of Nod wrote:Did anyone see this? World record attempt...it broke a world record of over a 100 years....a steam powered car, I do think this is really cool...

    It's not come through mate but I'd love to see a steam car!
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    Post  Son of Nod on Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:48 am

    This is it...not what I was expecting...



    Maybe something like this...

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    Post  Fandango Widewheels on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:08 am

    That's a pretty glamorous test location for that steam car. Down the side of a cow shed.
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    Post  Ye Olde Rog on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:09 am

    Steam is deceptively powerful. I am petrified of our kettle.
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    Post  Son of Nod on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:18 am

    Ye Olde Rog wrote:Steam is deceptively powerful. I am petrified of our kettle.

    They did kinda design it like a steam kettle....





    This is the test run...
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    Post  Sherrers on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:20 am

    I've always wanted my tea making faster...
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    Post  Fandango Widewheels on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:11 am

    You could make it under vacuum.
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    Post  Sherrers on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:15 am

    I can't, I'm using my Bell Jar to blow up frogs.
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    Post  Fandango Widewheels on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:18 am

    Is it just me who finds that comment slightly perverse?
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    Post  RvZ on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:26 am

    I found it unexpected and amusing.
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    Post  Sherrers on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:27 am

    Al wrote:I found it unexpected and amusing.

    like your cock?
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    Post  Ye Olde Rog on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:42 am

    hahaha! the science thread is on form today!
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    Post  Ben on Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:05 am

    Does anyone know anything about this?

    Voynich Manuscript

    In 1912, the antiquarian book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich bought a number of
    mediaeval manuscripts from an undisclosed location in Europe.
    Among these was an illustrated manuscript codex of 234 pages,
    written in an unknown script.


    Voynich took the MS to the United States and started a campaign to have it
    deciphered.
    Now, almost 100 years later, the Voynich manuscript still stands as
    probably the most elusive puzzle in the world of cryptography.
    Not a single word of this 'Most Mysterious Manuscript',
    written probably in the second half of the 15th Century, can be understood.








    Attached to the manuscript was a letter in Latin dated 1666 from
    Johannes Marcus Marci of Kronland, once rector of the Charles University of Prague,
    to the learned Jesuit Athanasius Kircher in Rome, offering the manuscript for
    decryption and mentioning that it had once been bought by Emperor Rudolf II of
    Bohemia (1552-1612) for 600 gold ducats. The letter further mentioned that
    it was believed that the author of the MS was Roger Bacon (the Franciscan
    friar who lived from 1214 to 1294).


    Another early owner of the MS was identified by Voynich when, on the lower
    margin of the first folio, under special illumination, the erased signature
    of Jacobus de Tepenec was found. Tepenec was one of Rudolf's private
    physicians and the director of his botanical gardens and he must have
    owned the manuscript between 1608, when he received his title "de Tepenec",
    and 1622, when he died.
    The MS has changed hands sevetal times, and despite some minor gaps in
    our knowledge its path from the court of Rudolf to its final resting place,
    the Beinecke Rare book library of Yale University, can be traced fairly
    accurately.


    The MS became famous when, in the 1920's, William Romaine
    Newbold proposed a spectacular decipherment with which he meant to
    prove that it was indeed written by Roger Bacon, and that Bacon had
    not only dreamt of, but actually built microscopes and telescopes.
    When this 'solution' of the MS was disproven by John M. Manly in
    1931, the MS gradually became a pariah in world of mediaeval studies.
    In the 1940's and 1960's the eminent cryptanalyst William F. Friedman
    made several valiant attempts at deciphering the MS, aided by groups
    of experts, but also he did not find any solution.


    In 1961 the book was acquired by H. P. Kraus (a New York book
    antiquarian) for the sum of $24,500. He later valued at $160,000, but unable to
    find a buyer he donated it to Yale University. Though officially registered
    as MS 408, it is still best known as the Voynich Manuscript.
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    Post  bigdaddy on Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:14 am

    Ben wrote:Does anyone know anything about this?

    Voynich Manuscript

    Scarlett Thomas does ...

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    Post  Rrriot Guurl on Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:30 am

    I reckon you could easy just make up a 'code' and blokes would spend years trying to work it out.
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    Post  Sherrers on Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:37 am

    I've missed Ben's mad science.
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    Post  Jonny Boy on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:32 am

    Sherrers wrote:I've missed Ben's mad science.

    ditto!

    More Ben please!
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    Post  Sherrers on Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:30 am

    I have found it!

    Proof positive!

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    Post  Ben on Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:22 am

    Anti Matter That's Missing.

    Right where should I begin? Recently I have been pretty fascinated in the Large
    Hadron Collider at CERN. To be honest I had no real idea what the use of it was for. I started to read into Matter and Anti Matter. Physicists theories of the big bang (the massive expolosion that started the universe). Should have created matter and anti matter in equal amounts. So for every bit of matter created there would be a particle of anti matter along side.
    Matter and anti matter are almost the same but anti matter has an opposite charge from matter. There have so far been to problems found. The first is that the scientists have so far found the universe to be full of matter and haven’t found nearly
    as much antimatter as there should be. The second is that equal amounts
    of matter and antimatter should have destroyed each other, leaving the
    universe filled only with light. A force called majoron might help explain why there is so much missing anti matter. This is one of the particles that the crew of science folk are using the Large Hadron Collider to look for. Until then, the missing antimatter remains one of science’s greatest mysteries. Hopefully I will have more to come when they get the bugger running properly!!
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    Post  RvZ on Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:27 am

    cheers

    the return of


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    Post  Ben on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:09 am

    The Bloop.

    The bloop was the name of a sound that had an ultra-low frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound. It was ditected several times during 1997. The sound was so powerful that it was heard on mics 1600 miles apart. From what I understand the sound was detected a few times by navy equipment that is used to detect submarines. After the sound was studied it did resemble or even sound like anything man made. It resembles a living creature but what living creature could produce a sound so load that I could travel such a distance under water. I personally thing it's the lock ness monster, but I'm sure I must be wrong as it could not have got out the loch without being seen, or could it????

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    Post  T.B on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:19 am

    Hurrah for Ben

    cheers
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    Post  Ye Olde Rog on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:23 am

    Al wrote:cheers

    the return of



    Haha! bollocks I can never remember his name. Beaker is easy but...
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    Post  Sherrers on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:24 am

    Dr Bunsen Honeydew
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    Post  Ye Olde Rog on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:25 am

    I hate every fibre of your being
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    Post  Sherrers on Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:37 am

    Just jealous Wink


    I think I read somewhere that the computing power required to disassemble and re-assemble matter for teleportation would be so ginormous (for example the amount of neurons in the vastly complicated human brain for one) the computer would be as big as a planet and the amount of energy required is beyond the realms of physics. Current neuro science is straining just to map the brain and understand how it works. Never mind taking it to bits by magic, sending the information through the ether and bringing it back with our memories and personality intact is considered impossible. I mean... what is a memory? they don't even know if it is a physical containment as such.

    I don't know why they don't just get david blane to do it.
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    Post  Jnr DJ on Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:11 pm

    mad scientsts. Very Happy
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    Post  Rrriot Guurl on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:04 pm

    yeah basically teleporting means being destroyed and rebuilt again. no chance!
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    Post  Sherrers on Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:13 pm

    Rrriot Guurl wrote:yeah basically teleporting means being destroyed and rebuilt again. no chance!

    It's happened to my career so many times I barely feel it Very Happy
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