Time to replace your old Periodic Table. ...a joint American-Russian team has found two new elements—numbers 113 and 115 on the periodic table—hinting at an impending breakthrough in creating novel forms of matter that will test our understanding of atomic behavior.
posted by mcgraw
on Mar 29, 2004 -
Gallery of Fluid Dynamics.
'One of the most attractive features of fluid mechanics is the beauty of the flows one encounters. Whether one is observing vortex streets, the potential flow around an airfoil or body, shock refraction or diffraction, or waves breaking on a beach the aesthetic appeal of fluid mechanics is impossible to deny. '
posted by plep
on Jun 28, 2003 -
being sold on eBay. It's essentially six automotive alternators connected (via motorcycle chain) to an electric motor. One of the alternators supposedly powers the motor, leaving the remaining five to provide 700W of free energy. Sigh...people actually believe
posted by Vidiot
on Jan 21, 2003 -
A computer aided simulation builds a spiral galaxy from its beginning
. In all, 390,000 particles were placed in an arrangement similar to a newborn galaxy. The end result after three months is an event that is believed to take billions of years to occur. (animation)
posted by samsara
on Aug 7, 2002 -
The Pitch Drop Experiment.
Everyone should know by now that 'glass is a supercooled liquid' is an urban legend
. But there are true liquids that appear solid at room temperature. Pitch, a petroleum derivative, is one of them. The
Blair Pitch Pro
Pitch Drop Experiment, begun in 1927, drips pitch out of a funnel, at roughly one drop every ten years
. It has a webcam
[RealPlayer req.], with a short canned loop of audio explaining the experiment's origins. I tell you, I'm on the edge of my seat watching this thing!Swiped from The Cellar.
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Jun 6, 2002 -
Plunge of (near) Death!
I took a physics class in college where the professor went off on a 20 minute tirade about fear of elevators, which he said were completely unfounded because elevator cables just don't break
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Jan 25, 2000 -