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be random about science

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 06:46
by nanski
the nobel prize in medicine was announced yesterday. Capecchi, Smithies and Evans for knock-out mouse technology. here's a link http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/09/scien ... el.html?hp

i thought capecchi's story in particular was fascinating.

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 13:20
by soft revolution
It's nearly time for the Christmas BMJ. There's always good articles in the Christmas BMJ.

Last year there was a study on how doctors are portrayed in a sample of childrens books. It featured a genius line, which went something like -

"80% of doctors are pictured with a stethoscope and 60% of doctors are bears"

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 13:24
by lynsosaurus
soft revolution wrote:It's nearly time for the Christmas BMJ. There's always good articles in the Christmas BMJ.

Last year there was a study on how doctors are portrayed in a sample of childrens books. It featured a genius line, which went something like -

"80% of doctors are pictured with a stethoscope and 60% of doctors are bears"
That is perhaps the best thing I have ever heard.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 14:49
by soft revolution
soft revolution wrote:It's nearly time for the Christmas BMJ. There's always good articles in the Christmas BMJ.
Yes!

"Accuracy of comparing bone quality to chocolate bars for patient information purposes: observational study"

The participants were 10 Crunchie Bars and 10 Aero Bars, and there are some horrific pictures of splinter and "blow-out" fractures in Crunchies.

Awful business.

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 18:55
by Concrete
That makes me think of the way doctors always describe the size of tumours in terms of fruit.

Is there such a thing as a Wispa bone structure? The holes would be the size of those in a Crunchie, but as consistent in size as those in an Aero...

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 14:48
by soft revolution
Concrete wrote:Is there such a thing as a Wispa bone structure? The holes would be the size of those in a Crunchie, but as consistent in size as those in an Aero...
They didn't test Wispas. Not very topical of them.

I've given this good thought, and I think that it my bone structure had to be that of a chocolate bar then it would be a Double Decker. It's got the solid base to provide support and protection for my vital organs, but I also reckon that the chewy bit would prevent bone fracture in a fall.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 15:04
by lynsosaurus
Worryingly, I imagine the texture of my bones to resemble that of a Time Out.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 15:05
by Jeezy Creezy
Please don;t talk about chocolate when it's past my lunch break and I didn't buy any.

I was always fascinated by the exoskelton of the now extinct "Secrets" bar. Coupled with the hermit style mobile home of the cardboard tray it made for an elusive prey indeed.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 15:12
by lynsosaurus
What is this 'secrets' bar you speak of?

I like the idea of sweets having an exoskeleton.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 16:00
by soft revolution
It's more common in the ice-cream genus. Magnums have a chocolatey exoskeleton protecting the squidgy ice-cream below. A cone is an exoskeleton too, but you can also give it wafer horns!

Mmmm.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 16:10
by Jeezy Creezy
lynsosaurus wrote:What is this 'secrets' bar you speak of?

I like the idea of sweets having an exoskeleton.
It was such a feat of engineering it was discontinued due to high production costs. If I close my eyes I can still remember the sensation of the nest like exterior breaking under the pressure of my mouth. Damn where's my drool bucket!?! One time - at school - I was waiting in line after recess. I looked down. There was a whole Secret bar at my feet completely contained within its golden sheath. I carefully unwrapped it and brought my prize to my mouth only for it to slide off that bloody stupid cardboard tray and crack on the concrete. I think that was the last time I ever did see one.

http://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory.php?memID=4072

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 16:21
by lynsosaurus
Oh! I do remember those! That is one sexy chocolate bar.

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 14:55
by Jeezy Creezy
Hmm tried to find an appropriate thread for this little piece of random factualness and this was the closest I could get. Here goes:

If you dial 2 - 5 - 0 - 7 -0 on a phone the tune you get is the same one for the lyrics "Reach outand touch faith" in Personal Jesus. I think my colleague is getting a bit pissed off at me calling her for no reason however.

Try it!

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 20:49
by soft revolution
I was really weirded out recently when I read an article saying that a second time axis makes some string theory mathmatics work a lot better.

Some one explain how I can move along the time y axis. What does it feel like? Where do you end up *weird*

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 23:58
by soft revolution
The Matrix has a massive flaw which irrationally peeves me everytime I see it. Where do the machines get the energy from to grow humans? The energy required to grow a human is more than a machine would get from converting it back to energy.

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 07:53
by SophieC
soft revolution wrote:The Matrix has a massive flaw which irrationally peeves me everytime I see it. Where do the machines get the energy from to grow humans? The energy required to grow a human is more than a machine would get from converting it back to energy.
heh, i like how your biggest problem with the matrix is this and not that they blatantly made up as they went along or that the saviour of earth is dumbass surfer stoner keanu reeves or that the camera keeps going wooooo-wooooo-spinny-spiny-look at me-wooooo or why a man who runs the entire world would live in a room full of just televisions with his own face on.

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:45
by gloom button
I didn't know Pi Day was real but apparently it is and is an excellent reason to post this dinosaur comic which i love dearly.

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Re: be random about science

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 06:10
by lynsosaurus

Re: be random about science

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 06:50
by squirrelboutique
lynsosaurus wrote:hah!

Did you just get that joke or what?

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Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 14:55
by lynsosaurus
squirrelboutique wrote:
lynsosaurus wrote:hah!

Did you just get that joke or what?
it was a link, silly!