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Post by Sam Gamgee » Fri May 05, 2006 2:34 pm

So University of Chicago annually has the biggest scavengerhunt in the world - it's next weekend, actually. And one particular yearone of the items on the list was a nuclear reactor. Some students... actually made one in their dorm room. From scratch. Yeah. And then were almost arrested for posessing a nuclear reactor. See, apparently, there's uranium in fire detectors, and... yeah... i was pretty impressed.

(Well, actually there's some debate whether it was a nuclear reactor or only some kind of pariticle something ather.... something that requiresuranium to make and does stuff with atoms, though - I'm not a physicist. But just in a dorm room... that's pretty nerdy, if you ask me...)
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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Fri May 05, 2006 11:05 pm

RE: the Meat Rocket-
The first version exploded. It turns out that salami is surprisingly volatile when mixed with, what, nitrous oxide I think?? They refined it and the rocket did get off the ground, but only about 30 feet. The nozzle of the motor blew out and and they lost reactive force. Still, with some more work it would clearly have flown pretty decently.

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Post by theHermit » Sun May 07, 2006 3:35 pm

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Post by Losfer Words » Sun May 07, 2006 6:04 pm

Sam Gamgee wrote: So University of Chicago annually has the biggest scavengerhunt in the world - it's next weekend, actually. And one particular yearone of the items on the list was a nuclear reactor. Some students... actually made one in their dorm room. From scratch. Yeah. And then were almost arrested for posessing a nuclear reactor. See, apparently, there's uranium in fire detectors, and... yeah... i was pretty impressed.

(Well, actually there's some debate whether it was a nuclear reactor or only some kind of pariticle something ather.... something that requiresuranium to make and does stuff with atoms, though - I'm not a physicist. But just in a dorm room... that's pretty nerdy, if you ask me...)
So basically their physics professor will give them an A for the semester for resourcefulness and creativity, while a federal judge will give them probation on 20-life, provided they report for work at Los Alamos, as "uncompensated consultants" immediately following graduation.
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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Sun May 07, 2006 6:23 pm

I wanna know how many other teams came up with a reactor. Now if it were ME, I'd point out that (it would seem) the rules only called for a reactor, NOT a powered working one. So actually, that's easy.

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Post by Losfer Words » Sun May 07, 2006 6:31 pm

After careful reconsideration it is quite possible in spite of the effort their physics professor gave them an F, for failing to hook it up to a DeLorean in an attempt to make a Back To The Future style Mr. Fission power source to compete with Mr. Fusion.

I mean it is 2006, where are the flying cars all the scifi of the 50s and 60s said we should have by now?

It's not like there is not a demand for them- 90% of the people who have ever nearly been towed for parking in Unum Provident's lots when the rest of downtown Chattanooga's space fill up will testify to that.
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Post by Bnielsen » Sun May 07, 2006 8:21 pm

BTW, Smoke detectors don't usually have a Uraniam derivitave, but a Cesium or Americanium
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Post by Bnielsen » Mon May 15, 2006 12:42 pm

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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Mon May 15, 2006 12:52 pm

Dude, that's insane!! If it's not a hoax, and it seems on the level, you know what it means- Cloaking Device!!

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Post by Bnielsen » Mon May 15, 2006 5:59 pm

Yeah, and none of that cover-the-object-in-light-tubes-that-come-out-the-other-side-stuff either! =p
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Post by Thimon » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:29 pm

http://www.innergeek.us/geek-test.html

here's a new quiz for y'all!

after seriously making it i got approx 23%
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:43 pm

I got 24.6%. Yikes.
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Post by Rumpska » Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:44 pm

I got 6.something. "Poser". Although I'm not a poser... I don't even try to be a nerd at all, but I still have some in me.
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Post by Prog Music's Frank » Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:24 pm

42.2- major geek! I'm impressed- I didn't cheat and I beat Steph. :D It was the reading, movies, computers and role-playing that did it.

(BTW there should be a bonus for noticing and being happy about the fact that the results are actually carried out to 5 decimal places :D :D)
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:51 pm

A group of math grad students at Northwestern form an a capella choir, and you get:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... four+group
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