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The Wonders of Science and Nature

Post by Rex on Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:32 am

We all occasionally see this awesome things about either a scientific invention or a natural wonder so I thought it would be cool to have a thread dedicated to this.

I'll start with something really awesome: Ferrofluids.

These guys







What it is? A ferrofluid (portmanteau of ferromagnetic, and fluid) is a liquid which becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. To learn more go here Smile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrofluid
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Post by Unit7 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:50 pm

Oh wow that is really cool. At the moment I can't think of anything to add. Sad

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Post by Unit7 on Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:37 pm

The Giant Crystal Cave.



I remember first hearing about this place a few years ago and I thought it was just amazing. Sometimes in Fantasy settings you see giant crystals... but I never realized just how big they could get in the real world. The tempertures in the caves are 58 °C (136 °F) with 90-99% humidity.

What's also cool and also unfortunate is that their believes to chambers beyond the ones already explored. But to get to them they'd have to demolish these crystals. According to wikipedia the crystals are also disintigrating because they are now exposed to air. I don't know much about the whole thing... but it's just something that is simply amazing.

It's amazing just how much of this old rock we have yet to discover.

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Post by Rex on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:24 pm

So amazing. And truly beautiful. I wish I could visit them before they are destroyed(despite it being hell inside). Speaking of nature here is something amazing





This is Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar

More then 250 square miles of razor sharp rock. And here we are talking literally razor sharp. It's essentially a bio fortress. The terrain is so dangerous that the area has been barely explored and what we have explored of it shows amazing and unique(not to mention never before seen) species

This is truly amazing because no matter how hard we try we still can't seem to conquer this place. The only safe way to explore it is by helicopter. Trying to conquer it by conventional means seems fruitless. The terrain is so sharp and dangerous that it actually destroys even high quality climbing gear and the slightest mistake means you have a been either cut open or impaled by the incredibly dangerous lime stone rocks


Truly an amazing sight. And honestly despite how curious I am it always stays inaccessible to humans. Nature should have some places for itself
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Post by Unit7 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:29 pm

Well before the crystals are gone they plan to reseal the area up and fill it with water to perserve it. But either way it might aswell be gone. Sad

Wow I had no idea something like that existed. How does something like that even form? While nature should have some stuff... It's still something I'd love to explore... once science has developed a way to make it so sharp things don't hurt. Sad

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Post by Rex on Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:57 am

Oh well who knows. Maybe they will regrow. Speaking of which I bought this cool thing where I can grow my own crystals!

Tell me about it. It's insane. Speaking of insane. Who here likes bats.

Big Bats




This my friends is the awesome Giant golden-crowned flying fox. A Megabat! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabat
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Post by Unit7 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:35 pm

Those things are so awesome. Very Happy

If I was scared of bats... I probably wouldn't sleep for a week. Razz

But seriously it's incredible. I usually picture the small bats we get around here to be about the biggest those things can get.

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Post by Unit7 on Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:56 pm



Planetary Resources is planning to actually mine asteroids. Asteroid Mining. How fucking cool is that? I remember hearing NASA shutting down their space program or something similar. I was pretty much cryingto much to pay attention long enough.(well maybe not crying) I thought that was pretty much it for space. Now I understand it's very costly... but a part of me just wants to say "Who cares about the price... its space!"

This is amazing. For some reason When ever I hear cool stuff planned for space I get all giddy inside. I mean how realistic was the idea of mining asteroids being a realistic goal a few decades ago?

Asteroid Mining... damn. such a cool thought.

But not only will we get all sorts of precious metals and stuff from these asteroids. But they could also be used like a space gas station. Seriously. Soon we will all have a chance at eating a egg sandwich at some rundown space shutting gas station and be infected by space parasites and we will you know... be all bad ass and have some old guy shrink down and enter our body to... umm. Ok that doesn't sound exactly pleasant. But still!

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Post by Rex on Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:27 pm

This is awesome. I love space as well. And I really admire this guy. How cool is it to actually do your own space company/
http://www.thedailyshow.com/extended-interviews/412304/playlist_tds_extended_elon_musk/412114?xrs=share_copy


And back on more Earthly matters how cool is this?



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catatumbo_lightning

How cool is this? It's an unique atmospheric condition that causes lightning storms that last 150 days per year, 10 hours a day and with almost 300 lightnings every hour.
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Post by Unit7 on Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:41 pm

That is such an amazing picture. Also I had no idea that such a thing existed.

I got nothing new to share at the moment. Sad

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