# mrburns2012

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1. ## unconventional math

Well, the most difficult target is a moving one.... I'll let someone else pick up the challenge under the new rules.
2. ## Beyond 1s and 0s... (from 2 states to 8)

Assuming you're using the same programming language, you'd need the the same amount of code. Why? You're changing the nature data is stored on a chip, not the programming language. The advantage of having 8 states would be to increase the amount of data that can be stored on a chip of the same size. Example (correct me if I'm wrong): Let's say you want to store the number 8. In binary code, you'd need 4 "storage spaces" (e.g. 4 surface area units) to store 1,0,0,0 because that's number 8 in binary. When there are 8 states, you'd need 1 storage space to store the number 8. However, if you need to store two pieces of code, "8" and "8" (not the number eighty-eight). You'd need 4 storage spaces for the first "8", another 4 for the other when data is stored in binary states - a total of 8 storage spaces. When there are 8 states, you'd need only 1 storage space for the first 8, and another 1 to store the other 8, hence significantly reducing the amount of storage spaces needed. However, when writing the code on a piece of paper, you'd write 8,8 on either the binary or the 8 states system. They'll just be stored differently. Processing speed will definitely be increased for the 8 states system (as opposed to the binary system) if the chips for either system can be read or written (i.e. switched to different states) at the same speed, but that's only an "if." The increased speed comes from the fact that there would be less "storage spaces" (e.g. chip surface area) to process.
3. ## unconventional math

Yes, there's a formula for all 2 digit numbers (and from 0 to 9): (a*10+b)^2 = (a+a+a+a+a+a+a+a+a+a+b)*(a+a+a+a+a+a+a+a+a+a+b) In fact, there's one for 3 digit numbers too.
4. ## Exposed Veins

Sometimes veins can be seen through the skin. For example, this guy has veins exposed all over his body: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dexter_Jackson_IFBB_2008_Australia_4.jpg. However, not everyone's the same, so if you suspect that something is not normal, you should look for a second opinion from a different doctor.
5. ## an unsolveble question?

Maybe it's in the universe?
6. ## recombinant life-forms

I'm no expert, but here's my speculation: a developing embryo is very sensitive to disturbances since its developmental processes require a very precise timing and spatial organization of events. I'd imagine cells that are completely foreign in morphology and composition could could easily disturb (confuse) this process and destroy the embryo immediately, so you'll highly unlikely get anything viable out of the experiment. But even if the embryo is viable for a some period of time, it'll probably develop into something so out of whack it will simply die at a later stage of development. However, a good story here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353884,00.html, suggests that you can have wolf claws as an adult. All you have to do is ask your doctor to fry your immune system and inject some wolf organ stem cells into you.
7. ## probability to find a car

The problem: The fact that the host always reveal the wrong door affects the outcome. Let me elaborate: There are 3 doors, Case 1: You DO NOT switch. You have two scenarios: 1) The probability of choosing the correct door will be 1/3 2) The probability of choosing the incorrect door will be 2/3 Case 2: You DO want to switch: 1) If you had initially picked the incorrect door (probability = 2/3), the chance of changing to the correct door will be 100% since that'll be the only door available after the other incorrect door is revealed. 2) If you had initially picked the correct door (probability = 1/3), the chance of changing to the incorrect door will be also 100% since that's the only door available. --- So which method yields the best outcome in these conditions? If you DO NOT switch, you'll have 33% chance of winning (case 1, scenario 1). If you DO switch, you have a 66% chance of winning (case 2, scenario 1). Why? Because you're more likely to choose the incorrect door the first time.
8. ## Aliens - evidence

Here's better evidence on aliens: image: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3800210944/tt0119654 video: http://www.imdb.com/rg/video/video-browser-slate/video/screenplay/vi1643381529 I'd recommend buying those great DVDs. They make great gifts too

Such a popular pickup line
10. ## "Birdstrike, Birdstrike... going down"

Well, it appears that the fan blade's material is not strong enough to withstand the energy generated during the collision between the high speed blade and the bird. After all, high speed bullets can pierce steel doors too.
11. ## The Official "Introduce Yourself" Thread

Hello, My (pseudo)name is Mr. Burns. You can call me Mr. Burns. I'm a student working on a postgraduate degree. My main interest is in the biological sciences. My understanding of the sciences is very basic, so I find this site informative and sometimes entertaining. I look forward to reading more of everyone's contributions to this forum.

If I were an enzyme, I'd be DNA helicase so I could unzip your genes.
13. ## Resurrecting the extinct

If such a thing can happen, I'd make a trip to the zoo my number one priority.
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