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About Asheekay

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    Pakistan, Asia
  • Interests

    Writing custom encryption routines in php.


    Bughouse chess.

    Video games.

    Playing with small electronic components.
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  • Favorite Area of Science
    Chemistry, paleontology, astronomy.
  • Biography
    So all of my life was a journey mound to mound. A swelling in an abdomen to a swelling in the ground.
  • Occupation
    Science journalist.

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  1. How do you know what God is able to do? Science is a study of "how" things work. It cannot explain "why" it is so. For example, tigers and jaguars, both live in jungles. But tigers have stripes while jaguars have spots. Both markings serve to camouflage them in the thick undergrowth. So, why do tigers have stripes while jaguars have spots? Yes, science can help explain how the genotypical variations in these felines resulted in the different phenotypical results, but then again: why stripes for tigers and spots for jaguars? When you discuss religion (specially revelation based) you d
  2. About the fate of the universe, there are multiple theories. Although dark energy appears to be winning over gravity and with the increasing velocities of the galaxies, it is quite likely that dark energy will end up ripping apart galaxy clusters, then galaxies themselves, down to solar/planetary systems and ultimately down to the dominions of electromagnetism (intermolecular bonds), strong nuclear force (atomic structure) and weak nuclear force (protons and neutrons). Quite fair and unbiased. But if I quote a scripture verse of the essence "And the heavens and Earth were wrapped, and We
  3. Back to original topic: yes, I think it is very possible for a person to believe in a religion and be a scientist. I, for example, am a science journalist and an orthodox Muslim. I am proficient in vertebrate paleontology and astronomy as my subjects of specific interest in science journalism. Yes, I believe in evolution and that Earth was created 4.56 billion years ago and humans never coexisted with non avian dinosaurs. The only difference is that I believe that evolution is directional and not haphazardly random. One thing that enrages me is that atheists, even ignorant ones, cons
  4. That there is no partiality at all in the sharing of electrons. In a perfectly nonpolar covalent compound, the oxidation state of all the atoms should be zero. Atoms or groups of atoms get oxidized or reduced when there is at least some disparity in the destination of electrons which are exchanged/shared during the chemical reaction. For example in the case of NaCl, the oxidation states are highly conspicuous, due to the nature of the compound (ionic). Na gets a +1 while Cl gets a -1. In the case of covalent compounds, the oxidation states become relative (as compared to absolute, fo
  5. In the case of homogeneous biatomic molecules, H2, O2 etc, none of the atoms gets any oxidation state. Oxidation states are reached when there is at least some polarity in the compound. Perfectly nonpolar compounds will not have any oxidized atoms at all.
  6. Oxidation states have a lot to do with the electronegativity value of an element, regardless of whether the compound is covalent or ionic. For example, in your case of $H_2S$, hydrogen has an electronegativity of 2.20 while sulphur has a value of 2.58, being slightly more electronegative than hydrogen. Hence in hydrogen sulphide the shared electron pair spends slightly more time with sulphur than they do with hydrogen. That is why hydrogen gets a partial negative charge while sulphur gets a partial positive charge.
  7. I did already 😉 You thought it was a question 🤭
  8. In order to post here in the official jokes section, should we post only official jokes or unofficial ones can also be posted? 🤔
  9. Hello people! Asheekay from Pakistan. I have been a chemistry nerd since school and ended up landing here while searching on Mother Google for WhatsApp groups for hobbyist chemistry fans (spoiler: there aren't any). In my free time I write encryption algorithms, read about dinosaurs or astronomy and play bughouse chess. I hope I'd learn a lot from geeks here. Asheekay out.
  10. Hi all. Asheekay from Pak-is-tan (yes, we're all tan here, hence the name :p). Big, huge, gigantic, colossal chemistry fan, but my knowledge is limited to basics, mostly. Came here to announce that I've found a way to make sodium metal via electrolysis of aqueous table salt but saw that you guys have already killed my buzz there. *sad face* Okay, now coming to the serious point. I was wondering if it's possible to carry out a double displacement between sulphuric or hydrochloric acid and a nitrate (ammonium nitrate, to be precise). I understand that ammonium nitrate is probably more
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