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  1. Top Ten Ways to get thrown out of a chemistry lab; 10. Pretend an electron got stuck in your ear, and insist on describing the sound to others. 9. Give a cup of liquid nitrogen to a classmate and ask, "Does this taste funny to you?" 8. Consistently write three atoms of potassium as "KKK." 7. Mutter repeatedly, "Not again... not again... not again." 6. When it's very quiet, suddenly cry out, "My eyes!" 5. Deny the existence of chemicals. 4. Begin pronouncing everything your immigrant lab instructor says exactly the way he/she says it. 3. Casually walk to the front of the room and urinate in a beaker. 2. Pop a paper bag at the crucial moment when the professor is about to pour the sulfuric acid 1. Show up with a 55-gallon drum of fertilizer and express an interest in federal buildings.
  2. I'm Thales. I enjoy asking questions from a different perspective, not always a correct one <sounds like a cop out, but I am a believer that too many people accept things blindly, my father taught me in order to truely understand something it is sometimes wise to argue the negative> . I am a fundamental believer in the power of the mind and that we can all improve ourselves with intellectually stimulating conversation, something that is more than lacking in todays society. That's why I am here. I enjoy all fields of science, but particularly physics and philosophy.
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    infinite enery

    I have a question. If lorentz contraction dictats that distance shrinks at 1/gamma, then wouldn't a photon effectively be travelling zero distance as gamma approaches infinity, or does it asymptote? If as photon travels a very tiny distance, in its reference frame, wouldn't it follow that this distance could be matched to its wavelength (?)
  4. if you evacuated the space and passed electrons and positrons at each other so they collided they would annihalate into a photon (and a gamma ray i think..)
  5. Basically they have to investigate the very small. A scale that makes quarks look big. The main bases for string theory is it provides an alternate mathematical method for deriving (hopefully) a unified theory. It shows so much promise because the appearance of strings (modes of vibration) occurs on many different scales, and for those of you who are advocates of chaos theory, you will know its fundamental postulate is that complexities in nature arise from patterns repeated accross many scales. It is a far as I understand a theory in which everything, including force carrying particles (which will help with unifying the much weaker gravitational force) arises from the different modes of vibration of these tiny tiny tiny strings. If it works it will go to prove how everything can be represented via geometry.
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