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  • Birthday 10/15/1989

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  1. Darn... I was hoping that I could just saturate a plant in a near pure CO2 environment and not worry about any other gasses. All the more difficult for me.
  2. I take medication that can cause arthritis, and helps stop it due to my medical health. Large enough doses of anti-inflammatory medication can really mess with your body, but plenty of other medications can do this as well. Inflammatory agents can also cause pain in the joints... joints are like little balloons between your bones, make them shrink and there are problems with everything around them, make them expand and there are problems with the joints themselves, and the stuff around them with the pressure they cause. So yes, go see a doctor, they have some tests to be able to help you. Because it didn't hit your feet first, I doubt it's gout... but we wouldn't want to eliminate that. If it is gout, then you're probably eating "rich food" when you go out on dates with him. SO many things can cause arthritis and arthritis symptoms, so it's uncertain what is going on and what could be going on. I lost use of my arms for a month, I couldn't open a bag of cereal and was in pain while trying to sleep or move a laptop. the doctors checked me for tons of different things, general arthritis, rumitoid, gout, so on and what not. they didn't find anything, and I'm fine now. My condition was caused by my colon. My father had the same thing happen to him, had a hard time doing everything, driving, eating, sleeping, putting on and taking off clothing. He didn't seek medical attention, one month later he regained the use of his arms over night. The doctors may not find out what's going on, you could be being drugged, this could just be a coincidental random reaction in your body, it could be from what you're eating, genetics, who knows *shrugs* Coincidence is real, by my experience. I had no signs of colon disease, after seeing my doc about my liver for a year, we scheduled a colonoscopy right at the beginning of last summer, we had talked about it before too and just didn't do anything about it. TWO weeks before my colonoscopy, my disease set in and I wasn't able to do anything, I barely was able to take three of my exams and had to take in completes for two of them. I refused to eat to try to dull the pain. My advice for ANY medical issues is to refuse to let it take you down, stay happy, get fixed up for what you can, fight with tooth and claw for what they can't fix, and if there's something that would normally make you sad, toss those emotional worries out the window and skip in the sunshine.
  3. So I have a little project I've been wanting to get up for a while, but I'm not very good at chemistry. I've been looking for a chemical that will readily pick up oxygen that's pumped through it, and release it when heated (preferably below 100°C) The closest things I've been able to find are perclorates and metalic oxides... but I don't trust some of the metals due to metalic gas release which can be toxic :$ Anyone have any ideas of what could help me, or is chemistry not my friend for this?
  4. So, I have a little experiment I want to work on, but I need to know one thing, do plants need oxygen in the environment to survive? I asked one of the botany instructors on campus, one semester she said they need some, the next she said they need none... now I don't know >.< So... do they need a little of oxygen or can I just take it all away from the air around them?
  5. Um... The closest thing to what I've heard about this topic, would be to take calcium carbonate from the land environment (eggs and whereever else) and place them in the sea or other bodies of water. The water will absorb some CO2, the calcium carbonate will pick it up and keep it there untill it's removed from the water or heated up. I actually have been wanting to work on an experiment to be able to remove CO2 from the environment and give out coal and oxygen... I'm half way through my research, just need to find a little bit more, then I just need to try the experiment... kinda dangerous though and another problem is... CO2 isn't the only problem, methane is as well. We humans LOVE cows and pigs... and they (especially cows) give off TONS of methane, and we have only begone to tap into it as a resource, most of it just goes staight up and makes things worse (other places like swamps produce it via decomposition)
  6. Back to the first questions for a bit... I heard cigarett filters are made of fiber glass, it will act just like sand and either sink or float, same with the rocks. the insects will burn... to some degree, and the rest of them (all the other elements besides oxygen carbon and hydrogen) will stay in your crucible. I have not melted any metals yet, but I've done a little bit of research into them. As for plastic... don't worry about it, there is "some" on the outside as coating for the labels, but that will just burn off, And I wish Silicon released it's oxygen that easily your silicon dioxide will stay that way unless you can heat it to extremes.
  7. I am not a chemistry major or buff or anything like that, I'm just a simple student that's working to become an engineer, saftey is part of my game. For most chemical reactions, I would have to say the main problem is the heat capacity... most. I've heard that thermite can't be put out with water, chemicals, or even the vacuum of space. I have not heard of anyone dropping a thin can of thermite into pools or lakes though, but would HIGHLY suggest against it. With thermite, the oxygen content is out of the question, it doesn't matter at all. In fact, as weiming said, I doubt you could get enough oxygen in there to burn traditional combustables without it bubbling out. Thermite is metal oxide with pure aluminum, both in powder form and mixed. The oxygen pops off the metal and onto the aluminum generating heat, and LOTS of it. This gives the heat to continue the reaction, the oxygen to fuel it, and the chemicals to manipulate it. The reason why it would be a VERY bad thing to dump a bunch of this in water, is it has the potential to instantly vaporize a LOT of water, could cause some sized explosion that I wouldn't be able to measure or imagine, and send water vapor that's hot enough to catch paper on fire... and catch skin on fire/melt it... all that bad stuff. It would not be advisable to use in any way shape or form that I can think of. I'm sure even the military wouldn't want to go near this kind of experiment. My middle school science instructor tried to illustrate that water can catch things on fire, but just couldn't get the vapor hot enough before it exited it's heating pipe. So burning things like paper or a log under water, not going to happen, but some chemicals that give lots of heat... may work, or may just blow the water up.
  8. Didn't know I had any responses, will have to change my settings if possible to get emails when I get reponses @tomgwyther They actually came from an adult ed school that got new computers. And when they/if they can't do any work then I'll move onto the selling comps/parts /scapping them, hoping it doesn't come to that soon though. @ajb I was thinking about doing something like that, but I don't have a place of my own. They can only be used in one of two of my friends places, so they have to cover their own costs in order to do anything with power. Just haven't found any trustworthy companies for parallel computing to pay for their existance. @Arete They all seem to be a hotch potch at the moment, hoping it won't be too much of an issue. Will start to sift through the info you just got me in a bit, I have some late classes.
  9. I recently acquired around 30 computers when a school transferred locations and received new equipment. My main goal was to keep them out of the land fill... now I'm trying to keep them out of the scrap yard as long as possible. My (and my two friends) goal with this project would be to give these computers some work to pay for their own electricity and internet (how little or lot they use) and give one of their parents a little bit of profit for keeping them in their place. The rest of the profit would go to collecting more used/new computers to add to the system. The problem that I have now though... is I can't figure out what they can do... They aren't really powerful (parts from around 1999 to 2003ish), so they can't host a big server for anyone, and all the distributive computing places that I've seen so far either look like scams, are too small and don't have enough work for the computers, or are volunteer research operations. Does anyone have any idea what we can do with these computers to keep them out of the scrap yard as long as possible (and any future ones we happen upon)? is there anything that they can host that I haven't thought about or any kind of computing they can do that I haven't found (CPUsage has too little work, Cash Gopher looks like a scam to me, and B.O.I.N.C. is all research)?
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