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  1. I know what rabies is.

    What's the "man rabies" which you seem to have invented? Rabies is real and has real symptoms.

    The zombies are not real and any symptoms you ascribe to them are made up.



    If we go along with this weird idea that zombies are people with a version of rabies then a glass of water might be more use than a knife or a bunker.

    My point is that you won't (and can't) know if the zombies are hydrophobic unless they arrive. So you don't know how to prepare for them.


    Nice point, however, do you think "Zombies" will ever exist?


    Knive alloys are high-carbon martensitic steel, preferably stainless. Known ones:

    X105CrMo17 or 1.4125, nearly equivalent to Aisi 440C

    X90CrMoV18 or 1.4112

    these are used for the best scissors, razors, surgeon tools... Their heat treatment is more subtle. They would really improve over the common X40Cr13: harder, resist corrosion better.


    Would rare alloying elements like iridium bring them anything? I suppose you won't find literature on this topic. And since alloys are nearly unpredictable and can be quite sensitive to minor amounts of undesired elements (think of P, S...) I'd stay away from them to avoid brutal degradations like embrittlements or abnormal reactions to heat.


    The better X105CrMo17 and X90CrMoV18 are said to be unusable by a smith, that's why the X40Cr13 is common. But you can find them as industrial round material, shape them with a grinding wheel, and let a professional harden them.


    Pr-Ir-Fe-Cr alloy can create a nice Durable knife, I'm not aiming for a filleting knife, I'm aiming to make a knife set that has a Bread Knife,Cleaver,Chef's Knife,Fork Knife, Steak Knife, Bagel Knife, Utility Knife and so on. I'm aiming for a right,expensive,special,durable sharp alloy that I can use as a B-Day gift. I already talked to my dad's employees and they suggested some mixtures, however, I would still want somemore opinions and advices since it's a special knife set.


    It is possible to make stainless steel type alloys using Pt group elements.

    I can't find a reference which says how much Pt is needed (I guess Ir would also work).



    Thank you for that link.

  2. Please stop talking crap.

    For example "man rabies"doesn't exist, so there can't be a new form of it.

    All of this

    "Normal Strain Symptoms

    Paralysis, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, and hallucinations, progressing to delirium


    New Strain Symptoms

    Anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, and hallucinations,"

    is just stuff you have made up- it's not even good fiction.


    and you have yet to address the point that, since zombies don't exist, you don't know what properties they have, so you can't tell what will harm them, so you can not prepare.

    How, for example do you know that they can't get into your bunker?

    (and the fact that you have one speaks volumes about your ability to assess risk)

    Since they are entirely made-up, I can make up a zombie that eats through concrete and steel. My imaginary zombie is just as valid as your imaginary zombie.


    How do you prepare when you have no idea what your enemy might be like?



    Normal rabies exist and they can be transmitted to humans and the normal strain symptoms are real symptoms not made up, so actually I'm not making things up for rabies do exist and it can be transmitted from dogs to humans. Almost every virus can be altered, engineered and they can also evolve. How for example do I know how they can't get into our bunker? Well first of all it's German-Made second of all well what I'm preparing for are rabid humans so they basically retain all their physical abilities, however, their mental health is unstable. plus if our bunker can withstand a nuclear blast then it can most definitely withstand a Rabid Apocalypse.

  3. If knives are a big part of your zombie plan, you're already dead.

    Well my plan is to hide in our bunker for 1 year then use my dad's stuff to liberate the post-apocalyptic world and rebuild from the ashes using not only guns but also Zombies if they ever become true


    The world's messiness doesn't enter into it.

    You can't meaningfully prepare for a fight unless you have some ideas of the enemy's strengths and weaknesses.

    Since Zombies don't exist, you can't say what those are so you can't prepare.


    Zombie = New form of Man Rabies = same human organ function except for a big change in mental health = aggravated, illogical, wild, infectious humans


    Normal Strain Symptoms

    Paralysis, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, and hallucinations, progressing to delirium


    New Strain Symptoms

    Anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, and hallucinations,


    and other possible causes may be New strains of Toxoplasmosis and Prions or new kinds of Hallucinogens and NeuroToxins that may cause the said symptoms above. The universe is filled with a lot of undiscovered materials so you never say that zombies are impossible.


    Another thing,can anyone tell me how I can edit a forum title?

  4. How big is the garden? How much space have you got for plants?


    200 sq. m one story garden with 4 rooms (each room has 50 sq. m of gardening space) so pretty much I can modify the environment depending on the requirements of the herbs.


    PARSLEY. I favour flat leafed, aka Italian/Continental, and CHIVES can perk things up. I guess you need CLASSIC MINT, use in mint sauce, if you eat meat, or for adding to salads, drinks - one unusual but nice SIDE salad, is diced beetroot, sour cream and common mint. Sounds erk, but is really nice. You could get other mints, but you may have to grow apart. Remember they tend to take over, if happy, so grow in a pot. If tight space, you can put the pot in middle of round/square bed as focal point, and keep trimming it, so hanging pieces don't get the chance to take root. I also LOVE coriander, I think called CILANTRO, in the U S. NASTURTIUMS, look pretty, can put flowers and leaves in salads, (peppery taste). I'd put in some ruffled mixed colour, LETTUCE, in any gaps. Look pretty, and always useful, cost more to buy, and growing, you can just take outer leaves, and grow/use them longer.. GARLIC, easy. Or, if garlic is a bit strong, try GARLIC CHIVES. Much milder, a flatter leaf, than normal chives. You could also get a BAY TREE, keep in large pot, keep trimming, to keep small. Just pluck a leaf ot 2, if doing a casserole.


    What climate? Do youhave pets?


    Well I have a Tibetan Mastiff, it's kinda hard to raise it here cause of the warm climate that's why he's in Baguio City most of the time, I have lots of dogs however they won't be a big factor for the Garden is off limits to them. The climate's warm cause I live in a tropical country (Philippines). Thanks for the suggestions I'll be sure to plant them as soon as I finish my homeworks thanks a lot !

  5. So far I planted:


    Ipomoea aquatica also known as Chinese Spinach and Kangkong


    Sweet basil (don't know the Scientific name for it)






    Myrica pensylvanica also known as bayberry


    and a few more herbs like oregano anyways I would like to ask for suggestions on what to plant next beside the herbs stated above, it would be appreciated if anyone would share their favorite herb.


  6. Pending even the arrival of even the most feeble evidence, yes.

    In much the same way that I don't expect a party of dwarfs to turn up at my door with a wizard and ask me to join them in a dragon hunt.

    It would be preposterous of me to, for example, buy in the food for them.

    It would be equally preposterous for me to ask how I might expect to kill zombies- not least because, until they exist (if they ever do, which is very doubtful) there is no way that anyone could have any idea how they react.


    Given the utterly speculative notion of their existence and behaviour, it might turn out that the best defence is a crappy old carving knife, rather than a platinum one.

    They might, like witches of old, be unusually susceptible to iron.

    or maybe they die if you recite "Mary had a little lamb" backwards.

    It's impossible to predict so, as I said, there is no science of zombies.


    And, if you can afford enough Pt Ir to make anything better than a doll's house dinner set, then you can pay for metallurgical advice.


    I wasn't talking about dragons and magic...yes I can afford enough to create a doll house and yes I can pay for metallurgical advice (well my father can afford it) however I still like to get suggestions from an open source of ideas like forums and that's why I post here and ask for advice.

  7. How about you shape a knife out of steel and electroplate it with iridium instead....


    Electroplating steel with iridium would only create a layer of iridium,so when the layer of iridium is gone you only get steel. However if you alloy iridium with other metals such as gold, iron, chromium and carbon you get a great knife.



    Golden color




    Increased edge retention and tensile strength

    Increases hardness, tensile strength, and toughness.



    Provides resistance to wear and corrosion.

    More than 11% makes it "stainless", by causing an oxide coating to form.



    Acts as an extender (You don't expect me to have a knife made out of pure iridium?)


    Anyways I'm thinking of just making a Platinum-Iridium alloy knife set


    You are talking about something which does not exist and which would be practically impossible . That's not "keeping an open mind" that's "making up stories".

    So, like I said, there is no science of zombies.

    There is some science of things vaguely related to zombies but that's just playing with words.



    So are you saying that you are closing your "doors" to any possibility for any kind or form of a "Zombie" like infection to ever exist?

  8. There is no real science of zombies.



    I thought people like us should always keep an open mind on these things? it's not really far from happening, I'm not talking about reanimating the dead and blood less moving bodies, I'm talking about a new kind of prion disease that makes infected humans and animals act Zombie-Like. They are just like us only they attack un-infected people.


    "Just"? For pure iridium, you're looking at $4200 per 100g. I don't know about you, but I'd buy her a hamster or something.



    Looking at this link here, it would seem pure iridium would do the trick.


    No need for any of the other cheapskate metals. Really though, check with your dad's bladesmith to see if he can even make blades out of such exotic materials.


    I'm not gonna ask my dad to waste 100k for a Pure Iridium knife and I'd rather keep the budget for the knife at a maximum of $10k USD. What about a Diamond edged knife?


    Only because zombies are unpredictable.



  9. My sister's B-Day is coming up and I want to surprise her by forging a Meteor Knife Set for her (I'm not really gonna be the one to forge it,I'll just buy the materials and give my dad's bladesmith the design for the Knives.) My dad gave me a relatively medium stock of metals last year and now I want to use most of it for my sister.


    I need suggestions on how much Iridium,Platinum,Iron,Chromium,Nickel and Carbon I need to create a very great, very strong and corrosive resistant knife set, any suggestions? I already bought a diamond hone knife sharpener for the knife set.


    One more thing,What's the best kind of light weight knife I can use when a Man Rabies (Zombie) infection breaks? cause I want my knives and blades to be hand forged using Top-Quality materials. Most survival sites are full of BS so I'll just stick to science.

  10. I currently work at a well known private R1 university near MIT. MIT has about a 92% rejection rate overall, which ramps up to over a 99% rejection rate for international applicants for undergraduate acceptance. So realistically, you'd need your CV to obviously be in the top 1% of applicants from a cursory 30 second look. I.e. your perfect academic record, major awards and accomplishments which are exceptional at a global standard are on the front page.


    The second thing I would consider is that the US system differs from others in aiming for your undergraduate degree to be more general than other places - i.e. you don't go straight into a medical or law degree, you get a general undergraduate degree with a major, then go to graduate school and get a law/MD/etc degree. MIT offers majors in architecture; engineering; management; science; humanities, arts, and social sciences. While an engineering major might do a lot of computer/software engineering, you'll come out with a bit of paper that says your major was engineering as opposed many other countries where you can get an undergraduate degree in "Bachelor of Software engineering" or "Bachelor of law" etc, which may or may not matter in your home country/where you intend to work.


    The third thing I'd consider is visa requirements. Many countries have a return policy on student/exchange visas to the US, in that once you finish you studies you need to go back to your home country for a period of time (usually 2 years I think) before you can relocate overseas again. If you wanted to eventually work overseas this might affect you decision.


    The fourth thing I'd consider is cost. MIT, for example is a 4 year undergraduate school. 9 months of tuition is $42,050, add summer term tuition at $13,920, add books and other expenses $2,772, and finally room and board at $12,188. So you're looking at about $70,930 a year for four years - $283,720 for the degree, unless you can land a scholarship. http://web.mit.edu/facts/tuition.html All that without going to grad school. That's a lot of money for an undergraduate degree. It might be more effective to do your undergraduate in your home country then shoot for MIT/Caltech for graduate studies - 60% of MIT students are graduate students, and 40% of those are international (as opposed to 10% of their undergrads). So in terms of probability of getting in are higher - it won't be as expensive, and you'd still have an MIT degree. Personally, I'd probably enroll at UPD and look at US schools for graduate studies.


    Expenses will never be a problem for me. My only problem is getting accepted because I have no extra curricular activity that can help me get accepted. My parents said "Don't go to UPD" too risky, my parents are overprotective and UPD just had a student suicide issue right now. Can I still get accepted in MIT with only perfect grades and perfect SAT results? if not where can I possibly get accepted for an undergrad course because right now my parents have a lot of issues with Philippine Universities and they are thinking of homeschooling me for college! which is a bad idea. I plan to study abroad and work here in the Philippines for my father's company.

  11. I have never seen an astronomy satellite that works without pointing at the observed object (except Hipparcos) and I consider pointing is too difficult for a first satellite.


    Because of that, my satellite (Sara, from the club Esieespace) had no attitude control and we were suggested a topic in radioastronomy that did not need any attitude control, luckily enough.


    Without attitude control, but with a team of 9 people seriously skilled, enthusiast, and used to work together, Sara took 3 years and exhausted us.


    In case you're alone, I consider that a nanosatellite:

    - without attitude nor orbit control

    - without any precise thermal control

    - with a supercapacitor instead of chemical batteries, which eases the temperature range, and Solar cells

    - or better, with a primary battery instead, and working for a few days or weeks

    is more than enough difficult.


    That's what I had in mind when suggesting to test an atmospheric reentry shield.


    Don't forget the extra work associated with the interfaces and discussions with the launcher: it took us one man.


    Also, piggyback launch on Ariane cost then 200k$, the rest of the budget was alike.


    Maybe you could touch a word with Guy Pignolet. He's in La Réunion and has instigated several nanosats in schools. He speaks English and has a Website.


    Is it enough to have 1 Computer Engineer,2 Software Engineers and 1 Astrophysicist cousins? or do I need a few more people for the project?

    200k$? as in 200,000? I thought it was 400,000? I'll try to contact some people and hopefully 200k U.S. Dollars is the right price, gives me more funds for the rocket and the ground control station. Thanks for the replies and suggestions.

  12. I'm just try to make a satellite that I can use for astronomy and hopefully I can launch 10 nano sats that I can use for research.





    Opportunities exist to put your small satellite as a secondary passenger on a big launcher. This would be accessible to a single person, and already more than difficult enough.


    I already thought about that and I think NovaNano might be just right for the job of launching the satellites

  13. Or, since FAA doesn't have jurisdiction in the Philippines, the local equivalent of it, CAAP


    I'll contact them and also coordinate the local authorities here.



    A rocket big enough to get into orbit will be noticed by US government surveillance satellites designed to detect nuclear missile launches, and may get you into a bit of trouble. At the very least you need clearance to launch from the FAA.


    I might get into some trouble unless I'll ask my dad to us his connections to feature it in a T.V. Network, hopefully it would reduce the risk.




    Just for the record, are we talking about a satellite in orbit... or a satellite which is in a ballistic trajectory and will fall back to earth after launch?


    Also, just for the record, if you are planning to launch an actual rocket to anything above 1 km (or perhaps even 0.5 km), you might want to contact local authorities and/or the aviation authorities. You don't even have to hit an airplane to get into trouble with the authorities. Shooting rockets to high altitudes and/or long distances will eventually be seen as a crime, or even terrorism. This is no joke.


    My advice: join a rocket club near you. They have experience, and will help you with lots and lots of practical issues.


    I've already finished a ballistic camera satellite project and that's why I'm aiming for a geosynchronous satellite that I can use to study stars. India already launched a satellite while Philippines has only started building water rockets so I might need to create my own club. Also thanks for the tips I'll ask my dad if it's legal for me to launch a rocket here.

  14. I finished launching my first ever Space Camera and it was a success until my camera crashed and sunk into the deep waters of Manila Bay, I was lucky that my mom suggested to use a water proof casing for the camera which helped a lot.


    Now I'm aiming to launch a DIY amateur Space Satellite that I can use for...well confidential purposes and as a means of winning a competition and hopefully this might help me getting accepted in MIT or CalTech next year since I'm turning 16 and

    I ain't getting any younger.


    Funding isn't a problem thanks to my parents, it's the liability, I'm always afraid that it might somehow crash and damage building or other satellites because of miscalculation or because I failed to design it properly.


    I just thought of this just now and I'm kinda in the most early stages of building one or let alone design one.




  15. "It is true that almost every religion have loop holes but we shouldn't forget that religion also helped humanity excel and progress."


    Can you cite evidence for that please?


    People may have done good things in the name of God, but those people would probably have done good things anyway.

    What evidence is there that religion "helped humanity excel and progress"?


    Incidentally, how agnostic are you and tamorph about the tooth fairy and Santa?

    What about Thor and Ra?

    You can't prove they don't exist so you should believe in them just as much as you believe in "God".

    Or would that be a bit silly?



    So you don't believe that the Catholic Church never influenced humanity in a good way?


    There is no evidence that Thor and Ra Exist/Existed, however there are a lot of evidence that Jesus existed though most likely you're kind of people would just treat these evidences as rubbish or invalid.


    Santa is Saint Nicholas so yeah he does exist.

  16. That's almost completely true. My friend Eric was accepted into MIT this year and only had Piano band and Math club as his extra-curricular activities. But yes, he was american, had a ~4.13 GPA weighted (4.0), and scored a 2400 on his SAT.


    How old was he when he was accepted?


    I wasted half my life before deciding what I really wanted to do. It seems you have an ideal opportunity.


    Study psychology, psychiatry, biology, chemistry, physics or quantum mechanics. Study yourself and find out what makes you think "I will always fail".


    There's enough material there for a lifetimes study and you have continuous access to someone to experiment on.


    Good luck.


    Thanks, I'll be sure to try what you said though Psychology bores me sometimes, maybe it's just because my mom's a psychologist and she talks to me about her job almost everyday.

  17. It is true that almost every religion have loop holes but we shouldn't forget that religion also helped humanity excel and progress.


    Christianity guided most of the western European countries during the medieval ages.


    They gave people hope and helped them to be civil in their time.


    The fear of going to hell or purgatory also helped a lot of countries maintain order.

    Religion is subject to scientific thought just as much as everything else is, and there are Christians who are scientists, Atheistic scientists and agnostic scientists.


    For me agnosticism is the scientifically honest view, as I know of no convincing scientific evidence that proves there is a god, and I know of no convincing scientific evidence that there is no god.


    There may be. There may not be. I am happy to accept scientific proof either way. There is ample evidence that the world could have been created without a god, but that is not proof that it was created without a god.


    What I do object to is evangelical Christians who say I MUST BELIEVE, but provide no scientific evidence, and evangelical atheists who say I MUST NOT BELIEVE but provide no scientific evidence that there is no god.


    The current state of scientific knowledge cannot prove or disprove god, so this is definitely an area that some scientists should be (and are) looking into. Science and religion definitely mix. What could be more exciting than trying to prove, or disprove, this ultimate riddle.


    Well said.







    Atheists deny that there is a God but they still consider that there are Life Forms outside earth and some of them believe the Big Bang Theory so why don't they consider that maybe God is another form of life who lives in a separate dimension who created the dense matter and made that dense matter to explode resulting into the creation of our universe?

  18. Given the fact that I am home schooled, even though I have perfect grades, I still need to get tons of extracurricular activities right?


    Any suggestions for any University where I might get accepted? so I can try to apply as a transfer student after a year?


    Thanks guys, I guess I need to perfect my first college year (If ever I get accepted), get ton of activities and hopefully discover something great.



    Since MIT and CalTech are somewhat impossible for me considering that I am home schooled Filipino what's the answer for Q2?





    Question 3:

    What's the difference between Software Engineering or Computer Engineering.


    I did a lot of research about these two courses but it's still pretty unclear for me.


    Hopefully there is a software engineer here who can tell me the difference.

  19. Name: John (It really is)

    Country: Philippines

    Religion: Roman Catholic

    Started High School in July 25 2012 (My B-day "1997")

    Estimated High School graduation date is July 25 2013 (Hopefully)

    School: IB,IS, U.S. Curriculum Career School (Homeschool)



    Brief description about me:

    Male who's not interested in men or women (I love knowledge better)

    Philippine Patriot

    Lazy when it comes to sports

    Industrious when it comes to Science and Knowledge Gathering

    I think I will always fail

    I try to rid myself of emotions




    I always get low grades on my exams and Ace+++ my review tests and Quizzes.

    My Psychologist told me that I only fail it because I'm too nervous and paranoid (she's 24 ._.) so she told me to relax and don't think to hard on myself.



    Something to say:

    As you can see I'm almost graduating and I still have problems with taking my examinations and I don't know why ._.

    I'm afraid to fail my exams for college cause I'm planning to go to CIT or MIT (California/Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and if I fail because of my emotions then it sucks.




    1. What's better between MIT/CIT when it comes to Chemical Engineering,Astrophysics,Nuclear Physics and Biological Engineering?


    2. Any tips on how not to freak out on exams?





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