dan pink on the surprising science of motivation

I could not agree more and just realized that is why Stephen Dukes was such a good manager.

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flames from seawater

I saw this video a while back and it still peaks my interest. I wonder what, if anything, they have done since then…

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and god said…

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meeting of the minds

brain

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cold fusion in the news again.. and “experimentally confirmed”

Here we have cold fusion in the news yet again. It was first in the news in 1989 and people have been skeptical ever since. A few years ago another similar claim was put forth, except this time using magnets, by Steorn. We still have yet to see Steorn create any tools that create power. Supposedly in this new article scientists have recreated the cold fusion experiment and were able to create an accurate sensor. I’m of the opinion though until Steorn or these scientists developing cold fusion can produce a “theoretical rationale”, then it’s likely baloney. This excerpt is from another article on the same thing: “The problem with Mosier-Boss’ work, he said, is that it fails to provide a theoretical rationale to explain how fusion could occur at room temperatures. And in its analysis, the research paper fails to exclude other sources for the production of neutrons.” Read on…

The theoretical underpinnings of cold fusion have yet to be adequately explained. The hypothesis is that when electrolysis is performed on deuteron, molecules are fused into helium, releasing a high-energy neutron. While excess heat has been detected by researchers, no group had yet been able to detect the missing neutrons.

Now, the Naval researchers claim that the problem was instrumentation, which was not up to the task of detecting such small numbers of neutrons. To sense such small quantities, Mosier-Boss used a special plastic detector called CR-39. Using co-deposition with nickel and gold wire electrodes, which were inserted into a mixture of palladium chloride and deutrium, the detector was able to capture and track the high-energy neutrons.

The plastic detector captured a pattern of tiny clusters of adjacent pits, called triple tracks, which the researchers claim is evidence of the telltale neutrons.

via EETimes.com – Cold fusion experimentally confirmed.

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new particle y(4140) surprises physicists

This article is great news for scientists.. it basically means that we’re still having luck deconstructing matter. While this is good news and I’m a big fan of physics, I have no idea what all of these different particles are or how they interact with each other. I feel I’m just a few steps behind these scientists since they don’t know for sure either. Be that as it may, this article serves as a great way to transition into a book I’ve been reading thanks to Jeremy. I have been preparing a summary with my comments in blog form and hope to get it out before the week’s end. If not, never fear, it will be next week. It can change your perspective.

Scientists of the CDF experiment at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced yesterday that they have found evidence of an unexpected particle whose curious characteristics may reveal new ways that quarks can combine to form matter. The CDF physicists have called the particle Y(4140), reflecting its measured mass of 4140 Mega-electron volts. Physicists did not predict its existence because Y(4140) appears to flout nature’s known rules for fitting quarks and antiquarks together.

via Particle oddball surprises physicists.

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