DailyDirt: Science That's Almost Indistinguishable From Magic

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Technology must really be getting better because Arthur C. Clarke's quote that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" seems to apply to more and more discoveries. Here are just a few examples of some pretty cool science that is real -- but not so easily explained. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2011 @ 5:07pm

    Transparisteel

    I know the formula for it, but if a give it you now I would be altering the future. And that would be against the Temporal Prime Directive

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2011 @ 5:22pm

      Re: Transparisteel

      That is ok, we want transparent aluminum anwyway

       

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        Michael Ho (profile), Oct 18th, 2011 @ 5:36pm

        Re: Re: Transparisteel

        Hmm. I wonder how many metals can be made into nearly transparent thin foils..? Gold films 0.00013 mm thick are see-thru, so maybe there's a metallic glass film that could be made?

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2011 @ 6:35pm

    Quasicrystals

    There's a nice Math Mutations podcast about these that explain how a substance can have a pattern that repeats in more than 3 dimensions that appears to not repeat in 3 dimensions.

    http://www.erikseligman.com/mm/mm133.mp3

    Transcript:
    http://www.aracnet.com/~esel igma/mm/mm133.txt

     

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    fogbugzd, Oct 18th, 2011 @ 8:31pm

    As the article on quasicrystals notes, implementing practical applications is being hindered by a restrictive patent. I thought patents were supposed to "promote the progress."

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 18th, 2011 @ 11:08pm

    All Those Who Think There Is Such A Thing As Non-Magical Technology ...

    ... give us an explanation of how a light-bulb works.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 19th, 2011 @ 12:15am

      Re: All Those Who Think There Is Such A Thing As Non-Magical Technology ...

      There's a little wire-type thingy inside the bulb, and when electricity goes through it, it gets so hot that it glows.
      That's for old-style lightbulbs anyway. I think the new ones work the same way, except with some kind of gas instead of a wire.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 19th, 2011 @ 6:18am

        Re: Re: All Those Who Think There Is Such A Thing As Non-Magical Technology ...

        I always thought that the switch on the wall opened up the chute for the little glow bugs to enter the bulb and do their thing.

        Color me amazed!

         

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Oct 19th, 2011 @ 6:20am

    LOL

    You have to love the article on quasicrystals....

    "However, their low tolerance and a restrictive French patent has limited their practical applications," Thiel said.

     

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    Tim K (profile), Oct 19th, 2011 @ 6:26am

    Even better demonstration of Quantum Levitation

    Saw this on Gizmodo yesterday. This video is a WAY cooler demonstration of Quantum Levitation.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ws6AAhTw7RA

     

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    lrobbo (profile), Jun 12th, 2012 @ 11:41am

    And a flux capacitor.

     

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    Freemee (profile), Aug 13th, 2012 @ 5:28am

    I think that we are barely scratching the surface of what nature has to offer. We can do things know that only a few years ago were deemed impossible, and if things carry on who knows what we will be able to do in 10, 20 years to come? We will probably use these new discoveries to the good like develope a Brand New kind of dirty bomb!! Or find new ways to keep in touch with people that we dont want to keep in touch with :)

     

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