DailyDirt: Materials Behaving Weirdly

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

Materials used to be so important that several stages of history are marked by them: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, etc... Nowadays history seems a bit less intrigued by the materials we have access to. There's no Superconducting Cuprates Age, for instance. But there are still some really interesting discoveries that could not have been made without various material properties at our disposal. Here are just a few examples. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Your Buddy, Apr 8th, 2011 @ 5:14pm

    "Too bad for John Connor, and good news for the machines."

    Isn't it the opposite? The machines couldn't kill John Connor in their present, so they sent a terminator into the past to kill his young self.

     

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    Your Buddy, Apr 8th, 2011 @ 5:14pm

    "Too bad for John Connor, and good news for the machines."

    Isn't it the opposite? The machines couldn't kill John Connor in their present, so they sent a terminator into the past to kill his young self.

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Apr 8th, 2011 @ 5:32pm

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    But... if time travel wasn't possible, then John Connor would never have been born, right?

     

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    6, Apr 11th, 2011 @ 9:08am

    yeah the whole point of the terminator films was that the machines did themselves in with human's help thanks to a time loop where the machines wanted to kill john because he was born because they went back in time. When you really think about it it makes 0 sense.

    Unless of course there are additional timelines in which a different human leader was born and was saving humanity from the machines and they went back to kill him which accidentally created the john conner time loop where john turned out to be the leader.

    It all boils down to the "multiverse" theory" being a big ol' crock. Time is merely our perception of the movement of objects etc. it is as impossible to go back in time as it is to move every single atom and particle in the entire universe back into those positions. The "space-time" continuum and all this nonsense would be sheer nonsense to the physicists that came up with the basic framework.

    See the wiki on "time" for more information about how time travel was smacked down decades or centuries ago but sci fi writers never got the memo.

     

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