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Meet a Device That Tells You What's in Your Food

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Consumer Physics is trying to Kickstart a new high-tech device that will scan your food, plants, and medicine and tell you about every chemical in them! Tara explains how it works, and how you can get one.…Continue

Why Is the Web Fascinated With Hamsters Eating Burritos?

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What is your alignment?

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This is an idea I got from Dungeons and Dragons. But I was wondering what alignment you are.Here is an online alignment test.http://www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?obj_id=3215…Continue

Walking Dead Survival Test -- personality quiz

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This is a fun test to take to determine what type of survival personality you have. Really fun for fans of the show and comic book! My results were Alpha "Male" -- see what results you get.…Continue

Geek Answers: What is stealth technology and how does it work?

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Stealth technology takes a lot of forms. The word can refer to all kinds of…Continue

Make Up to foil face recognition

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Comment by James Yount on May 10, 2013 at 11:43am

Joseph P, it kind of depends on the size of the star that he was trying to collapse doesn't it?  Our sun for instance, is much smaller than many other stars in the universe.  An extreme example would be VY Canis Majoris.  Between 5.8 and 9.2 billion of our suns could fit inside of it.  Also consider the fact that we could fit 1,300,000 earths into our sun.  So doing a little math, we could fit between 7.54*10^15 and 1.196*10^16 earths into VY Canis Majoris.  Now we can assume that the Romulan star is probably not as big as VY Canis Majoris but this should give us a little perspective on size.  Do we know if the Vulcan home-world is even as big as earth?  This is all assuming that the effectiveness of the red matter only depends on the mass of the object that it has to collapse.  What about gravity and heat, couldn't those play a factor too?

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 9, 2013 at 8:56pm

                                 Europa Report.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 9, 2013 at 8:53pm

                     Gravity. Coming October 2013.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 8:52pm

One drop is enough to suck a planet into a black hole, though.  A 5' sphere of the stuff is all kinds of overkill.

Comment by James Yount on May 8, 2013 at 8:48pm

I haven't seen the second one, but I loved the first one.  I was always a TNG fan though.  I watched Voyager and Deep Space 9 but I didn't think either of those were that great.

Comment by James Yount on May 8, 2013 at 8:45pm

He was trying to implode a star before it went supernova and engulfed the Romulan home world. 

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 8:42pm

There's a big difference between blowing up a planet and imploding it into a black hole.  Yeah, totally different plot device ...

What I want to know is who thought it was a good idea to have a ship with a freaking 5' diameter sphere full of liquid that can cause the destruction of a sun or a planet, with just one drop.

Did they ever explain what Spock was doing with enough "red matter" to extinguish a galaxy, carted around on a dinky personal ship?  I forget.

Anyway, I know what you mean.  The first four iterations of Star Trek were a series of morality plays, even if Voyager sucked at it.  Enterprise, and this new reboot series of movies are space opera.  Totally different format.

Comment by Mriana on May 8, 2013 at 7:10pm

Maybe it's me, but the last one seemed too much like Star Wars to me and while a couple of trailers of the new movie coming out seems like it might be good, there are a couple that have the feel of Star Wars to me.  I never was a Star Wars fan.  The problem with the last one is they blew up Vulcan and in Star Wars, they blew up a planet too. I guess I will always be a TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY fan.  I didn't see ENT as Star Trek either.  At times, it had a modern feel to it and other times it seemed close to now, with a few Vulcans and other aliens thrown in just so they could call it Star Trek.  I must say though, I did like the Southern Boy and Vulcan touch, but was very angry about the racism concerning them being together and all.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 5:04pm

How does Nimoy get himself out of check and checkmate Quinto at the same time?

Technically, he could have moved a piece to block the check, allowing a piece that had previously been blocked by the piece he moved to put the other king into check and mate.  In reality, that's very unlikely in normal chess, in a game between skilled players, although I don't know the rules of Vulcan chess.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:55pm

Yeah, I really enjoy games like the Grand Theft Auto series.  There are lots of gay jokes, but they're usually not really anti-gay jokes, mostly just mocking our culture's recent fascination with gay people.  Florian Kravic is ... very flaming, but he's a fun character, and Nico Bellic (the protagonist) is surprised at the changes, including the homosexuality, but he takes it all in stride and is non-judgemental.

Plus, the storyline of the second expansion, The Ballad of Gay Tony, revolves around this gay club owner and his right-hand man, Luis.  Yeah, Gay Tony is a messed up coke-head, but most of the main characters in the series are more than a little messed up.

There are several characters who do all sorts of gay-bashing ... generally the people who you're supposed to hate, particularly the guy who you end up killing in the last mission.  Luis (the person you play as) takes a lot of shit from his friends about working for a gay guy, but they're a bunch of uneducated, drug-dealing reprobates from the hood who you're not supposed to want to emulate.

The writers of the series do a decent job of walking a line, I think.  If you stay fully PC, you can't do very interesting stuff.

 

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