Originally Posted by codejunki
I think scientists over think these types of things, who cares how the universe works, or how the universe was created. Lets put all this brain power towards promoting how everyday uses for humans work. This world is was created and is ran by civilians, not the rich "commanders" who lead the countries. They are nothing, we are everything
Im not going to say anything specific, but I also happen to beleive some things were not made to be discovered by humans. Just something to think about.
*Rise up my fellow bretherins!!*
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious"
Be curious of the world around you. It makes life much more interesting. This is the root of Einstein's genius - he was curious as a child is with the knowledge of an adult. Things such as gravitation, light, and mundane phenomena to the normal physicist in the 1920's invoked a curiosity in him to question "what happens if...".
Originally Posted by coddoc
So how "round" is the earth, how did it get that way and why? From its lowest point, The Dead Sea to its highest Mount Everest, the earth doesn't appear to be round to your average human. Nothwithstanding this apparently large difference, relatively speaking the earth is much rounder than, for example a 2.25" pool ball. This comparison demonstrates the inherent difficulties in creating the perfect sphere. One company in Belgium has been making pool balls for over a hundred years and is still far from perfecting a perfect sphere. This "scientic" article provides some ironic humour for me. Firstly, the comparator is not a ping pong ball but more accurately a table tennis ball. Secondly, the size of table tennis balls increased in the year 2000 from 38 mm to 40 mm. Neither of these measurements is 1.5" as the scientificly based article proclaims. I'm more interested in negative gravity and its ongoing role in interstellar travel.
The Earth is not perfectly round, by a long-shot. It bulges near the equator because of it's speed of rotation. The sphere that they created was not the interesting science in the article - it was the confirmation of one of the aspects of how a large rotating mass warps space-time. In any case, the sphere they did create is the most perfect sphere yet, differing in diameter by only 40 odd atoms. Pool balls are not nearly manufactured to that amount of precision, since it would cost too much and the poll game itself would alter the shape of the balls.Edited by ArchLinuxFTW - 5/7/11 at 9:53am