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Old 10-19-2010, 10:03 AM   #46
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Guys, please return to the topic discussion of "whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun" or other episodes of the mythbuster programs.

US politics is not the topic of this thread nor should it be.

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It seems to me that President Obama, by appearing on Mythbusters, is making a statement about the importance of scientific method.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:07 AM   #47
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It seems to me that President Obama, by appearing on Mythbusters, is making a statement about the importance of scientific method.
I think that is what we should come away with. a brief glance at the article states that as winners of sports competitions are rewarded with visits to the White House, winners of science competitions should receive equal rewards
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:11 AM   #48
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Guys, please return to the topic discussion of "whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun" or other episodes of the mythbuster programs.

US politics is not the topic of this thread nor should it be.

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I'll buy that. But I don't get why they're approaching a myth that they've already proven (false). Can't they think of another unproven myth to tackle? (I'd like to suggest one, but my mind is going blank at the moment. Pity, I'd thought of a good one just last week...)
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:27 AM   #49
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Guys, please return to the topic discussion of "whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun" or other episodes of the mythbuster programs.

US politics is not the topic of this thread nor should it be.

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I thought the topic was more about Obama wanting to get involved with this topic than if whether the topic was plausible or not, which makes the topic more political in nature than scientific. Besides, this is the lounge.
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I'll buy that. But I don't get why they're approaching a myth that they've already proven (false). Can't they think of another unproven myth to tackle? (I'd like to suggest one, but my mind is going blank at the moment. Pity, I'd thought of a good one just last week...)
There's always Archimedes' Claw - I don't believe either that, or his heat ray, would have been effective.

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There are a couple of myths concerning electricity based weapons connected to Tesla I'ed like to see.
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There are a couple of myths concerning electricity based weapons connected to Tesla I'ed like to see.
Like Tom Swift's Electric Rifle?
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:57 PM   #53
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... she said shockingly.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:19 PM   #54
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I'm just glad this is bringing a higher level of awareness to the Scientific Method and to Myth Busting! Something we need much more of.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:29 PM   #55
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I thought so too, but I read somewhere that some people think that "Mythbusters" is dragging Science down with their "Let's blow it up!" schtick.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:09 PM   #56
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They could do a special on Archimedes and the gold crown (if they haven't already, I've never watched it.) I read a paper several years back (maybe in Scientific American?) that said that the difference in density for a gold-filled or gold-alloy crown vs. a pure gold crown would not have been measurable by water displacement using tools available at the time.
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Maybe is the cynic in me, but I'll bet they picked the most popular theme they had on record and re-did it just for the prez. After all, they’ve already done two shows on it, it’s gotta be a winner.
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Why didn't I think of that? Sheesh!
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What?! I thought they did this experiment a long time ago with only minor success.

(EDIT: Damn, I see when I read the article they do answer that - curse the whole "read the article" requirements in life )
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