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    Silica based aerogels (the most common type) are brittle and hard to work with. Applications are limited even when cost is not an issue. Insulation for space craft comes to mind due to the advantages of maximum insulation relative to space used and being ultra light and having a tolerance for very high temperatures.

    However, it's pretty neat that they exist and have the properties that they do, even if they can't be used for many practical applications.

    I'm not sure about the newer graphene type which I'm not familiar with. If it has some flexibility, that could really be something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rare White Ape View Post
    1) what has science got to do with religion, or as a counterpoint to religion?
    Some people worship science and therefore could be a form a religion! People do need to realize that science should just be a tool... further not all religions, even Christianity, are against science. Modern science was started by a lot of Christians. So yeah, science and religious faith shouldn't have to be mutually exclusive.

    2) why did I just know that this gravitational waves thing was going to be the first thing posted in this thread?
    Because that's like the latest and greatest thing going? Any ape could think of it!

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    Way to massively miss the point of both questions.

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    It's BECAUSE It's based on science that they're not getting a look in!

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    That's just in the part of the universe that's 6000 years old. In other parts, where time is different, they get YEARS of airtime.

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    Not NEW science, but a fun article:

    http://www.damninteresting.com/absolute-zero-is-0k/


    At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, newfangled steam machines began to chuff heat into work, and science into profits. Cracking the true nature of heat would lead to more efficient power plants, so the utmost intellectual and financial assets converged upon the problem. When centuries of “common sense” were finally set aside in favor of the scientific method, theorists and experimenters gradually ascertained that all molecules in nature are restless, agitated things that randomly wiggle and wobble, bumping into neighbors like billiard balls on an overcrowded table. The net effect of these molecular motions is what we observe as heat, and temperature is directly proportional to the speed of these movements. From this, Lord Kelvin inferred that if one were to reduce the heat in a substance sufficiently, one would reach a temperature where the molecules become entirely still--a minimum possible temperature. His calculations correctly indicated -273.15C as this physical boundary.

    This landmark discovery invited even more inquiry than it had quieted. Might it be possible to actually reach absolute zero? What would happen to molecules forced into such stillness? Would they disintegrate? Would they convert to a yet-to-be-observed phase of matter? Who goes there? What is the meaning of this?

    This is a really great site by the way, I once binge-read it over the course of 3-4 slow days at work. Their updates can be agonizingly slow, unfortunately, but the writing is fantastic.

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    Big Bang and Dark Matter are bad names only because they are not known as names.

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    Who would let the bit at the time be a boss and how much it could save say per shopping trip if only cash is allowed and below average amount is available?

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    Oh goody, a spam bot.

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