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Bagne
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:14 am    Post subject: Unbridled Enthusiasm For Science Reply with quote

Do you have a bridled enthusiasm for science?
Well, take your bridles, and BURN THEM!

OkPostGoOkGo!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There'll be no need for bridle burning here!

This is an experiment in scientific methodology: Science! Machine learning! Blogging! Yay!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think word-to-word is a dead-end approach to machine translation of natural language. There is way too much information encoded in context for a word-to-word (and therefore context insensitive) translator to do any better than babelfish or google translate.

That being said, machine learning is awesome.

As is SCIENCE!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that individual word-to-word translation is at all the point of those challenges. It's just a convenient way to reduce the size of the problem (and the task of scoring the competitors). The challenge is: examine a sentence and using that context determine what this word in it means, then spit out a translation as proof of comprehension.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! That's what I get for only reading the first blog post ;)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

high-fives to anyone who explains exactly how scientists can turn tequila into diamonds!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll hazard a guess:

Use SCIENCE!
Distill the alcohol out of the tequila, and then put the alcohol under extremely high temperatures and pressures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_diamond#High_pressure.2C_high_temperature

This process uses oil - so really all we need to do is convert ethanol into a long hydrocarbon of some sort.
That shouldn't be too hard ...
I'm gonna guess that if you cyclically heat ethanol under high pressure and then let the system cool, the (C2H5OH) will start splitting into oil and H20, and the H20 could be distilled or density-separated from the system during the cooling component of the cycle.
If such a process exists, I don't know what it's called.

Maybe there's an easier way where you can use some bacterial enzyme to speed the process up.

SCIENCE!

Edit:
Is there a chemist out there who can tell me whether or not I'm full of it?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of diamonds, I was interested to read recently that there is a liquid state of diamond. This is distinct from other forms of liquid carbon, and can only happen under very high pressure. http://www.physorg.com/news183044315.html
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's something called a Non-Newtonian Fluid: a material that acts like a liquid until force is applied, then it behaves as a solid. You can make one form of it by mixing cornstarch and water. Here's my favorite video of it (you may want o skip the first half of nothing but talking):

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch#!videos=1PPV-l_EJmE&v=1llkE4SV1zY[/url]

We're actually about to do this on my college campus for a traditional event called Springfest we hold every year. Needless to say, I'm excited Big grin
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay!

Don't forget Non-Newtonian Fluid on a Speaker
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMYGOSH
That is the coolest thing I've seen in forever!

It crawls and jumps!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ferrofluids!



Oh dude! Check out the machine they make at the end of this video!!!


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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Math counts as science.

Turning spheres inside out - that's fun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVVfs4zKrgk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7d13SgqUXg

Where did my bridle go? Where did it go?
Oh! I burned it. Oops. Sorry bridle.
You're burned.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is such a cool concept that I decided to make it a huge part of the "Syzygy" universe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZlE4AH3enU
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