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449 days ago

Funny how both Keynes and Adam Smith were born on the same day (albeit 160 years apart). These two Brits (Smith was actually from Scotland) were the two biggest influences on capitalist economies during the past 200 years. Happy Birthday, Maynard.

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769 days ago

There's nothing quite like a cool Friday night, a beer in one hand, a beautiful woman in the other, listening to some kick-ass music with some Seaborgium.

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769 days ago

Isn't Oxygen the one which rusted my boat? Yeah, that one sucks.

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769 days ago

One of the main components of the body, plus I hear they 'can' this stuff on Druidia. Air.....air

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769 days ago

Xenon is another of the inert gases and is a noble gas. It breaks the mold somewhat about not forming compounds as three fluorides of xenon are known. Fluorine and xenon will form a compound in the presence ultraviolet light. There are also three known oxides and some others.

It is used in flash lamps, arc lights and has some other uses.

It is extremely rare.

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769 days ago

Neon is a very useful element but is rare on earth. It is abundant in the universe but because it is lighter than air escaped into space when the world was new similar to helium today. Under natural conditions, neon will not form a compound with other elements since it is an inert element.

Each atom has protons and electrons. Most also have neutrons, but that is irrelevant to this note.

Nature has a tendency to form complete rings of electrons around atoms and this is the reason for a compound.

The first complete ring for an atom has two electrons. The next complete ring has eight electrons and so on although the number goes up as the atom gets larger.

Hydrogen has one electron and one proton, and it readily forms compounds with other elements to fill in the first ring and make two electrons. Helium, with two electrons, and two protons is an inert element and in nature does not form a compound.

Fluorine with nine electrons and nine protons is an extremely active element and forms compounds with many other elements to form the second eighth complete ring.

Neon has ten protons and ten electrons in the two rings of electrons that I mention, 2 in the first and 8 in the second. It forms no compounds in nature.

The next element is sodium with eleven protons and electrons which is extremely active.

The next inert element is Argon, used in light bulbs, with eighteen protons and eighteen electrons. The electrons are arranged 2, 8, 8, and the element has a complete quota of electrons and does not form compounds in nature.

Two or more elements compound together to give each other complete rings of electrons.

Krypton, the next inert element breaks the mold a little as its shell is 2,8,18,8, but as you can see the other ring has eight electrons.

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854 days ago

Yesterday (or today, depending on what time zone you're in) was the birthday of the universe according to German astronomer and mathemetican, Johannes Kepler. April 27, 4977 BC was when the universe was created. I imagine that there is a certain sect of Christians who quite like his idea. Many astronomers and scientists now subscribe to the Big Bang theory, putting his math off by about 13 billion years or so. But who's counting? Math is for nerds with calculators and pocket protectors, not your average Joe Sixpack.
Despite Keplers faulty math in the creation of the universe and all that is in it, he was actually a brilliant scientist who came up with the idea of the planetary eliptical orbit, influenced Newton and came up with the law that uses math to plot the distance from a planet to the sun. He also improved upon the telescope.



Today I taught a dog right from left in a heel and thought I was hot shit.
This is why you should never compare yourself to brilliant people, you just appear dull by comparison.
Anyway, happy birthday universe!

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855 days ago

This is an extremely important element, without which we cannot grow enough food to feed our current population. Unfortunately, we are running out, and it is predicted we will hit Peak Phosphorus in about 25 years:
http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/sbwire-88934.htm

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919 days ago

Not unbelievable. My husband has worked for several pharmaceutical companies. What appalls me is how disorganized the process often is, how pricing is determined for meds, and how many drugs never make it far enough to hit the market (for better or worse).

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922 days ago

Do you wonder if it's 1. the vegetarians, or 2. the meat-eaters... who tend to (not intentionally) eat more bugs?

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