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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, December 26th, 2008 02:43 pm
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Part of why I love the job I perform is because I learn new things all the time, depending on the technology involved in a client's invention. And I also love learning really simple, fundamental, elegant laws about How Nature Works.

For example, today I learned that two clean, flat surfaces of similar metal will strongly adhere if brought into contact under vacuum. Despite its simplicity, this phenomenon wasn't really recognized until about 60 years ago. This is the basis of the practice of cold welding.

This means, of course, that I can build my robot army faster in space.

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allah_sulu
allah_sulu
The Vodka God
Friday, December 26th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)

For example, today I learned that two clean, flat surfaces of similar metal will strongly adhere if brought into contact under vacuum.

That's why teflon coating was invented.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, December 26th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)

Well, I can see its applicability in that context, but teflon was invented by accident.


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remix79
remix79
remix
Saturday, December 27th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)

Sweeeet! Interesting indeed.


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evilnel
evilnel
Evilnel
Saturday, December 27th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)

*files this information away for use in sci-fi novels/world domination plots*


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jandriel
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Saturday, December 27th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)

That was a very well-delivered and presented punchline!


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