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My personal "favorite" one is in the following example: Me: "Most people are right-handed." Other guy: "But I know a guy who is left-handed." Then everybody thinks the other guy is on to something and, instead of bringing the discussion and arguments forward, everybody just brings up examples of people who are left or right-handed. The original idea that I wanted to communicate (e.g. why there are not so many computer mouses for left-handed people or something) is no longer interesting to anybody and I get ignored for the remainder of the discussion. I don't think of myself as the smartest guy in the room, but I always had an affinity to logic and discussing with some of my friends is very frustrating at times.
I must say that I am disappointed by that video, particularly by the misprepresentation of the Pauli Exclusion Principle. The Pauli Principle only holds for indistinguishable particles that are brought so close together that their matter-waves (technically, deBroglie wavelengths) overlap, such that calling one electron A and the other electron B is arbitrary. Because if I switch the positions of the two electrons, so that A goes to B's position and conversely, there should be no change in any measurement, so the wavefunction either stays the same (for spin zero or spin one particles) or at most changes sign (for spin 1/2 particles such as electrons). BUT this is only relevant if the two electrons are so close that, due to wavefunction overlap,calling one "the electron on right" and "the electron on the left" is meaningless.
Let's get one thing straight up front: the term "cinematic" does not in this instance mean it's time to order up some popcorn. There's no color, no dramatic score, no super slow-mo to announce the climax. This is gritty black-and-white footage of a woman giving birth. The scientists were able to convince this woman to deliver her baby inside this open MRI scanner, which they designed specifically for this study. (Credit: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
There are a couple of important pieces of information missing from this brief and albeit incomplete presentation. First, on what is he basing this perception of scientific innovation? Government funding? It would seem, at least from the remainder of your article, that the assumption is that government funding is not simply the primary force pushing scientific innovation but the only force. This simply is not true.
Nacreous clouds are very high, 9-16 miles (15 – 25 km) in the stratosphere. They catch sunlight long before ground level sunrise and after sunset to glow eerily with unbelievably bright electric colours. They twist, stretch and curl majestically as lower dark tropospheric clouds hurry beneath.
Caitlin Stier, video intern Don't believe your eyes as you watch this video: although the rectangles moving in sync suddenly seem to shuffle, their motion hasn't actually changed.
Astronomy & Space Travel
My picks for the most astounding animal videos of 2011 take us on a journey around the globe.
Diamond dust, crystals afloat nearby, touchable, glinting, sparkling, swirling, pricking the skin, making halos. “ The [top] photo was taken during a hike at an altitude of 1400 meters. The temperature was -8 degrees C with wind gusts up to 40 km/h.
Caitlin Stier, video intern At number six, see how a hand-hacking contraption can zap your fingers into the correct position to play an instrument.
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"Yesterday [Saturday Nov 12] I observed a great display with 14 halos!
Iridescence is best close to the sun.
The Milky Way spans the sky accompanied by the dwarf galaxies of the Magellanic Clouds. Suffusing all is a much closer light, ‘airlight’ from our own upper atmosphere.
Lyudmila Sachalina captured this luminous and tall sun pillar over the Southern Urals, Russia on 11th November '11. ©Lyudmila Sachalina, shown with permission The Urals, the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia are one of the planet's oldest mountain ranges formed some 250-300 million years ago and are rich in minerals.