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/pol/ here. Found a screencap from /x/ that describes chemical explosions. What do the 1.2E, 1.3E, etc. mean?

Another Millennium Problem solved?! http://arxiv.org/pdf/1305.6845.pdf

Hey /sci/ can you please explain to me why what is stated in this photo is scientifically impossible, Cheers.

Daily problems at: http://math.harvard.edu/putnam/ To find threads: >>>/sci/putnam An n-gon has all angles equal and the lengths of consecutive sides satisfy a_1\ge a_2\ge\ldots\ge a_n. Prove that all the sides are equal.

Okay guys, so as a child I happened to be extremely bright. I don't mean bright in the aspect of what I retained, but rather the way I processed it to understand it. Understanding new things for the first time made me truly happy. I was depressed for the last couple of years; literally right when I began to fail in school due to other reasons. I recently started trying again and I'm happier than ever with the result of my trying. Does anyone else only really feel happy when they're grasping abstract concepts, whatever they may be, and applying them to their every-day life? What is this happiness that I feel and why is that the only thing that makes me happy enough to continue living at my full potential?

Why haven't we created a sentient/conscious AI so far? What's preventing us? Anyone willing to share some insight?

I'm stuck at something retarded, it's a question about diffraction basically asking how many more decibel you get by using a cone type thing to direct audio at the audience rather than just having a speaker with sound going in all directions. In any case I boiled it down to the final equation where I could solve it for delta B, however.. I need the area for the intensity when using the cone thing. I thought of doing some approximation but apparently it's just [tex](\alpha R)^2 * \pi[/tex] I've got a major brain fart, what the fuck is that?

Does a degree obtained by distance education have less prestige? Like a Math one.

Is there a scientific consensus on what exactly the effects of global warming throughout 21st century will be if we do not take any drastic measures? I know a guy who keeps saying that damages incurred by warming will be much less than costs of actually cutting emissions, is this true?

How easily can one get a job in the field with Bachelor's in Chemistry and Physics? Is a Masters or PhD needed, or just recommended? I fucking love science, but I don't know much about the potential career options.

/v/ here Why do video game devs (or any story that uses giants) always make giant enemies slow? Is there a scientific reason to it or are they just being retarded? Shouldn't giants be faster since they can cross a longer distance in the same time?

Why is OH + OH + M --> H2O2 + M (M is present in excess) a bimolecular recombination reaction but H + H + M --> H2 + M (M in excess again) is a trimolecular recombination? I'm studying for my exam and I fail to see the difference? Why is the top reaction not trimolecular?

So, I just finished my first year at college, EE major, and I just took Digital and Analog. Next semester I have Physics, and Circuit Theory. I admit I need some work both of these courses so I'm here to learn. Does anyone have any good links that may help me in these areas just to give me any upper hand? Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks /sci/.

What are birds?

In high school I was often bored and thus I played around with my calculator a lot. I noticed some interesting occurrences, but I'm just now trying to figure out the nature behind them. For example, if you take the natural log of any number except 0 numerous times, the answer will eventually even out to the solution of " x = e^x ", or the "fixed point" of f(x)=e^x. This number is approx. 0.3181315 + 1.3372357i By this I mean, if you do ln(ln(ln(ln(ln(ln(ln(...ln(x) you will eventually get that number. My first question: Is there's a standard notation to write "take the natural log of a number x or infinite amount of times". Also, I am curious on how to solve for such equations that can't be solved algebraically or with any calculus I have learned so far. For example, the solution to x = cos(x) can't be solved algebraically as far as I can tell, so how would something like that be solved (The answer, which would be the "fixed point" of f(x)=cos(x) is about 0.739085)? Lastly, can the solutions I have mentioned be written in any non-decimal form? By this I mean, say you have this seemingly-random number "4.810477381...". At first it seems like it isn't related to anything, but it's actually sqrt(e^pi). Could it turn out that the solution to x = cos(x) is actually *exactly* the cos(of number probably involving pi or e)? Thanks for reading, pic shows approximations for the fixed point of cos(x), one of the examples I was talking about.

I just read an interesting scientific paper on what seems to be a practical design for a gravity-wave generator of useful efficiency. Admittedly, it was on the arXiv, so it's not the most credible source, so I'd like to ask you- can you look over this and tell me if it's legit? It's way outside my field of study. http://arxiv.org/ftp/physics/papers/0410/0410022.pdf Also, is it true that in some analyses, gravity waves colliding will create a static gravitational field? I realize that, pending an actual detection of gravitational waves, that this is largely a question of theory and speculation.

I really need help and I think this is the best place to ask. I'm an alcoholic, during all the university years and my last working years I have done nothing but drink, usually until blacking out. For obvious reasons I don't have many friends, that's why I need your help /sci/ I live in a 'third' world country so I could go to work drunk, with a hangover or drink there. For different reasons I decided to stop drinking, mainly because I want to study a master's degree. I have 6 weeks without drinking and I have noticed my short term memory is deteriorated, I tried doing some calculus and it took me a lot of time... so I want to know, what can I do to 'recover' my brain? someone told me that probably I just needed some nutrients and another that possibly doing some algebra could help. What can I do?

What's your favorite programming language, /sci/?

How come fridges ain't designed with a top-lid? For not letting the cold escape?

Is there a way to appraise the value of art using math? Do you guys know what im asking?