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Sugru, silicone-type rubbery stuff - tiny packets
Polymorph (polycaprolactone), comes as granules - larger packets. This is the stuff they don't want you to mould around body parts.
Even though you prepare polymorph using hot water (> 70C) you can handle it without scalding yourself; it doesn't conduct heat very well.
- Use brand spanking new Stanley blade to open thumb
- Look bemusedly at inside of thumb, notice lack of profuse bleeding and cleanliness of cut
- Grab superglue, close thumb, apply two drops across incision
- Apply bandage against ingress of dirt, continue working
If you use a separate motor to run the cutting bits, torque to propel the thing around your lawn becomes less of a concern Of course, you still have to deal with the rolling resistance, especially on a sloped lawn, but that's well within the capabilities of a pair of wheelchair motors. Traction of the drive wheels on (possibly wet) grass would be more of a problem.
"Under Stratolaunch, Scaled Composites will design an enormous successor to the White Knight and WhiteKnightTwo motherships. "
The much cheaper and quicker solution would be to phone up Antonov, order half a dozen 225's (I'm sure they still have the blueprints), get out the pop riveter and bolt them together pairwise. ElReg SPB, are you listening?
Yes, I already acknowledged that by stating "not everyone".
And pointing out the blatantly obvious fact that not everybody likes kids gets a downvote? Come on, this is The Reg, not some namby-pamby coddly parenting forum. Kids are like users, only 24 hoiurs a day, 365 days a year. It's to be bloody well expected that kids are not seen as an enrichment to one's life by everyone.
Well, according to http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/17/blighty_exoplanet/ the Gliese D environment is not unlike Middlesbrough, and consequently any life that will have evolved there will be too dumb to realise it can't have evolved, and therefore will have.
Whether they'll be dumb enough to realise you can't build an interstellar fleet without some rocket scientists around, we'll find out in a couple of decades.
Boffin: we think the earth's core is molten iron with something else, because measurements indicate it's lighter than pure molten iron would be. Could this be oxygen?
Lab experiments ensue.
Measurements indicate that oxygen is not the other ingredient.
Boffin: well, what's ligher than iron, and abundant enough that it could account for the weight difference? Hydrogen? Nah. Carbon? Errm. Silicon? Could be, let's test.
More lab experiments ensue.
Measurements indicate that silicon might well be the other ingredient.
So, in what way exactly was this the result of brainpower alone?
Mr Wiggin Good morning, gentlemen. This is a twelwe-storey block combining classical neo-Georgian features with the efficiency of modern techniques. The tenants arrive in the entrance hall here, and are carried along the corridor on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort and past murals depicting Mediterranean scenes, towards the rotating knives. The last twenty feet of the corridor are heavily soundproofed. The blood pours down these chutes and the mangled flesh slurps into these...
but you have to make sure the volume of the hose (and excluding those 10m that you want your remaining water column to be, ideally) is way larger than the volume of the test vessel.
Getting most of the air out using a fridge pump first, then this trick, would be most the effective way.
you're still left with quite a lot of air, which was inbetween the steam before it condensed
Better to let the steam condense in a cylinder with a piston, which pulls on another piston (with a smaller diameter) which pulls air out of the test vessel via a one-way valve. Repeatedly introducing fresh steam into the first cylinder, then condensing it will gradually lower the air pressure in the test vessel, simultaneously enlightening you as to why James Watt is credited as the inventor of the modern (reciprocating) steam engine, instead of Thomas Newcomen.
A bit of searching around the web suggests they're capable of sucking about 25 inches. That's not even in the same ballpark as the air pressure at 80k feet, but I doubt that lack of air pressure would affect the firing; temperature would be the prime concern. And once the motor fires it's a self-sustaining reaction, it doesn't need outside air (that'd be quite a problem with pressures inside the motor casing being a tad unfavorable in letting air _in_). So there's probably no need to create near-absolute vacuum, and a fridge compressor would be good enough.
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