Is the MRI computational model thingy real? cos that sounds awesome!
Yes, it is. The process is in the very, very beginning stages, with only blurry, barely discernable (sp?) shapes able to be gleaned from a person’s mind, but it is a beginning.
And I agree with Mr. Huber that it is mind-blowing.
And dont forget the potential black hole in Switserland.
I didn’t have an Atari as a kid. I wish I had known about raisins in ginger ale.
We did have an Atari and I never heard of this raisins thing. Was this really something people did? I need to go buy ginger ale, I think.
Bug’s brain is much larger than I anticipated.
Two more items for my shopping list: raisins and ginger ale.
Does anyone even know what happens when you put raisins in gingerale?
It seemed like science was way cool when I was a kid, then it got dull for a while, and now it’s cool all over again. Yay science! Oh, and Adam: this gave me the biggest smile of all the strips I read today, thank you.
I must admit this is the FIRST time I’ve actually seen a visual representation of a mind being blown. Well done, sir. Well done indeed!
This comic is up there with the “guys who give up too easily when moving” comic strip you did. One of the best I’ve read from Bug
Wow. That’s an old one. I remember that was in my “what the hell kind of strip should this be?” phase.
Nice Huey Lewis & The News ref in the title of today’s comic. I also love the Atari ref. What a bunch of nerds we were when we came home screaming about being able to play “Pong” ON OUR OWN TV!!! Had no idea how it was gonna turn out. Whoooo, those were the days.
For me, it was the game “Adventure.”
“Holy smokes! You mean there’s an ENDING to this game?! Wow!”
I’ve never heard of putting raisins in ginger ale. I’ll definitely have to try this now.
Loved every panel. Nice work Adam!
Pants officially crapped!
Maybe its because I grew up in the 90s, but science was the shit when I was a kid but we had bill nye to teach us.
In the eighties, we had Mr. Wizard. He was like the nice grandfather who you’d humor by smiling at him when he explained something he thought was quite exciting, like photosynthesis or the rings of Saturn.
I was “How it be in 83″ and even if I had known about Carl Sagan and Cosmo’s I’d have said “screw that, what’s up with David the Gnome?”(paraphrasing). Now I youtube Neil DeGrasse Tyson while listnening to Science Friday on NPR
In *my* pre-Atari days, I won a science fair by growing bean plants on a centrifuge. I had initially wanted to do them in a less than 1g environment but realized the “freefall” part would be negated by the return to drop point.
Instead I opted to put the plant on an arm connected to a record turntable with a funnel and tube at the center for watering. I calculated the rpm to be approxiamately the gravity of Jupiter if I recall correctly.
I would have won the grand prize, but I nobody told me about the judges interview and they could not confirm I thunk it up by my lonesome, so I was at flag football practice instead. Instead, a kid who sealed a habitrail and put it underwater in an aquarium with mice won the big prize. Where’s the scientific value in that?!
And that’s why I am not running JPL today.
The Meissner effect was discovered in 1933. For some reason, rebranding it “Quantum Levitation” seems to have made it more futuristic, but it’s really nothing new.
The new part is mostly flux pinning, which makes the levitating platform *much* more stable. Google it, it’s amazing.
I don’t know, I found a book in the library from the 50s which showed you how to make your own solid fuel rockets. Metal pipes filled with powdered aluminum and some other stuff. To a kid used to Estes rockets, these looked like serious items.
Other books of that vintage show you how to make carbon arc ovens and such. I was dubious of things in that same book describing salt water baths for regulating current by moving the wires to the appropriate distance. Looked like a recipe for death by electrocution to me.
I have a Boy’s Popular Mechanics from 1913. On the cover is the biwing hang glider whose plans on inside along with plans for making your own arsenic pesticides, smelting lead for various reasons, blow torches, chemically developing photos etc. Every single page basically a safety nightmare by today’s standards.
How did we get to be such wusses.
Forget the ginger ale, use champagne instead. Also try strawberries.
Eventually got an Atari but started out with a pong console.
Yep–champagne. And strawberries. And chocolate. And a babe. In a hot tub. That’s the best mix of all. Things will rise up.
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