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Old Jun 7th, 2011, 04:43 AM       
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Not personally, but I'm pretty familar with his work, and I've worked with people who have worked with him.
One of my college friends had him for a thesis advisor. Small world.

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I trap single ions, our "temperature" is excitations of vibrational quanta in the trap.
I used to investigate vibrational quanta in ultracold molecules and molecular clusters in the gas phase, back when supersonic jets were all in vogue. Atomic spectroscopy was a tool for calibration for us, nothing more. Now the pendulum seems to be swinging back.

I had a look at the website - there's some neat stuff going on at NIST.
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 03:56 PM       
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 12:20 AM       
I bet there is some person out there that can balance it on an edge so that it can't right itself.
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 12:32 AM       
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Why they cost so much? $1000?

The only use I see for these things is 'child's toy'.
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 01:12 AM       
Because apparently it doesn't work if any of its dimensions are off by MICRONS, and that kind of precision costs ungodly amounts of money to manufacture
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 01:19 AM       
I bet we see knock-off versions pop up soon enough. Microns my arse.
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 01:43 AM       
what kind of application could that sort of thing even have?
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 01:48 AM       
Self righting robot tank.
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 01:56 AM       
couldn't they just use a gyroscope :/
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 02:35 AM       
A gyroscope shaped tank?
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 03:02 AM       
It's for safety pencils! DUH!!
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 02:40 PM       
Don't forget that in order for it to work, the surface has to be level.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 05:46 AM       
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Self righting robot tank.
This isn't too far from the truth, methinks.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 11:32 AM       
Yeah, if the tank only fights on a level surface. Gyroscope is already perfect for that, this thing is just a math puzzle and I'm positive that someone can balance it on an edge thus making it useless.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 12:45 PM       
Someone is going to have to draw a picture of a gyroscope tank, because I don't see it.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 01:05 PM       
the gyroscope is inside the tank

looks like this
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 03:10 PM       
That's not self righting though. Push that fucker over and it's going to have to pick itself up again.
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 05:47 PM       
but because of the gyroscope it already knows which direction "up" is and can actually right itself
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 10:18 PM       
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 11:57 PM       
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but because of the gyroscope it already knows which direction "up" is and can actually right itself
That's not as amazing as I imagined.
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Old Jun 18th, 2011, 10:51 PM       
Im pretty sure that thing has some rocket propulsion in its ass or something.
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Old Jul 27th, 2011, 11:54 PM       
Wouldn't it be funny if we found out that Helium is needed to cure diseases, cause I guess we are running out of it and it can't be renewed.
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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 12:10 AM       
Really? I confess to being quite ignorant when it comes to helium. Surely they could manufacture more, though.
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Old Jul 28th, 2011, 12:29 AM       
From what I understand, it's kind of like oil. You would have to wait a very long time for the right materials to break down to create it.
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