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posted on Feb, 13 2004 @ 08:13 PM
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I wouldn't have believed if someone told me that a obsession can lead to a breakthrough in physics, but after reading this, anything is possible...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Princeton physicist Paul Chaikin's passion for M&M candies was so well known that his students played a sweet practical joke on him by leaving a 55-gallon drum of the candies in his office. Little did they know that their prank would lead to a physics breakthrough.

Chocolate obsession


The barrel full of the oblate little candies made Chaikin think about how well they packed in. A series of studies have shown they pack more tightly than perfect spheres -- something that surprises many physicists and Chaikin himself.

I have excess amount of socks, and I am thinking of sending it to a physics' major. Wonder if I will make it to headlines too!


[Edited on 2/13/2004 by surfup]




posted on Feb, 13 2004 @ 08:26 PM
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This is really fascinating in terms of matter versus void theory...

"When poured in, they said, spheres occupy about 64 percent of the space in a container. M&Ms manage to pack in at a density of about 68 percent."

The slightly modified yet still "organic" shape of an eliptical sphere, not unlike a rotating planet, fills more of the void it displaces than a perfect sphere!

Fascinating. I need to do some math to see if what size eliptical sphere displaces the most area of the square it circumscribes! I know in two dimensions a perfect circle can't displace more than 42% of the square it's borders constructs. Damn, now I'm going to get all rainman again. Excellent driver...



posted on Feb, 13 2004 @ 08:43 PM
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Follow posting guidelines for this to be upgraded.



posted on Feb, 13 2004 @ 08:46 PM
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Originally posted by Nerdling
Follow posting guidelines for this to be upgraded.


I wrote a similar article, based on the same style, and Kano accepted it and upgraded it.

I even asked him if this style is right, and he said it was.



posted on Feb, 13 2004 @ 08:59 PM
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Originally posted by surfup

Originally posted by Nerdling
Follow posting guidelines for this to be upgraded.


I wrote a similar article, based on the same style, and Kano accepted it and upgraded it.

I even asked him if this style is right, and he said it was.


Well i'm not Kano.



posted on Feb, 13 2004 @ 08:59 PM
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Well i'm not Kano.


Somehow, I knew I was going to get that. Changed it. Happy?

[Edited on 2/13/2004 by surfup]



posted on Feb, 13 2004 @ 11:38 PM
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You mean the one where I re-wrote the whole bloody thing?

I have explained to you what is required for submissions to be upgraded, and this simply does not cut it surfup.



posted on Feb, 14 2004 @ 02:41 PM
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Originally posted by Kano
You mean the one where I re-wrote the whole bloody thing?

I have explained to you what is required for submissions to be upgraded, and this simply does not cut it surfup.


No...This one

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Feb, 15 2004 @ 12:32 AM
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Yes and that was more timely, better written (twice as much content from you) and really a more important story.

You have been told you need to edit this if you want it posted, all the whinging in the world will not change that. Although its really too late for this story now anyway.






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