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is this the right board for this by Nell Niggershit - Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:30:45 EST ID:h4yAb3hN No.6451 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Genetic engineering or gmos. I'm writing a research paper about why we need gmos. I can't find any evidence that they pose a risk to anything. Lots of studies show they are fine. Who funds the studies though. A lot seem to be from independent scientists but i dunno. Can we discuss this here? or should I take it somewhere else?
Nicholas Dartwill - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:29:05 EST ID:R8Jeo5Vp No.6452 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I would take this to the future's /sci/ board. its faster than this board.

Personally I do not have any citable info for you.
Nell Niggershit - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:12:11 EST ID:h4yAb3hN No.6453 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Nell Niggershit - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:09:25 EST ID:h4yAb3hN No.6454 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i hate 4chin though.
Nigger Bluckleford - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:58:05 EST ID:mhOkUYJD No.6455 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Honestly it's better than people on here act. For some reason, 420chan seems to have some kind of edgy aversion to the future. There is of course much more shitposting over there, but there are also some very knowledgeable and chill people on some of the boards. /sci/ is a prime example of both - there's about a million IQ threads and tons of "0.999...=1" shit every day, but there are also some math PhD students who really know their shit and a bunch of smart people from other fields. It's all a matter of sifting through the shit I guess, and I can understand if some people can't be bothered.

Either way, if you post a good, well-thought out question on /sci/ that doesn't have a readily google-able answer, you've got a decent chance of getting some good responses (and a 99% chance that there will be some bad shitposting).

On 420chan, I'd say this question would be better suited to /chem/ - "genetic engineering" isn't really what I'd consider actual engineering, it's an application of biochemistry/genetics. /chem/ has the added benefit of being a bit faster than /tesla/, too. I think this is one of the slowest boards on the whole site.

How to lock this? by Henry Blathercocke - Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:36:46 EST ID:GzT+uX5m No.6448 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I am trying to work out how I can make this briefcase/laptop case lockable. There are two holes that are 1cm in diameter at the top, they are 3.2cm apart and there is a hinge for the second hole as shown in picture. It may not be possible; but I figured I'd see if anybody else's brain could ponder up an idea.

If it's not really possible; any other locking solutions? I don't have access to powertools!

Thanks very much /tesla/.
Nell Honningpudge - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:18:22 EST ID:HjAq4KwX No.6449 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Buy a padlock, drill some holes in it and screw in a latch

re: Engineering is super hard work? by Edward Pittlock - Fri, 08 Aug 2014 05:49:54 EST ID:iQlMHuxK No.6430 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I've considered becoming an electrical engineer, but my friend seemed to think that I wasn't cut out for something like this. Is engineering in general, super hard work? Are there certain personalities that do well with this than others?

Is there some reason why I couldn't be an engineer?
Is there a clever analogy you can compare being an engineer to?
Barnaby Pebberkire - Fri, 08 Aug 2014 23:49:10 EST ID:01krkNKo No.6431 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I hope you love math.
Oliver Surringnane - Sat, 09 Aug 2014 04:57:33 EST ID:JbW9OILc No.6432 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Who could possibly hate math? What else?
Augustus Gemmledock - Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:23:23 EST ID:nRiN09B6 No.6434 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Did you do well in high school, particularly math and science? I don't care how smart you think you are just if you did all your homework and got good grades.

Are you good with working with your hands?

Are you OK with spending a lot of time studying?

Are you OK with classes with terrible male:female ratios?

If you answered yes to all of those, then do it.

>Who could possibly hate math?
Most human beings. Seriously though I have a good friend who often says how he loves science and sometimes math. In reality he just knows neat physics concepts but can't explain or prove anything. If he really enjoyed science he'd pick up a textbook and learn something, but he doesn't. He just likes feeling like he's smarter than people he isn't.
Cedric Sondleham - Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:46:19 EST ID:EyqApq5P No.6441 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>Is engineering in general, super hard work?
one of the most difficult faculties
>Are there certain personalities that do well with this than others?
people who like maths and can study a lot of hours with no problem and already know how to do so since high school.
>Is there some reason why I couldn't be an engineer?
if you study and yet don't get good results in the hard subjects in high school, then it's going to be difficult.
If you haven't tried applying yourself strongly in high school already, you have a motivational problem already.
>Is there a clever analogy you can compare being an engineer to?
engineering is suffering under the whip and asking for more because you want it.

broken egg by John Pungerstat - Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:02:10 EST ID:gIZNaa5b No.6436 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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i posted this somewhere else a moment ago but figured here might be better. i got a vibrating fleshlight in the mail and took both ends off with haste. what i didnt realize is that the egg is attatched to the ventilation cap, and i ended up detatching the wires from the top. im also completely ignorant when it comes to wiring. is there a simple way i can fix this?
Basil Desslelodging - Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:39:24 EST ID:zCR9OQf3 No.6440 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i don't know dick either, but i would guess either try soldering it and/or using electrical tape where needed, you could also add more wire to connect to whatever was disconnected.. i would think the added length would make it a bit easier to get in there
Walter Blackwill - Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:26:22 EST ID:P1FecDgQ No.6457 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>i would think the added length would make it a bit easier to get in there

magnet motors by Ian Siddlechan - Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:16:38 EST ID:oAxeGcm1 No.6364 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Why don't magnet motors work

I have no idea about the physics and science behind it but i'm curious.

I'm just trying too learn something, please don't be mean too drunk little me
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Polly Chasslehall - Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:58:51 EST ID:01krkNKo No.6366 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Some of them do work, but it demagnetizes the magnets, so they don't work forever.
Nigger Gollyhall - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:37:07 EST ID:5gD9lQi4 No.6412 Ignore Report Quick Reply

This seemed an appropriate time to share this
Reuben Poshshit - Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:53:15 EST ID:FyDQ8lW0 No.6413 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Ebenezer Dettingford - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:09:13 EST ID:XObDUDiZ No.6414 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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My understanding of motors is they are based on an oscillating current. There are 3 plates connected to 3 coils on the inside and 2 brushes on the outside. When it spins the brushes always touch 2 of 3 plates and the 2 it touches keeps changing. That creates a current that oscillates back and forth in polarity, which in-turn will oscillate the magnetic field in the 3 copper coils. That creates a balance of attraction and repulsion against the 2 magnets on the outside so it works. Magnet motors have no current and therefore lack that oscillation, which is essential to keep it spinning indefinitely.
Archie Gackleforth - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:40:49 EST ID:J0zfKXTE No.6422 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What? I work with permanent magnet motors.

circtuit problems by Charles Sattingfene - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:34:00 EST ID:XObDUDiZ No.6399 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I posted here a couple of months ago that I was creating an automated sprinkler system, but I'll keep this brief. I'm running a DC solanoid valve and a relay switch using an Arduino from my computer. The Ardiono cannot power either device directly so it switches the device indirectly via a NPN transistor. The 9V batteries can power both devices sufficiently. The diode is a to neutralize any kickback in the coils (both the valve and the relay have coils so I'm using the same circuit design for both of them). I had the relay and valve turning on and off every 5 seconds to test them but then they stop doing this after a minute. I replaced the diode and that solved the problem for about a minute but then it stops working again (I think current is building up and gettting trapped somewhere but I don't want to remove the diodes). Is there any electronics whizz who can help me solve this riddle and stop the electical buildup or whatever it is causeing this?

I got the schematics from here using their design but I think there is something wrong and I can't figure it out . http://www.instructables.com/id/Controlling-solenoids-with-arduino/

Here are the design schematics im
Jarvis Trotridge - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:13:15 EST ID:gKi6WIvM No.6401 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Okay not really an electrician but by the sounds of it you're destroying the diode.

Is the diode in reverse or forward bias?
Is there anyway to lower the voltage?
Have you tried using Zener diode instead?
Ebenezer Dettingford - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:27:35 EST ID:XObDUDiZ No.6415 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Oh can you tell me how to put a capacitor in my circuit? I think this harmonizing is exactly what is happening but I don't know enough about electronics to know how to cancel something out or integrate a pendulum into my circuit.

Electromagnetics by Rodrick Hughes - Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:30:54 EST ID:ppVBLVzM No.6410 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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if emf=Work/charge and voltage=change in potential energy/charge and Work= -Change in Potential energy then does emf=-V

Sorry if this is a dumb question. My professor was using emf and voltage interchangeably but the definitions are emf=W/q and V=delta U/q so...

Pic unrelated
Rodrick Hughes - Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:33:02 EST ID:ppVBLVzM No.6411 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Fuck, just saw that this particular board is "work-safe" immediately after posting. Sorry guise....Plz don't n00b-hax-slash-ban me, IT WONT HAPPEN AGAIN! I PROMISE

Cool Tools by Whitey Clundlefed - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:32:05 EST ID:jvdtbojL No.6405 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So I was at work today and I found this weird, for lack of a better term, multi-wrench. Sorry the picture is shit, I was in a hurry. I have a picture of the box which I'll post as well. Google has done me no favors in finding places where I can buy this kind of thing.
Whitey Clundlefed - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:33:56 EST ID:jvdtbojL No.6406 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Whitey Clundlefed - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:36:00 EST ID:jvdtbojL No.6407 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I managed to buy another multi-tool, just to give some context on the kind of goofy yet useful stuff I'm looking for

Future Innovashuns by Polly Murdstone - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:43:10 EST ID:sKoRRU+w No.6166 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What are some interesting technological developments to arrive in the near future?
Also let's consider the implication thereof
I'm bittersweet about driverless cars, I recognize the value, but that's how many jobs gone?
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Phoebe Niggleson - Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:32:44 EST ID:XObDUDiZ No.6211 Ignore Report Quick Reply
what is the benefit of having a tokamak?
Sophie Caddlecocke - Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:58:24 EST ID:SlDB4r2O No.6212 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Well, to keep it brief, they can be fueled by isotopes that are ready available, nearly inexhaustible, safe to use, and easy to obtain. They do not create emissions such as coal/oil/natural gas plants, they can potentially create much, much more energy than our current fossil fuel power plants, are much safer than nuclear power plants (for example if something goes wrong with a tokamak, the building might explode, but you wont have to evacuate cities) and Tokamaks can be made so that the waste product they produce has zero radioactivity.

Unlike nuclear power plants today which use Fission, which creates tons of radioactive waste, and if a meltdown or another Chernobyl/Fukushima event happens. Tokamaks use Fusion instead. If a Tokamak was hit like Fukushima or Chernobyl was, there would of course be damages (venting superheated, compressed plasma will do that) but you would not have an ecological disaster.
Sophie Caddlecocke - Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:04:04 EST ID:SlDB4r2O No.6213 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Totally forgot the image. Also forgot to say that some of the isotoped used to fuel a Tokamak can be harvested without damaging the environment. Here you can see one of them powering up.
Oliver Billingridge - Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:32:10 EST ID:ON3r94Xq No.6339 Ignore Report Quick Reply
the maturing of wakefield-accelerators
these are the next generation of ultra-high energy particle accelerators. pretty neat and the principle behind it is very slick. one interesting aspect considering the possible uses is the size of these accelerators - with laser technology advancing and bringing forth table-top-terawatt lasers (and possibly soon even table-top-petawatt lasers) a full scale multi-GeV electron accelerator could fit inside a small laboratory instead of an underground complex spanning more space than a whole village.
Phoebe Hundleshit - Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:03:13 EST ID:zSk0lVcV No.6393 Ignore Report Quick Reply
But how many fewer deaths? I'm not that old, yet I've already had 5 friends die in car accidents. Also, this is a pretty interesting topic. I had a principal in high school who was friends with one of the developers of those flat-panel TVs thin enough to hang on your wall. They had supposedly started working on that in the 60s with the goal of creating a TV thin and light enough to hang on your wall like a portrait. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of tech that various governments have under wraps.

engineering past 20? by Angus Hennerfit - Wed, 07 May 2014 16:45:31 EST ID:RFYmpDbI No.6293 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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How old is too old /tesla/ ?

At what point am I too old to become an engineer?
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Sidney Shittingdock - Sun, 18 May 2014 20:40:14 EST ID:cB3JxN8o No.6319 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I went to school with someone in their 40's in Mechanical Engineering. They learned incredibility fast and understood how physics functions in my Dynamics course. I say they were better student than majority of people in the major including younger ones

I've seen many older people in College succeeded over younger students. I think you just need to put effort into what are you learning.

just believe it and blaze it faggot
Simon Wommerwan - Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:51:53 EST ID:QGLqmiTA No.6335 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Young people have higher brain plasticity BUT

Older people are more used to work and responsibility, and usually take studying a lot more seriously.

So eh.
Hugh Fenninglock - Tue, 03 Jun 2014 05:17:43 EST ID:WCjzl674 No.6337 Ignore Report Quick Reply
you can join the army and join the corps of engineers untill around age 30
Samuel Lightwill - Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:11:13 EST ID:cEF2IEg5 No.6361 Ignore Report Quick Reply
don't compare yourself to other people because what matters the most to yourself should be you. do you like it? do you really like it? do it. i think you rather should ask yourself if you are competent enough to be an engineer.
as a freshman in ME, all of the older students seem to have gotten past the whole highschool-mentality point in their lives. being the youngest in the class has made me value older people for their experience.

be swift, try to remember the code/formulas as best you can by practicing,
& yenno, don't blaze it everyday (weekday) because staring into the fucking abyss while looking at equations you can't understand isn't fun
Phoebe Hundleshit - Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:57:42 EST ID:zSk0lVcV No.6390 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I have a friend that's in his 30s who decided to go PE after he decided he hated his original profession. He always gets top grades. Sometimes they'll hire older candidates just because they're typically more responsible. You're only too old if you have alzheimers imo.

Good videos by Charles Chebblebury - Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:10:43 EST ID:1GHqB3hY No.6375 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I just found this youtube channel that's a bunch of short expositions on engineering. They're pretty good. https://www.youtube.com/user/engineerguyvideo/videos?shelf_id=1&sort=dd&view=0
Hamilton Peblingman - Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:54:59 EST ID:5gD9lQi4 No.6376 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I just got back from taking a tour of U of I. Godamn, it's flat out there...
Great campus though.
Ernest Soddlechun - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:31:55 EST ID:CKZoWqYh No.6384 Ignore Report Quick Reply
EEVBlog is great for electronics videos and some misc crap too

Increase voltage with a coil by Nathaniel Gonningwuck - Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:17:41 EST ID:KZwWB+IQ No.6378 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I got small pump wanting 24V DC and a 19V power supply
How to make a simple coil to increase the voltage a bit ?
I know a step-up voltage regulator would be better
Hugh Sonningson - Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:37:30 EST ID:01krkNKo No.6379 Ignore Report Quick Reply
How much current does the pump draw?
How much current can your power supply output?
Charles Chunderwill - Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:16:32 EST ID:CKZoWqYh No.6380 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'd just try to plug the power supply to the pump. Maybe it works on lower power too. Otherwise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boost_converter
Thomas Sasslestock - Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:58:04 EST ID:JxNe1/8s No.6381 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The power supply is 19Vx3A laptop charger
The pumps ampere is unknown i doubt its more then a few 100mA = 3-5watt total
Yes it works at 19V but i want full power
John Dunderludge - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 03:59:50 EST ID:XObDUDiZ No.6382 Ignore Report Quick Reply
even if you do get yourself full power, don't you also have to consider current loss?
How far is the pump from your laptop charger? From what I understand, the voltage will leak and diminish if you run your pump using cables over a long distance. My suggestion is to increase the voltage to something higher than what you need to make up for the voltage drop you might get.
David Gabberchodge - Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:52:33 EST ID:WqKxlb7L No.6385 Ignore Report Quick Reply
There isnt much watt involved that's why this "dumb" solution would work out fine.
I know i got a ferrite ring somewhere,until i find it the project is on ice.

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