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Old 09-28-2009, 12:36 PM   #21
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The stories of identical twins' nearly identical lives are often astonishing, but perhaps none more so than those of identical twins born in Ohio. The twin boys were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys James. And here the coincidences just begin. Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married women named Linda. They both had sons whom one named James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and married other women - both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they named Toy. Forty years after their childhood separation, the two men were reunited to share their amazingly similar lives.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:44 PM   #22
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Helium is the only element to not become a solid at 0 degrees kelvin. It remains a liquid.
How... At absolute zero (0 Kelvin) all atomic movement stops... it would have to become a solid...
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Helium is the only element to not become a solid at 0 degrees kelvin. It remains a liquid.
Hydrogen does too. And HHO is flammable water.
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Hydrogen does too. And HHO is flammable water.
No, Hydrogen doesn't. Only Helium does. And the reason it doesn't turn into a solid is because it doesn't BOND. It stops, yes, but it doesn't bond with itself, so it's not a "solid" even though it's not moving.

BTW, what's HHO?
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H2O, just phrased different, and obviously that can't catch on fire.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:16 PM   #26
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It's bonded differently. Ha! I win!
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:36 AM   #27
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And the reason it doesn't turn into a solid is because it doesn't BOND.
Nope, things that cool down don't bond with anything else. The atoms just slow down. (which allows a whole bunch of other things to have larger effects) Helium remains liquid because of the supremely weird thing known as Quantum Mechanics. See here. The result is unmistakably a liquid. It'll even crawl up the sides of your container.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:52 AM   #28
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Liquid Oxygen is magnetic.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:42 PM   #29
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Helium is the only element to not become a solid at 0 degrees kelvin. It remains a liquid.
From Wikipedia: "Solid helium requires a temperature of 1–1.5 K (about −272 C or −457 F) and about 25 bar (2.5 MPa) of pressure."

It references this: http://www.phys.ualberta.ca/~therman...cts1.htm#Freez

So, basically, you can make helium solid by giving it a temperature of anywhere between 1-1.5K and a 25 bar pressure - but you would appear to be right, it doesn't appear that it's solid at 0K and 25 bar. (actually, after reading more, it's a temperature below 175mK or 1.75K and a pressure of 60 bar, so wikipedia is wrong.)
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16. In Scribblenauts, you can kill Cthulu with a spoon, provided it doesn't kill you first.
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About 40 posts from me got deleted today.
O.o Right...
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17. In Scribblenauts, a dragon can easily kill Death, as long as you put the dragon down first.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:24 PM   #35
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From Wikipedia: "Solid helium requires a temperature of 11.5 K (about −272 C or −457 F) and about 25 bar (2.5 MPa) of pressure."
That is soooo wrong. They have gotten helium to less than 1/100th of a degree above 0 kelvins, and way above 25 bar, and it's still a liquid. That "fact" and "citation" is wrong.
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Liquid Oxygen is magnetic.
Oh, yes! Very much so! And it's also blue.
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That is soooo wrong. They have gotten helium to less than 1/100th of a degree above 0 kelvins, and way above 25 bar, and it's still a liquid. That "fact" and "citation" is wrong.


Since the reference in question is the University of Albertam, I think it's fairly reliable.
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Probably knew this, but...
It is impossible to reach absolute 0.
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*Cools something to below Absolute Zero.*
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