OPEN THREAD 20200301

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

Citizen U

Day 116 – LIVERMORIUM.

OK – we’re GOING BIG LEAGUE…..

18 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200301

  1. Livermorium is named after Livermore, California — a city about 60 miles southeast of Berkeley. It used to be fairly open country there, and it was thought the quieter surroundings and cow farts might make it a better site for high-energy physics experiments.

    Just outside the city limits proper (at least until 2011), the Berkeley Lawrence group set up a quiet little lab in 1952 where they could design nuclear weapons in a bucolic setting and experiment with nuclear fusion. As an added bonus, accidents there would have limited effect on San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and the NASA/Ames research station at Moffett Field.

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  2. The first livermorium produced was made by the Dubnan’s smooshing calcium into curium. They produced a single atom in 2000. They thought they got another two atoms in April/May 2001. April/May of 2005 had them producing eight atoms.

    The discoveries of flerovium and livermorium were announced in a joint announcement in 2012.

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  3. There are four known isotopes of livermorium, using lighter and heavier isotopes of calcium and curium. They have half-lives of 8.3, 19, 13, and a whopping 57 ms. As previously noted, a blink is typically 100-300 ms.

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      1. Well, there is one “glimpsed” isotope with another neutron that is supposed to get to….54 ms. But it isn’t “known” yet.

        I think you’ll need at least two heaping scoops of neutrons.

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  4. A cab driver reaches the pearly gates. St. Peter looks him up in his Big Book and tells him to pick up a gold staff and a silk robe and proceed into Heaven.

    Next in line is a preacher. St. Peter looks him up in his Big Book, furrows his brow and says, “OK, we’ll let you in, but take that cloth robe and wooden staff.”

    The preacher is shocked and replies, “But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that cab driver a gold staff and a silk robe. Surely I rate higher than a cabbie!”

    St. Peter responds matter-of-factly, “Look, this is the big leagues — this is Heaven, after all — and up here, we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabbie drove his taxi, people prayed.”

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  5. Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

    “In honor of this holy season,” Saint Peter said, “You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”

    The Englishman fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. “It’s a candle”, he said. “You may pass through the pearly gates,” Saint Peter said.

    The Scotsman reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, “They’re bells.” Saint Peter said, “You may pass through the pearly gates.”

    The Irishman started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s panties. St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And just what do those symbolize?”

    The Irishman replied, “These are Carol’s.”

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  6. A Sunday school teacher is concerned that his students might be a little confused about Jesus, so he asks his class, “Where is Jesus today?”

    Steven raises his hand and says, “He’s in Heaven.”

    Mary answers, “He’s in my heart.”

    Little Johnny waves his hand furiously and blurts out, “He’s in our bathroom!”

    The surprised teacher asks Little Johnny how he knows this.

    “Well,” Little Johnny says, “every morning, my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door and yells ‘Jesus Christ, are you still in there?!'”

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  7. And, finally…..

    It came to pass that a redhead, a brunette, and a blonde were on their way to heaven. They came to the foot of a long flight of stairs that lead to pearly gates that were obviously open and welcoming.

    Saint Peter met them at the bottom of the stairs to heaven, and told them there were 1,000 steps…..and on every step he was going to tell them a joke. If they laughed they would not be able to get to heaven.

    So the redhead made it to the 45th step and laughed — and was cast down.

    The brunette made it to the 200th step and laughed — and was cast down.

    But the blonde made it to the 999th step and laughed even before Saint Peter had told his joke.

    Saint Peter asked “Why did you laugh? I haven’t even told the joke yet!”

    The blonde replied, “I know — but I just now got the first one!!!”

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  8. The city of Livermore, specifically Fire Station No. 6, is the home of a lightbulb which has been on nearly continuously since 1901. The Centennial Light Bulb as it is now called, it is apparently still lit after almost 120 years. Which is impressive for a light bulb. I went and saw it myself some years ago.

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        1. Quite possible, not sure how strict product controls they did back in 1901 — could be that this bulb was incidentailly made with a heavier filament and thus became this durable. Or maybe it was actually built for 240V initially and it was always powered at 120V.

          As a control maybe one could take a 100W-240V lightbulb and run it at 120V — would make it run at 25W for who knows how long.

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