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What is the most interesting material you can think of? Has to have a known use on earth


 

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« Reply #1 on: 26/10/2011 20:36:14 »
Dark matter is certainly interesting. Is it matter or is it gravitational leakage from another dimension?
 

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« Reply #2 on: 26/10/2011 20:37:08 »
Oops I guess I should read the entire question. Silly putty then.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 26/10/2011 21:57:06 »
Water gets my vote.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 26/10/2011 22:10:45 »
I think I'll stick to the organics...
Skin, Hide, and Leather to name a few...
But not Pleather  [xx(]
 

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« Reply #5 on: 26/10/2011 23:39:51 »
Flubber. We know how to use it; we just don't know how to get it.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 26/10/2011 23:52:10 »
Anything wifey cooks is pretty interesting for study !
 

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« Reply #7 on: 27/10/2011 03:34:20 »
As Bored Chemist said, water is a very good candidate. Its liquid form is more dense than its (standard) solid form, which we all know is unusual. It has a very high heat capacity. It's a very good solvent and medium for chemical reactions. It has extensive hydrogen bonding which gives it a much higher melting point than many other compounds of similar molecular weight. All known life requires it for existence. I believe it's the most common compound in the Universe as well.

I would also posit helium as a candidate; the second most abundant element in the universe, and is the one with the lowest melting and freezing points (it's the only substance that can't be frozen by lowering the temperature alone; you have to increase the pressure above standard too), potentially the least reactive of all elements, able to enter a frictionless superfluid phase (as far as I know, it's the only element known to do so), and helium-4 is also unusually stable.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 27/10/2011 19:00:15 »
Superfluid helium or superconductors, though water is probably the most interesting material we encounter on a regular basis.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 27/10/2011 22:43:15 »
Neurotransmitters. Mmmmmmm - Dopamine.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 28/10/2011 01:12:07 »
I'd think carbon and its many compounds would be pretty hard to beat, which means Sheepy's wifey is probably on the right track.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 28/10/2011 02:43:13 »
I'd think carbon and its many compounds would be pretty hard to beat, which means Sheepy's wifey is probably on the right track.
Then, what about Hydrogen and its many compounds.
Without it, we wouldn't be here!!!

Or Oxygen, for that matter.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 28/10/2011 04:58:18 »
I'd think carbon and its many compounds would be pretty hard to beat, which means Sheepy's wifey is probably on the right track.
Then, what about Hydrogen and its many compounds.
Without it, we wouldn't be here!!!

Or Oxygen, for that matter.

Oh, I don't know. You'd look pretty silly if all your carbon was removed.
« Last Edit: 28/10/2011 16:29:15 by Geezer »
 

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« Reply #14 on: 28/10/2011 12:04:12 »
Chrysoberyl.

It is formed in an interesting way,
It has interesting varieties - particularly Alexandrite and Cymophane,
These varieties display various interesting optical effects including trichroism and chatoyancy.

and it falls into that group of substances that in Mrs Mazurka's "classification of all things" is "shiny" thus highly desireable...
 

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« Reply #15 on: 28/10/2011 19:58:50 »
I'd think carbon and its many compounds would be pretty hard to beat, which means Sheepy's wifey is probably on the right track.
Then, what about Hydrogen and its many compounds.
Without it, we wouldn't be here!!!

Or Oxygen, for that matter.
Oh, I don't know. You'd look pretty silly if all your carbon was removed.
True,
Whereas if you removed all of your hydrogen and oxygen, you'd be left with a whopping big diamond!!!
 

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« Reply #16 on: 28/10/2011 21:04:22 »
Shrunk
Nope.  Sorry, spam isn't very interesting. -mod
« Last Edit: 28/10/2011 22:33:35 by JP »
 

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« Reply #17 on: 29/10/2011 00:29:39 »
I'd think carbon and its many compounds would be pretty hard to beat, which means Sheepy's wifey is probably on the right track.
Then, what about Hydrogen and its many compounds.
Without it, we wouldn't be here!!!

Or Oxygen, for that matter.
Oh, I don't know. You'd look pretty silly if all your carbon was removed.
True,
Whereas if you removed all of your hydrogen and oxygen, you'd be left with a whopping big diamond!!!

Or a pile of soot.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 30/10/2011 19:39:51 »
Well, that's everything or nothing depending on what wavelengths you happen to be able to see.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 31/10/2011 02:52:34 »
As a closet Trekkie.....
There is always the somewhat ill-defined transparent aluminum.

Which could be:
Synthetic Sapphire (Al2O3)
Aluminium oxynitride (AlON)
Spinel (MgAl2O4)
or
Aluminium oxynitride spinel (Al23O27N5)

These aluminum compounds are finding their way into high temperature, or scratch resistant transparent windows, and even into lightweight bullet-proof windows.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 31/10/2011 06:31:19 »
I like water, but in ice form. More specifically, one of the ices produced under high pressure and low temperatures, such as ice VIII or ice X, where the crystalline structure is compressed into a lattice different from the regular ice I we see daily.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 31/10/2011 12:36:03 »
Water is indeed a good bet. It has a huge coefficient of expansion which is why steam heating works so well and why, although it holds a huge amount of latent heat, it doesn't cut it as a mechanical refrigerant.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 31/10/2011 22:16:43 »
sperm
 

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« Reply #23 on: 01/11/2011 15:47:55 »
I'd say water, too, especially since its such a tiny molecule and has so amny weird properties. If ice didntfloat, lakes would freeze from the bottom up and we wouldnt be here.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 01/11/2011 18:38:00 »
One of the not so talked about aspects of water is that it has a very light molecular weight.

H2O: 16+1+1 = 18.

Oxygen and Nitrogen both form dimers (also important for life to flourish on the continents).

O2: 16+16 = 32
N2: 14+14 = 28

What that means is that gaseous water is actually lighter than air.

This causes water to tend to rise when it evaporates. 

However, when it gets cold, it gets very "sticky", and falls back to earth in the all too familiar RAIN.  Without which life on the continents would be very boring.

(oops, see I had used the atomic numbers, rather than the atomic mass.  fixed).
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