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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2850 on: 26/04/2009 07:03:13 »

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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2852 on: 26/04/2009 20:13:01 »
Obliviously a drop - but what is it sitting on?

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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2853 on: 27/04/2009 00:25:40 »
I can't see it. [???]

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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2854 on: 27/04/2009 00:35:20 »
A hydrophobic surface.
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« Reply #2855 on: 27/04/2009 00:36:30 »
yes, of course - what is the surface? - that is an "in focus" picture.
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« Reply #2856 on: 27/04/2009 02:03:31 »
Is it plastic?
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2857 on: 27/04/2009 03:22:26 »
No
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« Reply #2858 on: 27/04/2009 04:00:12 »

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« Reply #2859 on: 27/04/2009 04:30:31 »
Nope The orientation is as in the picture - up is up.
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« Reply #2860 on: 27/04/2009 04:53:44 »
is the surface its sitting on organic?
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If there’s a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #2861 on: 27/04/2009 04:59:25 »
is that surface actually a thin horizontal line eg like the spider web or is it wider than a line and extends closer to the camera but merely is not visible?
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If there’s a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #2862 on: 27/04/2009 05:04:32 »
is the surface its sitting on organic?

No

is that surface actually a thin horizontal line eg like the spider web or is it wider than a line and extends closer to the camera but merely is not visible?

The later - it extends towards the camera.

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« Reply #2863 on: 27/04/2009 05:05:46 »
PTFE fabric (a.k.a. Gore-Tex) ?, or PTFE surface (a.k.a. Teflon) ?.

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« Reply #2864 on: 27/04/2009 05:06:49 »
Getting closer
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« Reply #2865 on: 27/04/2009 05:34:28 »
So it's some sort of synthetic material?

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« Reply #2866 on: 27/04/2009 05:41:26 »
Oui, mon ami
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« Reply #2867 on: 27/04/2009 05:47:07 »
Better hurry up C4, it is nearly my bedtime!!
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2868 on: 27/04/2009 05:55:44 »
Oh sorry, but I don't understand French!

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« Reply #2869 on: 27/04/2009 05:56:13 »
I said "Yes, my friend"
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2870 on: 27/04/2009 05:59:18 »
Nano fibres?

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« Reply #2871 on: 27/04/2009 06:01:14 »
Nyet
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2872 on: 27/04/2009 06:06:17 »
Looks a lot like


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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2873 on: 27/04/2009 06:08:23 »
But what is the material? - you found a picture.
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2874 on: 27/04/2009 06:15:41 »
Glass?

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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2875 on: 27/04/2009 06:15:53 »
No
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2876 on: 27/04/2009 06:17:03 »


Asbestos?

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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2877 on: 27/04/2009 06:25:27 »
You'd better go to bed JimBob, I'm off now. [:)]
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2878 on: 27/04/2009 06:26:31 »
Nope,

As I am going to need to go to bed - I have a conference call in 9.5 hours - I will leave you with a hint. The substrate is MADE from rocks.
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« Reply #2879 on: 27/04/2009 06:26:55 »
You'd better go to bed JimBob, I'm off now. [:)]
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I just said that!!!
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« Reply #2880 on: 27/04/2009 07:07:44 »
Nope,

The substrate is MADE from rocks.

So its silica? Is it like one of those dressings that doctors use to reduce scarring or some other thin stretchy material used in a labratory? Not sure what its called but i have something in mind :)
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If there’s a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #2881 on: 27/04/2009 18:07:37 »
I am sorry, Milly, but No. You are right about the silica but please be advised that silica is so common in the rocks of the earth that it acts in rocks and minerals as carbon does in organic materials.
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« Reply #2882 on: 27/04/2009 20:40:24 »
So its silica? Is it like one of those dressings that doctors use to reduce scarring

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Silicone, particularly the gel form, is used in bandages and dressings …

Silicone is often mistakenly referred to as "silicon." Although silicones contain silicon atoms, they are not made up exclusively of silicon, and have completely different physical characteristics from elemental silicon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicone

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« Reply #2883 on: 27/04/2009 22:04:39 »
I am speaking of silica, not silicone.

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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2884 on: 27/04/2009 23:46:46 »
Glazed ceramic tiles ? (e.g. tiles in bathroom).

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« Reply #2885 on: 28/04/2009 00:23:04 »
noooooo, Mr. Bill (arcane reference)
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« Reply #2886 on: 28/04/2009 04:47:44 »
thank you JB and RD, that was very educational  [:)]
"Suppose there's a significant proportion of people who are born because their parents were incompetent at using contraception. If there’s a genetic tendency to be incompetent or fumble at the crucial moment, then there would be, by definition, natural selection in favor of contraceptive ineptitude"

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« Reply #2887 on: 28/04/2009 04:52:14 »
So any ideres? (Texas accent)
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Re: Can you Guess What This is ?
« Reply #2888 on: 28/04/2009 06:45:01 »
Is it a commonly used thing?

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« Reply #2889 on: 28/04/2009 09:41:59 »
Is it a reflection of light in a mirror looking out into the fog???

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« Reply #2890 on: 28/04/2009 14:19:51 »
It looks to me like the droplet (water?) is sitting upon another fluid because I think I can see a little distortion in the surface due to the weight of the droplet.  Whatever the droplet is sitting on doesn't seem to be producing sharp reflections though, unlike those visible in the droplet itself.  There also appears to be a layer of vapour laying on the surface (of the fluid?), which to me, indicates that it is either very hot or very cold.

If the surface is very hot then the vapour could be the steam produced by the droplet as it sits upon the hot surface, which could be something like molten glass.

The sharp reflections in the droplet seem to indicate quite a large open area, relative to the size of the droplet, around it.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #2891 on: 28/04/2009 15:53:44 »
Lee, the first two sentences are very accurate. But it is sitting on a solid.

HINT - think "the Final Frontier"
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« Reply #2892 on: 28/04/2009 21:33:30 »
Is it a commonly used thing?

Not to my knowledge

Karen, no
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« Reply #2893 on: 29/04/2009 01:29:01 »
HINT - think "the Final Frontier"

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« Reply #2894 on: 29/04/2009 06:05:25 »
After hours (slight exaggeration) of searching and digging and excavations I've come up with an inspiration! [:)]

http://www.aerogel.com/features/morphology.html#aerogel

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« Reply #2895 on: 29/04/2009 11:03:21 »
Wow - I thught this would go on for days. RIGHT C4 you bombed it again!

RE: the Final Frontier - ref. to Startrek "Space, the final frontier," Areogels were used to capture space debris during the missions to colect space duast and to enteer the head of a comet.

 
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« Reply #2896 on: 29/04/2009 14:21:14 »
Guess!

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« Reply #2897 on: 29/04/2009 14:24:22 »
Is it a caterpillar that is a pseudomorph of a flower?
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« Reply #2898 on: 29/04/2009 14:28:54 »
Um... your thinking on "caterpillar" is close in some way...

It is not a caterpillar.

It is a kind of flower mimic.
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« Reply #2899 on: 29/04/2009 14:31:58 »
predatory insect mimic
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