Category Archives: Ideas

Dr. Quantum – Double Slit Experiment

Good old Dr. Quantum. If you’re unfamiliar with the double slit experiment, here it is:

What Plants Talk About

Did you you know that plants can:

  • talk to each other?
  • call for help … to bugs!
  • change their flowers if the right pollinator doesn’t arrive on time?
  • mimic vampires?
  • choose their food?
  • identify family members?
  • make a 60 minute documentary intriguing?

Well, it turns out they can! This feature is entitled, “What Plants Talk About.”

Plants may not have brains, but still find ways to do surprisingly intelligent things.

How to Structure Water

The role of water in materials science is often underestimated. Most people assume that water is “just water” and that it is quite boring aside from the level of its purification.

According to Professor Rustum Roy, this is an incorrect assumption. Using an evidence-based approach to materials science, Dr. Roy explains how the old paradigm (“pressure and temperature determine water’s structure”) has given way to new models that account for the effect of magnetic fields, electric fields, strain fields, and epitaxy. Despite holding five professorships and wide recognition as a materials science researcher, he asks, “How can it be? I’ve been active on the bench; I’ve been a professor for 60 years, so how have I made such a huge mistake for 60 years?”

transcript & more info


Highlights from the video:

  • 4:30 – Introduction of the first law of materials science, where Dr. Roy states: “It is that structure determines properties. Most importantly, not the composition, but the structure of a condensed phase. A material is called a condensed phase. It’s either a solid or a liquid. So it is structure that determines its properties…”
  • 5:45 – In response to “its just water”, Dr. Roy states: “They always keep asking ‘is your substance, is your water or your solid pure?’ And if so, they say, ‘oh, well, it’s just water,’ and they assume erroneously, as I will show you in a minute, liquid water always has the same properties. Nothing, ladies and gentlemen, could be further from the truth. Water comes in a million different structures with a million different sets of properties.”
  • 7:54 – A definition of structured water: “So what, then, do we mean, by the “structure” of liquid water? First, it is, indeed, made up of building blocks that are equal to molecules. A typical building block is a closely held arrangement of oxygen and hydrogen, but these are building blocks of different size and shape. Now, the next step is most important. Those blocks, surely, the building blocks are surely not the structure of water any more than if you walked into your house and you said, “Well, what’s the structure of this house? Where’s the bedroom and the bathroom and the living room etc…oh, it’s just the bricks.” It’s just the bricks. Is water just H2O? No. Nothing to do with it. The structure is the arrangement, in three dimensions, of the building blocks. Now you’ve grasped, I think, what we mean by “structure”, in the world of material science and crystallography and relevant sciences. Structure is the arrangement in three dimensions of the building blocks, not the description of the building blocks.
  • 20:05 – Beyond pressure and temperature, Dr. Roy lists additional forces that can be applied to alter the structure of matter. He lists electrical fields, magnetic fields, strain fields, and epitaxy. Dr. Roy then introduces the term epitaxy as follows: “Epitaxy is a particularly materials science terms, so I want to introduce it to you. It is the imprinting of one structure onto another without transferring any matter.”
  • 38:45 – Summary: “The facts are voluminous, indisputable and compelling. What are they? That even very weak radiation can and does drastically change solids, which I’ve told you about, and liquids, as in water. We have shown some very spectacular effects. So they’re not going to disappear.”
  • 39:14 – Dr. Roy concludes his lecture with a look forward: “What is the future? The new vectors for designing water-based products for use in major industries and for maintaining health or causing healing are just legion now. … Structuring of water by colloidal silver or by radiation now becomes possible for the human race, and we think it is the most benign, easiest vector to use for many, many processes.”

Music Video from Outer Space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield goes down in history as the first guy to make a great music video from outer space. Recorded aboard the International Space Station, the imagery is simply stunning.

What a great inspiration for even more world-wide human co-operation.

The Venus Project

An interesting vision for the future:

If I was gambler, I would not gamble on the direct success of the project (… that their plans will unfold as predicted.) However, it is an attempt to improve the way society is structured and an interesting set of concepts.

If you think our world needs “big thoughts” or a new direction, the movement described in this is already a part of the conversation.

Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech

Prior to retiring from the U.S. Congress, Dr. Ron Paul gave this speech in November 2012:

Regardless of one’s views, honest discussion of these topics would be good for us all. This is much bigger than dumb Red vs Blue partisanship.

How to Make 100 Dollars Fast

Whether you need a jacket, a new game, or something serious in a hurry, here’s a common question people have: “How am I going to make $100, fast?!

Here are the 100 10 easiest ways to make $100 in a hurry: (from full 100 ways here)

10. Monetize your Photos – Follow the instructions at Staree, use your social media account, and collect the cash. This is unbelievable to someone who doesn’t understand today’s social media business environment, but the cash they’ll pay you to do this is real. More info here:

9. Yak it up on Twitter – Tweet on a topic and get paid to do it. Believe it not, this is how the world works. So why not profit from it? More info here:

8. MySurvey – Lots of prizes, rewards, points, and so on. If you invite your friends to join, you’re eligible for a bonus too. Begin here:

7. Mystery shoppers are hired by businesses to shop at their own stores undercover. The mystery shoppers then report back to the businesses, telling what they found, what they thought, and most importantly how the employees were. Get paid to eat out, buy clothes, review customer service, and so on.

6. Find it in Carwash Vacuum Cleaners – All those people who suck up dirt and leaves from the interiors of their cars are also sucking up stray coins. Many car wash vacuum cleaners have a removable bucker on the bottom that collects the dirt over the course of the day. For a busy car wash, there’ll be a regular supply of coins on a daily basis, right in the “garbage” that would otherwise be thrown out. Luckily, being at a car wash, it’s easy to clean the coins in no time. The odd bill will show up in the vacuums too, even $20s on occasion.

5. Creative Street Begging – Make a creative sign, craft a witty one-liner, or otherwise get people on the street to give you spare change.

4. Convert Ideas into T-Shirts with – You’ll sell as many t-shirts as you’re clever enough to sell. CafePress is one of the top destinations for customers and micro-sellers in the world.

3. Participate in Clinical Trials – Health researchers are frequently looking for test subjects for new research projects. Fully understand the risks before you sign up for anything, though, since your health is at stake. (!!)

2. Amazon – Sell virtually anything. Amazon carries a lot more than just books, CDs and movies. Here’s the starting page for their affiliate program:

1. iTunes – Know anyone who buys and/or rents music, TV shows, games, audio books, podcasts, or documentaries? Then why aren’t you getting in on the action and getting paid every time they use Apple’s store? Start here:


Some of these ideas are quicker than others (and some are more likely to make $100 than others), but hopefully this helps you get that $100 in a week or a day!

From the full collection at Make 100 Dollars


Satire’s Formula

Jonathon Swift was unavailable for comment. Sadly, Sam Clements, Kilgore Trout, and Arthur Sullivan were also decomposing. Still, this is today’s line-up for folks in North America:

These guys are all American. When will the next great Canadian satirist appear?

Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

Rising healthcare costs have been rightfully labelled as an important issue. The following program highlights several reasons why health costs around the globe are a challenge to “fix.” Be prepared to be aghast.

Is it the doctors fault? Insurance? Federal bungling? Big Pharma? Antiquated record-keeping? Inflation? Baby boomers? Malpractice defense? Entrenched interests? The Bogeyman?

Skip ahead to 2:11 for the start of the topic, which the host rightfully calls a “wedge issue.” It shouldn’t be. Regardless of political preference, everyone wants healthcare to be affordable.

The guest expert, Dr. Keith Smith, is introduced at 5:50. His presentation is not glitzy, but does an excellent job of beginning to illumine this thorny topic:

Everyone wants healthcare costs solved. No one seems to know how to do it. Gaining literacy on the issues at hand is the first step to “fixing healthcare.”

How to Learn a New Language Fast

Once upon a time, learning new languages was a daunting task. These days, it still isn’t instant, but it is darn near close:

So many hours saved!