Monday, October 27, 2008

5,000 Year-Old Unknown Substance

Twilight-Zone style twist ending: It's just glass! Glass is weird. My high-school chemistry teacher said it was just a super-slow-moving liquid. That explains why really old glass windows look all distorted, because the glass has been pulled downwards by gravity over time.

We've been making glass since 3,000 B.C. (E.), but scientists still have a lot of questions about how it makes the transition from molten to solid. Enter the Twinkling Fractal Theory. According to Richard Wool of the University of Delaware (the developer of the theory), atomic fractals inside of glass twinkle as it cools towards the solid, glassy state. Dr. Wool thinks that the twinkling frequency will determine the temperature at which the material transitions to solid, as well as "the dynamics of the glassy state."

I'm a fan of this theory because of its liberal use of the word "twinkling," and the potential to use variants like "twinkles," "twinkly," and "twinkalicious."

EDIT: Eh, I have been proven wrong by the cold, hard facts of SCIENCE. Glass is NOT a liquid, but I maintain that it is both weird as hell and FRACTALLY TWINKALICIOUS.

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2 comments:

[mr joan croft] said...

It's strange to me to think of solid glass as a super slow-moving "twinkalicious" liquid, lol.

Just wanted to let you know that I updated with a teaser pic of carved pumpkin ;)

I've taken more pictures of the finished product, and they'll be up later today.
Happy Halloween!

Stanley! said...

Well, you can STOP thinking of glass as a liquid, per the edit above (curse you, semantics!), but you can still think of it as twinkletastic. Happy Halloween to you, too!

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