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Forget About Leprechauns, Engineers Are Catching Rainbows

Posted February 15, 2013 3:37 PM

(Phys.org)-University at Buffalo engineers have created a more efficient way to catch rainbows, an advancement in photonics that could lead to technological breakthroughs in solar energy, stealth technology and other areas of research.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-leprechauns-rainbows.html#jCp

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Re: Forget About Leprechauns, Engineers Are Catching Rainbows

02/15/2013 7:42 PM

Regardless of where and how exactly one might be catching rainbows; I'd say that activity is better described as Engiqueer. This is not a slur, just an overarching stereotype with some observational support, just like 'girls like pink' and 'boys like tractors'; 'Gay people love rainbows' (not all of them, just the important ones for this stereotype). To each (or even more than one, if that's what you are into) their own.

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02/16/2013 4:50 AM

For years Acoustic Engineers used Helmholtz resonators embedded in the walls of recording studios in order to trap sound waves across a wide range of frequencies, but you can bet Dr. Helmholtz himself would have *never* entertained the idea of announcing his invention by means of a paper titled 'Forget Singing Leprechauns, Physicists are Catching Reels, Jigs and Hornpipes,' and certainly not in a top-tier, peer-reviewed scientific journal. More likely he AND his editors would have caught hell instead!

Engineers trapping rainbows? You've got to be bluddy kidding! Rainbows??? Broad-spectrum EM radiation, sure, but rainbows are a distinct and well-defined optical phenomenon caused by the optical dispersion of sunlight by airborne water droplets. They are not something one traps in lossy, thin-film resonators!

Rainbows certainly involve EM radiation but are NOT EM radiation themselves. What, is this the title of some schoolboy's science-fair project, because it sure sounds like something a third-grader would write.

For the truly masochistic, yet another fine example of like-quality reporting follows. See the following article re: macro scale demo of HUP; look toward the end of the piece: "Scientists will use gravitationally waves...from two merging black holes." 'Gravitational waves', they mean, and all very nice, but it's just a bit tough to use gravitionAL waves to demonstrate HUP when it remains to be seen that gravitationAL waves even exist. They very likely do, but they have never been detected directly. Even so, the article speaks of scientists' using them as if their existence and detection were a common everyday occurrance. Far from it!

Is it just me, or are ALL the science rags going down the bog in a handbasket? All of them? Are any of these so-called 'Science' rags staffed anymore by people having more than a primary-schooler's scientific education, or should I just bite the bullet and learn Mandarin so that I can read *their* journals intead? You know, ones written by literate, educated people? Yes, I believe I will have fries with that. Thank you. (sigh)

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02/16/2013 8:12 AM

"Engineers catch rainbow - Perimeter search for gold underway" Report- Skittle found on floor -hello yellow exclaimed Scientist who popped the matter in his mouth. ...yup.. no matter what it sounds fruity

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02/16/2013 8:25 AM

You forgot to mention that everytime a rainbow is caught, a unicorn dies!

Despite the childish headline, there is nothing gay about optical spectroscopy, anymore than any other kind of spectrum analysis done in electrical or mechanical engineering.

I'd bet that the person at the publicity office at Buffalo U. who was tasked with writing the press release was a woman unfamiliar with science, so when the researchers tried to explain what they were doing they described the spectrum as what you see when you see a rainbow, and that's what she used as the 'hook' for her story.

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02/16/2013 11:22 AM

Catching rainbows..?

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02/17/2013 12:37 AM

That's fishy, but in a good way (smoked is even better).

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02/17/2013 2:17 PM

Eat it up, we have plenty.....

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Dessert too....

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02/17/2013 2:44 PM

Hey Europium:

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I can assure you it is not just you.

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I think you might appreciate this site. I do.

While not strictly science, per say, I would describe much of the culture as very scientifically minded.

Let me know what you think. It isn't a magazine, but it does restore a little of my faith in the existence of non-frivolous 'journalism'(?).

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02/18/2013 10:18 AM

Are you sure that is a rainbow? Looks like a cutthroat to me...? Both are good eating, keep up the good work.

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02/19/2013 1:16 PM

Could be, I'm no expert, they all taste good to me....

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