incrediBILL - 3:14 am on May 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
home chemistry sets
I'm sure all you get these days is vinegar and baking soda and they probably don't even include the little rocket anymore because someone might put an eye out or <gasp> get vinegar in their face. I was a bit extreme, I started with the chemistry set and ended up with gallons of acids, all medical grade, like hydrochloric, phosphoric, etc. and an actual big chunk of sodium (fun story of how I disposed of it) and all sorts of hazardous materials that would alarm all the neighbors and Homeland Security if I were a teen owning the same thing today as knowledge is dangerous. I'm also sure some pranks I pulled back in the day would've landed me in serious legal trouble today.
Kids are being turned into mindless sheep because smart people are dangerous and shouldn't be allowed to play with things that can be used for good OR alternative purposes.
It's sad as I see a lot of lost opportunity for a lot of kids and we end up importing the talent as they can still learn these things in other places but I digress, again...
It's a prime example of why our grandkids won't be interested in such things because they aren't even allowed the opportunity, even under school supervision, to experiment with stuff as even in the 70s our school labs were being dumbed down.
As far as the kit with the uranium goes, someone probably just painted a rock with a little glow in the dark paint that was used in those old watch dials that had radioactive stuff in them which would make your Geiger counter tick.
Of all the things we've discussed, I'm hoping a-bombs is something our descendents DON'T have to live in fear of as it all made me a little nervous hearing about the nuclear proliferation, the treaties, etc. Then the Berlin Wall came down and it looked like it was all over but hell no, more wackos trying to arm themselves. Makes me wish Marie Curie had died before she figured out what was killing her TBH.
Was reading up on the Google Brain project and the President's new BRAIN initiative and I do hope I live long enough to see the real AI that our grandkids will no doubt interact with as I'd love to converse with an alternate life form at least once, even if it's artificial as I don't think the 'little green men' are stupid enough to ever show their faces to this wacko planet as people would panic like little idiots.