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5:04 pm on Nov 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to this week's gizmo [banbots.com] quiz.

To be this week's winner, I'll need the name of the material and what it was first used for.

Good luck!

[edited by: Key_Master at 5:05 pm (utc) on Nov. 9, 2002]

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Key_Master:

Some ghostly insulating material?

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Some holographic soap promotion card used by lever detergents.

[edited by: Macguru at 5:14 pm (utc) on Nov. 9, 2002]

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some kind of plasma?
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[stardust.jpl.nasa.gov...]

it is created from stardust.

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i havew the asnwers ..my windows are having problems - i didnr reboot all day... damn...i hope i won, my net is totaly blocvked now and WebmasterWorld is not working...
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[stardust.jpl.nasa.gov...]
It is 99.8% Air
Provides 39 times more insulating than the best fiberglass insulation
Is 1,000 times less dense than glass
Was used on the Mars Pathfinder rover
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did i win? first time ever? in the hall of fame? record time? :)
5:35 pm on Nov 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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One thing is fer shure, Key_Master didn't have time to post any funny pics. :(
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It's not plasma. For future reference, please do not touch the plasma [nip.upd.edu.ph]...

macguru, you're getting warmer.

Lawman, it can be used as an insulating material.

JonB, I'm having problems too. Finding funny pictures isn't my forte. (I propose an independent body to procure and administrate funny pictures for each upcomming Gizmo quiz).

Oh yeah, you're partly there but not there yet. I'm still waiting for the full answer.

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so it is aerogel and:

Aerogels were first used scientifically in the 1950s in physics experiments as Cherenkov detectors to find high-energy particles, Tsou said.

am i there now? ;)

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JPL aerogel capture experiments have flown previously and been recovered on Shuttle flights, Spacelab II and Eureca.
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Out of thin air
It started with a wager: During the 1930s, a researcher named Stephen Kistler bet a colleague that he could make a gel that didn't shrivel up when it dried. He won the bet with aerogel, aka frozen smoke.

Made from a maze of silica strands only one one-thousandth the thickness of a human hair, the substance is 95 to 99 percent empty space and weighs only three times as much as air, yet a one-pound block can support half a ton.

NASA: snail.msfc.nasa.gov/station/train/Aerogel/HOUSEOFFUTURE.HTML.

cmon, isnt this close enough?

[edited by: JonB at 6:20 pm (utc) on Nov. 9, 2002]

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Nope, not even close.

hehe! And you though it would be easy... :)

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ok now iam confused. i have directls the same pic like you, have posted what is made of and have posted why it was used for. first it was used for what i wrote in last post or?

where am i doing it wrong?

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How is aerogel made?

Mixing four chemicals, which react to form a wet gel, similar to a gelatin dessert creates Aerogel. The gel is then dried in an autoclave, in essence a pressure cooker that applies pressure and heat.

What is it used for?

Aerogel was first made in the 1930s by Samuel S. Kistler, who obtained several patents for making a variety of aerogel, including silica, alumina, chromia, tin and carbon.

[stardust.jpl.nasa.gov...]

i mean it cant get any closer than this!

that is explanation direclty for thesame pic you gave.

[edited by: JonB at 6:21 pm (utc) on Nov. 9, 2002]

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Aerogels were discovered in 1931 by two scientists at universities in California, Dr. Steven Kistler and Dr. Charles Learned. They were competing to see if they could replace the liquid inside of a jelly jar without causing any shrinkage. Dr. Kistler won the bet and published his findings in a 1931 edition of Nature.

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[edited by: JonB at 5:56 pm (utc) on Nov. 9, 2002]

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During the 1930s, a researcher named Stephen Kistler bet a colleague that he could make a gel that didn't shrivel up when it dried.

You're a little close but not there yet.

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Aerogel is the result of a friendly wager between Dr. Steven Kistler and Dr. Charles Learned, two Stanford University scientists. They competed to see if one of them could replace the liquid inside a jelly jar with gas without causing any shrinkage. Kistler won the bet, and published his findings in a 1931 edition of the journal Nature.
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macguru, i posted before you, only LINK was added 1 minute after your psot. i swear.

[edited by: JonB at 5:59 pm (utc) on Nov. 9, 2002]

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Ahhh man, three simultaneous posts. Yes JonB, I declare you the winner. Macguru was a little too slow to hit submit. ;)
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the last "first used for" i found by searching for "aerogel faq first".

winner! that is so great! :) thanks to my new adsl!

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I will certainly not argue against a server. Congrats JonB! Fully deserved. You gave all the clues.

But how did you found out about aerogel in the first place?

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macgure, i dont knwo if i could tell this. maybe i will get the "award" taken away. so first i ask, is any method of searching allowed?
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I guess so. The whole game is about skilled usage of search engines, but anyone can use his brain too. ;)
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it is skilled use of SE :)

well, in that case. since i had NO IDEA what this could be i searched for what OTHER is in the picture. went to google image search. searched for "hand". 400+ results nothing.

then i tried "hand holding" and in page 4 there it was. when i saw this my heart started +50 and windows got unstable. could not get WebmasterWorld to work.

her is direct link:
[images.google.com...]

do you see it?

since this was pretty mcuh all except whrn it was FIRST used, so i started on google search for term "first used".

the rest you know. :)

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gizmos are usually followed by a lot of people. how come only you and me were here?
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>>gizmos are usually followed by a lot of people

I just tuned in and it's over - bummer.

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The rest of the gang is standing in some dark corner with a pout on their faces. ;)

Congrats JonB!

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does that mean i will ahve to host next gizmo? i dont see problems with that, i also have adsl now, can find gizmo but i am afraid one thing - my englsih knowledge may be too weak to asnwer some technical questions from the participants .rememebr the "low bass makers". 75% of words i had no idea what they mean.

any suggestions?

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