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New Chemical Element Discovered.

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered a new chemical element with the greatest density yet known to science.

The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv) has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called pillocks.

Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isomers.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration.
This hypothetical quantity is referred to as a critical morass.

When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium (symbol=Ad), an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many pillocks but twice as many morons.
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Re: New Chemical Element Discovered.

I can imagine a coming together of Ad and Gv would produce another new element, Bolloxium (Bx)
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Re: New Chemical Element Discovered.

Reminds me of the very wonderful Les Barker's poem "Administerium and the Science of Unclear Physics" which unfortunately is not available on-line but you can hear it read by Heinz Wolff:

https://youtu.be/Pc09OLF53Jo
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Re: New Chemical Element Discovered.

Excellent.
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I can imagine a coming together of Ad and Gv would produce another new element, Bolloxium (Bx)
There are several isomers of Bolloxium, characterised by their distinctive red, blue, yellow and green colours. These are generally inert and do very little of value.

However if Bolloxium is reacted with hydrogen at elevated temperatures it will decompose into Dup which is bright orange in colour. DuP is highly reactive and likely to explode if brought into contact with the red, yellow or green isomers above. Stability with the blue isomer is only guaranteed on payment of large sums of money.

Best results are achieved if Bolloxium is heated in a furnace powered by wood pellets for which tax rebates are available.
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Re: New Chemical Element Discovered.

Since you’re all talking scientific, what about this:

https://physicsworld.com/a/first-ima...ark-discovery/

Apparently the image was taken using the EM1 Mk2 with a bloody long lens.
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Re: New Chemical Element Discovered.

"A one-way door out of our universe".

I can think of a few uses for that!
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Re: New Chemical Element Discovered.

Since it is said that light doesn’t come out of a black hole and photography is about capture of light, there’s something of a dichotomy in all of this...
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This has the makings of a classic thread. Well started Nigel, brilliant
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Since you’re all talking scientific, what about this:

https://physicsworld.com/a/first-ima...ark-discovery/

Apparently the image was taken using the EM1 Mk2 with a bloody long lens.
You are sounding like Michael Cain there Steve.
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Since it is said that light doesn’t come out of a black hole and photography is about capture of light, there’s something of a dichotomy in all of this...

As I understand it the radiation captured was not visible light but radio waves so this image is computer-generated. Nothing can escape from a black hole but if I remember correctly radiation is emitted when things fall into it, so that would be what the telescope array is imaging. It's clever stuff anyway, and made possible by a collaboration across many nations. Needless to say, the wags are already suggesting that Brexit might be at the centre of the hole .
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Yes, it could go anywhere from here! A bit of (ahem) light relief anyway .
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Needless to say, the wags are already suggesting that Brexit might be at the centre of the hole .
Nah. That'll be the MP's Expenses Office.
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Hawking radiation
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As I understand it the radiation captured was not visible light but radio waves so this image is computer-generated. Nothing can escape from a black hole but if I remember correctly radiation is emitted when things fall into it, so that would be what the telescope array is imaging. It's clever stuff anyway, and made possible by a collaboration across many nations. Needless to say, the wags are already suggesting that Brexit might be at the centre of the hole .
Imaged in the microwave wavelength, apparently.
Some clever thinking by Stephen Hawking; his postulate states black holes 'evaporate'. At the very small, quantum uncertainty takes hold, something like that. I'll have to google it to remind myself.
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