Linked by David Adams on Sat 1st Dec 2012 19:43 UTC
Gifts, Contests, Easter Eggs I need everybody's help. I was selected as a finalist for the local science museum's contest to identify the innovation that I would most like to see invented and create a small exhibit about it. I put in a huge amount of effort to make a very well researched and prepared presentation, and even built a kid-friendly museum exhibit and presentation to illustrate my idea. The winner gets a trip to Italy. But get this: it turns out the winner is going to be determined by an easy-to-game online poll. So I feel like an idiot for spending so much effort, because the person with the most Facebook friends is going to win. Please help me fight for justice for voting for my project. (It's project #1). Update: Somebody was stuffing the ballot box, so they enabled some fig-leaf anti-cheating protections and reset the vote.
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Convertible Heel Shoes
by jonsmirl on Sat 1st Dec 2012 20:27 UTC
jonsmirl
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2005-07-06

The convertible heel shoes are already a product. The company participated in the Mass Challenge startup competition last year. It is likely they have patents on it.

http://masschallenge.org/

http://www.convertible-heels.com/Day2Night.html

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RE: Convertible Heel Shoes
by Desiderantes on Sat 1st Dec 2012 20:39 UTC in reply to "Convertible Heel Shoes"
Desiderantes Member since:
2012-04-14

Also they are the dumbest invention, by comparison. It' s a shame to even put them in that list.

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RE: Convertible Heel Shoes
by jonsmirl on Sat 1st Dec 2012 20:43 UTC in reply to "Convertible Heel Shoes"
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2005-07-06
RE: Convertible Heel Shoes
by David on Sat 1st Dec 2012 21:01 UTC in reply to "Convertible Heel Shoes"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

To be fair, the competition wasn't necessarily to come up with a radically new idea, but simply to advocate for an invention in a way that will help museum-goers understand it.

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RE: Convertible Heel Shoes
by Yehppael on Sat 1st Dec 2012 21:12 UTC in reply to "Convertible Heel Shoes"
Yehppael Member since:
2012-08-01

It is likely they have patents on it.


Probably true.

That idea is so idiotic on so many levels, I'm amazed. Any women in the audience, to tell people why that is? ;)

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RE[2]: Convertible Heel Shoes
by WereCatf on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 01:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Convertible Heel Shoes"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

"It is likely they have patents on it.


Probably true.

That idea is so idiotic on so many levels, I'm amazed. Any women in the audience, to tell people why that is? ;)
"

I wear New Rocks, I doubt I'm qualified to comment on that!

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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 1st Dec 2012 21:27 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Ninjas, small and big, always get my vote.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 02:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Ninjas, small and big, always get my vote.


You just haven't realized yet that samurai > ninjas any day!

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 06:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It depends. The movie law of Ninja states that one Ninja is invincible, while many Ninja are cannon fodder.

So one Ninja beats one Samurai, yet one Samurai can defeat a large group of Ninja and still be back in time for dinner.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 07:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

But you see, the thing about the samurai is that they can be beaten once or twice, but they don't die from that and they eventually learn one or another lesson and come back even stronger than before. Also, they possess a very specific skill that ninjas lack: they look good even when being beaten up.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 07:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I didn't know you fancied Tom Cruise.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by adkilla on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 10:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

Shogun pawns both Samurais and Ninjas!
Muahahahaha

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 11:15 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I didn't know you fancied Tom Cruise.


Hey, I never insulted you!

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 11:26 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Tom did great as a Samurai and IIRC he survived while the rest all died!

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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by Drumhellar on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 04:26 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Tom Cruise was terrible as a samurai.
He should stay away from period pieces. He is unconvincing as somebody who lives in the 19th century.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by David on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 03:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I thought it was Pirates vs Ninjas?

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Surprising
by Boomshiki on Sat 1st Dec 2012 22:29 UTC
Boomshiki
Member since:
2008-06-11

Normally I roll my eyes at these kinds of posts. When I read the list, I was surprised that it was legitimately the best candidate. Solor paint was a close call but in the end, humanity would be better off with ninjas to keep our bodies in shape.

Maybe adapt them to counter the effects of 0 gravity on the human body?

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RE: Surprising
by MrWeeble on Sat 1st Dec 2012 23:24 UTC in reply to "Surprising"
MrWeeble Member since:
2007-04-18

ruined it for me by having a "tritanium battery", he might has well have just put "copied off star trek" in the entry field.

The cars that convert to maglevs seemed interesting, but I voted for David's nanoninjas in the end

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How pointless
by bowkota on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 00:30 UTC
bowkota
Member since:
2011-10-12

These ideas are either silly or simply not achievable scientifically.
I guess I'll vote for your idea because it's the most sensible out of the whole bunch. Bare in mind though that this is not new, there's lots of use currently going on regarding the involvement of nano robotics and its use in medicine.
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2012/February/DNA-robots-des...

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RE: How pointless
by mistersoft on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 22:11 UTC in reply to "How pointless"
mistersoft Member since:
2011-01-05

depends how massively your stretching the truth with your definition of nano-robotics.. hmm. a lab i used to work in worked on a lot of nano bioengineering projects
making nano wires with using wire shaped viral capsids as scaffolds, re-engineering more simple MS2 like viral capsids as drug delivery capsules, simple self assembling dna based circuits, re-engineered ribozymes and riboswitches as molecular circuit breakers and molecular sensors respectively. also, in another lab cancer cell target genetically modified viruses (as targetted chemotherapeutics basically) ...afaik those types of projects are the nearest we are so far to even nanoscale 'effectors' let alone 'robots' .i'm not counting mutation enzymes with modified function either. as for anything afm, optical tweezer based or similar..........well make for some pretty demonstrations or some useful single molecule measurements, but again, different ballparks.

eric drexler has a lot to answer for! literal molecular scale repair robots, even for dna let alone anything else .not going to happen.. much more targetted medicines and repairs...........yeah, sure -10 to 20 years

EDIT
ps the work in that RSC link is very analogous to prostate cancer GIANT project utilizing engineered adenovirus to specifically ONLY target prostate cancer cells -a different approach but v similar result. Targetted aptamers conjoined to chemotherapeutic containing secondary aptamers domains (eg holding cisplatin analogues say) also achieves similar results

Edited 2012-12-02 22:19 UTC

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"injustice"
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 01:20 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Its an injustice that its called an injustice. Not funny enough to be satirical, not serious enough to be legit.

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A little hypocritical
by MyNameIsNot4Letter on Sun 2nd Dec 2012 20:39 UTC
MyNameIsNot4Letter
Member since:
2011-01-09

It is a little hypocritical to first whine about how stupid the voting system only to use your massive (relative to the other's facebook friends) osnews crowd to "game" the poll in your direction. Surly by using osnews, the others don't stand a chance?

Where's the justice in that?

I hope everyone here will vote for the entry they feel DESERVES to win.

I would wish you good luck, but now you probably don't need it ;)

/Uni

Edited 2012-12-02 20:40 UTC

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RE: A little hypocritical
by peejay on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 13:10 UTC in reply to "A little hypocritical"
peejay Member since:
2005-06-29

It is a little hypocritical to first whine about how stupid the voting system only to use your massive (relative to the other's facebook friends) osnews crowd to "game" the poll in your direction.


To be fair, he did say it was an easy-to-game poll. ;)

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Is Facebook corrupting us?
by ziba on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 13:29 UTC
ziba
Member since:
2009-11-13

Most of these polls are just a popularity contest...

"We'll, a lot of contests are run on Facebook. Since I am interested in photography, I get messages about photo contests. Of course, when my Facebook friends enter a contest of some sort, they post a message about it.

What disturbs me is that with very few exceptions, the people who enter such contests send a message encouraging others to vote for themselves, not to look at the contest and vote for the best submission.

This is, by definition, corruption."

Read more about it:

http://kallokain.blogspot.se/2012/11/is-facebook-corrupting-us.html

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Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 14:06 UTC
smashIt
Member since:
2005-07-06

ninjas are losing to shoes (34% to 38%)
what a sad sad world....

Edited 2012-12-03 14:07 UTC

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If you win this contest...
by jackastor on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 15:26 UTC
jackastor
Member since:
2009-05-05

You better post a followup article with pictures of your Italy trip.

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Hmm
by flibble on Tue 4th Dec 2012 11:19 UTC
flibble
Member since:
2007-05-19

Of all the entries, only the pottery wheel for paraplegics and the interchangeable heel shoe seem actually practical to make, and of those only the pottery wheel actually seems to be doing something useful or interesting.

And apparently I'm the only person to vote for it.

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