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posted by Dopefish on Monday February 24 2014, @12:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the my-stomach-is-too-small-to-eat-all-that dept.

Covalent writes "Scientists suggest that the early universe could be better understood by considering its viscosity which, as it turns out, was similar to that of chocolate syrup. Researchers claim to be able to use this approach (along with as yet unavailable measurements) to determine precisely how inflation took place in the instants after the Big Bang.

Green cheese, the Milky Way... Now chocolate syrup. The universe is a complicated but delicious place!"

 
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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @12:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @12:42PM (#5761)

    Green cheese? Was it really necessary to add that "mainstream media" style joke to the summary? That's like something an anchor would open a story with. I thought this was the anti-Slashdot. Can we please keep the science clean?

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by nightsky30 on Monday February 24 2014, @01:08PM

    by nightsky30 (1818) on Monday February 24 2014, @01:08PM (#5770)

    I don't disagree with you, but if you truly care how this site develops perhaps you would care to register an account? :)

    • (Score: -1) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @01:20PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @01:20PM (#5777)

      This. Mod parent up!

      • (Score: 2) by drgibbon on Monday February 24 2014, @01:24PM

        by drgibbon (74) on Monday February 24 2014, @01:24PM (#5780) Journal

        that.

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      • (Score: 1) by dotdotdot on Monday February 24 2014, @01:50PM

        by dotdotdot (858) on Monday February 24 2014, @01:50PM (#5795)

        Initiate "What is irony?" debate in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by Thexalon on Monday February 24 2014, @02:45PM

          by Thexalon (636) on Monday February 24 2014, @02:45PM (#5825)

          I'll start: Steel is pretty irony.

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        • (Score: 2) by VLM on Monday February 24 2014, @05:42PM

          by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 24 2014, @05:42PM (#5983)

          The irony is we're debating irony in an astrophysics / cosmology article.

          These are the kind of scientists that think its funny to talk about the "Metallicity" of something maybe showing neon spectrum lines and no actual metal spectrum lines at all. Given that, I don't think you'll get a straight answer for irony outta those types.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallicity [wikipedia.org]

          • (Score: 2, Funny) by Istaera on Monday February 24 2014, @10:17PM

            by Istaera (113) on Monday February 24 2014, @10:17PM (#6242)

            What? But Neon must be a metal, it's neither Hydrogen nor Helium!

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  • (Score: 1) by khakipuce on Monday February 24 2014, @01:27PM

    by khakipuce (233) on Monday February 24 2014, @01:27PM (#5782)

    The "scientists" started it with something as daft as saying the early universe was like chocolate syrup. Headline grabbing nonsense.

    Also up-vote the guy who suggested that you get an account if you care about the quality of this site

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Covalent on Monday February 24 2014, @02:03PM

    by Covalent (43) on Monday February 24 2014, @02:03PM (#5805) Journal
    I don't usually reply to the ACs, but it's SN now, so maybe it's time for a new paradigm.

    1. The authors of the article compared the early universe's viscosity to that of chocolate syrup for a reason: The units of that viscosity (Pascal*seconds) are not exactly widely known and understood. I'm a chemistry professor and I had to look them up...so lighten up with the food references. Which brings me to point 2:

    2. I included the green cheese and Milky Way as a bit of a joke (not saying it was funny, but still). We compare complex scientific concepts and processes to simple ones (see the numerous car analogies) to make things more comprehensible to everyone. I use the whole "moon of green cheese" thing when I teach about density. The moon cannot be made of green cheese: simple math will show how dense the moon is, and how dense cheeses are, and prove that the one cannot be made of the other.

    3. Why not rail against the "my-stomach-is-too-small-to-eat-all-that dept." joke in the header? I mean, seriously, how would it even make sense to eat the whole early universe? </sarcasm>
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    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @02:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @02:43PM (#5824)

      (Different AC here)

      I don't usually reply to the ACs, but it's SN now, so maybe it's time for a new paradigm.

      Actually, the paradigm was already wrong on /. — you should post whenever you think your answer might benefit other readers, even if you suspect the OP might never read it.

      And BTW, I also have an account on SN, but I use it only from my own computer.