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Possible Clue On Saturn's Hexagon? 70

Posted by kdawson
from the spinning-buckets dept.
permaculture sends us to nature.com for a description of new (and old) research that might possibly shed some light on the origin of the hexagon around Saturn's north pole. Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have spun buckets of water, in much the same way Isaac Newton did, and photographed geometrical whirlpools developing. As the buckets are spun up, central holes develop that are first elliptical, then triangular, then square, pentagonal, and hexagonal. A UT Austin researcher is quoted as saying it's unlikely this process is behind the Saturn mystery.
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Possible Clue On Saturn's Hexagon?

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  • Re:Chaos theory (Score:3, Interesting)

    by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Thursday April 26, 2007 @01:06PM (#18887127) Homepage Journal
    Congratulations on missing the entire fucking point. When we find the mechanism behind one of these "random occurrences" we learn more about the way the universe works and it enables us to make predictions. This is called science. It's useful, as you would not have that computer in front of you with which you can spout off about things you don't understand without the scientific method.
  • by jdray (645332) on Thursday April 26, 2007 @01:18PM (#18887301) Homepage Journal

    Well, while the article seems to have a clue what they're talking about, you certainly don't. Intelligent design really is a bunch of lazy researchers...

    Your argument a) misses the joke, and b) holds water less than the parent. Clues must be in short supply, as you indicated.

  • Two Minor Things (Score:3, Interesting)

    by user24 (854467) on Thursday April 26, 2007 @01:20PM (#18887329) Homepage
    firstly, I think this is the first time I've seen a slashdot article refute itself in the summary " Possible Clue On Saturn's Hexagon? ... A UT Austin researcher is quoted as saying it's unlikely this process is behind the Saturn mystery".

    secondly, are we even sure there is a hexagon? The face on mars was just a freak of low-resolution photography, couldn't the same sort of human error be responsible here?

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