@zig@mastodon.social @ifixcoinops @InvaderXan @julia I actually get a good feeling when I do something that legitimately makes my computer sweat. Topology-preserving boolean operations on kiloelement meshes? OK I get why it takes a while.

@anne @zig @ifixcoinops @julia
I mean, if I was running density functional theory calculations or something, I'd understand the processor being a little preoccupied. Making a shopping list though, not so much.

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Sorry, this is a total tangent, but a friend did some cool work with atomic force microscopy - molecules that looked just like DFT predicted - so I printed him up some of his data. It's fun visualizing actual data!

@anne
Oh, that is so cool! I was always amazed at the way AFM can give you a picture of an actual molecule...

@InvaderXan
The noisy one is so noisy because (technique introduced in this paper!) it's time-resolved: you can bang the molecule, then measure it a selected number of picoseconds later to see how it wobbles. Very cool stuff. He's now setting up his own lab in the US.

nature.com/articles/nature1981
(Paywalled, sorry.)

@anne
Oh wow, it gives vibrational data too? By physically inducing the vibrations? Very neat. Hmmm... I think a few people in my institute might work on something similar.

Boo to paywalls. I'll take a look when I'm next on campus!

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