Robot Cutout Contest - UPDATE

The robot always wants to get out more. He's tired of being at the office and we need your help so that he can travel.

Here's what to do:
- Print out the PDF document below
- Cut out the robot and the supporting pieces
- Attach together like the picture below
- Take a picture of the robot somewhere cool
- Post the picture in a reply down below.
- Limit of three pictures

The best two pictures that come in by Friday of the robot in a cool place will win a copy of Haywired: Pointless (Yet Awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclined.

The robot is black and white because our printer got a little too crazy on color printouts before and has no color left. Your results may vary and will probably be a lot more colorful!

UPDATE - Everyone who puts a photo of the robot up in a comment will get a cutout robot patch

UPDATE 2 - Congratulations to I_am_Canadian and lukethebook333 for their photos! We looked at all the entries, laughed, made a decision, changed our minds, and then repeated the process a few times until we decided on these two. Many great entries, everyone! Thanks for submitting your photos and we'll get the rest of those patches out to you.

UPDATE 3 - OK, the patches are now closed for this contest.

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kelseymh8 years ago
Hey, thanks for the help, Robot. No, wait, don't push that button! Aaiiieeee....
What that, behind the robot? -PKT
Looks like an Iron Man Arc reactor!!
I'm guessing you didn't read the answer below.
It's me, inside the rear portion of the BaBar experiment. The twelve sectors of photomultiplier tubes surrounding me are used to read out a Cherenkov ring imaging detector.
You mean like:
  • neutron subspace detector
  • asp muon detector
  • BIST dongle inversion
  • photonic bandwidth detector
  • HTTP density inversion
Some were so obvious I had to personally edit them LOL
Pah. That's lame. I asked for four phrases, and got the same word appearing in three of them. Whoever populated the database had little imagination. You want some real technobabble, ask me how to avoid compacitification in a 10+1 dimensional Calabi-Yau conformal manifold, while still maintaining the infinite Kaluza-Klein ladder necessary for inflation and spontaneous symmetry breaking.
Are we talking string theory and super symmetry here? (We watched An Elegant Universe in physics after the AP exam was done)
Yeah, basically, although I more or less strung together seemingly-plausible terms and phrases. It doesn't actually say anything sensible to an actual theorist.

A Calabi-Yau manifold is one kind of a compact, unitary surface (manifold) in n-dimensional space, satisfying a Riemannian integrability condition. Reading the description in Wikipedia, most of the terminology beyond that is outside of my own education.

The "10+1" dimensions I referred to are the simplest sort of string theory space needed for unifying the four known forces, called SO(10). As it turns out, the rate of proton decay predicted by SO(10) unification is faster than has been observed, and is therefore ruled out.

A "Kaluza-Klein ladder" (more properly called a "Kaluza-Klein tower") refers to the series of excited states nhc/R" for strings on each compactified dimension of radius R. This is just good old-fashioned quantum theory, except that with R being so small, the energies of the states are huge compared to normal particle physics.

''Inflation'' is the current standard cosmological model for how the universe can be so perfectly flat (Euclidean) with a uniform CMB temperature, even in regions which should be spatially separated.

Spontaneous symmetry breaking (which won this year's Nobel in physics) describes how an underlying set of equations can have a symmetry, even though the particles or interactions we observe don't seem to reflect that symmetry. The Higgs mechanism for the origin of mass involves a spontaneously broken symmetry.
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