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Old 12-02-2019, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Unfortunately, modern science often requires expensive laboratories, so it usually requires significant funding to create science "colonies". The ones that come to mind for me are DARPA, Bell Labs, Skunk Works, CERN, JPL, LLNL, and Los Alamos. In older days various science societies probably served a similar purpose.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:41 PM
 
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Become a nuclear engineer aboard a sub and you've got your wish.
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Old 12-05-2019, 01:32 PM
 
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Become a nuclear engineer aboard a sub and you've got your wish.
Do you REALLY think the Navy is going to let a powerplant engineer aboard a sub play around with scientific investigations on the vessel? I think you've got a strange idea of what life in the Navy is like.
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Do you REALLY think the Navy is going to let a powerplant engineer aboard a sub play around with scientific investigations on the vessel? I think you've got a strange idea of what life in the Navy is like.
Visions of YMCA next to a nuke powerplant are now dancing in my head. Thanks a lot!
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:27 AM
 
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Our local PBS station just featured the artist Macdowell Colony in New Hampshire and so I wondered if there is a science equivalent to something like it? The Macdowell Colony provides a fellowship to hundreds of artists each year to spend a month or two in one of their cabins free of charge. All meals provided and nothing to do but clear your mind and create.

I've heard of artists colonies before, but never heard of a science equivalent where scientists could go off in the woods and just think. Just wondered if there was such a thing.
That would be really cool if there was. Up until just the last 30-40 years scientists were held in high regard in society and many were employed at the DOE DARPA etc. Now these institutions are shells of their original selves, they still have the household name but when you really start digging you will find that these places employ a very small fraction of the scientists/engineers/mathematicians that they used to and the funding has been drastically cut.

Basicly what you are talking about is silicon valley 30-40 years ago. If you find this place of scientists working a group in garages in a relatively similar area let me know. Once they all become billionaires its kind of over for any newcomer, you have to find like-minded people who are also starting up and build those relationships.

I am working on it now in Alaska but its really really slow because there are not many scientists around.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:34 AM
 
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Do you REALLY think the Navy is going to let a powerplant engineer aboard a sub play around with scientific investigations on the vessel? I think you've got a strange idea of what life in the Navy is like.
You would have to build your own nuke reactor, there is tons of uranium laying around the mtns of colorado. You can enrich the uranium and build your own reactor using lasers. Once you can get a reaction going you can start converting depleted uranium to plutonium 239 and keep the party going.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic...ope_separation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dye_laser

Navy is not going to let you do squat, they are a draconian hierarchical structure of control and hazing who have cool equipment built by contractors. Contractors build EVERYTHING the military uses and only a VERY tiny percentage of uniformed military actually have intimate knowledge and work on this stuff.

You pretty much have to be in dry dock to really start messing with the reactor.

IF you can mee these tiny tiny percentage of miltary people you can learn alot (aircraft mechanics, nuke reactor techs, especailly electronics techs). But they are rare, if they claim to be but start comming off as authoritarian they they arent. Some of the techs might be grouchy but thats alot different than authoritarian.
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