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Longest continuous running lab experiment

  1. Mar 24, 2009 #1

    wolram

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    What is the longest continuous running experiment , By continuous i mean some equipment is set up and left to run, not some thing like CERN where there has been periods of down time.
     
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  3. Mar 24, 2009 #2

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    Life.

    They're watching :eek:
     
  4. Mar 24, 2009 #3
    Voyager space probes?
     
  5. Mar 24, 2009 #4
    Possibly this one.

    http://www.smp.uq.edu.au/pitch/ [Broken]

    http://www.smp.uq.edu.au/pitch/ [Broken]

    Started 1927.
     
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  6. Mar 24, 2009 #5

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    Gads that is amazing i would not have given a thought to such an experiment, i guessed it would be some thing to do with time.
     
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  7. Mar 24, 2009 #6
    How about the light bulb that's been burning for the past 108 years: a quasi-experiment?
    http://www.centennialbulb.org/" [Broken]
     
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  8. Mar 24, 2009 #7

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    Wow, that was my first thought, too :approve:! But I was way too busy this afternoon to post it.
     
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  9. Mar 24, 2009 #8
    This guy should do the Heinz ketchup commercials.
     
  10. Mar 24, 2009 #9

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    That bulb is running wa-a-a-ay underpowered.
     
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  11. Mar 24, 2009 #10

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    That is tenacity above and beyond the call of duty. At least he had time to go and get in a couple of rounds of golf between taking readings.
     
  12. Mar 24, 2009 #11
    Brings new meaning to "watching molasses."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster" [Broken]
     
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  13. Mar 25, 2009 #12
    Then there is the Beverly clock, in the city with the most beautiful http://zamaitt.com/wagamama/nz/popular%20tours/img/dunedin%20railway%20station.jpg [Broken] in the world, running since 1864, driven by temperature and pressure variation.

    Also worth mentioning the Oxford Electric Bell.
     
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  14. Mar 25, 2009 #13

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    If I recall, some of the longest experiments are agricultural ones. There have been fields set up in the UK for decades to test the effects of nutrient depletion etc. This article states that one was started in 1843, and if it's the one I'm thinking of then it's still going.
     
  15. Mar 25, 2009 #14
    The next largest prime number?
     
  16. Mar 25, 2009 #15

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    I heard on the radio that there was a town, I think in Western Europe, where a symphony is played out 1 note per year, i.e. 1 note drone for 365 days. I forget how long it's been going.

    I've forgotten the crucial elements really.
     
  17. Mar 25, 2009 #16

    wolram

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    Nice one Andre.
     
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