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  • Stratego
    started a poll Inventions Round 1 - Plastic vs Space flight

    Inventions Round 1 - Plastic vs Space flight

    30
    Plastic (1909)
    90.00%
    27
    Space flight (1961)
    10.00%
    3

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    Plastic (1909)



    Why?
    No material has changed our lives in the past 100 years as much as plastic and its many derivative forms: PVC, Plexiglas, nylon etc… We live in a plastic world and plastic seems to be everywhere. Imagine a world without?

    Space Flight (1961)



    Why?
    Space flights are the first human steps beyond our own planet and represent one of the great expansions of human horizons. Over the past 40 years, space flights have gathered a wealth of information about our own planet and the cosmos. Major physics, biology, medicine and astronomy theories have been reshaped and rebuilt based on data collected by these manned flights.

  • MarkV
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    I hadn't seen it before either. Plastics do not date from 1909 they are much earlier - the first synthetic plastic was made in 1856 and named Parkesine in 1856 and Xylonite in 1869, finally ending up as as Celluloid in 1870. Goodyear was developing Ebonite at about the same time. The two come together in some piano keyboards with Celluloid being used for the white keys and ebonite for the black. Large quantities of ebonite were used to make Victorian mourning jewellery. It can also be seen today in the form of tobacco pipe stems and mouth pieces

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  • panther3485
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    Apologies for responding to this more than 3 years late!
    I would have voted for plastics for the same reasons as given by others.
    I would also have done so because I don't regard space flight as an "invention".
    I regard it as a human activity or ability, that was enabled by a series of inventions and developments.
    (Among these, of course, was plastics.)
    OK, just me being Mr. Pedantic again!
    Last edited by panther3485; 16 Sep 17, 22:26.

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  • Merkava188
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    I would say without plastics space flight would not have been possible.

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  • Arthwys
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    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
    Space Flight with out plastics? No way.
    I think this is why we're going with plastic on this one.

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  • Capt AFB
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    Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
    Plastic, definitely, since it makes space flight possible in many ways.
    I agree

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  • Checkertail20
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    I use plastic more than I have been on a space flight so plastic wins.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Plastic, definitely, since it makes space flight possible in many ways.

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  • Half Pint John
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    Originally posted by vikram72 View Post
    Space Flight,

    Plastic very important but it can choke our environment.

    but with Space Flight one can can hope of finding New Frontiers.
    Space Flight with out plastics? No way.

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  • vikram72
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    Space Flight,

    Plastic very important but it can choke our environment.

    but with Space Flight one can can hope of finding New Frontiers.

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  • Stratego
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    Now this one suprises me...I thought there would be more supporters for Space flight ands Sci-Fi...



    Greets,
    Stratego

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  • Arthwys
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    I vote plastic... now if only our species would stop using a semi-permanent substance in temporary roles.

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  • Jose50
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    Plastic...but I think it's time to make it biodegradable.

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  • Colonel Sennef
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    Plastic as it is more universally applicable.

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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Can you have space flight without plastic?

    If, you could have spaceflight without the use of plastics and if travelling to other worlds are actually possible, then I would choose space flight.

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