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    Thread: Blue Dwarf Stars
Post: RE: Blue Dwarf Stars

(10-10-2021, 08:50 AM)The Astronomer Wrote: Sounds good. If I have time I think I’ll at least try to write something up about their properties and such. I think it would be particularly important t...
iancampbell Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 7 96 11-11-2021, 10:19 PM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

Another problem with mRNA vaccines is the rather extreme conditions required for storing them - facilities that most Western health centres don't have except for major hospitals, never mind the develo...
iancampbell Real Life But OA Relevant 16 3,148 05-10-2021, 07:04 AM
    Thread: Free Will vs Determinism
Post: RE: Free Will vs Determinism

(05-05-2021, 07:44 PM)stevebowers Wrote: I tend towards Dennett's view. Even if we don't have free will, we behave exactly as if we do; and in a complex multiverse full of quantum uncertainty, that ...
iancampbell Real Life But OA Relevant 3 896 05-06-2021, 02:34 AM
    Thread: Possibly commonplace things in Y11k that could horrify someone from 2021?
Post: RE: Possibly commonplace things in Y11k that could...

One that I came up with a while back - the possibility that a fair proportion of people you meet in the street (or equivalent) are elsewhere, with their bodies being run by DNIs or some remote compute...
iancampbell General Setting Discussion 32 554 05-04-2021, 07:25 AM
    Thread: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?
Post: RE: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?

I think the bear selfie analogy is a somewhat poor one. The reasons is that higher intelligence etc. of the woman is irrelevant in this particular situation (perhaps because she isn't using it!) and p...
iancampbell Books, Games, Movies, and TV 21 5,073 04-30-2021, 12:58 AM
    Thread: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discovered
Post: RE: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discover...

(04-26-2021, 01:46 AM)Bear Wrote: Also, when I hear "smallest and closest" my brain immediately says "probably not a coincidence." Instead, I think, we may see this as the nearest black hole becaus...
iancampbell Real Life But OA Relevant 17 3,730 04-26-2021, 04:39 AM
    Thread: Propulsion Performance Statistics (Amat)
Post: RE: Propulsion Performance Statistics (Amat)

(04-24-2021, 02:18 PM)Drashner1 Wrote: (04-24-2021, 12:33 PM)omega_tyrant Wrote: https://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/49f6ffc730720 On the bottom chart explaining the different cruise speeds and ...
iancampbell General Setting Discussion 4 63 04-26-2021, 04:31 AM
    Thread: Mars city question
Post: RE: Mars city question

(03-13-2021, 03:57 AM)Vitto Wrote: Quote:While completely isolated self sustaining ecosystems may currently be beyond our grasp, it doesn't mean we can't come close But would a colony on Mars be re...
iancampbell General Off-topic Discussion 24 8,106 03-15-2021, 01:06 PM
    Thread: Radiation catalyst
Post: RE: Radiation catalyst

Possibly achievable with OA tech, there is a nasty weapon from an old Moorcock novel that might be interesting. The anti-neutron beamer, which does what it says on the tin. It occurs to me that many n...
iancampbell Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 10 130 03-11-2021, 06:37 AM
    Thread: Well. This could be a game changer. New Warp Drive theory
Post: RE: Well. This could be a game changer. New Warp...

(03-06-2021, 07:16 PM)Vitto Wrote: (03-06-2021, 12:04 PM)iancampbell Wrote: (03-04-2021, 08:57 AM)Bear Wrote: I am not optimistic about the development of any meaningful superluminal drive. Par...
iancampbell Real Life But OA Relevant 35 9,629 03-07-2021, 02:27 AM
    Thread: Well. This could be a game changer. New Warp Drive theory
Post: RE: Well. This could be a game changer. New Warp...

(03-04-2021, 08:57 AM)Bear Wrote: I am not optimistic about the development of any meaningful superluminal drive. Partially because I somewhat doubt the physics of negative energy and none of the c...
iancampbell Real Life But OA Relevant 35 9,629 03-06-2021, 12:04 PM
    Thread: Sky Chart and Plant Color Chart by Luke Campbell
Post: RE: Sky Chart and Plant Color Chart by Luke Campbe...

I think it's worth mentioning that most plants on Earth are of a far from optimum colour if the criterion is efficiency of light absorption. The reason why plants are green is, of course, that green l...
iancampbell Worldbuilders Resources 9 3,009 03-02-2021, 01:22 PM
    Thread: Cyborg optimised for rapid movement
Post: RE: Cyborg optimised for rapid movement

(02-20-2021, 01:42 PM)Drashner1 Wrote: (02-20-2021, 12:57 PM)iancampbell Wrote: Interesting. I have another idea; not claiming that it's original. In reasonably high-tech polities, presence of DNI...
iancampbell General Setting Discussion 11 146 02-21-2021, 12:46 AM
    Thread: Cyborg optimised for rapid movement
Post: RE: Cyborg optimised for rapid movement

(02-18-2021, 01:13 PM)Drashner1 Wrote: Some thoughts here: a) If the MMs incorporate Ultimate Muscles - even a little bit - into their cyborg enhancements they might be quite capable of shotputting...
iancampbell General Setting Discussion 11 146 02-20-2021, 12:57 PM
    Thread: Cyborg optimised for rapid movement
Post: RE: Cyborg optimised for rapid movement

For a fast and manoeuvrable cyborg, attention would have to be given to protecting the brain running it; this is already a problem with some real-world species, such as woodpeckers. Two possible solut...
iancampbell General Setting Discussion 11 146 02-18-2021, 01:40 AM
    Thread: Lich, Draugr, Poltergeist, and Phobetor: a neutron star system
Post: RE: Lich, Draugr, Poltergeist, and Phobetor: a neu...

(02-04-2021, 05:46 AM)Cray Wrote: Neutron star planets' composition would be even weirder than carbonaceous (adamanean?) planets. All those rare heavy elements mixed with oddball transition elements...
iancampbell Real Life But OA Relevant 22 6,281 02-15-2021, 05:58 AM
    Thread: Covid-19; we dodged a bullet
Post: RE: Covid-19; we dodged a bullet

(02-13-2021, 10:47 PM)Rynn Wrote: (02-13-2021, 09:35 PM)iancampbell Wrote: Good points. IMHO the reason for the difference is that South Korea is far more used to authoritarianism, and far more to...
iancampbell General Off-topic Discussion 11 4,635 02-14-2021, 12:01 AM
    Thread: Covid-19; we dodged a bullet
Post: RE: Covid-19; we dodged a bullet

(02-13-2021, 08:08 PM)Rynn Wrote: I think it also shows how technology is useless without the social institutions to back it up. In various countries tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people hav...
iancampbell General Off-topic Discussion 11 4,635 02-13-2021, 09:35 PM
    Thread: Dates for the Kuiper Belt and their relationship to the rest of the setting
Post: RE: Dates for the Kuiper Belt and their relationsh...

(01-16-2017, 12:29 PM)stevebowers Wrote: Second Draft The Kuiper Belt contains four dwarf planets (Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea) and several thousand smaller icy objects. The first mission to t...
iancampbell General Setting Discussion 43 457 02-13-2021, 03:36 PM
    Thread: Covid-19; we dodged a bullet
Post: Covid-19; we dodged a bullet

And this situation illustrates why technological advance is a good thing, and also why it causes problems. Covid-19 spread as fast as it did, because of transport technology; specifically cheap air t...
iancampbell General Off-topic Discussion 11 4,635 02-13-2021, 03:27 PM