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    Thread: A visualization of galactic settlement
Post: RE: A visualization of galactic settlement

Ultimately there are two growth laws here: Exponential growth of biology, economics, etc, and cube-law growth of bounded space. Cube law growth ultimately bounds exponential growth, and while that...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 6 155 06-18-2021, 03:01 PM
    Thread: A visualization of galactic settlement
Post: RE: A visualization of galactic settlement

(06-18-2021, 04:27 AM)stevebowers Wrote: I like to assume that the various stars in a wave of colonisation can talk to each other, so they will exchange data about whether nearby stars are colonised...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 6 155 06-18-2021, 02:48 PM
    Thread: A visualization of galactic settlement
Post: RE: A visualization of galactic settlement

I don't get why the commenters think this model requires some ultra-stable political organization or unified civilization with a millions-of-years-long agenda to colonize the galaxy. The model says ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 6 155 06-17-2021, 10:55 AM
    Thread: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay energy
Post: RE: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay e...

The more I think about this the deeper its implications get. We're talking about lifeforms that can literally live for millions of years inside a rock. That's long enough to make some kinds of pansp...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 4 302 05-25-2021, 11:31 AM
    Thread: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay energy
Post: Radiosynthesis - living on radioactive decay energ...

https://www.quantamagazine.org/radioacti...-20210524/ Here's a nice article about Earth's subsurface ecology - surprisingly large and robust for an environment with very little available energy. Tur...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 4 302 05-25-2021, 03:22 AM
    Thread: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the military
Post: RE: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from ...

I included the option of voting for 'visitors from another 'brane' or universe' because I think that's honestly more likely than aliens from another solar system. We don't know if there are other '...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 19 882 05-22-2021, 04:24 AM
    Thread: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the military
Post: RE: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from ...

I'm absolutely certain No Earthly Power has developed that level of technology - AND has not applied any fraction of it to advancing their economy and wealth, AND kept it completely secret. Not apply...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 19 882 05-22-2021, 03:58 AM
    Thread: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the military
Post: Recent revelations about UFOs*cough*UAPs from the ...

So, the pentagon is *OFFICIALLY* reporting that, for years, pilots have been spotting "Unexplained Aerial Phenomena" - which bear an incredibly strong resemblance to the longstanding stories about "Un...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 19 882 05-21-2021, 11:55 AM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

True, there's been some bastardry of that sort in a few countries - one of which had enough wealth and power to be relevant. So some chose denial over development. But that certainly didn't stop wea...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 15 889 05-15-2021, 01:11 AM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

The whole point is that we DON'T have to push the limits in the field any more. We pushed the limits hard this year. And having done so we moved the limits. Using that technique won't be that hard ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 15 889 05-11-2021, 02:50 PM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

So your biggest motive to not bother developing a vaccine, from the companies' point of view, is that someone else is going to do it first? Okay, from everybody else's point of view, What's the dow...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 15 889 05-11-2021, 06:51 AM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: RE: The Last Pandemic In Human History

You know what is in every livestock veterinarian's practice? A liquid-nitrogen dewar for storing and transferring livestock semen at temperatures well below what's required for mRNA vaccines. The ca...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 15 889 05-10-2021, 02:54 PM
    Thread: The Last Pandemic In Human History
Post: The Last Pandemic In Human History

There's a significant chance that COVID-19 was the very Last Pandemic.  Ever. We got busy during this ordeal and pushed mRNA vaccines forward from "maybe 20 years from now" to "technology we can use ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 15 889 05-09-2021, 12:04 PM
    Thread: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?
Post: RE: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?

Right. Absolutely the definition of "insane risk." Sending in a disposable body would be sane, and as easy for an archai as getting the bear photo with photoshop would have been for our darwin-award...
Bear Books, Games, Movies, and TV 21 1,902 04-30-2021, 01:29 AM
    Thread: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?
Post: RE: How Often Do Humans Legitimately Win?

When thinking of inter-toposophic conflicts, I tend to think of humans and animals as a comparison. How often do humans get killed by, say, coyotes, in the state of North Dakota? That might be aroun...
Bear Books, Games, Movies, and TV 21 1,902 04-29-2021, 05:05 PM
    Thread: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discovered
Post: RE: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discover...

I'm thinking the lowerbound limit could also be affected by the rate of spin of the object involved. First there are time dilation effects due to the tangential velocity of the outer shell; second, t...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 17 1,495 04-27-2021, 01:58 AM
    Thread: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discovered
Post: RE: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discover...

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 because such small objects may be the most...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 17 1,495 04-26-2021, 01:46 AM
    Thread: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discovered
Post: RE: Closest and Smallest Black Hole Known Discover...

I think it doesn't require an accretion disc. Visibly, it's going to be an egg-shaped star with its narrow end pointing toward a very small chunk of the starfield that has a noticeable fisheye-lens ...
Bear Real Life But OA Relevant 17 1,495 04-26-2021, 01:18 AM
    Thread: Graphene fabric - I'm sure my math is wrong but....
Post: RE: Graphene fabric - I'm sure my math is wrong bu...

(05-15-2019, 08:09 AM)jedidia Wrote: All that talk about bullet-proof carbonate vests brings up an interesting point... How difficult is this stuff to *cut*? It would pretty much laugh at tailors' s...
Bear General Setting Discussion 7 102 04-23-2021, 09:35 AM
    Thread: Transhuman Space Marine
Post: RE: Transhuman Space Marine

Now I'm thinking of a story about someone who is training to be a space marine ... he or she is from a culture that has a proud military tradition, and their soldiers are the best of the best, appeari...
Bear General Setting Discussion 46 828 04-22-2021, 02:55 PM