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  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    DO not, whatever you do, allow your children to google "shaolin hidden weapons." The list of thrown stuff that can put an eye out once thrown is tediously long (steel toads?). There are whole classes of new bows and rubber...
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    I should clarify that I'm thinking about whether someone will import gun culture from the US and insist it be instantiated on Mars, or whether kids will fool around and improvise. I think we all agree on the later, and...
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    Thing is, most industrial activity is in the northern hemisphere. See sleepingroutine's post up there, for example. If we want to get from industrial cities to space, then traveling south via New Zealand or Chile through the Roaring 40s is...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Makes me contemplate parallels between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, quite honestly. Anyway, Trump didn't pardon himself or any in the January 6 crowd. As someone pointed out, if you're pardoned, you can no longer claim the 5th amendment or...
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    I'd forgot about the Dorset culture, but you're right, especially about the geopolitics. Guess we abrogate the Antarctic Treaty... ...Or, thinking more about that, since we're talking about a new round of capitalist imperialism (hold your nose)... ...There actually is...
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    Got to remember that basically all of the European colonial powers' colonizing efforts involved invading lands that had been cared for by other humans for 15,000-50,000 years or more. I'm not sure we established anything resembling a self-sustaining colony anywhere...
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    Question: for those of you paying attention to military aerospace, is there a race to produce a new generation of intercontinental missiles on, by any chance? Not unless Italy and Japan are tooling up for the next Cold War? The...
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    I have to agree that there will be projectiles: rubber bands, sling shots, bows, etc. Probably there will be airguns, as things that can be converted into airguns are too useful, and being able to shoot beanbags down halls to...
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    We should get you to write a book called "Technical Diving for Space Nerds" Anyway, I hope what you just wrote shows up (in mutated form, of course) in hard SF books for years. That said, I've got a quibble....
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    Remember the whole "inner space" thing that Jacques Cousteau rode in the 1960s and 1970s? That's probably where the sea stuff came from. There was a whole long parallel with settling space of settling undersea cities. The problems with living...
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    What we might be seeing here is the kind of male edifice complex size and potency competition that got rockets shot off to the Moon in the 60s and 70s. There's a simple way to test this: Question: for those...
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    Saturn V's? Why bother? I hereby declare a global peace dividend, wherein we use the nuclear arsenals of the world in orion ships (lifting off of the Earth's surface, of course). We get rid of the nukes that way, and...
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    Problem with colonizing Mars is that any argument for it works for any godsforsaken rock or hazardous waste dump around the world. Putting an underground city under Area 51 or Hanford makes more sense than dealing with effectively the same...
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    You missed the point I was making. In the putative Mars Colony, the manufacturing robot that synthesizes the vaccine is in one room and the patients who are going to receive the vaccine are in the next room over Oh...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Well, the important ones are A) he didn't pardon himself, and B) he did pardon some of his confederates, which means they can no longer plead the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination on those crimes. So if he was involved, they're...
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    Yeah maybe. Or not. It's not the exowombs, because they've been experimenting with them for years now. For all I know, they'll be available to carry fetuses to term in emergency circumstances soon. But getting women and Earth out of...
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    Sorry, confused those. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this new system evolves: mRNA is rapid but finicky, more traditional methods are slower, easier to distribute, and perhaps less efficacious. Do we keep multi-tracking, set up more refrigerated...
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    Yep. Space suits have rebreathers. I'd point out another problem: lung damage. I have asthma, and I wanted to learn to SCUBA. I was booted from the class, and my doctor explained in some detail what happens during decompression if...
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    Don't forget, it's not just the question of how living off Earth affects human life cycles. There's the question about how it affects the life cycle of every other species we bring along, AND how it affects the life cycle...
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    Freezer space Beat me to it, thanks. Since they just had to discard a batch of Moderna vaccine here because a bunch of people had bad allergic reactions to it, I'd suggest that keeping the production chain as short as...
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    Do you have to freeze it? Yes, the lifespan of the mRNA vaccines once made is on the order of a few hours. In general, keeping these stupid things from falling apart is why molecular biology and genetics labs routinely...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    There's another hotspot that's presently up near the Atherton Tablelands. Both it and the SA/Vic one have had eruptions that are in Aboriginal oral memory. There's also Budj Bim/Mount Eccles on the southern coast, which is currently a crater lake....
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    Problem still stands. I'll point out that my wife is trained to administer the vaccine, so I will take her word for the problem with the disposable needles....
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    Nothofagus, as far as I know, is evergreen, and that's what dominated Antarctica." According to my wife, whose academic speciality this is, some of the current ones are indeed deciduous, and some of the leaf fossils from Antarctica show venation...
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    Are there other ways to take the mRNA vaccine that don't require sterile disposable syringes? I got the second (Sabin) Polio vaccine by eating a sugar cube. And, with no HIV AIDS or Hepatitis (blood borne diseases would be screened...
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    The problem with spacesuits is multi-fold. Literally. They do have to be tailored to the individual, which drives up the price, and like diving suits, they need to be serviced regularly, even more so if they're in a dirty place...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    It's one of those "it depends" things. Basically, at the poles you've got six months of low sun and six months of darkness, while in the subpolar regions it's a bit more complicated. So the trick is to grow as...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Thanks to gasdive, Vulch and Elderly Cynic for thoughts about polar vegetation; I appreciate it. Missed this thread, darnit! Vegetation's my thing. The basic story of polar vegetation is that Antarctica up until the Miocene was indeed forested with southern...
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    Twenty twenty twenty twenty hours to go, I want to be elated. Too much to do, I'm glued to my phone. I want to be elated. Get him in the limo, Get him on the plane, Hurry hurry hurry, before...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    T minus 22 hours, 15 minutes and counting. Here's a newly released ode to the Trump era from Randy Rainbow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzXBVkWASI4 And in other news Senate Minority Leader McConnell, while speaking on the senate floor, blames Trump for the January...
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