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  • Commented on Evolver
    Re: 'Sea Rock Turtles' - Pratchett & Baxter have a creature like this (complete with its own ecosystem) in their The Long Earth series....
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    Thankfully these enzymes aren't overly species-specific. List of animals whose milk humans have been safely consuming for thousands of years: Cows - West Water Buffalo - India Goat - Wherever goats are found Reindeer - Lapland (northern Scandinavia) Horse -...
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    Thanks for this! Good to know that most mammals are flexible re: diet. Re: Your pasta eating cat ... and other stuff that pets eat Our cat found potato chips (crisps) irresistible. No idea how that started - probably a...
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    Any solid reflective surface that can be easily positioned (angled to reflect/focus the sun) could be used to start a fire. No idea whether anyone has ever tried to start a fire using naturally occurring crystals - salt (NaCl), quartz,...
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    Re: 'Continental drift ... geologists speculate that between 50 and 200 MYa from now we can expect ... around the north pole ... a new supercontinent, Amasia ... alternate model ... Pangaea Ultima.' A couple of questions: How does continental...
  • Commented on Evolver
    From the same source .... 'More recent calculations by Bobylev in 2010 suggest Gliese 710 has an 86% chance of passing through the Oort cloud,...' That's a pretty high probability of something 'interesting' happening if Gliese 710 hangs around for...
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    Re: 'In a time interval of ±10 million years from the present, Gliese 710 is the star whose combination of mass and close approach distance will cause the greatest gravitational perturbation of the Solar System.' Wow! - Thanks for this....
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    One of my favorite candidates for climbing the evolutionary ladder: the beaver. Beavers' building/engineering skills appear to be taught rather than hardwired. They are able to co-exist amicably with other species including allowing other furry critters to overwinter in their...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Some thoughts about scenarios/traits likely to help identify next evolutionary favorite: - Physical vulnerability – not completely adapted to the environment therefore has to take risks to survive; - Has or can acquire more than one trick – physical, physiological...
  • Commented on Evolver
    And for tardigrade fans ... http://www.nature.com/news/tardigrade-protein-helps-human-dna-withstand-radiation-1.20648?WT.mc_id=SFB_NNEWS_1508_RHBox...
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    Yes - I also did these numbers. Even so, it appears that even such small changes might matter as per below. http://www.nature.com/news/longest-historic-temperature-record-stretches-back-2-million-years-1.20673?WT.ec_id=NEWSDAILY-20160926 Excerpt: 'Proceed with caution And this is where the study has encountered scepticism. “The key part of this...
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    Since we're dealing with a very large time span, maybe we should likewise expand our viewpoint and consider what's likely to happen at a comparably very large volume/area, i.e., solar system, galaxy, etc. There are some very slow changes that...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Since these octopi tolerate (or even invite) each other's touch, then at some point while holding tentacles they're likely to capture some yummy prey. This prey catching occurs a few times by accident until one octopus makes a cause-effect connection...
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    Funny thing about Nature, seems there's always an exception cropping up. Wonder if this species is finding current weather/climate to their liking. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150812151225.htm Excerpt: 'Additionally, unlike other octopus species in which females tend to die after producing a single clutch...
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    'What tool would they develop first?' Toss up between lever and Allen key (continuous action/varying angles). Can't see it being a hammer (abrupt/fast force)....
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    Re: 'because they want starfish aliens' It's space-faring lobsters or nothing!...
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    Fuel - 50 million years appears to be enough time to lay down some new layers of tar, coal, gas, etc. I don't understand why the other minerals wouldn't last though if we're also assuming massive tectonics that would churn...
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    Can't find my post re: pyrolysis and sea glass. Anyway, both occur in nature - no fire from rubbed sticks needed - so if higher temps are the norm both might be even more common esp. if volcanoes start sprouting...
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    I'm not trying to yank your chain but do feel there's merit in considering other options. So, consider these two items: pyrolysis and sea glass. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrolysis Excerpt: 'Pyrolysis differs from other processes like combustion and hydrolysis in that it usually...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Glass can last approx. 1 million years as per site below. Plastics can be remade for forever. It could work. http://education.seattlepi.com/long-glass-bottle-degrade-landfill-5235.html...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Glass and plastic, add sun, and presto! - you've got an oven!...
  • Commented on Evolver
    A serious question: Which is likelier to allow for evolution: a shorter or longer food chain, less or more complexity in the environment?...
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    Long-enough life span, survive childbirth, ability to communicate and form alliances in order to learn from each other and benefit from group communication/cooperation. For now, these are key barriers (what's missing) in cephalopods being able to take over the planet...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Nope ... or at least I think that I read for the story (character, plot, setting, etc.). However, do find some techniques/writing styles off-putting for various reasons, so writing style for me is not so much an attraction/incentive as it...
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    This would be about the time that the audience starts trying to anticipate events or maybe starts betting....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Returning to Charlie's original idea, this article appeared on Sept 14 2016: http://www.nature.com/news/the-office-experiment-can-science-build-the-perfect-workspace-1.20589...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    A Cold War Baby would have heard or seen The China Syndrome which opened just a couple of weeks before Three Mile Island happened (1979). Believe that this event put a hold on new nuclear power plant construction for quite...
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    And his main character is a 'tribute' to The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, while the scenario was a 'tribute' to a real-life event reported in a National Geographic WW2 story (as per Wikipedia). Never knew this before, but...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Also recall being told to keep opening sentences short, so no way could I have written the below and passed English Comp. Guess English Comp & English Lit teachers never talk to one another. 'It was the best of times,...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Good definition of suspense! 'Creating a situation that can be resolved either by way A or way B and the reader having an emotional investment preferring one over the other.' This begs a few questions: a) Do wafflers/undecideds or the...
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