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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Does this mean anthropodermic bibliopegy could make a comeback? Why, autodermic biblopegy could even be a thing....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Thinking of some non-infectious disease public health trends: Rates of obesity and its sequelae will continue to increase, worldwide. 60% of adult humans (closer to 80% on the Indian subcontinent) will be diabetic. Where municipal water supplies still exist, statins...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    There's a YouTube video somewhere of a backyard chicken muscling in on and stealing a live mouse from a cat. The chicken moves so fast the cat's left stunned. And the mouse ... Well, at least it was quick. Chickens...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    50 kg chickens? If you can find a way to block embryonic pygostyle formation and reverse engineer them some teeth, this sounds like a way to bring back non-avian dinosaurs, which is an inherently good idea I am wholly in...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Metabolisms are pretty similar, but the exact mode of placentation is extremely variable amongst different mammalian lineages, even closely-related ones like humans and rats. Humans and rodents are both haemochorial (the most invasive type), for instance, but they vary in,...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    OR: sorry, we are only accepting applications from infertile/post-menopausal/gay/asexual candidates at this time. Thank you for your interest in this position and please don't hesitate to apply for one of our ground-based roles!...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Or: if you think you're getting on board my ridiculously expensive space station that lacks any neonatal support facilities whatsoever (let alone the Level 6 NICU it would take to keep your cosmic ray-bombarded, intrauterine microgravity-stunted monster babies alive) without...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Cheaper still than all that baby-centric engineering might be installing a condom dispenser or four. (Has there been any study into altered thromboembolic risk in microgravity with long term oral contraceptive use?)...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    This has been more or less my conception of God, ever since I encountered idea of the four dimensional bio-blob in first year evolutionary bio. Viewed in the time axis, life is a great, single-celled dendritic coral anchored in the...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    TBF, sparrows are smart, voracious and fast, and if they were Utahraptor size they'd be pretty bloody terrifying. They're also common as, well, sparrows, which is probably why they were made Default Bird....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Starship Batavia Can o' Monkeys Gravitas Rainbow Export Grade Meat Ship I Can See My House From Here Ballistic Cultural Exchange Vehicle...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    There's a Culture itch in all of us, I think. It was dark and baroque, but it was droll as hell and written from a constantly humane place, when it could have just been cynical. What a loss. I kind...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    1)What it would take for Australia to pursue a trade deal with the UK? Well, how much do you guys like coal? Coal and iron ore and overpriced houses? You've still got a functional iron industry, right? Please, somebody buy...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I wonder if there is something the reverse of the accepted wisdom going on in Oz: that rather than people stating they'll vote for the mainstream parties in polls then voting for the populists in private, that pre-election sentiment for...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    VX? Yeah, pretty confident it wasn't his gambling debts that did him in....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I admit I'm strugging to think of anyone who would want KJ-N dead more than his own brother (who clearly has the means, the motive, and the Caligula-level sense of filial piety). Isn't the simplest explanation the most likely one:...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    You mean you don't use the most expansive clade name possible that doesn't include yourself when you're mad at a beast? Bad Laurasiatherian! No biscuit! THAT'S IT, NAUGHTY SAUROPSIDS GO IN THE SHAME CAGE....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    44 outside right now. Aircon's set to a balmy 22 inside. I checked, the unit's on the sunniest wall. And of course because my villa has been built to the Australian standards it has no eaves, no attention paid to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The overnight temp here was 33 (and it was 3-bloody-8 at midnight). The town I live in is somewhat of an outlier even for Oz, though. Think smack bang in the middle of the brown zone on BOM maps. I'm...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Fun fact: even in the modern era, until the widespread adoption of CT scanning in the 1970s/80s, the lucky surgeon on duty was flying about as blind as the Aztecs or Egyptians when it came to trepanning. If you had...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Thank you. I've seen a lot of unwarranted gloating from Australian progressives over the past week, usually along the lines of 'this wouldn't happen in Australia, because of our superior voting system/laid back attutide/multiculturalism/desperate need to believe at least we're...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I.e. Cormac McCarthy's The Road: optimism! Wanting your own genes to survive the Anthropocene-?cene extinction event: I can understand why people might get all wistful about their descendants building something in the ruins, but really, the survival of any genes...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    'Whipper-snipper' (presumably after 'whippersnapper' is the common term in Australia. I've never heard 'strimmer' before....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    It's arguable that, in terms of pure species diversity at least, dinosaurs never stopped being the Earth's dominant non-aquatic clade. There are at least 10,000 dinosaur species extant right now, compared to 5,000 or so mammalian ones, after all. Our...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    100 ten megaton blasts? I'd take the chance. Fun exercise: select 100 random geographical coordinates (e.g. from https://www.random.org/geographic-coordinates/), and see if your house -- or the crucial infrastructure underpinning the society you rely upon -- gets wrecked. I got lucky....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    (And Nazi raccoons? I suppose they've got opposable thumbs, but hands aren't going to be a particular evolutionary advantage in the (medium term) post-impact economy. Things like insectivory, small size, ability to burrow, definitely! Maybe echidnas will inherit the Earth....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Long time reader, first time commenter. Your Australian analysis seems reasonable. However I'd add the additional complication of the Taupo supervolcano going skywards in about September, wiping out Aotearoa in seconds, and causing much extra angst in the Oz media...
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