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  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Anyway: my take-away is that 3D printing in metal is going to be expensive, in terms of an early Martian colony, and in plastics it's going to be of various utility. ... But "just print it" isn't really an...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    So focusing on the actual questions Charlie asked: You are the Mayor of Armstrong City, facing a variant SARS pandemic, and supplies and support are 15 months away. What do you do? Assuming I don't already have capacity to generate...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    There is equipment that is starting to get the capabilities to do this. Oxford nanopores sequencers (MinION), and automated lab device (VolTRAX) can take samples and and prep them for sequencing and then sequence them with in hours. They have...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Also the transport of virus to Mars via farming equipment while in theory possible can be dealt with. Much like countries currently fumigate shipments for pests, it's not to hard to do the same for viruses/bacteria, secondly in your cargo...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    So I'm also going to have to go down the mRNA vaccines are crazy easy to manufacture route. As in a device the size of a microwave can make you a few hundred batches over night, at current tech levels....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    If you do make it down to worldcon in NZ next year, then hopefully you will be able to take some time to see a bit of the country. Plenty to see and do, though admittedly if you prefer big...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Yikes, that's a hard couple of years! Take your time (well as much as your willing to and publishers can allow), and spend as much if it as you can with your mum. Much better to have you sane and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Points one and two have little to do with whether humans are 'self-domesticating' them selves. 1) A probably more accurate definition of domestication is the change in alleles within the species population to favour traits that increase the usefulness of...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    I'm not entirely sure there is any current human way to cause complete extinction of human kind. By which I mean reduction of all human groups and populations to a level so low that there are insufficient survivors close enough...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I think that remaining winning by 5-10% is probably the best case at this point in time. If leave wins even just by scrapping through it gives the UKIP and the other parts of the UK political scene who currently...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    So Brexit wins pulls out of the EU and then shuts down immigration. Say no visa's unless you've a few £1m sitting in your pocket, jail (creates jobs!) or instant deportation to anyone who turns up illegally. According to their...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Well should you ever decide to flee the UK, there is always down under Australia or New Zealand, which will get you nice and far away from what ever becomes of the UK. And as a successful and self employed...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    One possible area of technology that might be able to develop would be biology with selective breeding. If a non-written method of determining and remembering which animal's or plants are better than others was developed (maybe just physical segregation) it...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Sure not completely out of contact, but the communications will be less reliable as there is no satellite back up unless the network has massive redundancy. Seeing don't those Microwave based systems have problems with certain types of weather? Also...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Yeah ADF probably would being a developed Nation and all they can afford to maintain an active system that'd extend well out from there coast. But seen it coming? How are they going to be monitoring Naval bases 1000's of...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    I'm not so sure about the over all social effects but wouldn't this have a bigger effect on developing nations and rural areas of developed nations? With regards to the communications aspects your'd effectively be restricted to areas with good...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    In accademic Science at least there will also need to be a major shake up in the way funding works. With a big push towards funding younger individuals. In general funding bodies tend to be made up of older individuals...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    An interesting idea and discussion, it's always nice to see discussion looking more at biological future and it's implications. So I'm 30 currently and assuming the technology existed I'd be very much inclined to go with the rolling amnesia type...
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