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blamski last won the day on June 17 2013

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  1. i vote for 1/72 scale. the simple reason being that a huge amount of infrastructure already exists at this scale. 1/72 scale is the most popular scale model err... scale. the plastic kits of aircraft, tanks and spaceships might not be much more use than kids playgrounds but radio controlled ships exist at that scale. the tiny humans could easily adapt a controller with systems of levers and pulleys. die cast vehicles are also available and would just need a form of locomotion - would they scale down an engine or would be use mice as beasts of burden? OO scale, at 1/87, is close enough that
  2. there's an interesting art / speculative design project that has been considering this, and all the associated cultural and socialogical themes, for a while; the incredible shrinking man
  3. wouldn't this experiment be further complicated by the uneven distribution of the Earth's gravitational field? i guess it would be interesting to make a calculation based on even distribution all the same...
  4. hi all yeah, i'd been looking at clinostats but they come with their own issues. however, without getting hold of a superconducting magnet they're about the best one could hope for. aemilius - yes, pretty much thanks. basically my understanding of gravity and its relationship to centrifugal 'force' is woefully inadequate. and however much you might desire it, basic physics cannot be overcome. <_<
  5. so the airprox mentions 'toy-like' and we've had a fascinating discussion about kites and breif mentions of RC planes. you know what's all the rage nowadays? QUADROCOPTERS!! they're really cool and can fly high, hover, dart about and descned like a stone. i have a friend who runs a fablab and builds his own quads. the biggest was about a meter across and covered in lights and shiney metallic bits with the footprint in the shape of a rounded off square.
  6. if that was a UFO then the aliens must be very, very tiny. a dent of that size could be made by nothing much bigger than a football. (thats the round shaped one for the american members ;) )
  7. here's the summary of the Airprox report for those interested. there is mention of toys in there: PART A: SUMMARY OF INFORMATION REPORTED TO UKAB THE B777 PILOT reports inbound to Gatwick, IFR and in communication with Gatwick Tower, squawking an assigned code with Modes S and C. About 4-5nm from touchdown RW26L heading 260° at 140kt and descending through 1500ft QNH, P2 spotted, and then drew his attention to, 2 flat silver discs ahead, 1 either side of the C/L and below their flightpath; these objects appeared to be very slow moving or stationary. All 3 pilots on the flightdeck saw
  8. he did say conventional kite, to be fair. but then why would the scientologists be interested in flying conventional kites? i saw some really cool vaguely UFO shaped with LEDs for night flying. i'm to get one and generate a months worth of flying saucers with improbable movement stories.
  9. where is the place where 'free fall' happens? are you talking about interplanetary space or interstellar space? where in this place do you think the pressure and temperature would be appropriate for water to be liquid and thus provide a habitat for developing life. i'm prepared to be corrected, but i was always under the impression that despite the vast amount of water present in the universe it will be in either vapour or ice state, the lack of pressure (which only comes from atmospheres, and hence planets) will cause ice to sublimate and so effectively bypass the liquid state if subjected to
  10. thanks for putting my thoughts in order, buffy. if only amelius was about he could even draw me a diagram... but what about if the ant was contained in a vertical tube, made of an almost frictionless material, fixed perpendicular to the wheel? at varying rotational speeds the ant would be subject to a force (that isn't really a force) that would case it to move against its will towards the outer end of the tube? or would it...? if i'm trying, for the sake of an example, to centrifuge out some fruit jiuce from its pulp and i don't have a centrifuge, i might try tieing a container of the pul
  11. i've been thinking for a while about how to reproduce or somehow replicate the lesser gravity of smaller planets for some of my experiments and projects. it'll be no news to anyone here that micro gravity is a very hard thing to replicate for anything more than a few fleeting seconds through parabolic flights or on a tiny scale via magnetic levitation. another facet of my space obsession was making me think about ideas such as the stanford torus and other artificial gravity solutions that rely on centrifugal force to push an object or body outwards against another surface. then i began to wo
  12. i was just reading this transcript of a talk by craig venter and a particular paragraph caught my attention and reminded me of this thread. this is pretty much what you were talking about, right? or at least the scaled down version of it. venter's institute are doing some remarkable things, although i always have the feeling that they 'over-hype' their achievments a little, making claims that the layperson might interpret incorrectly. they haven't created a completely synthetic life-form, for example, despite the way they reported the implanting of a synthetic genome into a parent cell
  13. that scares me. a sudden and complete disappearance from the forum. that means the ETs are on to him. which means they exist. i'm a believer.
  14. then there's the ones get lost when something like this happens :blink:
  15. it might be nitpicking to point this out, but the containers that go overboard aren't spread evenly over the entirety of the world's oceans. all these bulk carriers stick to fairly well defined shipping lanes, and so the majority of containers will end up somewhere at the bottom of them. there's no way i'm going to invest the time to work out the total area of sea floor covered, but its obviously a significantly reduced percentage. i guess it might only take a few tens of thousands of years for container clutterage then...
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