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  1. In exotic trees, what in particular gives their heartwoods their colors? Is it due to mineral or compounds being deposited into the cells is it from a mixture of chromophores. Could it be both? I would like to know why some are red, purple, black, and etc.
  2. Thanks for the insight. It cleared up a few things.
  3. Hello Everyone, This is a concept that had been bouncing around in my head. Is there a feasible way of developing a vehicle to travel across a Planet's Magnetic Field Lines? Is there a way to develop an electromagnetic device that would replicate the effects of a superconductor pinning magnetic fields to hold its position. In the mess of magnetic field lines that shield our planet, there are many shallower lines that may be capable of sending a ship into orbit. The ship could even field line hop to to change its orbiting distance. Thus can we create a vehicle that can entrap and coast thro
  4. Huh. Never really crossed my mind that I could just walk back into one and ask a professor. Can't believe that I let that slip my mind. Thanks for the advise
  5. Huh, thanks for the advise. Never really crossed my mind that I could just walk back into one and ask a professor.
  6. Thanks, I'd be willing to pay a decent amount if it means accuracy. Though, what if I am no longer affiliated with a University. It's been almost three years since I've set foot into one.
  7. Hello everyone, I was hoping to learn as to the best methods for hiring science consultants from various fields to examine the feasibility of a novel I am writing. Is there a particular way of going about it, or is it like hiring an artist for a commission? Is it normally an hourly rate or a daily rate? Are their any good sites you would recommend to find them? Is it appropriate to contact a professor at a college or an industry professional if they would be willing to consult?
  8. I see. I am in the midst of writing a fictional novel, and I am attempting to keep everything grounded in reality. At least have every fantastical aspect be feasible in our life if we were to somehow replicate it. An idea that came to mind revolved around massive forests that stretched into the heavens. The idea revolved around a terrestrial seaweed like plant evolving to have air-sacks that could supports its wait past the gravitational weight limit. It appears that hydrogen could work as a solution, now as to the implications I suppose. But are there other factors that I could be missing? I
  9. Thank you ex-chemist for the help, I think I have an idea now.
  10. Hello Everyone, I am currently in the works of a fictional story, and wanted to get your opinion on a concept. Basically, I was researching seaweed air bladders and their functionality. Thus, I was wondering if it would have been feasible for terrestrial plants to develop a similar trait. Thus allowing for taller vegetation to be supported partially by a buoyant air bladder as well as the ground. Supposedly they could be filled with oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, methane, or a mixture of the the gasses. Is such a thing plausible? If so, under what conditions, and how would you speculate that we
  11. Thanks for the post fahrquad. The question is merely an idea I though would have been a neat concept.
  12. Hello everyone, I thought I would post a fun little concept up for discussion. What would life be like if our moon had its own moon? One that is spherical and orbited it at a decent pace. Could such a change drastically effect tides, eclipses, evolution, and etc? Plus. If we could construct a synthetic and miniature moon to put in its orbit would you agree to do it? Personally, I thought it would be a cool aesthetic if we could pull it off. What do y'all think?
  13. Love the feathered Tyrannosaur. Though the breakfast bit was quite detailed... Gonna stay away from cheese for a few days.
  14. Thank you for your condolences, I truly appreciate it. I still plan on publishing it after my editor shreds it and pieces it back together. At the moment however, I am still debating as to whether I would like to include an intelligent dinosaur species. However, if I were to do so, it would be in a later installment. As for the whole reptilian breasts from Madam Vastra, Yea, mammalian breasts are a strange and improbable occurrence. Breasts are merely adapted sweat glands to produce highly nutritious secretions. In order for a reptile to to form sweat glands, a few things must occur. The
  15. Hm... I see. Well, the main reason for my speculation arose from a novel that I am writing. I have already completed the first draft and I am currently in the midst of the first rewrite. I choose specific continents to be selectively effected by smaller cataclysmic asteroid impacts while others remained relatively untouched. The concept revolved around mammals evolving on a separate continent, while the ancestors of dinosaur mega-fauna persisted on a different continent. In the novel itself, it has civilized mammalian humanoids branching out and experiencing dinosaur decedents and learning to
  16. You've been a big help, thanks for the information. I was hopping for a method in which the dinosaurs from specific continents perished but others didn't. In a sense, some continents would develop mammalian life, while others kept dinosaur life. In a sense a scenario where a mammalian humanoid could develop while still having dinosaurs on the planet. I wouldn't suppose that it would be feasible, would it? ...The video was quite the trip though.
  17. Hello Fahrquad, Thanks for the reply, so what if the meteor shattered before it neared the planet? Say the fragmentation occurred near the moon or mars and the impact zone was a diameter the size of north america, would it still dramatically effect the planet. I am aware that birds are relatives to therapods, however, is their a chance that any larger species could have survived. Even mega-fauna perhaps?
  18. Hello everyone, I was wondering if any of you would be knowledgeable in what would occur if the Meteor or Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs fragmented before impact? I personally was equating the impact scenario to that of shotgun ammunition. I related the full asteroid to that of a slug, and the shattered meteor to a mix of bird and buck shot. Would any damage be mitigated or altered? How would the fragments interact to land versus water? Finally could the dinosaurs have survived this type of impact? Thanks for taking your time to read and/or reply to this post, I love this community.
  19. Thanks for your informative reply, I was hoping that it could be a viable experiment to undertake. I thought I could give off a unique result. So it may function poorly, but it still may work? Well, I suppose that would be enough, for me to undergo the project. Thank you for the help, if I ever get it to work I'll post the results here.
  20. Hello Everyone, I was hoping that someone could help me with a science question. Is it feasible to use tubes of Ionic Fluid to replace standard metal wiring? If so, would it transfer the electrical? Would this charge be less or more efficient to a normal metal cable and by how much? Knowing all of this, would it be plausible to create a Tesla Coil that is primarily composed of tubing filled with an Ionic Fluid in place of the copper cable/wire? Would it still create a decent voltage, and how would it compare to the original fully metal design? Can't wait to hear everyone thoughts on the
  21. So the cube square law is quite the downer. So there is nothing we have that can either withstand the compression or tensile pressure. So is there then a theoretical maximum height for mountains as well? If not could we create a synthetic mountain that reaches space and then construct atop of it?
  22. Hello everyone, I have been researching space elevators for a novel and found out that there where many issues that revolved around the concept. Every depiction I see of them shows a flimsy and thin structure reaching off into space. With the draw backs of such a design, would it then be a better venture to invest in a sky scraper that reached space? (...Space Scraper...) Then could you create a rail gun or coil gun like device that could launch cargo up an internal shaft? If you could launch it up into space, could we use it to launch probes or shuttles to the moon and other planets?
  23. If we were to gather the required raw materials from moons, asteroids, and comets couldn't we synthetically make our own? All we would need are sources of carbon, water, oxygen, calcium and probably a few other resources. It seems that the only thing hindering concrete would be how to make, pour, or use it properly. I thought that it would be useful in quickly making cast forms through injection molding. For example you could have a facility that mines a moon, processes the materials, mixes the ingredients, inject the mixture into a mold, heat the cast, and then release the cast item to be use
  24. Thanks for the reply and the informative answer. It really helped. So, unless we can mine the materials required from objects with minimal gravity, it is just to costly to use. That makes sense. Once again thanks.
  25. Hello everyone, A friend of mine has asked me a question that I was too stumped to answer. "Why isn't concrete used in space stations and in space craft? In both real life or in science fiction." This question stumped me and I still haven't figured out a response. What do y'all think. I thought concrete could possibly be used in space stations or installations. Though, I am not entirely sure on the matter.
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