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  1. This one's feasible, but not really practical. I seem to remember a theoretical magnetic engine for long term study of Jupiter or Saturn, but IIRC it's theoretical.

     

     

    They'd need to be on the order of tesla(unit) to be useful IIRC. So, no not really. Think of why piercings aren't allowed near MRI.

    Thanks for the insight. It cleared up a few things.

  2. 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 through a magnetic field line and then hop its way into space and reduce the amount of fuel required to reach Karman Line? 

     

    Said vehicle could turn on the electromagnetic device partway through takeoff and reduce the amount of thrust required to keep it aloft. Then at its apex, turn off the device and blast off (Hop) to the next and larger field line. The pilots of the craft will continue to do this to gradually reach their desired height. Could this then be used to possibly reach the moon or other planets without using much fuel?

     

    Would this type of flight even reduce fuel cost or increase it?  

     

    What do y'all think?

  3. Depends entirely on how much you're willing to pay i'd think. Leaving letters with faculty and grad students at your local Universities seems like a good start. I knew a few grad students who would talk for a cheeseburger to get off the ramen noodle diet...

    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. 

  4. 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?

     

  5. I have mixed feelings about those large kelp. They can be both annoying and dangerous, as they tend to get tangled up in everything from lines and nets to propellers and unfortunately even scuba divers, and there have been some fatal accidents.

     

    That said kelp is very interesting and worthy of study. Kelp farmers say it will eventually feed the world.

     

    Getting back to the topic, I thought I would mention that the “air bags”, the pneumatocysts, are actually filled with carbon monoxide, CO.

     

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    CO is very marginally lighter than air but as exchemist said, you would need to fill the bags with something very much lighter to provide any significant lift to a terrestrial plant.

     

    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 do appreciate the information you provide when it relates to the plants being both a hazard as well as a potential resource. 

    Thank you for the post.

  6. 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 weather and animals be effected by the change. I an personally imagining tree or vine like mega flora that reach extraordinary heights. 

     

    What do y'all think?

     

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  7. 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?

  8. 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 first thing that is required of the species is to evolve into an endothermic animal and to develop a highly active life style. Such a change should allow for a sweat gland like organ to develop. Next, the species will have to slowly evolve to secret these nutrients to their offspring till natural selection dictates that breasts are the most efficient delivery system and attractive display for mates. So yes, it is a highly improbable set of events that are required for the species to undergo. But, it has happened before... At least for mammals. so its not impossible. Though, I doubt that they would retain their scales for the hindrance they would profile for the glands. So if a "Reptilian" species developed humanoid breasts, then in they would appear similar to us. More than likely develop downy feathers in the place for hair(Alligators and other reptiles have been shown to develop proto-feathers within eggs on a few occasions as well as discovered genes that convert scales to feathers), have smooth skin, and appear very similar to us.

     

    ...P.S. I am highly curious as to what a real life crocodile or alligator would look like with feathers.

  9. 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 adapt to their presence. Some learning to coexist, others exterminating, and etc. I know the concept might be far-fetch, but do you find it intriguing if minutely feasible? If not, would it still be a concept that you believe would be interesting in the very least? 

  10. 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. 

  11. 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?

  12. 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. 

     

    Andy

  13. 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 matter. 

     

     

  14. 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? 

     

     

  15. 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 used. Wouldn't a machine of this sorts be useful in rapid construction of a structure on the moon. What do y'all think? Makes sense?

  16. 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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