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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #180 on: November 12, 2017, 07:29:27 PM »
Also ... jetpacks!

I want to fly one so bad (the video looks awesome)

Since 1919 (well a rocket pack).
They simply don't make sense.
1) Physics. There is a good reason birds, bats, flying marsupials and aircraft have wings. Even helicopters work due to a rotating wing.
2) Safety (do you want to be like a bug on windscreen).

1930s pulp SF. Not a prediction.

I didn't say it'd be practical! Just that it'd be fun! :)
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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #181 on: November 12, 2017, 07:31:24 PM »
Here is an example of the bizarre kinds of situations that can arise as technology moves us forward into uncharted situations. Can you imagine how she must feel at that moment?
https://news.google.com/news/video/z6GPTtUijcY/dnKpXhOHo-uvQrMx7Cbi_zAnWk9EM?hl=en

OMG. That must be really weird. I don't know how I'd feel about that, honestly.
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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #182 on: November 12, 2017, 07:44:11 PM »
Here is an example of the bizarre kinds of situations that can arise as technology moves us forward into uncharted situations. Can you imagine how she must feel at that moment?
https://news.google.com/news/video/z6GPTtUijcY/dnKpXhOHo-uvQrMx7Cbi_zAnWk9EM?hl=en

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #183 on: November 12, 2017, 08:20:47 PM »
I think it might be about a face transplant. Man shoots off face (suicide) at same time as someone else successfully suicide. Partner/Girlfriend/whatever of dead donor meets recipient.
The news is sensationalised, as a transplanted face does NOT look the same as it did on original person. There have been a few, but the coincidental unconnected double suicides (one failed) may have attracted the Ghoulish news media.

Google News is an EVIL parasite. You'll find it on the sites of regular newspapers. Also you need a gazillion privacy invading scripts enabled to use Google news. It's also a bad idea to use Facebook, Twitter and possibly some TV channels as news sources (Fox News and Russia Today?).
 

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #184 on: November 12, 2017, 09:34:14 PM »
It was about a face transplant.
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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #185 on: November 13, 2017, 12:11:25 AM »
I read that as well and had two reactions. First was, regardless of circumstances, admiration of the clever surgery. What I read implied that the face was different on the new recipient and the girlfriend of original was very relieved that this was so.

Then I remembered the black market trade in body parts that already exists and the horrendous potential uses of this new skill.
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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #186 on: November 13, 2017, 12:37:42 AM »
Sorry  dead links n stuff was the first full face transplant not performed a few years back? A lady got her face ripped off by a chimpanzee and they had to wait years for a suitable doner and the receiver to sufficiently heal up.

edit: err not good news http://time.com/4322053/chimp-attack-victim-face-transplant-hospitalized/


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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #187 on: November 13, 2017, 04:47:27 AM »
Also ... jetpacks!

I want to fly one so bad (the video looks awesome)

Since 1919 (well a rocket pack).
They simply don't make sense.
1) Physics. There is a good reason birds, bats, flying marsupials and aircraft have wings. Even helicopters work due to a rotating wing.
2) Safety (do you want to be like a bug on windscreen).

1930s pulp SF. Not a prediction.

I didn't say it'd be practical! Just that it'd be fun! :)

Honestly I think the biggest problem would be that your butt would inevitably get melted off by jetfuel

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #188 on: November 13, 2017, 07:45:52 AM »
Doublepost:


https://gizmodo.com/the-fungus-that-turns-ants-into-zombies-is-more-diaboli-1820301538

"'This means the fungus might produce a wealth of bioactive compounds that could be of interest in terms of novel drug discovery,' said de Bekker." Awwww HELLLLLZ NO.  I do NOT want any drugs that came from the Amazonian zombie-ant fungus. That's some umbrella corporation shit right there.

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« Reply #189 on: November 14, 2017, 08:04:42 PM »
https://gizmodo.com/the-fungus-t
The Girl with all the Gifts.
Interesting take on Fungus and Zombies.

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #190 on: November 15, 2017, 06:27:00 PM »
Awwww HELLLLLZ NO.  I do NOT want any drugs that came from the Amazonian zombie-ant fungus. That's some umbrella corporation shit right there.

Hahaha ... love it.

Read this story today and thought it was really cool. We've actually altered the DNA of a living person in order to try and cure a genetic disease. Not sure if it's going to work yet, but this is the first I've heard of this even being a possibility!

https://gizmodo.com/in-a-major-first-scientists-edit-dna-within-the-human-1820469921

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For the first time in history, scientists have edited the DNA inside of a patient’s body, in an attempt to cure a genetic disorder by permanently changing the human genome. The news, reported Wednesday by the Associated Press, represents a major landmark in science.
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