Higher Gravity Levels:

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Electric Boogaloo Pt. 2
[up] Not really. The way I understand it is that, while a cat can die from any fall, they tend to receive less damage after reaching terminal velocity if they fall from a height of at least six stories, which naturally increases their chances of surviving the fall. A closer distance to the ground means that the cats don't have enough time to relax, causing them to hit the ground with their muscles tensed, which can increase injuries received when they land.

Alternatively, the wikipedia article mentioned the possibility that, due to a cat's righting reflex, the cat naturally flattens itself, thereby increasing drag and possibly lowering its terminal velocity to a survivable speed.

[down] Exactly!

edited 3rd Feb '12 2:51:25 PM by Winglerfish

In this episode, Michael attempts to construct a time machine to escape debt and dinner party obligations.
27 Euodiachloris3rd Feb 2012 02:21:02 PM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
In short: cats are good at cheating by using a different rule book. In this case, friction and distribution vs tensed-up splat.

edited 3rd Feb '12 2:22:04 PM by Euodiachloris

"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
28 TheGloomer3rd Feb 2012 03:51:41 PM from Northern Ireland
Inadequate law student
So, felines don't play havoc with the laws of physics?
29 Euodiachloris3rd Feb 2012 04:43:16 PM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
Nope. No creature does. They just play with all the rules. That includes the rules Physicists have yet to work out. smile As well as the ones they forgot to apply to the case when they first looked.
"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
30 TheGloomer3rd Feb 2012 05:02:07 PM from Northern Ireland
Inadequate law student
And another thing; how and why did this ridiculous derail occur?
31 nrjxll3rd Feb 2012 05:07:17 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
[up]Poor wording by Major Tom on the previous page (at least I hope it was poor wording).
32 Euodiachloris3rd Feb 2012 05:19:52 PM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
It's not a total derail. After all, the same cheats cats and some 'impossible' dinosaurs use to, well, live... could well apply to any creature that could evolve under high G. It could easily find a set of rules that say it can do it, and doesn't have to bother with the ones that said it can't. smile All totally legit.

edited 3rd Feb '12 5:31:10 PM by Euodiachloris

"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
33 MajorTom3rd Feb 2012 05:50:27 PM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
^^ Might've been.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
34 Firebert3rd Feb 2012 06:01:36 PM from Somewhere in Illinois
That One Guy
Obviously, what Tom needs to do is change his story to feature feline quadrupeds and rename it something like Space Cats. Obviously.
35 MajorTom3rd Feb 2012 07:33:27 PM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
^ Maybe for a different book.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
36 JHM4th Feb 2012 11:25:16 AM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
Well, we got a T. S. Eliot reference out of it, so there's something.
In my SF verse, high-gravity planets (1.2 g and up) are populated by heavyworlder pantropic parahumans, who are very dwarf-like in appearance, short and stocky.
I have a gigantic planet with ridiculously high gravity in one of my stories, something akin to 87 bazillion G but it's inhabitants are physical god-level sufficiently advanced aliens so things like the square/cube law doesn't really apply to them.
Shadowed Philosopher
Sounds more like a, well, black hole, than any sort of planet. tongue
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
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