Mustelidae = awesomeGetting back to my idea, one thing I had thought of is that the menus are iPad-like tablets. Given that they'd be used by several hands, how would one ensure that the screens stay clean?
Windmill, windmill for the land / Is everybody in?
Eye'm the cutest!Waterproof/washable casing. Failing that, disposable screen protectors.
Mustelidae = awesomeAlso, what tech advances could exist in preparation of real food? Ovens that cook faster? I rarely set foot in a kitchen, so I don't even know what the hell's there now.
edited 3rd Mar '13 10:16:55 PM by Twentington
Windmill, windmill for the land / Is everybody in?
Eye'm the cutest!Food preparation has kinda hit a plateau. Mostly because "ovens that cook faster" is mostly a myth. Sure ovens in the future might heat to a specific temperature more quickly but cook faster at that temp they will not. What you'd potentially see in the future of food preparation is a lot more automation in some aspects such as cutting and storing ingredients.
patience, young padawanAlternatively, 'smart' appliances or pantries that can keep track of food stocks, tell you when something in your cupboard is about to expire, adjust certain drawers in your fridge for produce and others for leftovers, help you decide what to cook based on what you have- or just place a takeout order for you... the list goes on. I doubt home gas ranges will be going anywhere soon, though. Cooks, home and professional alike, laud their preciseness in heat and flame control. Ooh, what about knife blocks for home cooks that keep your knives maintained? Or expansions on those Kitchenaid all-in-one things? Molecular gastronomy? What if the gourmands of the future were obsessed with juice drops and foams? Think about the home cook and ways haute cuisine techniques can be simplified for them.
edited 4th Mar '13 8:18:12 AM by CrystalGlacia
Eye'm the cutest!
I doubt home gas ranges will be going anywhere soon, though. Cooks, home and professional alike, laud their preciseness in heat and flame control.People still cook over a wood fire. Very Stone Age method.
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Applied Phlebotinum like a good chunk of the technology in the story. I suppose if the story has psychic powers, then scientific plausibility is already half-way out the window.
edited 5th Mar '13 8:38:42 AM by MaxwellDaring
Never underestimate the adapting ability of nature. as an example there are fungi colonies that live off the radiation from Chernobyl. it wouldn't be out of the question for the bacteria that live off the noxious fumes of that swamp you mentioned to adapt naturally to eat whatever chemicals the production plants are spewing out. as for botched terraforming I'm not sure what you mean so i cant really offer any help.sry
rollin' on dubsAlien Planet from the discovery channel would be a good place to start. Radiation is energy and can promote mutations, if it doesn't kill you outright. And pollution tends to be mitigated by "green zones": the bayou around New Orleans does soak up heavy metals and chemicals (and it would work it humans would stop spewing out more than it could handle). Natural selection would shape plants and animals to live with pollution in "bio-stasis". Chemicals build up in a plant or critter. Bio-magnification occurs when the organism is eaten, so the survivors build up a tolerance.
The Harbinger of StrangeHypothetical question: If a moon were somehow dragged closer to a planet (as by attaching a cable and pulling it), would there be any other effects besides (probably) increasing tidal activity? This is just a tentative idea; I'm thinking of having a villain use their extreme Reality Warper powers to literally crash the moon into the planet. Suppose they were stopped at the (not quite) last minute, leaving the moon much closer to the planet than it originally was.
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Eye'm the cutest!^ How close? Because if you put the moon closer than its Roche limit the moon will break up and/or collide with the planet. If you moved Luna half its current distance (which would more than triple its apparent size in the night sky) to Earth, apart from the initial jolt to the tides the main things you'd have happen is some instrumentation would read (until accounted for) anomalous gravity readings. Beyond that, you're mainly just looking at slightly higher tides, a brighter night sky and some serious disturbance of the Lagrangian Points scattered across the Earth-Luna body system. (They'll eventually reach equilibrium again but anything in those points will be disturbed out.)
Who Am I?Aggregated diamond nonrod- absurdly strong, but doesnt seem to be used as a battery.
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rollin' on dubsIf you're willing to accept some bulk, you could build a nano-battery in layers:
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