January 4th, 2007

hermione around corner

Police Officer given hard time when trying to get answers (US)

This sort of has to do with my last post.

A doctor has come out to the family and said Son 1 died so the family is upset and trying to deal with their loss. Meanwhile, a police officer comes over and tells the family that he has to talk to Son 2 about what happened because Son 1's friends are drunk and Son 2 was there for part of the time. The mother has lashed out at the officer saying that this is the wrong time and he needs to leave them alone to deal with their grief.

The police officer is very understanding of their need to grieve and their situation, but would he let that get in the way of doing his job and trying to get answers about what happened or would he press Son 2 for answers? And if he didn't try to get answers that night, when would be an appropriate time for him to contact Son 2?

Thanks in advance!
speculative, creative, philosophical, CT, inspired
  • cmzero

The coldblooded hero.

I'm trying to come up with a superhero concept, and though I know the science is ultimately going to get fuzzy, I'd like to see how deep I can take it and still look realistic.

Under the current concept, our hero has blood that flows at very low temperatures and absorbs heat at an excruciatingly slow rate... at least in the short term, there's no measurable increase in temperature at all under normal climate conditions. Her power is to pull heat into herself, freezing objects around her, and dumping that heat energy into her blood as a "heat sink." Coldblooded on an extreme scale.

Now, I'm probably going to handwave the mechanics of her pulling the heat in from specific locations. But I'm trying to think about how the blood itself would work. What kind of real-world substances could it be made of? How would it move oxygen around? (I've got this vague idea of it actually condensing the oxygen into liquid form and letting it flow that way, but I'm not sure if the cells could take it in that form, even if they evaporate it again first.) Could this blood still clot properly, and how? What other purposes of blood might be complicated by these temperatures or substances? What would these temperatures do to the rest of her body, and how might she, or her cells, have adapted to handle this problem? (Another vague idea I have is that she has to draw heat regularly to keep her body from going cryogenic.)


EDIT: My physics are admittedly rusty, so apparently my explanation wasn't clearly worded. What I wanted to say was that her blood has a gargantuan specific heat capacity. The same amount of heat energy that it would take to freeze, say, a bathtub full of hot water would raise her blood temperature maybe a millionth of a Kelvin, if that. I'm going to avoid putting an actual number on it, but hopefully you get the idea; in laymen's terms, her blood is just really, really stubborn about warming up.
Eowyin is no living man

A couple of questions about American Education

My google-fu has failed me so, I ask.

What's the youngest age that a highschool teacher can be? I'm thinking mostly about drama teachers, sports teachers (school team's coaches and managers) and substitute teachers.
Is it possible to be 18 and still in highschool? What about 19?

Thank you very much for your time

ETA: Thanks to everyone who answered, I have everything I needed. I wanted to thank everyone in comments, but then I realized I would've just repeating 'thanks' all over, so an eta seemed better.