January 3rd, 2009


instant freezing

Hello everyone. Here's a question I hope someone can answer:

Could an instant (we're talking within seconds) icing-over technically freeze a bomb mid-explosion before it completely destroys, say, a laboratory? And if the specs really matter, it's one of those big research company labs.


Important ETA: I was advised that I should mention this is a comic book universe, so yes. Comic book. The heroine shoots ice and I was wondering if, with the dual blast and ice-creation, it'd be possible for the explosion to kinetically "slow down". Not necessarily completely freeze the atoms, but slow them down enough with her own blast so that the explosion to be sufficiently contained.

Sorry for the confusion!
John Locke



I'm looking for information on cases of sleep-driving (like sleep-walking, when someone gets in their car and drives around while asleep, without being aware they are doing so). A character in my story is going to be sleep-driving, and will wake up when he drives his car into a tree.

I've tried Wikipedia, which has nothing but a small mention of the phenomena. Google turns up nothing except the fact that it is linked to Ambien and other insomnia drugs. What I'm looking for is actual information on cases of this happening: what exactly happened, how the episode ended, what would a professional doctor say to someone who this happens to, what kind of injuries would be sustained, what kind of treatment given, and how responsible would a sleep-driver be for his actions, and what sort of steps he would have to take in order to defend himself from any charges. And anything else anyone has, just little details on the experience or any specific incidents.

Everything on Google is very brief and not at all helpful. I'm hoping someone here can give me better information, or another resource I can check. Thanks so much!

EDIT: What are some sorts of injuries one could sustain from driving a car into a tree that would require hospitalization but not require a person to be in the hospital for very long? Thanks!

Modern Madrid

I'm writing a story set in Madrid and I was hoping someone could fill me in on any little details that might help flesh out the story a bit more. Specifically about the Real Jardin Botanico and if there are little vendors selling water etc within the parks. It seems like there would be, but I haven't been able to find any specific details regarding it. I just want to be sure.