February 20th, 2009

Questions concerning American government / warfare branches & "starting over" after a nuclear attack

OK, so, it's like this: I'm working on this fanfiction story, "The Memoirs Of Dr. Strangelove", which is my own personal account of the character's life, from birth to childhood to adulthood, & a little bit after that...I haven't posted anything here before, but this is the first time I've ever really had to write a fanfiction that focused on soooo much detail (which I usually don't pay much attention to for the stories I write for other fandoms, most of which involve Disney or other animated films... ^^;; ). Now, as far as all those details go, there's a lot I have to ask, so that I can portray the events of my story in a convincing manner (which, of course, is very important when you're writing a story taking place in a movie world that's a lot more similar to ours)...

But first, here's some basic information you might want to know:
*Setting of the fanfiction: Germany during the entirity of the decades of the 1920's & 1930's, as well as the early-to-mid 1940's; mid-to-late 1940's & early-to-mid 1950's America (plus an additional 100 years spent underground while a lethal cloud of radioactivity encircles the earth above them for the duration of the nuclear particles' half-life of 93 years)
*Searched with various combinations of the following keywords &/or their equivalents: "United States [Of America]", "1920's / 1930's / 1940's / 1950's", "survival of nuclear attacks", "nuclear warfare", "weapons research [and] development"

Unfortunately, all the searches I've done on Google & Wikipedia don't seem to be helping in answering my questions at all--at least, if I do find results, they have nothing to do with the stuff I'm trying to find out. -_-

OK, now, onto the questions...

10. At one point in my story, Dr. Strangelove is promoted to the director of the 'weapons research & development' branch of the American military / government...but what *does* the director of weapons research & development do, exactly? And if the American government doesn't have a "weapons research & development" branch, per se, what's the closest thing they've got? (If I knew the name of that branch, I'd look it up to find out more about it, but I wouldn't know where to start without knowing the actual name first.)

I tried looking up "weapons research & development" on Google beforehand, but it mostly just led me to sites with transcripts or quotes from the movie, so that wasn't a very fruitful search. I also tried looking through all the different articles in the "Agencies of the United States government", "Government agencies of the United States", "Independent agencies of the United States government", "Defunct agencies of the United States government" (just in case), "United States Department Of Defense agencies", and "United States federal boards, commissions, and committees" categories on Wikipedia....but to no avail. Didn't even find one sign of "Weapons Research & Development". :(

11. If the world above the underground mine shafts in every country were to be virtually destroyed in a massive nuclear explosion & the people who survived didn't come back up until 100 years later, how *would* they "start over" after resurfacing? Might they have been able to retrieve any of their property or possessions? How would they regenerate plant & animal life after bringing their preserved specimens up from the mine shafts? How could they build new houses, with all the trees on Earth pretty much eliminated from the surface of the Earth? Would all the countries be able to reestablish their old governments? Things like that. I tried looking up keywords related to these kind of things on Google, but my search results were either limited in number, unsuccessful, or unrelated to the information I was seeking.

(The questions might be easier to understand if you've seen "Dr. Strangelove".) If you can provide answers to any or all of the above questions, I would be most grateful to you for your assistance. :-) And to those who have answered the questions that were previously posted, I wish to thank you sincerely for all your help with the details of my story that I was looking for; it is greatly appreciated.

Location of World War I military hospitals

The character is a British doctor during the first World War. He has prior military experience as an army surgeon. He would be in his early 60’s when World War I began and feels compelled to help. However, because of his age I doubt he would have been sent to the front lines. So… where would he have worked?

My preference is to have him at a military hospital in a small town in England (although France would also be acceptable if that was more likely). He was living in London when the War began, so I suppose that a military hospital in London would also be a possibility (since it seems that the wounded were also sent back to London); this is not my first preference, however.

Any locations (and, if possible, even names) of military hospitals caring for the WWI wounded soldiers would be much appreciated.

I’ve Googled “location of british military hospitals in world war 1”, “British doctors in World war 1”, “soldier hospital in England during World War 1”, and variations along those lines. While I’ve found some interesting information concerning the treatment of patients, I haven’t, you know, actually discovered where the hospitals were located.

Thanks for any assistance!

ETA: Thank you all! You've provided some great resources and links. I'm certain that I can find a suitable location now.

Driving to Las Vegas

A quick and easy question: what's the traffic like on I-15 between Barstow, California and Las Vegas, particularly in the area where the interstate runs adjacent to the Mojave Preserve? Is it possible that early afternoon Monday traffic (heading toward Vegas) could be light to the point where you might not be able to see any other cars traveling in your direction?

Songs in the 1920's

Setting: An undefined rural part of the United States, in an undefined part of the 1920's.  At a carnival.
Searched: various folk songs and lyrics to old songs I know, but they're all out of context, so I don't know which would be a likely option.

My character is a teenage girl (a disproportionate dwarf, if that makes any difference) working at a carnival with her father.  While she's walking around, she sings something to herself.  What would be a song she would probably know and like?  (With lyrics in the public domain.)  Her father is Irish originally, but she's been exposed to all sorts of people from various regions at the carnival.

This is a children's story, so I need a song that would be appropriate for pre-teen readers.

(Edited to add title)

The End Of The World! Oh Noes!

Setting: sometime in the future? About 10,000 years from now i think?
I've got an idea for a story inspired by my astronomy class today. I have a vague understanding of the theory that the sun, in a few thousand years, will swell and then collapse in on itself.
What I don't have is any sort of mathematical equations to help me get certain specific results in terms of heat or volume, nor do I have any real information on the expected timespans, or the effects on other objects in the solar system.
So... cut for astronomical boringness?
I hope someone can help...Collapse )Thanks so much. I'm hoping that this idea will work, but if not, oh well.
Edited because the Rich Text Editor stinks.

Stab wounds and shock

Couple of questions. Hopefully someone is into medicine.

1. I need to give a character a stab wound in order to administer a toxin. Now I would like this stab wound to be in the abdominopelvic area (prefer left side but I'm flexible). Trouble is, I need the stab wound itself to be superficial or if not, then not too serious. Where can I put it?

2. The above character will be taken to the ER in a relatively speedy fashion. However, after about 20 minutes they will also start experiencing numbness in extremities, cold sweat, hypotension, bradycardia. Would those be considered symptoms of shock? What else would they be symptoms of?

**There are witnesses to this attack. It was brief. Victim has also has two broken ribs to the opposite side of the body, bruising down one side(from head to knee). Weapons used were a small hunting knife and a bat. Weapons are unavailble as assailant is now in a standoff with police.

Okay, I guess I have more than just two. My assailant is on Lithium for depression but is also drinking and dropping acid at the time of this attack. Is that enough to make you crazy? Is that enough to give you a heart attack?

Thanks very much.
Pandora
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Storms interacting with the ionosphere?

Location is another planet, time is future but probably irrelevant, and I don't even know what search terms to use. So search terms, or a good "extreme meteorology for dummies" site, would be good too.

We've got a planet with constant, severe storm activity--the worst hurricanes on Earth would barely register as noteworthy. (The storms are, in fact, sapient). The world is 90% or more water, and a bit warmer and faster-rotating than Earth, but theoretically human-habitable (except for the *massive killer storms of doom*)

I'd like the storms to be the larval stage of an electrical life form that lives in the ionosphere (individually or as a group mind, I don't need to know that bit yet). But, in order for that to happen, there needs to be some way that the storms' electrical patterns could *get* to the ionosphere, without breaking any laws of physics. Is there? Bonus points if there's also some way for the ionosphere to "seed" new storm minds. Barring that, where *could* my grown-up electrical pattern life forms hang out, when they're done being hypercanes?

Also, if the ionosphere idea works at all, since a thick/active ionosphere would normally screw up radio, is there any way that the human survey crew could connect via radio or some similar comm medium with a satellite/ship in orbit, and/or with other humans on the planet, or do I need handwavium comm devices? My impression is that surface-to-surface radio might work, though a bit unreliably, but something extraordinary would be needed to punch through the ionosphere into orbit. (my plot preference would be that surface-to-surface is fairly easy, surface-to-orbit is doable only with Special Equipment)