August 30th, 2009


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Hello! First time poster here so if I get some formatting thingy wrong, don't sue me. xD Now, onward...

Story Type: Sci-Fi Action/Mystery desperately attempting to be a little scientifically and probability accurate

Setting: A few hundred into the future where large corporations terraform worlds all across the universe and galaxies have become like modern-day nations. The main part of the story takes part on a backwater cargo ship that crash lands on a planet undergoing terraformation.

A little more info: One of the central characters is an animal-human hybrid created by a corporation to inhabit "useless" worlds that are undergoing terraformation. Basically, when the enviroment is too harsh and wild for humans to thrive in these creatures can live and build their own cultures. Since they haven't discovered any intelligent alien life, they're creating it.

But what I'm stuck on is:

1.) What animal would "mix' best with human genetics and
2.) Which animal would be best suited to humanize and create a new species out of?

Collapse )Help please? :]

i don't play well with others

flashes of light from blacking out

Setting: modern day USA
Situation: blind man hits his head on the kitchen counter and blacks out for a few seconds

What is it that actually causes the flash of light when someone is knocked out? Would someone with a hereditary disease that's caused him to go blind (namely Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy) be able to see the flash of light at all, or would its presence be precluded by the disease?

I've tried several search combinations but just ended up with Google trying to sell my headlights every time :(

Resources for a realistic and accurate world after people

 Hi all,

First post here.  I found this great community through the equally great TVtropes, and I actually joined LiveJournal for the sole reason of posting here.  I know I will be utilizing this resource constantly.  I haven't written much per say, but I have a boatload of ideas floating about in my head and on scraps of paper that maybe eventually I'll gather together into some decent short stories or novellas.

Anyway, at the moment I'm interested in doing some broad research regarding a world sans people - what would the world be like, what would happen to the buildings, the animals, the electricity, and so on.  Basically, how fast will things fall apart and how fast.

The tentative setting is a world where almost all humans have vanished through some sort of devious means...I'm thinking some sort of biological weapon, but that's for another post.  Anyway, there are no dead bodies either - no evidence of dead people.  There are just a few living people who are left around.  The main location is an unnamed and decently large urban center, located in the United States (probably in mid/northern California because, hey, I know the area).  But right now the setting isn't that important.

Right now, I'm just gathering all I can find on scientifically-based speculation on what would happen if people suddenly disappeared.  I've already gathered a wealth of knowledge and resources, listed below, and I just want to know if there is other stuff out there that I missed (in particular, websites).

Resources gathered so far:

Life After People
Life After People: The Series
Aftermath: Population Zero

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
The Earth After Us by Jan Zalasiewicz
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Books (mostly just for fun)



STI screenings/Sex Ed.

Setting: Modern-day America, moderately-sized college town.

Situation: Group of friends getting STI tested.

Searched: Various permutations of 'group sti testing', but that tends to lead to scholarly articles on which groups are most at risk.

1) I need to know firstly, if a health clinic in a university would offer STI tests as standard, or if students would have to go to an off-campus clinic to get tested, and if they are, about how much would it cost? At my university (Ireland), STI tests cost (other treatments were free) and limited to 'minor' STIs. Would this be common, or would places be likely to offer more comprehensive access to testing?

2) If a group of friends went to get tested together (one is writing an article on getting tested, and drags her friends with her), what kind of procedure would there be? I figure they would obviously get their results individually, but would the pre/post-screening advice sessions be done in a group, or still individually? (Or would there even be advice sessions?)

3) [This is more anecdotal advice] When it turns out one of the friends is infected (something minor, probably chlamydia), would it be excessively weird for the rest of the friends to tease him about it? The group is mixed, five guys, three girls, and are all pretty close friends. [I know how my friends would act, but my friends have no concept of propriety]

4) All the characters come from different states, so I presume they'd all have different levels of high-school sex ed. Two of them are from the south. (Mississippi and South Carolina) Would they be likely to have had Abstinence-only sex ed? Two of them went to Catholic schools, so would they have had comprehensive sex ed, or abstinence-only as well? Is there anything that sex ed is required to cover, even if it's abstinence-only?