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Old 02-11-2020, 03:45 AM   #2211
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Tired of Cordyceps, and need a different species whose gametes are the source of a nanoplague/zombie infection/other spreading infestation? Take this one, it flings pollen!


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Anemophilous plants described as catapulting pollen explosively into the air have rarely attracted detailed examination. We investigated floral anthesis in a male mulberry tree with high-speed video and a force probe. The stamen was inflexed within the floral bud. Exposure to dry air initially resulted in a gradual movement of the stamen. This caused fine threads to tear at the stomium, ensuring dehiscence of the anther, and subsequently enabled the anther to slip off a restraining pistillode. The sudden release of stored elastic energy in the spring-like filament drove the stamen to straighten in less than 25 μs, and reflex the petals to velocities in excess of half the speed of sound. This is the fastest motion yet observed in biology, and approaches the theoretical physical limits for movements in plants.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:21 AM   #2212
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Tired of Cordyceps, and need a different species whose gametes are the source of a nanoplague/zombie infection/other spreading infestation? Take this one, it flings pollen!


Don't know about zombie plagues, but sounds like a good excuse for a plant to shoot high speed darts.
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:18 AM   #2213
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Let me dig up Douglas Cole's ballistics spreadsheet so I can work out the damage for that pollen.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:00 AM   #2214
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A robot moved by a slime moulds fears.

They can be used to create biorobots. I for one welcome our new slime mould overlords.

Edit: Also, Antarctic glacier is bleeding.

This has to be a sign of the apocalypse. Or an Old One testing site. Could also be the inspiration of an extra-terrestrial site.
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Old 02-19-2020, 07:25 AM   #2215
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Man invests more points in flight-advantage (or gadget?), improves jet pack, does looping, lands with parachute.

https://gizmodo.com/watch-this-jetpa...-ir-1841753006

TL 9 is just one soft landing away ...
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:15 AM   #2216
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improves jet pack
I wouldn't classify it as a "jet pack" since it has that solid fixed wing. It's a small jet aircraft with a human payload slung underneath. "Jet pack", to me, lacks aerodynamic lift and just relies on the jet thrust to stay aloft (as this pilot does early on, before transitioning to level flight -- at which time the wing is just dead weight). Not to say that using a wing is a bad idea; there's a reason we put them on planes. But it's more of a TL9 ultralight than a TL9 jetpack. Still perfectly cool thing to put into your games, whatever it's called.
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Old 03-02-2020, 03:52 PM   #2217
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The malignant tetrad seems promising for a classic kind of villain.
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Old 03-03-2020, 03:52 PM   #2218
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Need an ancient, undiscovered city for your modern day mysteries campaign? Just make one up, they're literally everywhere anyway:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-archae...d-kingdom.html
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Old 03-04-2020, 01:06 PM   #2219
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Need an ancient, undiscovered city for your modern day mysteries campaign? Just make one up, they're literally everywhere anyway:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-archae...d-kingdom.html
Sometimes, it's sorta frustrating to live in such young country in the New World.

I'm never going to accidentally uncover the remnants of a 3,000 year-old Bronze Age civilization while digging in my neighborhood.

The best I can do is shards of bone from poor people whose bodies were never properly exhumed and moved as the city expanded, because the undertaker charged with the task took all the money and spent it on booze, instead.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.the...re%3f_amp=true
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Old 03-04-2020, 01:13 PM   #2220
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Yeah, we have quite a few buildings in Gothenburg that are older than the U.S.
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