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Old 04-17-2013, 01:19 PM   #451
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During a trip to Lake Constance with a visit to Konstanz / Constance I
thought that some of you might find this weird: Konstanz is perhaps the
only city with a huge monument remembering a time when the city's pro-
stitutes wielded their power over the rulers of state and church (during
the Council of Constance), a nine meter high statue of a prostitute who
holds a little naked emperor and a little naked pope in her hands ...

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Konstanz_080.jpg
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:51 PM   #452
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And the statue rotates!

My wife got a laugh out of that one.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:36 PM   #453
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Cages for freshly dug graves, because of zombies, vampires, etc...
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:59 PM   #454
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Because sometimes there's no substitute for HALO insertion of Special Operations Forces multipurpose canines*.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...y.html#photo=2

Naturally, you can adapt this to your SF game by giving the dogs their own drop capsules.

Which then of course begs the Traveller referee to deploy them with Vargr forces.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:29 PM   #455
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How about a mysterious structure under the Sea of Galilee...
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:01 AM   #456
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Cages for freshly dug graves, because of zombies, vampires, etc...
I love the Victorians!
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:27 AM   #457
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It was really to deter resurrectionists.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:00 PM   #458
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Researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore...

The invention, developed by a team at Boston Children's Hospital, will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure.

http://gizmodo.com/5921868/scientist...hout-breathing
In addition its appearance as a new item for your ultra-tech medkits, this item could have application as a gimmick for adventures. It has a rather Bond Q-esque flavor to me, handy for surviving an underwater scene without SCUBA gear, perhaps a way to exploit a near gap in a sentry schedule, if only you could duck outside for a bit, or a way to escape the sunken nuclear submarine.

It might also be a gimmick for the ever-popular locked room mystery on a spaceship: there's no way they could have gotten out of the room except to the exterior, and none of the spacesuits have been touched. (You'll still need some answers for heat and pressure, possibly other hazards.)
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:33 PM   #459
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IV oxygen is what it seems most likely to be if it works right.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #460
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A 3D-printed ear with included radio receiver. Intended use is to couple the receiver with artificial tympani, to permit people with damaged/missing nerves to hear - but it wouldn't take that much more design to include the ability to hear specific radio frequencies, as well...
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