Designing Intelligent Aliens

Yes, Hitler was an alien!

At least in Iron Sky — The Coming Race he was an alien! Good movie, go see it.

Designing Intelligent Aliens

Those of you who know me know that I spend a lot of time 0n Science Daily. Some of it is book research, but 95% is pure curiosity. This part came out of research for a novel (no, I won’t tell you why Homo erectus is relevant to a novel set in the present day), and I was totally shocked.

I always thought Star Trek’s aliens were a joke, but much to my surprise Star Trek got aliens mostly right. Seriously. Unfortunately this article wasn’t planned, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to find all of the research papers I used, but I’ll try to explain why Star Trek was right, and Babylon 5 wrong.

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Sexual Abuse and Me

Law & Order SVU episode -- Facing Demons
Law & Order SVU episode — Facing Demons

Last night I watched the Law & Order SVU episode Facing Demons. It was chilling, especially because I went through the same thing Brian Cassidy suffered as a child – sexual abuse.

I’m not going to get graphic about what happened, but what I’m going to write will disturb a lot of people, and if you think you are one of them stop reading now.

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Could Canada be a National Security Threat to the United States

Sure. All we’d have to do is sign a mutual defense treaty with Russia and China, and Donald J. Trump seems to be driving us in that direction. Then the USA would have Cuba and Canada to worry about.

I want to look at the situation from a purely military standpoint. Could Canada equip and field armed forces capable of beating the United States? Let’s look at the numbers.

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Wooden Spaceships and Wooden Spacesuits

 

Spelljammer spaceship from the Spelljammer Wiki
Spelljammer spaceship from the Spelljammer Wiki

You think I’m joking, right? Sorry, I’m not. What’s even better is that we are practically there.

I was reading Science Daily, my go-to source for keeping up (yeah, right) with new scientific findings. Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a process that makes wood stronger than steel, and stronger than some titanium alloys.

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We are all MeatBots

Hehe. OK, so I’m feeling crazier than usual, and I’m probably going to upset a lot of people with this, but humans are partially self-programming MeatBots.

What do I mean by that? It’s complicated, and I can’t claim to be an expert on this, my field is chemistry, not biology. But I know enough to write this. I think. I have no doubt I’ll get told how wrong I am, and I’m quite happy to debate you on the issue!

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