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    Thread: An Agreement with Aliens
Post: RE: An Agreement with Aliens

I don't know. I just modeled this after the short story "The Lottery."
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 54 September 7th, 2021, 11:07 AM
    Thread: Fungi Blocks Ideal for Building Habitats
Post: RE: Fungi Blocks Ideal for Building Habitats

Yes, I agree that there are some interesting stories here waiting to be written.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 130 August 19th, 2021, 02:59 PM
    Thread: Pivot to Synthetic Biology Saves Our Planet
Post: RE: Pivot to Synthetic Biology Saves Our Planet

Good question and good counterpoint. Thanks.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 53 August 19th, 2021, 02:57 PM
    Thread: Solar Sails Chase Down Interstellar Visitors
Post: RE: Solar Sails Chase Down Interstellar Visitors

Good questions. I don't know.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 51 August 19th, 2021, 02:55 PM
    Thread: Fungi Blocks Ideal for Building Habitats
Post: Fungi Blocks Ideal for Building Habitats

Reishi mycelium, when grown in blocks, is stronger than stone, retains heat for insulation, and can become batteries. This organic substance with an unusual combination of properties is ideal for buil...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 130 August 13th, 2021, 09:13 AM
    Thread: Pivot to Synthetic Biology Saves Our Planet
Post: Pivot to Synthetic Biology Saves Our Planet

The quick switch to synthetic biology for producing building materials, clothes, fuels, and medicines saved our planet. Now, carbon is recycled into food, microbes clean our water, and micro-organisms...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 53 August 12th, 2021, 09:26 AM
    Thread: Fungi Terraforms Planets
Post: RE: Fungi Terraforms Planets

Sounds like I should read Larry Niven. I keep presenting things he has already addressed!
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 62 August 11th, 2021, 10:12 PM
    Thread: Fungi Terraforms Planets
Post: Fungi Terraforms Planets

Fungi terraformed our planet, so an automated spaceship now delivers tons of fungi to multiple planets in the hopes of seeding life. Because no aliens have yet been found, humans decided to seed life ...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 62 August 11th, 2021, 09:17 AM
    Thread: Making Chess More Challenging
Post: Making Chess More Challenging

No one wins a major chess tournament anymore. The top ten always draw with each other, which spurred the creation of new chess variants. Do you have any ideas for variations? The Running Man (Speed C...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 1 34 August 10th, 2021, 09:29 AM
    Thread: The Sun Engine
Post: RE: The Sun Engine

Thanks for your in-depth thoughts. I will pass them on to Maciek, who submitted the idea.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 122 August 9th, 2021, 09:23 AM
    Thread: Creativity Crisis Occurs At Worst Time
Post: Creativity Crisis Occurs At Worst Time

With creativity scores steadily dropping, are we still creative enough to unify relativity and quantum mechanics? Or, has that time passed? Further, we are in need of creative solutions to some of our...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 1 75 August 5th, 2021, 09:19 AM
    Thread: Solar Sails Chase Down Interstellar Visitors
Post: Solar Sails Chase Down Interstellar Visitors

A fleet of solar sails are set to chase down interstellar visitors such as asteroids and comets to get a close look. When the strangely shaped object, Oumuamua, passed through our system in late 2017,...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 51 August 4th, 2021, 09:18 AM
    Thread: Evolution Forces Changes to Baseball
Post: RE: Evolution Forces Changes to Baseball

I was just thinking of biological evolution, but good point.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 65 August 3rd, 2021, 01:52 PM
    Thread: Evolution Forces Changes to Baseball
Post: Evolution Forces Changes to Baseball

Runners now almost always outrun infield ground balls, so they placed the bases farther apart. About 80% of hits were home runs, so the outfield fences were moved way back. As humans get faster and s...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 65 August 2nd, 2021, 09:17 AM
    Thread: The Sun Engine
Post: The Sun Engine

The only way to avoid a devastating asteroid collision with Earth is to move the Sun itself and all will follow. This Sun-Moving-Mega-Structure has the power to slowly move the Sun itself and all of ...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 122 July 28th, 2021, 09:25 AM
    Thread: An Agreement with Aliens
Post: An Agreement with Aliens

A small town lost many citizens to alien abductions, so the town leaders intervened to make a deal with the aliens. It was more like a deal with the devil. In exchange for giving up one child a year t...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 54 July 27th, 2021, 07:27 AM
    Thread: Overlapping Dimensions Explain Dark Matter
Post: RE: Overlapping Dimensions Explain Dark Matter

I am glad this idea was able to help. I hope you can now write a multi-verse story or two.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 4 63 July 26th, 2021, 11:35 AM
    Thread: Overlapping Dimensions Explain Dark Matter
Post: Overlapping Dimensions Explain Dark Matter

Six dimensions with a tiny overlap account for dark matter. The fractional overlap permits a particle's mass from an adjacent universe to be experienced in our universe through gravity but nothing els...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 4 63 July 26th, 2021, 07:47 AM
    Thread: A Peaceful Society Full of "Identical" Twins
Post: RE: A Peaceful Society Full of "Identical" Twins

I haven't found anyone who has heard of this idea. Good questions. I will have to think them through.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 99 July 19th, 2021, 09:57 AM
    Thread: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross
Post: RE: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross

I imagined it as a "t" shape cross so it would resemble a Christian cross.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 6 81 July 19th, 2021, 09:46 AM
    Thread: Non-Human Mammals Experience Oneness More Fully Than the Buddha
Post: Non-Human Mammals Experience Oneness More Fully Th...

The purpose of meditation and prayer is to quiet the human neural circuits that keep us from approaching the experience of oneness and transcendence that other mammals achieve so easily. Neuroscienti...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 0 179 July 14th, 2021, 08:40 AM
    Thread: Futuristic Craft Spotted at China's "Area 51"
Post: Futuristic Craft Spotted at China's "Area 51"

Aircraft with amazing abilities in acceleration, turning, and disappearing have been spotted in what is being called the "Area 51" of China. China may have obtained alien craft. The US was long expect...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 1 65 July 13th, 2021, 07:44 AM
    Thread: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross
Post: RE: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross

Very funny, August! LOL
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 6 81 July 13th, 2021, 07:29 AM
    Thread: A Peaceful Society Full of "Identical" Twins
Post: A Peaceful Society Full of "Identical" Twins

In utero, every fetus is given an "identical" twin of the opposite sex. Chromosome 23 is changed but everything else is duplicated exactly. Growing up with an opposite-sex twin helps each person temp...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 99 July 12th, 2021, 09:27 AM
    Thread: Oort Cloud Hides Alien Ships and Artifacts
Post: Oort Cloud Hides Alien Ships and Artifacts

Many items headed toward our solar system never made it because they collide with some of the millions of ice chunks in the surrounding Oort Cloud. A mission to the massive Oort Cloud has been catalo...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 1 89 July 8th, 2021, 08:00 AM
    Thread: Lentz Warp Drive Works!
Post: Lentz Warp Drive Works!

Eric Lentz's design requires no exotic matter and it passed its first test today in a tiny test ship. Link to relevant article.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 1 66 July 7th, 2021, 09:09 AM
    Thread: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross
Post: RE: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross

It is pure fiction, so there is no link available.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 6 81 July 6th, 2021, 08:05 PM
    Thread: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross
Post: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross

Debates rage on the meaning of the shape of this alien artifact. Is the shape related to its function? Or, is it symbolic? If so, is it connected to an Earth symbol of a cross? Since scientists do n...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 6 81 July 6th, 2021, 08:48 AM
    Thread: Aliens' Chirality Prevents Long Stay on Earth
Post: Aliens' Chirality Prevents Long Stay on Earth

We humans all get energy out of D-glucose. But, our proteins cannot deal with its asymmetrical cousin L-glucose. Just as our left hand cannot shake hands with our right hand, aliens could very well wo...
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 125 June 30th, 2021, 08:38 AM
    Thread: Alien Abductees Treated as "Beloved Pets"
Post: Alien Abductees Treated as "Beloved Pets"

They were fed well, shown off at parties, entered in "pet" competitions for cognitive and physical skills. Returned abductees share a common story of being "beloved pets" for elite aliens.
DrTonyMcCaffrey From New Science to New Sci-Fi 1 78 June 29th, 2021, 07:33 AM