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    Ordinary bloke who wants to change from ordinary jobs to science
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  1. Thanks for the above replies. Hi Zapatos, with a pulled pork sarnie I could do without chips. But yes you have a really good point. Sci-fi often pictures settlers arriving on new worlds and then starting agriculture to support themselves. But in our solar system, maybe it would be a good idea to start producing food on other planets of the solar system before people get there. And if someone sent a crate of pork chops to Titan, with her surface temperature of -290Β°F, I bet they'd still be edible even if explorers didn't get there for another ten years.
  2. Scientists theorize that there may be a big subterranean ocean of liquid salt water on Europa, and there is a proposal to send a space probe which could drill down to it. In such an ocean there would be presumably no light, and I don't know if there'd be any CO2 or what temperature the water would be, but by introducing autotrophs from our own oceans would it be possible for explorers to start a food chain, gradually introducing higher species culminating in fish? This would permanently give explorers and settlers something to eat, although they'd have to have chips sent up from Ear
  3. If microbial life is discovered in Venus' atmosphere, and samples are collected, will science be able to tell us whether its ancestry somehow found its way there from Earth, or whether it's definitely a product of abiogenesis on Venus? Thanks GIAN πŸ™‚
  4. Thanks Swansont. What is 'displacement?' πŸ™‚
  5. Apparently the Orion Project for nuclear powered spaceflight asserted that by this method with an acceleration of 1G an Orion spaceship could attain a speed of 10% of the speed of light (c.) Mathematically, how do I work out 1. the length of time it would take to get from 0 to a speed of c/10 (ship's time,) and 2. what would be the distance travelled in that time? Cheerz GIANπŸ™‚
  6. I picture explorers creating giant igloos to use as greenhouses, with methane-powered heating to room temperature and melting water ice for crops and pasture, and also extracting oxygen from water (electrolysis?) to make breathable air. But yes I suspect there wouldn't be enough 'goodies' on the Titanian surface to grow stuff, so the astronauts would have to bring their own compost. Can you define magnetosphere and explain why it would be a problem for animals please? (I'm a novice at science) Thanks GIAN πŸ™‚
  7. When explorers eventually reach Titan, I suppose they could take some farm animals with them which if they had enough to eat would create manure, although I'm not sure how pigs and cattle would get on in the low gravity (flying pigs?) But would there be enough minerals lying about on the surface to use as soil to grow crops? Would there be enough nutrients in it? Titanian wheat and potatoes?πŸ™‚
  8. On the other hand, could biology one day become machines? Eg, scientists could design biological organisms to do what machines do for us now? A biological motorcar which can drive passengers around on wheels at upto 100mph but also eats grass for fuel?
  9. The natural human lifespan has extended from the lifespan of the first life forms. Is the extension of lifespan a natural consequence of evolution and will it continue? What I mean is, is it at least possible with natural selection that vast organisms something like dinosaurs could evolve again?
  10. Three questions 1) If the first life forms c 4y.billion ago lived about 24 hours (?) and we now live about 80years, in another 4y.billion will life expectancy continue to increase in a straight line and our descendants will have lifespans of 2.5y.millon?? If so it will certainly make intergalactic travel more practical! 2) Is our species H.Sapiens continuing to evolve? Will our descendants become a new species or species? 3) Will the natural course of evolution without human agency cause the dinosaurs or something like them to evolve again in the far future? Cheerz GIAN πŸ™‚
  11. If we can create nuclear bombs 1000x hiroshima, wouldn't it be fairly simple to use it to power space ships which could accelerate to the point where a trip to the outer planets would take days rather than years? Is it true that this is already quite possible, but governments won't let us do it because of the potential dangers of nuclear accident? Cheerz GIAN xx
  12. inow and swansont Well yes, hopefully sunlight could be turned into energy in another form eg motion and/or light. Yes there would be waste heat but presumably not as much as if the sunlight energy had not absorbed at all. And yes a percentage of the 'harvested' sunlight would also be reflected away from the Earth. Presumably if if it was done on a big enough scale there would be a net cooling of the Earth, plus an additional reduction of CO2-producing forms of energy production? cheerz Gian
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