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by Omegaton
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 29002

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Species names are also a common way to pay homage to or poke fun at someone. Darwin's name makes the most appearances, obviously, but there is a speceis of spider Bilbobagginsi (i think) named after Bilbo Baggins b/c the spider has furry feet. there are countless examples of this but i'm no zoologi...
by Omegaton
Thu May 28, 2009 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Choosing One Field
Replies: 10
Views: 1392

Re: Choosing One Field

Seeing as how indecisive I am, it's a small wonder that I was able to choose a single field. However, I would recommend that you get in touch with a professor and start chatting it up about some of your favorite topics. I say this because in my undergrad I did two research projects in ecology, which...
by Omegaton
Thu May 28, 2009 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best names for scientific papers.
Replies: 16
Views: 2907

Re: Best names for scientific papers.

The amorous Gammarus: The relationship between precopula duration and size-assortative mating in G. pulex. Elwood, RW; Dick, JTA. Animal Behaviour. Vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 828-833. 1990.
by Omegaton
Fri May 15, 2009 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chameleon-related question.
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: Cameleon-related question.

To reduce the number of people saying that chameleons don't change colour to match their surroundings may I suggest changing it to cuttle fish or octopuses (octopi? firefox spell check likes octopuses) That being said, I have no idea, perhaps it would go a very bland/white colour? Some cuttlefish a...
by Omegaton
Fri May 15, 2009 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA and a population
Replies: 39
Views: 3417

Re: DNA and a population

The way I see it, because we're restricted to two planets, we still have an incredibly small chance of getting two individuals because after a certain amount of time an allele is going to get fixed on one planet that was lost on the other. The only way to guarantee that any two planets have an indi...
by Omegaton
Thu May 14, 2009 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Particle Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1300

Re: Particle Question

Atoms are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. All atoms of each type of element have a specific number of protons, for example all Hydrogen atoms have 1 proton, and all Boron atoms have 5. This number corresponds to the the atomic number that each element has.
by Omegaton
Wed May 13, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA and a population
Replies: 39
Views: 3417

Re: DNA and a population

We have already come to the conclusion that genetic drift will ensure fixation and loss of alleles over infinite time. However, the question raises another part of this problem, and that's that there are TWO populations that we are comparing, one on Earth and one on another planet, and the populati...
by Omegaton
Wed May 13, 2009 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA and a population
Replies: 39
Views: 3417

Re: DNA and a population

However, the question raises another part of this problem, and that's that there are TWO populations that we are comparing, one on Earth and one on another planet, and the populations are ASSUMED to be split from each other. I think the OP was saying to compare the genomes from all individuals on t...
by Omegaton
Tue May 12, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology weirdness with a twist.
Replies: 8
Views: 1070

Re: Biology weirdness with a twist.

Human life? So, basically survivorship? Humans have what we call a Type I survivorship curve. The rate of mortality is low in the younger ages, and increases as one gets older. I'm not entirely sure if I'm getting the analogy, but it doesn't look like it fits. If a mantids count as large predators t...
by Omegaton
Tue May 12, 2009 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA and a population
Replies: 39
Views: 3417

Re: DNA and a population

We have already come to the conclusion that genetic drift will ensure fixation and loss of alleles over infinite time. However, the question raises another part of this problem, and that's that there are TWO populations that we are comparing, one on Earth and one on another planet, and the populatio...
by Omegaton
Tue May 12, 2009 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ITT: Speculate wildly about alien life! (merged threads)
Replies: 78
Views: 7741

Re: Infectivity of alien biology.

So what I am getting out of this thread is that beaming down to an alien world will probably be OK if it was a necessary action. However chances are at least one bug might be infective, the longer you star around the alien biology the greater the chances of getting a disease, and if a disease cross...
by Omegaton
Mon May 11, 2009 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Space Martial Arts
Replies: 45
Views: 3909

Re: Space Martial Arts

For practicality's sake, we should probably assume that they are in a closed container with surfaces to push against so that martial artists would be able to push off against to actually move towards each other. I'm imagining a cube. Or maybe an octagonal prism, for UFC fans. I do not think strikes ...
by Omegaton
Mon May 11, 2009 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human random numbers
Replies: 61
Views: 17898

Re: Human random numbers

I'm interested in the results after we get a much larger sample size. Right now we'd be expecting 10 votes in each category with a uniform distribution.

Ingolifs raises an interesting experimental idea. I think that should be the next experiment. :D
by Omegaton
Mon May 11, 2009 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ITT: Speculate wildly about alien life! (merged threads)
Replies: 78
Views: 7741

Re: Infectivity of alien biology.

Something that's developed over the course of this topic is that there are a variety of organsmic interactions that can cause disease or disease-like symptoms. Viruses, single-celled organisms ie. bacteria and the odd eukaryotic parasite such as Plasmodium, and multi-cellular parasitic animals such ...

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