I'm sitting at my desk doing random things on the internet when I hear the phone ring.
BRRRRRP BRRRRRP BRRRR-
"Hello?," I say as I pick it up.
"Ah Razer, what circumstances led you to the decision to call me?
... Ah! Well that's-a simple A-razio! See, radiation, as in the kind from a radioactive particle, can come in forms of high energy particles and light particles.
When these particles damage an organism's genetic structure somehow, as in it destroys DNA or causes a reaction that makes more, it can be quite interesting.
Things such as chemicals can also do this of course, but radiation is more well known.
Unfortunately, radiation doesn't tend to give you a third eye. Usually those affected end up with Cancer, an abnormality in the formation of cells. The very reason cancer is so difficult to treat is because it tends to be genetic, though it more often appears in those who are naturally predisposed to it.
That means sudden mutations are extremely unlikely and rare. A species generally changes through small mutations over many, many, many, many generations that are often caused by cosmic energies.
Cool, i like your interest and all... let me help you.
Most common forms of 'ionising' radiation (i.e. it can remove electrons from atoms/ break up molecular structures) are Gamma Radiation (from x-rays to standard light) all forms of electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic radiation is the propergation of energy via oscilatting electric fields inducing oscillating magnetic fields inducving oscillating electric fields etc. Check Maxwells eqns out. It is also representitive as a particle know as a photon which has theroetically 0 mass (experimentally true to about -24 order of mag). Check out wave particle dualtiy for how it can be a wave and a particle (some pretty weird and cool physics in here). Alpha Radiation: Large particle radiation. Its quite simply an helium atom with no electrons. Due to its relitivly large mass not dangerous unless a source is consumed. (Caused by weak nuclear interactions) Beta Radiation: Electrons or Positrons (anti-electron, just the same but postive charge). Lower mass means greater penetration into materials. Can be dangerous with high energy sources. (Caused by weak nuclear interactions) Nutron Radiation: Very Very Dangerous. Caused by fission/fusion (strong nuclear reactions). Nutrons have no charge so they don't interact easily with most materials. When they do react they can cause strong nuclear change (from hydrogen to detrium) in atoms or just smash shit appart (to use the quantum double speak). Hard to shield against.
But anyways, ignore bad spelling i don't care enough to fix it. I'm also a masters student in physics. Want help understanding something i may know.
"MWAHAHAHAHAHA! I have almost perfected my superweapon, BIG RAEP ZAPPER! Any who come within millions of light years will perish by the awesome might of the Research Lab's greatest weapon to date! We ARE the greatest power in known existence! WE-"
But my monologue was cut short by my computer's call alert.
"Phone call for Mr. Nye", said the sarcasm subroutine.
"Channel it here then, Helps ALot.", came my inevitable response.
In a classic dark private eye scene, I picked up the phone.
"Hello? Razer! My good man! Hmmm... Well, I kinda answered something like this before, but I can explain the infinite ammo. Ever thought of storing things in a separate universe? Then utilizing the different time periods to make more space, while technically remaining in the same universe? Now imagine you store slugs in there. And that your gun is connected to your "storage space." LOLFTWREALITYHAKZ!
This looks like it will be an interesting story...
Anyway, there's three main ways of doing it: The Jurassic Park "find DNA of the thing preserved in something." (Assuming a chimera is even an animal and not something else.)
There's going back in time.
And just recreating one from records of it.
Of course I don't know what sort of setting this is in, so you can make the process work as you find necessary. And for all I know, chimeras are still around then.
Anyway, just have him do the whole thing with a liquid filled chamber of a sort and all the chemicals or potions. A generic process would take days to months. (Chaosky fulfills all your biogenetic engineering needs in 12 months or less!)
So yeah, all I can say is to be sure get the chimera's features right in the story. Other than that, good luck!
How this would really work using recreation by records (With a dog, let's say.), is that you would create a genetic code that would match every aspect of the creature ever described, and that you could speculate.
What I'd do is make a program that arranges the code so that it matches all traits you enter into it. Of course, assigning specific characteristics to certain genes or molecules is anything but easy.
I'm serious, cloning practically works by itself. I will really give my respects to the guy who succeeds in replication.
Anyway, I'd love to stay and chat, but I've got to think of a topic for the people over at chao talk. A scientist's work is never done!
Post by gloabalgothian on May 31, 2010 12:10:58 GMT -5
May I please ask a question: How many nerves or pathways are thier to the brain? On agverage how young do children start talking? How much water can the human stomach hold at one time? What are the effects of drinking liquid mercury? How are rubber bands made? How dense is a nuetron star? What is the speed of light in scientific notation?