Science!: Snail Armor, Dino Deathtraps and Beer

That snail sounds like one hard mofo! I love reading these science articles always amusing, yet clever!
Also, HORRAY FOR BEER! The cause, and solution, to all of lifes problems!

Man, the Yellowstone supervolcano scares the crap out of me.

Nice, Super armoured snail solider's can't wait.

now i want snail armour and beer XD

EMFCRACKSHOT:
now i want snail armour and beer XD

How about a beer stein made of snail armor?

Lauren Admire:

EMFCRACKSHOT:
now i want snail armour and beer XD

How about a beer stein made of snail armor?

Only if it doubles as a hat

I just read the word "Beer" in the title and click. Pretty intesting articles, especially the armour one.

I'm going to have to steal that snail citation for my dissertation. Obviously I'll put an acknowledgement to The Escapist and Ms. Admire in there too for finding it.

Outlaw Torn:
I'm going to have to steal that snail citation for my dissertation. Obviously I'll put an acknowledgement to The Escapist and Ms. Admire in there too for finding it.

What's your dissertation about?

Snail phylogenies, but I need to add in a few thousands words so figured I just waffle on about the randomness of snails. I really not a closet malacologist.

Good articles, although reading the actual paper on the snail's armour made my recent essay seem a bit thin on the ground.

John Funk:
Man, the Yellowstone supervolcano scares the crap out of me.

As long as it dosnt go 2012 on us...

Wow, reading the snail artical in particular was an interesting way to kill some time. And to be fair its mechanism is sheer genius.

I must admit even though I'm nowhere near the States, that Yellowstone artical with dozens of earthquakes is a little worrying - at least, like they say, these 'quakes are purely tectonic and not below the magma line, then the sh*t would really hit the fan.

The snail story is really cool. Makes one wonder what the evolutionary process of that snail must've been like to produce something so complex and specifically suited to one special type of environment. Then again the same goes for many other living things as well.

I'm gonna take the beer story with a grain of salt though. God knows how 'experts' tend to vastly overstate the importance of their field of expertise, and this sounds to me like just another example.

The snail thing is even more mind-boogling if you remember how exactly evolution works. Many snails have died to bring you these shells.

I had always known that beer was pivotal for the beginning of civilization as we know it, but the version I heard is that, since it's fermented an alcoholic, it was much less likely to be infected by a number of microorganisms than water back then. And the whole settling thing is due to a shortage of food from the more traditional hunting and gathering thang, and then it turned out agriculture had like ten times better yield than hitting mammoths with clubs and picking stuff off the ground. But then again, the cool thing about scientific theories is that they often turn out to be wrong.

Unfortunately, once the military tested the new 'snail armor,' they found out it heavily compromised mobility and speed... and resistance to salt. XD

Why doesn't it surprise me the entirety of out civilization revolves around getting drunk on anything fermented?

Good old alky. To paraphrase the fictional world's least intelligent wiseman: Beer is the cause of and solution to all of life's problems.

John Funk:
Man, the Yellowstone supervolcano scares the crap out of me.

For good reason. I remember reading somewhere that the explosion and resultant ash ejection would equal the devastating effects of a low- to medium-grade nuclear detonation. Minus the radiation, of course.

The snail armour would be pretty gosh darn hard to make...

And expensive. I think that if they are able to make it, they'll make trauma plates and helmets out of them.

I look forward to technology making it harder to kill each other. Huzza!

"Geyser-ridden"

For some reason this had me laughing like a lunatic when I read it.

The Rogue Wolf:

John Funk:
Man, the Yellowstone supervolcano scares the crap out of me.

For good reason. I remember reading somewhere that the explosion and resultant ash ejection would equal the devastating effects of a low- to medium-grade nuclear detonation. Minus the radiation, of course.

Plus global weather change due to the amount of dust in the upper layers of the atmosphere. Add to this the massive amount of magma that will spew out and cover more than the Yellowstone park it self and ash covering maybe half of North America and you will get a better picture of the effects. (P.S. the resulting explosion might well be stronger than the entire nuclear arsenal of the USA - although I'm not too sure on the numbers here, it's been a long time since I last read about it.)

with the kind of atmosphere that that snail endures, is it possible that it could live on Venus? Just wondering.

The "Beer Theory" is actually pretty old news in Archeological/Pre-Historical Circles. I remember it being a prominent point in World History and Cultural Anthropology courses I took back in University.

A quick request - would it please be possible to covert the measurements into SI units in your articles and put them in brackets?

I can understand quoting in atmospheres and why you'd want to quote in F, but in the scientific community, we like things in SI.

And before you say it, yes I could do it myself, but after a couple of beers, it seems more trouble than its worth.

Seeeee, mother nature skimps on giving mankind the good stuff! We get soft, squishy flesh and gastrapods get natural armour, good quality stuff too!

Also yeah, you can imagine that alcohol was a pretty big part of establishing civilizations, considering it's value, which stays today, and many uses.

Azure-Supernova:
Seeeee, mother nature skimps on giving mankind the good stuff! We get soft, squishy flesh and gastrapods get natural armour, good quality stuff too!

yeah - but nature gave us the intelligence to create a really BIG hammer, which will eventually get through anything...

ad5x5:

Azure-Supernova:
Seeeee, mother nature skimps on giving mankind the good stuff! We get soft, squishy flesh and gastrapods get natural armour, good quality stuff too!

yeah - but nature gave us the intelligence to create a really BIG hammer, which will eventually get through anything...

Why does it have to be a hammer!? Surely they will create a series of weapons with this wonder material, which will no doubt add another lot of gear to the Science Fiction, ranking higher than Mythril and Adamantium haha.

aye, and this hammer will be made of Phlebotanium, the ultimate in weapons material design.

of course, this hammer won't be any good, til someone invents a similar chisel...

 

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