Comic 324 - And

8th Jun 2012, 10:05 PM in Bouillabaisse
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view 8th Jun 2012, 10:05 PM edit delete
view
No comic tomorrow.

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JasperWB 8th Jun 2012, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
JasperWB
Jeez. Miwa may just be my kind of girl after all!
Greeb 8th Jun 2012, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
So if the XVT reacts with carbon, does that mean the cleanup bacteria are silicon-based?
view 8th Jun 2012, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
view
:D
pancake 8th Jun 2012, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
i think View has a new favorite fan
JasperWB 8th Jun 2012, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
JasperWB
I didn't even know life could exist in silicon. Unless they're robo-bacteria.
Your friendly Shadowtroll 10th Jun 2012, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
Few years back I did a little research into how life is ( I was creating a sci fi universe and I wanted my aliens to be as real as possable) and I found that silicon baced life can really happen but it would find our atmosphere deadly, and the tempatures WAY too high. If I remember correctly they need an amoineia baced atmosphere and tepatures around -200 F.
GeekPrime 9th Jun 2012, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
GeekPrime
...and another new fan.
Love the comic, view.
Running Joke 9th Jun 2012, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
I don't see why it would have to be. Plenty of non-life things are made of carbon after all. Why couldn't there be a strange arrangement of silicon that produces life?

tldr; "Its life captain, but not as WE know it."
JasperWB 9th Jun 2012, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
JasperWB
I'm not saying its not possible, just didn't think it.
Viscount_Tusc 9th Jun 2012, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
It could be either, I suppose. Though by the traditional definition of bacteria it's gotta be carbon-based. XD
Greeb 9th Jun 2012, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
I may have been one of the five or six people that actually saw Evolution in the theatres. That was basically part of the plot, though granted the science was crap. But silicon is molecularly similar to carbon, in a lot of ways. So it's *possible*.
pancake 9th Jun 2012, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
didn't they already find silicone-based life forms? i remember reading about it but i can't find it now. i may have dreamed it up.
Gigan 9th Jun 2012, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
http://gizmodo.com/5704158/nasa-finds-new-life ?

Arsenic. But not bad for an extremophile.
rainbows1701 9th Jun 2012, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
That story seemed pretty interesting, but I'm pretty sure it was proven that it wasn't arsenic-based after all.
Dan 9th Jun 2012, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
I like Gretel. If she wasn't robo-jailbait I would totally ship her and Miwa.
JasperWB 9th Jun 2012, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
JasperWB
If it makes you feel better, Gretel ships herself and Miwa!
AlfaFoxtail 9th Jun 2012, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
AlfaFoxtail
too bad it's one sided....but we can dream
edubsimuth 9th Jun 2012, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
silicon is right below carbon on the periodic table, it can form a lot of the same bonds carbon can. I'm guessing these "cleanup bacteria" are closer to nanomachines however
elfolampo 9th Jun 2012, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
elfolampo
If I recall correctly, the main feature that allows carbon to be able to be a base for life, is the ability to form long, stable bonds with itself and other elements (which allows for complex macromolecules). Silicon basically has the same ability. If we evolved from carbon it's probably just because it's a lower numbered element, and more common. That and a bit of random chance.

I'm not sure if it's just SF, but I remember a similar argument for theoretical chlorine-breathing organisms, with the breaking point being, obviously, the ability to have an exothermal chemical reaction using the breathed element.
GeekPrime 9th Jun 2012, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
GeekPrime
The reason carbon can form long chains and and is uber-happy to bond with itself is because it has 4 electrons on the 8-electron level, so it's very happy to add another 4-electrons from another Carbon atom.
Hope I remembered my organic-chem lessons right...
GeekPrime 9th Jun 2012, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
GeekPrime
...and sorry view, stole one of your images for my avatar... would love an original though!
view 9th Jun 2012, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
view
Sure, just tell me what you want to look like.
Viscount_Tusc 9th Jun 2012, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
Yep, it's all about the 4 bonds.

I should get an avatar pic... maybe steal an image from the cheerleader comic that introduced me to view. :)
GeekPrime 10th Jun 2012, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
GeekPrime
http://nmg.thecomicseries.com/comics/46
The joint-fatigue testing bot. Your choice on completeness (male please) but bare circuit for head (like panel 2).
Any other comics I can follow you on? You're a bit of a hero to me.
view 10th Jun 2012, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
view
I can do that. Tusc, I can make you one too, if you tell me what you want.

No other active comics. Do you have any idea how much effort just one takes? O_O
Meddy 9th Jun 2012, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
Wait... How can XVT dissolve trees from the ground up? Making a tree fall I understand, but since it destroys the roots faster than they can absorb it, it should not be able to affect anything still higher than ground level...

But of course, anything that reaches the ground is done for. It basically turns the ground into a meat grinder.
view 9th Jun 2012, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
view
XVT is only very slightly heavier than air. Normally, it settles in nice and slow from above.

It doesn't have to be absorbed, and works too fast to think of it like that. It actually rips apart the cell membranes the instant it touches, burrowing deeper in a flash.
Meddy 11th Jun 2012, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
So while nothing can *pull* it deeper, mere breeze is enough to *push* it?
Got it.
Guest 9th Jun 2012, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
So the plants in miwa's basement are literally dissolving while she watches and their gooey remains are being flushed away with by fantasy waterfall spa.
view 9th Jun 2012, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
view
Well, it's below ground level, but it's still outside.
cattservant 9th Jun 2012, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
An unhappy Miwa is a Miwa poised to take action. So look out!
Guest 9th Jun 2012, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Okay, so here's my highly scientific theory on what will happen:

1. Octopi died
2. Mary blames Jim for it because he resurrected the tank
3. Mary leaves/needs time alone/doesn't want to see Jim
4. Jim is completely guilt ridden
5. Thunderstorm happens
6. In need of stability and consolation, Jim goes to Miwa's
7. Miwa is cold to him because she was hurt by him dating Mary
8. Lots of soul searching
9. Lightning
10. Miwa is consoled by Jim
11. Kissing
12. Sex

How right am I view?
JasperWB 9th Jun 2012, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
JasperWB
Any reason to fuck Miwa.

Of course if I don't think this is right, that probably means it is one hundred percent true.
Your friendly Shadowtroll 10th Jun 2012, 3:33 AM edit delete reply
Wow can you imagine the smell of all that decomposing matter?
Greeb 10th Jun 2012, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
It likely doesn't smell. If it smelled, you'd have decomposition. Bacteria, worms, bugs, all sorts of living things eating away and decomposing the matter. Not the case, here. In fact, it's very likely a very large area of the town has been sterilized, down to the microscopic level. And by a chemical definition, nothing that's left is organic. So it couldn't decay even if you reintroduced life into it.
view 10th Jun 2012, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
view
Well, damaged carbon chains tend to be very edible for the repopulating bacteria.

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