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Shizamura (O Sarilho webcomic) (transfer from Disqus)

very easy to describe everything you don't know as "anomalous"

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

I wonder if that jar is human-built, or if it was taken from the ship and human stickers slapped on it.

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Darth_Biomech

It's a human one. Perhaps I went a little too far with the design. =D

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

There's an upper limit to how anomalous it can be, then, if you can store it in materials we can make (and transparent ones at that).

Is it just an unknown element or chemistry, or actual exotic matter?

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Darth_Biomech

Scientists are still on the fence about this one. It looks like it is made out of atoms, but it refuses to behave like atoms do.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Interesting. Our scientists, or their scientists?

Tangentially related, I had a ttrpg setting once where the deep lore was that fantastical metals like mythril and orichalcum did fall on the periodic table; they were particular isotopes of normal elements which attracted/manifested particles of magic, which radically changed their material properties.

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Stickman (transfer from Disqus)

Element Zero! The mass effect! And of course it’s magenta — the color that doesn’t physically exist and is our brain throwing an error.

Speaking of no analog on the periodic table. Scientists did spectrographic analysis on the suspected “dark matter ring” around a number of galaxies (you know, the theorized extra ring of invisible matter that allows galaxies to rotate at the speed they do, which is impossible with observed data). A scan of dozens of galaxies revealed spectral lines that are previously unknown! Exciting stuff.

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Randy_B (transfer from Disqus)

Dark matter is "dark" because it doesn't interact with electromagnetic energy. It doesn't absorb light (which would produce absorption lines in spectra) or emit light (which would produce emission lines in spectra). The spectrographic analysis of dark matter rings appears to be looking for photons (units of electromagnetic energy) that might be decay (annihilation, breakdown) products of dark matter, specifically high-energy gamma rays.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Nitpick: we think dark matter doesn't interact with electromagnetism. A few theories predict that it's just garden-variety dark.

Most of those still don't predict it to produce spectral lines, though, since they mostly talk about non-atomic, exotic forms of mass, like strangelets or tiny black holes.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

collected samples of [a substance]

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

which [have] been only [theorized] to be possible

or if you prefer British spelling,
which [have] been only [theorised] to be possible

or even more alternately,
which [have] been only [theoretical or highly experimental]

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glenn (transfer from Disqus)

The Alien Technology he's talking about is a representation of their combined members knowledge so it exceeds that of each contributing race by some degree. And how much of that technology is secret even to the member race? Or too complex for many of the aliens to fully understand?

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Darth_Biomech
Or too complex for many of the aliens to fully understand?


Our earthly technology is already mostly too complex for non-specialists to know how it works. futuristic tech will be even worse.

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glenn (transfer from Disqus)

Yes. Exactly what I meant by that. "Everybody knows" what an integrated circuit is, but only a select few could make one for a specific purpose, or even use one without the associated hardware to just plug it in.

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Murphy (transfer from Disqus)

Ooh, this sounds like a fresh MacGuffin!
Makes me think of Elerium-115.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

This is likely that "hephrene" that Zane mentioned detecting in Jupiter.

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glenn (transfer from Disqus)

They'll probably use whatever they can to push the feelings in the right direction.






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TRIVIA
These trivia bits are generated randomly.
Raharrs are warm-blooded creatures and are accustomed to temperature range a bit warmer than Earth's.
"Dawn" class mothership and "Lake" class tankers are the only spacecraft in the Exploration fleet that can create artificial gravity while not under acceleration.
If a space ship accelerates at the same rate as it would in a free-fall under Earth's gravity (Otherwise known as "1G acceleration"), it can reach Jupiter from Earth in just under 6 days. It would need to flip in the middle of the travel, to start decelerating and enter the planet's orbit.
Insectoids in a lot of ways are the weird ones among the Alliance members. Besides having a completely unpronounceable name of the species, they have dextero amino acid biochemistry, which makes their food and biosphere to be inedible by the rest of the Alliance, and vice versa.
The names of every species of the Alliance (besides Insectoids) are words taken directly from their respective native languages that they use to refer to themselves. They all have same translation:
"a human".
Azinarsi relationship to death is different from the rest of the civilizations of the Alliance: they do not care about it. Death would mean loss of information and experience gathered by that instance of a person's mind, though, and these two things are about the only valuables for an Uploaded mind, so Azinarsi try to avoid it when possible.
A lot of backgrounds and other elements in the comic are actually 3d models. It helps reduce the time each page takes to make.
Raharrs descended from the evolutionary branch that can be described as "apelike cats" by their evolutionary niche. Although initially carnivorous and solitary, they were forced to become omnivorous and form persistent packs during the latest of the rare ice ages of their homeworld, approximately 30 million years ago.
It takes more than a year to cross the Alliance space even with the fastest FTL drive.
Prior to becoming a webcomic, Leaving The Cradle was initially developed as a modification for Source engine, back in 2007. It was vastly different back then, much closer to the usual space opera look and feel, and the plot had nothing in common with the webcomic version, sharing only exactly two characters and nothing else.
Many homeworlds of the respective species are still divided into countries, but freshly established colonies on other planets are almost always monolithic and basically independent, since they sprawled from a single initial outpost, and time lag involved due to interstellar distances making remote management of the colony from a homeworld to be ineffective and frustrating at best.
There's no way to communicate faster than light. If you want to send your message to another solar system, your best bet is to use a courier spaceship. It can take even a month for it to finally reach the destination, but it still beats sending it as a transmission and expecting it to arrive decades or thousands of years later.
So far there hasn't been a single instance of a massive interstellar war. Due to the vastness of space, there's no territorial or economic gain from it. The presence of armed spaceships is still warranted for keeping space travel safe and for peacekeeping or policing missions since unexpected events or rogue states can still happen and might require force as a solution.
The Alliance space stretches for an impressive 16 thousand light years along the longest axis, and contains approximately twelve billion star systems. Despite that, 99.99% of those star systems weren't explored even by an automatic mapping drone yet, and the borders of the Alliance space are defined mostly by the reach of spaceships from the nearest colony or space station.