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Senior

Hexagonal sliding doors at the end of a corridor with a rectangular cross-section ... marked walkway(?) on the floor with sharp 45° angles ... desk and screens with hints of an octogonal shape ... yup, that's Raharr Formensprache alright.

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tully

Yep....Raharr "Bauhaus" in action

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Way late to the party, but I just stumbled over the relevant info today:

... any chance that that has to do with a major impact that fractured its core way back when?

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(... ah, simply copying the hyperlink here doesn't work to give y'all access to the quoted paper ... hop here and peruse the link reading "nun den Impakt eines mindestens zehn Erdmassen großen Objekts" in the 3rd paragraph, please.)

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Wouter215

Or the easy and in English route: SciHub link

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Silence

Again I love how this doesn't do the whole "Humans are evil compared to non-humans", instead the Non-Humans are looking for stuff like us because we're just like them (fr fr). It's so refreshing to have the Aliens be like us in so many ways, and that's why they're looking.

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I'm thinking the last line is just a lead to the next page cutting over to another location, but I guess they did read the line "discuss the transfer of your ship's crew" as a possible indication there would be conditions.

If they agree to transfer it'll probably just be that shuttle landing with as much military troops as they can fit while still leaving room for Nea, Ghaar and the bodies of the crew.

Not sure what their opinion on the tech in the shuttle will be. They might not recognise it as a problem to leave the technology there. Every nation they've met before was either so far behind in technology they probably couldn't gleam anything from the shuttle and everyone advanced enough for them to talk to, probably wouldn't have gained much from a mere shuttle.

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Wouter215

I wonder how exactly they plan to get the busted shuttle off Earth. It looks like it needs considerable repairs before it can fly back up on its own.

Also all of the "anomalous" materials (112) the Humans recovered from the craft.

Then there's also the "missing" body.

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tully

"Political squabble"...Oh Zane....You have no idea.

Also that looks like a spot of migraine on its way.

Smug faced Capt.Kas....You seem to take delight in the fact

Politics here, politics there. Politics Everywhere!

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JoB

Well, captain Puppy Eyes here only mentioned the shuttle crew ... and it's been a while since anyone of the fleet mentioned "get the shuttle back" (or have it destroyed) as an objective, even. I'd guess that they moved to agree with the author by now.

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Wilson

Maybe that "anomalous substance" is just an energy drink that Gharr "the missing body" Neht Ra packed for the ride in his favorite fancy insulated mug.

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tully

Kinda like a "Space TAB"

it looked like a TAB can to me back at the UN representation on page 112

"Space TAB, drink it and mutate into new hilarious shapes each time!"

Kids love it.

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Wouter215

Deep down I've always known those sugary-drinks could be used as FTL-drive fuel.

And yea, it does look like those TAB cans.

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Well, you wouldn't expect their marketing to take that "wings" spiel lying down, do you.

Good thing the humans didn't open the drawer with the tactical winter equipment yet ...

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tully

good thing they actually wrote :

"Does not contain actual plutonium ;)"

someone would properly have thought otherwise if not.

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Eh, those who do complain get to play with version 2.0 for a while ...

(hint)

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tully

Yeah I know...."When you see the blue flash....You are dead"

For some reason the very idea that a highly educated Physicist would even contemplate

using some old bend screwdriver to keep a Nuclear weapon core apart from its outer casing

just seem grotesque in all its interpretations.

Just proves smart people still does some really stupid things.






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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.