I recently read one of these “humans are weird” posts that mentioned that humans are not apex predators. We’re a 2.2 on a scale of 5. We’re not even the middle of the food chain. Level 3 is carnivores that eat herbivores. Level 4 is carnivores that eat other carnivores. Level 5 is the “apex predator”, which is any carnivore that has nothing that preys on it. We manage to be space orcs despite our low rank, which is impressive enough.
But given how heavily people modify their bodies with the technology we have now, with piercings and tattoos and even filing their teeth and getting horns grafted on, and given that we already can sometimes use the hearts of other animals when our hearts stop working, and given that science is already working on human/animal hybrids… what if we made ourselves a 5?
It wasn’t common, before we made first contact. There were humans who grafted on animal ears or tails for cosmetic reasons, and animal eyes were a popular ‘upgrade’. It wasn’t until we were exposed to the vastness of space and the staggering variety of deadly predators on other planets that invasive cross-species body-modification became a 'thing’.
The most common recipients of such procedures were explorers funded by a group seeking new planets to colonize; a full overhaul of your body didn’t come cheap, after all. But when you’re trying to prepare for a totally new environment, the best tool you can have is your own body.
At first glance, he didn’t look that different from most humans. His head was hairless, and appeared scaly, but it was assumed that it was one of those “tattoos” humans were fond of. He always wore clothing that covered him from neck to toe, even gloves, but that was also not unheard-of among humans. Germophobes and people who simply find themselves cold often tended to cover up like that.
So it wasn’t until several days into the expedition that the extent of his mods became apparent. He was leading the party through a trail in the strange, red-vine-choked jungle, when, without warning, a scaled, six-legged thing leapt from the underbrush, latching onto his shoulders with its forepaws and raking his torso with the other four paws.
For one horrible moment, the aliens were certain that they were all going to die. Then he balled his hands together and swung them up into the creature’s gut, flinging it off him. Tattered fabric fell from his shoulders, revealing that the scales on his head covered his entire torso, and it was immediately apparent that they were no mere tattoos.
Claws ripped through the fabric of his gloves as he rushed the winded beast, smashing his forehead against its muzzle. The blood that sprayed from the impact was not his.
When the forest was quiet, and the thing lay dead, one of the aliens plucked hesitantly at the sleeve of another of the humans in the expedition. "Human-Tess…" It paused a moment, trying to phrase the question politely despite the alarm ringing in its mind. "We were under the impression that humans were the only sapient species on your planet.“
Tess laughed. "Oh, he’s human. The company just sprung to give him a little extra, y'know?”
A little extra? Human+? Horror beyond description.
The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The two-seater supersports show car brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to the road almost par for par to represent the highlight of AMG’s 50th anniversary. This high-performance hybrid is said to produce over 1,000 hp and reach top speeds beyond 350 km/h. The show car combines outstanding race track performance and day-to-day suitable Formula 1 hybrid technology with exemplary efficiency.
Just 2 things: the ferengi/bajoran one is supposed to be Leeta and Rom’s daughter and the klingon/trill is Worf and Jadzia’s daughter too (someone told me it would be interesting and I had to draw it uwu)
Norway said that electric or hybrid cars represented half of new registrations in the country so far in 2017, as Norway continues its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries in the world.
According to figures from the Road Traffic Information Council (OFV), cited by AFP, sales of electric cars accounted for 17.6 per cent of new vehicle registrations in January and hybrid cars accounted for 33.8 per cent, for a combined 51.4 per cent.
Norway already has the highest per capita number of all-electric cars in the world and the experiment shows every sign of accelerating.
The milestone is also particularly significant as a large proportion of Norway’s funds rely on the country’s petroleum industry
“This is a milestone on Norway’s road to an electric car fleet,” Climate and Environment minister Vidar Helgesen told AFP.
tui revealed the lost continent is called pantela at the dod launch party!!! i'm hyped. here's some other stuff she revealed: the pov will be of a dragon from pantela, most of the seawing royal family is half icewing, the prologue of the next book will be in the pov of clearsight, sanctuary might come into play later, there will a legends book about the scorching and there might a wof netflix series!!
Is Star Trek: Discovery’s Michael Burnham part Vulcan?
recently released trailer strongly implies that Sonequa Martin-Green’s
character, Michael Burnham, has ties to Vulcan, but to what extent? Is she a
human who spent part of her childhood on Vulcan, or does she actually have
people will be quick to claim, “But she doesn’t have pointed ears!” And that’s
true. They are quite rounded, as you can see.
ears were pointed after all, right? Spock was a human/Vulcan hybrid and for all
intents and purposes, was frequently described as having Vulcan physiology. But
that’s not the end of the story. When discussing Spock’s blood in the TOS episode “Journey to Babel,” Nurse
Chapel points out, “It isn’t true Vulcan blood either. It has human blood
elements in it.”
there really are some human elements lurking within Spock. To use genetics
terminology, genotypically (DNA wise) he’s half human, but phenotypically (appearance wise), he looks
Vulcan. Most of us learned Mendelian genetics in high school biology where we
did fun Punnett squares and learned things like brown eyes are dominant to blue
eyes and black hair is dominant to blond hair. Using these rules, we might
assume that a Vulcan’s pointed ears are dominant to a human’s rounded ears and
call it that, but the truth is, very few traits are actually inherited by the
patterns we learned in 10th grade science class.
this point I should probably backtrack and explain all the reasons why a
naturally-occurring Vulcan/human hybrid just doesn’t make any sense.
Whether or not two species can interbreed depends on quite a few factors
like chromosome number and genetic similarity. Humans have 23 pairs of
chromosomes for a total of 46 – one from mom and one from dad – and we have
genes in predictable locations so that when the genetic material combines, we
essentially shuffle our DNA for the next generation without scrambling it into nonsense. In order for hybrids to
occur, ideally they should have the same number of chromosomes and genes in
similar locations. Chromosome number isn’t actually a game changer though.
are made from the crossbreeding of a female horse (which has 64 chromosomes)
and a male donkey (which has 62 chromosomes). When sperm and egg combine the
result is a mule with 63 chromosomes, which unfortunately renders mules sterile
due to the odd chromosome. While horses and donkeys are different species, from a
genetic perspective, they’re remarkably similar.
This guy will never know the love of his own children, poor bastard.
This obviously isn’t true for
humans and Vulcans. They might look relatively similar on the outside, but just
look at what canon tells us about Vulcan physiology: a three-chambered heart
located where the liver should be, a midbrain capable of telepathy, and copper
based blood don’t exactly make Vulcans right next to chimpanzees as our evolutionary cousins. (And
that blood should actually be blue based on the oxidation state of copper in
hemocyanin but I’m already getting into the scientific weeds here.)
for Vulcans and humans to even have babies in the first place is a remarkable
feat of genetic engineering that wouldn’t even be remotely possible with modern
technology, but it’s Star Trek,
right? It’s sci-fi and it’s the future and we’ve got to suspend some belief.
Check. But that doesn’t mean we can’t
use what we do know about genetics and speculate about patterns of inheritance
between humans and Vulcans.
Spock isn’t the only example of offspring between humans and Vulcanoid species. Sure, Romulans may be considered a separate species from Vulcans, but on a genetic timescale, the split seems to be very recent (much like we see with wolves and dogs) and there’s no reason to think they couldn’t easily interbreed with one another. So for all intents and purposes, we might consider a cross between a human and Romulan to be quite similar to a human and Vulcan. Canon offers us at least two examples of
human-Romulan hybrids: Sela, the daughter of Tasha Yar and her Romulan captor,
and Simon Tarses, a Starfleet crewman who was one-quarter Romulan but tried to
pass his slightly pointy ears off as a Vulcan throwback.
I wonder how much they had to pay Denise Crosby to wear that wig?
If we were sticking to what we
learned about genetics in high school biology, we would expect Sela to have
inherited her father’s dark hair rather than her mother’s light hair. Think
about it: aside from Sela, when was the last time anyone saw a blonde Romulan? But
it would appear that genes for hair color in hybrids seem to be playing by a
different set of rules than what we would predict in humans. So coming back to the ears, both
of these individuals lend weight to the theory that pointed ears do predominate
in Vulcanoid hybrids, but… Crewman
Tarses’ ears are less pointed, suggesting pointed ears might be an example of
something called polygenic inheritance. It’s a pretty simple concept, actually. Mendelian genetics taught us that things exist in binary, either yes or no, this or that, brown eyes or blue eyes, but as I’ve already explained, so few traits actually work that way. One of the most obvious examples in
humans comes from skin color.
Have a dose of melanin. It’s gorgeous!
There’s no one “skin color”
gene. Scientists have actually identified at least eight genes that contribute
to skin color that can interact with one another in various ways to produce a
spectrum. Most people recognize that biracial children often end up with a skin
tone somewhere in between their
parents; this complex chart shows how eight different genes for one trait can
lend to incredibly beautiful and diverse variation. It also demonstrates how
people who end up on Maury because they swear they could never father a
dark-skinned baby are scientifically illiterate turds. This graphic is an
approximation, but you can see how it is uncommon but entirely possible for two people with
intermediate pigmentation to have a very light-skinned or a very dark-skinned
child, depending on the roll of the genetic dice.
Based on Crewman Tarses’
slightly pointed ears, it’s easy to imagine that ear “pointiness” (a very
scientific term) might fall along similar patterns of inheritance if it can be
diluted over generations rather than simply being present or absent. So could
Michael Burnham have Vulcan ancestry and round ears? Once the biologist in me
ignores the sheer madness of a Vulcan/human hybrid in the first place, I’m
willing to say yes.
Now let’s have a lookie-loo at Michael Burnham’s eyebrows.
Tweezed to perfection
I’m willing to believe that could be the result of Vulcan DNA rather than a fashion choice.
Lastly, there’s this very brief scene in the trailer that implies that this woman and this child are the same person. Tell me that isn’t the Vulcanest haircut you ever saw?
Seriously, it looks like the Beatles threw up all over her head.
Sure, she could just be a human who has accepted Surak’s teachings at some point in her life, right down to the shellac-styled hair, but I think it’s clear that whether or not Michael Burnham is descended from Vulcans, she at least spent a chunk of her childhood in their company. So while the canon is still out on whether she actually harbors any Vulcan DNA, but I don’t think it should be ruled out strictly based on the shape of her ears.