Comic 656 - Discuss radiation

Posted on 5th Dec 2017, 6:09 PM in Ghosts
Discuss radiation

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Morgenstern 5th Dec 2017, 6:09 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
You withdraw the raven from the area, landing it what feels like a safe distance from the power plant.

You inform everyone of the situation--and that you think the station the mushroom dealer is operating out of may be irradiated.

"There's radiation on Mars, right?," Fuse asks. "Would our space suit double as a radiation suit?"

Dr. Finch shakes his head. "The amount coming off of that power station is difficult to predict, of course, but I would wager it's much greater than the radiation on Mars. Roughly a year on Mars would account for, give or take, 700 millisieverts of radiation last I checked..."

"And of course you checked," Michelle says with a grin. Caius just mouths the word millisievert to no one in particular.

Dr. Finch continues. "...While the more notable sites of power plant disasters have put off anywhere between 400 millisievierts to 34 whole sieverts--the equivalent of 34,000 millisieverts--per hour. I doubt this station is trending toward the higher end of that range, as that would make for at least 1,000 miles worth of unlivable space... but we can safely assume the exposure levels will be substantially higher than those on the surface of Mars. That, and space suits are designed to protect against a very different type of radiation."

You suggest that, once your golem gets its arms, you could possibly send it in instead of a person.

"Ain't a bad idea," Michelle says, "but even with arms, I think that little guy's gonna struggle with doors. You sorta need to push or pull, and our junkbot's kinda... flimsy."

"Could go buy some radiation suits," Caius says. "We do got money now."

"It is an option," Dr. Finch states. "We would still need to be very, very careful. A radiation suit is not a perfect answer to high doses of radiation... there are some degrees even the most modern suit could not feasibly protect you from."

"Mushroom guy prob'ly ain't gonna give up the gig without a fight, neither," Michelle adds. "S'gonna get serious if somebody's suit gets damaged."

Comments:

warp 5th Dec 2017, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
jane, give our little blood-robot buddy Sanguine some bloody bandages to act as tentacles like ours did back in the hospital.

Finch and Fuse, rig up a small-sized slap-dash-science-fair example of a hydraulic piston system, with our blood in the reservoir tank; we need to test how well our blood works when it is acting as both a pressurized working fluid and power source for the hydraulic motion.

Michelle, Caius, consider how otherwise useful or how metal a blood-powered concrete buster spike to the enemy's face would be.
Crayssius 6th Dec 2017, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Crayssius
Ilike the idea of bandages for Sanguine. We also need a way for Sanguine generally move better. Something better than rocks.
rufiangel 5th Dec 2017, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
I am unable to stop laughing at Caius mouthing that word XDDD

Radiation suits, huh... I mean, even if we sent Feds after him, radiation is still an issue even for them. Unless you're Jury I guess? She'd probably be resilient to radiation?

But I don't think it's such a bad idea to get radiation suits. I mean, especially if we do have to go around the Lower Tiers at later dates.
PurpleKetchup 6th Dec 2017, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
If her circuits aren't hardened to withstand radiation, even Jury would need a suit.
rufiangel 6th Dec 2017, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Oh, gotcha. I... honestly have no idea so I need to be educated in the area of radiation :'D thanks!
Baeronius 6th Dec 2017, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Baeronius
Caius... in a firefigher's uniform, lying on his side causally, mouthing "Millisievert" in loop for one of those digital calendars.
rufiangel 6th Dec 2017, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
*dies*
warp 5th Dec 2017, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
regarding the body of the dead guy: since we don't wanna risk burying him on mars or spend the resources to disintegrate him indoors via fire or chemicals; let's tag him, body-bag him, and stick him in the corner of the airlock to desiccate away, best of both worlds right there, and gets things done fast
Blue_Elite 5th Dec 2017, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Since we DO have money, would it be worth getting radiation protection suits AND some bulletproof vests?

Also bring some duct tape. It's not a great solution, but the radiation suits just have to hold together for the short-term.
Auron 5th Dec 2017, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
You have money. Just build or buy a better robot and blood it.
Mochi 5th Dec 2017, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
Mochi
there's also the lack of mobility radiation suits offer. it'd be hard to fight in them, and one bullet hole would render the suit all but useless. we need a better solution than just suits. i imagine we might be able to use our blood to fight radiation but it'd likely be difficult in everyone except ourselves and dr. finch since they all only have a very small amount of our blood in them.
Baeronius 5th Dec 2017, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Baeronius
We haven't killed the guy on the wall yet.... have we?

Also, there is the point plant man's made of ARTIFICIAL BLOOD, and we just injected him with Blood.

So wondering what's going on there.
Blue_Elite 5th Dec 2017, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
He's dead: http://bloodismine.webcomic.ws/comics/649/

There's the matter of what to do with the body (burial at Mars, burial with family, "cremation", etc.) but I think we're tabling that for more immediate matters at the moment.
Baeronius 5th Dec 2017, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Baeronius
So the plant is dead too?

His brain was inundated by the artificial blood of the plant, so I assume there was no reaction?

Also, considering he was a plant hybrid, how would you be able to know if something died? What if only the animal cells died? What if it was only the central brain, and another brain had sprouted further out?

Lot of unanswered questions really.
Blue_Elite 6th Dec 2017, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
"Pure chlorine or bleach would make short work of the plants," Dr. Finch states. "I... am less knowledgeable about what to do with the human remnants."

Either we can kill the plant directly or let it "starve" to death since Dr. Finch shut down the plant system for the room to prevent further growth.
Archon 5th Dec 2017, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Well since we have the money, this sounds like a good time for another Golem project I had in mind.

Going to need either some cement mix or some sand for this.

Some paint/food dye/ink/whatever, some baggy clothes, and a mask would also help disguise it. Not strictly necessary, but would be nice.
warp 6th Dec 2017, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
details, please?
Archon 6th Dec 2017, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Would mix the blood with the sand/cement mix.
(Going to need quite a bit of blood for this.)
Mold mixture into approximate shape of human.
(Banking on the blood being able to hold/mold it in position during this step.)
Allow to dry, apply chisel to make it appear more human, create room for electronics.
(Not necessary, but much more useful this way.)
Add electronics.
(Microphone, Camera, Speaker)
Give clothes and mask.
(Not necessary, but it would reduce unwanted attention.)
Golem suitable for areas unsafe for humans, or some extra firepower.
Guest 5th Dec 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Gave it some more thought, and going to need several bags of cement mix/sand.

Just one bag isn't gonna cut it for this.
Bob the Terrarian 6th Dec 2017, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Maybe we could send in Jury when she gets fixed, considering she is properly fixed with no obvious malfunctions.