What the fuck am I reading?
…in the good way. :D
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Modrons as an SCP, sort of. And I can't find fault with your description either. Squee. Squee. Upvote and squee.
That said, I'd appreciate more info on what exactly prevents flight in there (especially since there are many ways to - propelled baloons , reactive flight, propellers)
You forgot to change one of the "SCP-XXXX"s to "SCP-1216" towards the end of the containment procedures. Otherwise, no complaints.
Radioisotopes are almost certainly not what you're looking for — those are only good for tracking things at very close range. Frankly, given how these could manifest literally anywhere where there is scrap metal, I don't see how or why the Foundation could have experimented with tracking individual pieces of scrap metal.
Also, it would be interesting to know how this would react with the Infinite Scrapyard. Anyways, +1 for being delightfully weird.
The science geek in me had to bring this up.
are composed of an anomalous protein, henceforth pyramitin, which seems to be similar in structure to chitin
Chitin is chemically related to cellulose which is a complex carbohydrate, not a protein.
Maybe what makes it different from chitin is that it's a protein - I mean, all you need for one is to be a chain of aminoacids - and you can make those by sticking an NH2 and an COOH on ends of just about any carbohydrate
Precisely. To complicate matters, pyramitin blocks some EM radiation (the effect builds up with mass) and doesn't break apart on a chemical level very easily, which makes it difficult to analyze. Sure, we can slice it open and look inside an SCP-1216, but we can't quite disassemble the molecule all the way.
Let's just say that just because our scans can't penetrate SCP-1216-3 doesn't mean there's nothing inside it.
These things are adorable as hell in all their metal-eating obliviousness. The part about them losing interest when you take away their food, or the way they communicate… Ahhh, I just want to hug their shiny dumb faces.
This, of course, outweighs the somewhat dense initial description. The rest of the article reads well, at least. Oh, and I can't help but laugh at "spatial anomaly adjacent to Lenox, Massachusetts". There's just something ineffably hilarious about an anomaly that specific.
extradimensional space adjacent to Lenox, Massachusetts.
I'm not a physicist, but saying an extradimensional space is adjacent to a particular location in our world seems wrong. I think "connected to" or similar would be better.
Except for the bronze spheres, instances of SCP-1216 are composed of an anomalous protein, henceforth pyramitin, which seems to be similar in structure to chitin, except that it has a bulk modulus and density comparable to that of cobalt.
A protein isn't going to be similar to chitin, since chitin is a polymerization of molecules similar to glucose. Chitin is structurally similar to cellulose. If you want it to be similar to a protein that functions similarly to chitin, that'd be keratin.
The expanse is lit by a small, stationary sun located at 48° above the horizon and 66° east from due south,
If the sun is stationary, how do they distinguish east from west? And how do they determine north and south, for that matter?
Can't speak to the first point, but the second and third points have already been answered in this discussion thread :)
Actually, I think 'adjacent' is a correct term? Just beccause there's only one point where you can cross the boundary doesn't mean they're not necessarily adjacent. It's been a while since I took a topology course, but.. if they physically occupy the same 'space', but are simply seperated by a short distance in another 'direction' (In this case, it would be some some 5th, 6th, 7th, etc dimension), then I think I would consider them adjacent.
Thinking spatially with 4-space-or-higher objects can get tricky, though.
(That said, someone has made a web application that simulates a rubix hypercube. I have never even TRIED to solve it.)
Sort of like laying two blankets on top of each other, with a hole matching up in each, or some such?
(I *AM* a physicists, but my field is nanophysics, so this would be outside my field.)