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seed ICBMs

ICBMs as weapon of mass seeding
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If we need to decommission old missiles, why not replace the payload with seeding pods and just shoot it to a random area that needs strategic seeding?

Plus you can use it to terrify non-nuclear powers and do something useful in their land at the same time.

mofosyne, Jul 24 2019

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Simpler to implement if you only need to seed a smaller area [mofosyne, Jul 24 2019]


       ...full of blossoms in the warhead, going Woodstocky
not_morrison_rm, Jul 24 2019

       If the seeds were Japanese knotweed, it would remain a deeply intimidating weapon.
bs0u0155, Jul 24 2019

       Some synbio person with a sense of humour ought to engineer a few cannabinoid pathways into a bunch of common plants and then disperse the results.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 24 2019

       Would that not require as a prerequisite engineering a sense of humour into, for example, a molecular biologist ? That's a hard row to hoe...
8th of 7, Jul 24 2019

       Depends a lot on the molecular biologist. Molecular biology is a discipline that lends itself to adventure, and leads one to the exploration of the several tens of thousands of products in the Sigma catalogue. Many of them are such things as dreams are made of, or at least metabolic precursors.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 24 2019

       //several tens of thousands of products in the Sigma catalogue//   

       As a bright eyed* young PhD student, anything less than 300 quid or so would just get bought, same day, there by noon-ish the next day. Nowadays its about layers of micromanagement and inefficiency.   

       * Mon-thurs, frequently hungover-eyed on Friday and Saturday mornings
bs0u0155, Jul 24 2019

       Ah, [bs], the joys of academic freedom - generous budgets, relaxed health and safety, authority to purchase, turn-on-a- sixpence commonsense decisions on capital equipment... All of these things are alive and well if you come across to the dark side and start a biotech company.   

       Academics, of course, are bound in chains. You wouldn't catch me in academia these days.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 24 2019

       //start a biotech company.//   

       Ah, so you're saying I should whiten my teeth and take my 1", 8 minute fluorescent micro protein gel what I got 3d printed to some rich Californians?
bs0u0155, Jul 25 2019

       Talking about seeds, and starting companies, I’m about to be at that stage – looking for seed funding. Any helpful influence would be appreciated.   

       I’m not clear on this “vague period of time of burning through other people’s money” * before making any money whatsoever from the outside world as a result of any kind of product able to be being transacted. I mean, if I were a breadmonger, and I did a business projection for my investors that predicted it would be about eight years before I could sell a bun…   

       * not your own, you already burned through that many times over long ago in previous attempts which were poorly thought out in commercial terms, whilst being addictively interesting in the R&D activities.
Ian Tindale, Jul 25 2019

       //take my 1", 8 minute fluorescent micro protein gel what I got 3d printed to some rich Californians?// Hmm. A single product sounds better suited to a licensing deal from the start.   

       //Any helpful influence would be appreciated.// What sort of company are you planning?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 25 2019

       That I’m afraid can only be divulged through the medium of alcohol in a one to many person to person setting such as the booze up planned shortly. I’ve even taken to using notes in my Filofax when having meetings with my co-partner in technology to stop Siri, Cortana, Google and Alexa from figuring out all the hard stuff ahead of time.
Ian Tindale, Jul 25 2019

       In principle, it would be possible to bioengineer aerodynamic-looking trees (pine, redwood, etc.) to internally store the oxygen produced by photosynthesis as part of the dead wood in their trunk structure (essentially becoming a single giant solid rocket booster) then end their lifecycle with a ballistic launch which scatters seeds and fire to neighboring continents selected at random.
sninctown, Jul 27 2019

       Oddly enough, the Snap Dragon Vine (no relation to the familiar snapdragon) does something similar. Once the seeds have ripened, it starts feeding gas (mainly oxygen, but with some nitrogen and ethylene) into nut-like seed pod. The pod is gas-tight due to a latex coating on its inner surface, and internal pressures can exceed 5 bar. The three lobes of the pod are held together by a rather ingenious mechanism which ensures that once one part of the joint starts to crack, all three joints fail simultaneously within a few microseconds. The resulting explosion has been likened to a small-bore pistol shot, and there are credible reports of (admittedly minor) injuries from flying fragments. The gravel-like seeds can be thrown up to 20 metres.   

       There is also a weevil that eats the seeds just before they reach full maturity. It burrows through the pod, moulting as it does so and cementing its moulted skin into the hole behind it; if it didn't do this, it would be expelled as soon as it had bored through into the pressurised centre.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 27 2019

       NORAD: "Hi, Moscow? Don't worry, those are just geraniums coming over the North Pole towards you. No need to be alarmed."   

       Moscow Nuclear Command: (read in heavy Russian accent) "Phew, that is relief! And thank you for be so thoughtful! These go to be beautiful in Moscow spring."
doctorremulac3, Jul 29 2019

       // notes in my Filofax //   

       I had to look that up. Turns out it's a paper day-planner book or something like that.   

       // The three lobes of the pod are held together by a rather ingenious mechanism which ensures that once one part of the joint starts to crack, all three joints fail simultaneously within a few microseconds. //   

       Has anybody biomimicrised that yet? It sounds useful, a bit like the shutters on electrical outlets, but more exciting.
notexactly, Aug 18 2019


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