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  • Thompson Trees

    by EAB

    Investigation Notes From the Log Files of William Bartlett

    The mechanism behind the “Thompson Tree” electrical generation was at first puzzling. How could something rooted in the ground store any kind of a charge at all? And on Earth there was no known vegetation that did anything even remotely similar. But then I asked myself, “Ok, How does an electric eel do it?” After all they swim around in salt water, a pretty good conductor, but still manage to hold a charge. And it turned out the two methods were identical in practice if not detail. I rely on a review of the Wikipedia files stored in our database for much of the following and credit the “Lab Rats“ for the microscopic examination.

    The process is called Electrogenesis and Electroreception. Rays and eels and a few other electric fish on Earth have a set of cells called Electrocytes or Electroplaxes They are very thin and stacked like plates in a battery. Each producing about 0.15 Volts. Eels have thousands of such cells. They work by pumping positive sodium and potassium ions out of the cell via transport proteins powered by adenosine triphosphate. Postsynaptically, electrocytes work much like muscle cells The Electrocytes of the fruit we examined taken from the plant which killed Robert Bova Thompson seemed to be able to hold a maximum charge of 0.27 volts though the typical stacked charge was less.

    To date we have discovered four distinct types of electrically active vegetation. One low shrub like variety stores it’s charge in a succulent leaf. Examination of the smaller electric plants show smaller voltages (about 100 volts) and currents less than an amp, enough for a nasty surprise to something the size of a person but not likely to cause permanent injury.

    A detailed microscopic analysis of the Thompson Apples “Core” showed 4,000 to 5,000 stacked electroplaques capable of 800 volts and 3 amperes of current (2400 watts). Even this might not have been fatal but several of the nearby fruits seemed also to have discharged sequentially which prolonged the current exposure.

    The plants have a rudimentary nervous system, Fine hair like growths that detect contact and trigger the charge. It is similar to the triggering system used for leaf closure by the Venus Fly Trap.

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    Time Keeping Theories for Alchibah

    by EAB

    Attn All Colonists. As we have not yet set up a formal notification system for messages of general interest, especially of those with an Encyclopedia or general informational bent, and until such system is developed, all messages of this type will be sent through the EAB. They will be considered as primary docs and edited as required.

    General Message 1

    There has been a fair amount of speculation concerning how we will keep time at our new home. The five current members of the Encyclopedia Advisory Board, suggest considering this proposal. As a note. This did not work when tried on the Mayflower. It probably did not get a fair tryout. The Historian, who lived the life, was the odd man out. The rest of the stay awake crew continued on the 24 hour Standard Solar Time System. See Log files. It might have worked, and could be easily instituted once we land.

    The basic point of this system is that by shortening the standard second by less than 1%, one standard second = .9905 Alchibah second, much of the rest of our usual numbering system will still make sense. There will be a 20 hour day. It will be an even number of hours and will be in tune with the local day.

    Sunrise and sunset will correspond to the physical events. The board thinks this very important. Noon will be at 10:00 in our system, halfway through the Alchibah day. Midnight will be midnight but at 20:00.

    Once all colonists are alert we will need to decide if we should institute such a system or an alternative. Try it and it just might work. Offer suggestions to the Encyclopedia Advisory Board. We need a plan. This is a starting point.

    Doc published by the Encyclopedia Alchibah Advisory Board.

    The length of the Alchibah day is 19.81 hours standard hours or 71,316 standard seconds. If we make the Alchibah second equal to .9905 standard seconds we could have a time system such as this.

    Alchibah Minute = 60 Alchiba Seconds

    Alchibah Hour = 60 Alchibah Minutes

    Alchibah Day = 20 Alchibah Hours This is where the change from the standard 19.81 hours meshes the time with the Alchibah solar day.

    Alchibah Week = 10 Alchibah Days. This, in Standard Time, is close to the 7 day week we are all familiar with.

    Alchibah Year = 1118.223 Alchibah Days. We will add Leap Days about once every four Alchibah Years.

    Alchibah Month = 93.18 Alchibah Days. 12 Months per Year. An oddity in this system will be something like July 74th.

    All times are proposed Alchibah Standard. The typical day’s activities might be goveren as follows:

    Get up at 4:00. Sunrise 4:30. Local noon 10:00. Sunset 15:30. Bed 18:00. Local Midnight. 20:00.

    Sleep time 30%. This contrasts with the typical 33% that most are used to, but not so much that individual adjustments can not be made.

    We need to work out months, seasons, and especially holidays.

    After we get away from the 80 hour work week expected as the colony develops, we could consider a Standard Alchibah Work Week as…. 7 days on, 3 days off. Hours worked per week would be similar to the usual Earthly conditions. EAB

    ……………

    General Message 2: Proposal by colonist Connor Benjamin
    I would like to propose a somewhat different system still based around the Alchibah second that is described above. Under this proposal the first five categories described above would be the same (Second, Minute, Hour, Day, Week), and Year would differ only in the placement of leap years. The system would be set up as follows:

    Alchibah Minute = 60 Alchiba Seconds

    Alchibah Hour = 60 Alchibah Minutes

    Alchibah Day = 20 Alchibah Hours This is where the change from the standard 19.81 hours meshes the time with the Alchibah solar day.

    Alchibah Week = 10 Alchibah Days. This, in Standard Time, is close to the 7 day week we are all familiar with.

    Alchibah Year = 1118.223 Alchibah Days. We will alternate adding leap days after four and five Alchibah Years. This would mean that over a 9 year period 2 lead days would be added. Over the same period the real time from the extra .223 days would amount to 2.007 days, a difference of 8.4 minutes. These extra minutes would add another day approximately every 142.8571 Alchibah Years, which would be dealt with by by adding and extra day roughly every 143 years.

    Alchibah Season = 279.5 days, excluding the extra .223 days which would be dealt with by leap years. Every year two seasons would have 279 days and two would have 280 days (spring and fall one year, summer and winter the next). These would alternate.

    Alchibah Month = 70 or 69 days, four months per season for a total of 16 months. Every non leap year would have one month at the end of the each “short” season with 69 days.

    The typical day, sleep time and three day weekend proposals would remain the same. The first day of the year would be the first day of spring.

    Under this system the first day of the first year would be written 01.1.1.0001 (day.month.season.year) and the last day would be 69.4.4.0001.

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