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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

The engineers were not concerned about their creations rebelling Hmm ... engineers ... their creations ... These soldiers are clearly machines, even if not electronic in anyway. Let's say ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

A neurological change to inhibitory networks The human nervous system has inhibitory networks to suppress actions. Think of the times you almost want to do something, but then decide against it. That'...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

It's to support their logging mechanism. Super-soldiers have a dangerous job and often get killed while doing it, at which point any valuable information they were carrying at the time of their death ...
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How would a society dominated by mercenary companies work?

Sounds an awful lot like Germany in the 1500s. Bunches of mercenaries running around, lords that can't raise their own troops, mercenary captians being wildly rich. So a history book or two about ...
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Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’?

The classic super-soldier trap... ...is that super-soldiers are generally wasted resources. Let's run an example using our bat-eared friend. You begin with two choices. Both choices will be massively ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

I have a quite alternative suggestion. It's not them, it's you. Basically, everyone hearing them is a (passive) telepath. There might be some etiquette on shielding one's thoughts in their community, ...
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Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’?

Eventually, yes, but it wouldn't look like "eyes of an eagle" or somesuch. We don't yet understand how genetics falls together to make a functioning human. Right now, what we know is ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

PTSD the genetic modifications are making childhood and youth extremely stressful - even when compared to regular growing up - in a way that is hard to detect: since for the modified soldiers this is ...
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Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’?

As it stands, No But mostly because these are really complicated traits. And they all involve major trade-offs. So, the hearing of a bat? Major structural alterations of the head, and trade-offs with ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

They choose to be honest - in accordance with their design Your super-soldiers have their own innate morality. In the same way we are repulsed by incest, and squeamish about moving corpses, they don'...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

Honor Amongst Thieves: The race is centered in conflict, so the only way they can manage to function as a society is to make sure they all know what the others are thinking. You know Ted is an ...
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Would silverbloods actually make for better soldiers?

Internal control: As a biologist, I always see things as an interplay of conditional advantages and disadvantages. I am a big fan of nanites as the rationale for pseudo-magic. What I suspect is that ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

Your super soldiers are in debug mode! Yup, even biological machines need to be debugged (as opposed to deloused, which is an entirely different problem). Debug mode was turned on by default, because ...
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Single vs multi-person drop pods

I'd say the biggest driver of drop pod strategies would be the kind of resistance you expect. Ideally you'd have one drop pod (or drop ship, potentially) per objective, and you'd load each one up with ...
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Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’?

An apex ideal predator already exists. It's called a human. Human eyes are already pretty good in the dark. But we've invented starlight scopes which do better. We don't need to mess with a winning ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

They are mentally conditioned to vocalise as a necessary precursor to actualisation This component of their training to prepare them for combat has the side effect of making them appear to be honest. ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

Conditioning If they are super soldiers, I presume they have been trained and conditioned to always repeat orders. "Advance to map plot E4, yessir!". In the absence of a command hierarchy ...
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Soldier hit unconscious

Lose consciousness: yes Without any loss of blood: unlikely, as eyes, ears, nose bleed from the shockwave of a nearby high-explosive detonation at pressures way below that needed for concussion. Such ...
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Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’?

Your goal has two steps: Design the genome of the super soldier. The genome contains the building instructions for a self-replicating organism. (Some other factors also matter, but let's ignore them ...
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Single vs multi-person drop pods

It is a tradeoff One big drop ship is cheaper than many small ones. Big pods have a higher volume to surface area, plus there are certain components you need 1 and only 1 of regardless of pod size ...
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Would silverbloods actually make for better soldiers?

Big Advantage One of the major ways a soldier is killed in ancient/medieval combat is through blood loss. An artery gets cut, and they bleed out within seconds/minutes and die. Or minor injury/ies ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

Social hivemind They were originally engineered to operate within networks consisting of both engineers and their siblings. Once other entities are detected (optionally only while either are working ...
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Single vs multi-person drop pods

For a given shape, the surface to volume ratio increases with the decrease of the size. Aerobraking is affected by the cross section of the object, while the amount of energy that is has to shed is ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

I will split this into two parts: Why is only happens outside of mission: While on the mission, the level of adrenalin is increased, adrenaline is able to bond with the AD1 and AD2 receptors in the ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

They're sharing what they learned on the battlefield with their peers. The chatter is after-action review and includes speculation about what would have worked better and what courses of action would ...
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Realistic Rounds for Penetrating advanced body armor? A round for standard infantry against nano-machined ceramics

You could always go with HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) munitions. Shaped charge explosives that drive enough material into the interior of whatever is being targeted that survival isn't particularly ...
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Why would super-soldiers be really tall?

Better Power Armor Based on your previous questions, I will assume you have a setting that includes power armor. One of the biggest complications in designing power armor is that you need a lot of ...
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Gasoline-Powered Supersoldiers

It's not reasonable to expect genetic engineering to produce humans that can digest hydrocarbons in the next 20 years. Instead of just swapping out one gene for another, we would need to develop the ...
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Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’?

There are two "technical" problems (even disregarding all "practical" problems others pointed out): We don't really know how to "invent" a gene and we have no idea about ...
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Why would super-soldiers be really tall?

Efficiency, economy You want the most soldier for your money. Best intimidation factor, best carrying ability. Training a midget costs exactly the same as training a Conan. And training cost is the #1 ...
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