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The Marava is a great set of 400 ton ship plans with 200 tons of stats. It's why the plans are so amenable to modification: there is always room for what you want to do.
In reality 200 dton ships are pretty small. I'm working on converting the Lily Marlene (TNE's properly sized A2) to the more common 1.5m grid, CT/MT/MGT drive and tonnage assumptions, and to fine tune the plans to make a little more sense.
Here's the raw bulkhead layout of the Lily Marlene (a Jayhawk, essentially), converted to a 1.5m grid.
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Floor plans are always welcome!
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A cool new way to chart the solar system--and a neat idea for a game map!

http://io9.com/a-map-showing-all-the-solar-systems-solid-surfaces-stit-1598999931

#rpgs   #roleplayinggames   #worldbuilding  
Via XKCD comes this awesome map of of the solar system's terrestrial surfaces pieced together as if it were a massive jigsaw puzzle. The illustration reveals the surprising scarcity of solid land in the solar system.
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Did anyone notice the bit that says "All Human Skin?"
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More new things about space.
 
First Ring System Around Asteroid Discovered

It was just announced by the European Southern Observatory that:

Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO’s La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System — after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — to have this feature. The origin of these rings remains a mystery, but they may be the result of a collision that created a disc of debris. The new results are published online in the journal Nature on 26 March 2014.  ⓐ

The rings of Saturn are one of the most spectacular sights in the sky, and less prominent rings have also been found around the other giant planets. Despite many careful searches, no rings had been found around smaller objects orbiting the Sun in the Solar System. Now observations of the distant minor planet [1] (10199) Chariklo [2] as it passed in front of a star have shown that this object too is surrounded by two fine rings.  ⓐ

We weren’t looking for a ring and didn’t think small bodies like Chariklo had them at all, so the discovery — and the amazing amount of detail we saw in the system — came as a complete surprise!" says Felipe Braga-Ribas (Observatório Nacional/MCTI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) who planned the observation campaign and is lead author on the new paper  ⓐ

Press Release:
ⓐ  http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1410/

Full paper:
http://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1410/eso1410a.pdf

Image: Artist Impression of rings around Chariklo (ESO)
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the fact that they call it dense....around something with such tenuous gravity? in the company of other asteroids?

I call foul. It's a solid object, left by the Ancients. I call shotgun on the scout mission.
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A possible feature for those marginal worlds, making every ounce of compatible biomass work harder.
 
These Floating Compost Islands Would Turn NYC's Garbage Into Gold ... Gizmodo -- "The average New Yorker generates about three pounds of trash every day, and a huge amount of that is food waste—which could be composted, if only we had the space. Enter "Green Loop," a proposal to build massive composting islands off the coastline of NYC.

"We send trucks millions of miles every year, creating traffic, noise pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, all of this so that our waste can be landfilled, where it then rots and creates even more greenhouse gas," explain the designers at PRESENT Architecture, the New York-based firm behind the proposal. "It's a big, dirty problem."

Instead, PRESENT proposes keeping the trash—some of it, at least—closer to the city. Trucks would pick up the organic waste just as they do normal trash, but rather than hauling it out to landfills, they would deposit it at one of dozens of coastal processing sites around the boroughs.

This huge network of artificial islands would take over at least 30 percent of the city's garbage—which is a massive amount considering that we generate some 14 million tons of trash every year. ..."

more: http://bit.ly/1kPqIo8
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The other use for the image: K'kree Embassy.
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Not sure if this had been passed along already or not.  Much of H. Beam Piper's works have passed into the public domain, apparently, and are now available online:
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/p#a8301
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I wouldn't start with Uller Uprising. Try Space Viking, Little Fuzzy, or The Cosmic Computer instead. Also, Lone Star Planet and Four-Day Planet are fun.
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Type L:
Lab Ships
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, CT, Dbl Adv3: Death Station
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, TNE, Challenge #71
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, MT, Lab Ship (Seeker deckplan set)
Type L Lab Ship, 400 tons, MT, Traveller's Digest #16 (Seeker ad)
Lab Ship M:0, 400 tons, T4, T4: Starships
Lab Ship M:0,400 tons, T4, Annililik Run
Kugashin Lab Ship, 400 tons, GT, GT Starships (hexes)

Another standard that didn't get a class name until GURPS.

Other Lab Ships:
Kurgilash Medical Scout, 400 tons, CT, Adventure Class Ships Vol 2 (FASA folio)
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Based on Ron's sketch ( https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RonaldStepp/posts/R7VXBYPrRz9?cfem=1 ).  This is close enough to 400 dtons for most.  The decks are shown top to bottom, left-to-right.  The uppermost is not given a grid due to being a crawlspace at best.  Each deck's rough tonnage is listed at the bottom with two numbers: the tonnage if the deck dimensions were entirely available, and the tonnage taking the edge bevel into account.  Ron 's depicted bridge window is on the topmost gridded deck, and the port holes are on the next deck down.
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Scale labeling usually comes later in the process. In this case it is implicit in the tonnage numbers when compared to the grid.  As only three editions don't use a 1.5m grid, a square grid disqualifies this from being one of them, and the other two are outside of the explicit focus of this Community, a statement of scale was not terribly important at this stage.  The grid as it stands can also be used for an 800-ton ship (looking slightly flatter than the reference externals), or a 200-ton ship (looking stubby compared to the reference externals).
Once the internal work sets a scale, a scale statement will be added.
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At something like 20,000 miles in diameter, this is well beyond the typical Super-terrenes.

http://www.space.com/26085-godzilla-mega-earth-kepler-10c-aas224.html
Scientists have discovered the 'Godzilla of Earths,' a giant alien planet that is a new type of huge and rocky, world located 560 light-years from Earth.
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And coincidentally, look a lot like the Addaxur, the foremost of Zhodani client races.
 
Waterbears can go without food or water for more than a decade. They can survive temperatures from 0 to above 100°C.
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I think this grab is from ep 2 of Cosmos. Apparently these little guys are tougher than cockroaches, having survived 5 mass extinction events over that last 500 Million Years.
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I'm sure someone can find a use for this.
 
Doors Won't Be The Same !
A door is an opening or closing structure used to block off an entrance, typically consisting of an interior side that faces the inside of a space and an exterior side that faces the outside of that space and the basic door technology has remained relatively the same for centuries, but an Austrian designer Klemens Torggler has designed a door that, according to his website, "opens up new applications for the door." It uses rotating squares to move the door sideways without tracks, completely eliminating the two to four square feet generally occupied by the swinging path of a conventional door.
http://dayzinfos.blogspot.com/2014/03/doors-wont-be-same.html  
http://www.torggler.co.at/
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Agreed! I wish my house had Pocket Doors :)`
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Not sure if this has made its way here already or not. Not mine, but handy.

http://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2014/02/trackstracks-more-tracks-need-tracks.html
Hello again all, This is my first blog & i've reached 1000+ hits thanks to you .As a small thank you I decided to show you how to make simple tracks for any vehicle & most probably for any scale from 6mm to 30mm. Pc's & elect...
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but the Sdkfwftrakktruppen IIV has tracks that are a different pitch in 1/93 scale. what do i do then?



;-)

I'll let myself out.
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System Defense Boats:
Dragon SDB, 400 tons, CT, Supplement 7 - Traders & Gunboats
Dragon System Defense Boat, 400 tons, MT, SDB and Jump Shuttle (Seeker Deckplan Set)
Dragon SDB, 400 tons, GT, GT Starships (hexes)

SDB Jump Shuttles:
Dragon Jump Shuttle, 200 tons, CT, Supplement 7 - Traders & Gunboats
Dragon Jump Shuttle, 200 tons, MT, SDB and Jump Shuttle (Seeker Deckplan Set)
Dragon/S Jump Shuttle, 300 tons, GT, GT Starships (hexes)

(making a run through the GURPS books and figured I would start a few more collection topics)
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The Shuttle in GT is bigger.  The CT version is only 200 tons.
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