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Clever, low-stress, RSI-friendly, eyecandy puzzle-adventure type games?

Need moar gamez, plz hope! (for Mac or iPad.) I love Myst-type, atmospheric, "wander around beautifully illustrated worlds and solve puzzles" type games, especially with at least a little narrative quality, and want to avoid timed segments (do this within a timed period or fail), explicit / realistic violence (I don't really want to be killing things or wandering around bloody rooms, etc.), or games where advancement hinges on say, physically jumping from one thing to another thing in just the right way, at the right speed, etc. Specifically, I don't want to have to do much or any repetitive clicking/tapping movements, because ouch. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 12, 2014 - 23 answers

The air at the Dead Sea

It's my understanding that the atmosphere at the Dead Sea has a higher concentration of oxygen than the sea level norm because of the extremely low elevation (roughly a quarter mile below sea level). My question is: what does it feel like to breathe this air? Is it refreshing? Does it feel thicker than air at sea level? Are there any objective medical findings associated with long-term exposure to oxygen at this concentration? Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 4, 2014 - 20 answers

Why are 10kg heavy?

We carry about 1,000kg of air on top of our shoulders. Why do we feel noticeably heavier when adding a fraction of it, like 10kg? Are our muscles just finely tuned?
posted by Spanner Nic on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

hopefully there won't be any spiders

Curiosity is making me curious. What would it feel like to stand on the surface of Mars? Let's say, first of all, it's without a space suit -- what would kill me first? The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? The temperature? Then, if we found some way to breathe and function normally, what would it be like to be there? Would it be hot? Cold? Too windy to stand up? Paint a picture for me, if you can.
posted by fight or flight on Aug 10, 2012 - 15 answers


What are the movie equivalents of shoegaze music? [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 28, 2012 - 26 answers

Gravity of the situation

Would artificial gravity be enough to contain an atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Feb 24, 2012 - 21 answers

Thinking with Portals

A physics question about the climax of the game Portal 2. Spoiler alert! [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Oct 1, 2011 - 41 answers

What color was the sky millions or billions of years ago?

What color was the sky millions or billions of years ago? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Aug 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Why not throw nuclear waste into a volcano?

Would disposing of nuclear waste in a volcano cause radioactive material to rise into the atmosphere? What would be the arguments against disposing of our nuclear waste into a volcano?
posted by ToruOkada on Aug 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Why Do My Lungs Get All Squishy?

Why, when going deep underwater, does the air in your lungs compress? I'm pretty sure we learned this in 5th grade...yet...I got nothing. [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on Mar 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Rain and Intrigue

What are some films similar in atmosphere to Polanski's The Ghost Writer (The Ghost) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Sep 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Please explain these layers that can be seen in a setting sun

Atmospheric science filter: This picture of the sun was taken while it was setting over the NE Pacific Ocean. Is there a scientific explanation of why there are distinct, horizontal darkening layers of color on the orb from top to bottom?
posted by surfgator on Aug 26, 2010 - 9 answers

ack, i have to wash my face AGAIN...bleh....

Humid Office Filter: our hvac sucks. it's always humid in here but when the a/c is on, it gets down right wacky - it's muggy AND chilly. i feel sticky all day, my exposed skin is breaking out in pimples which i never ever get except in this gross indoor climate. what on earth can i do? a dehumidifier is out - i'm not in a closed space and we already have an office one...and i can hear the alarm on the one in the server room telling us that it's more humid than it should be. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jun 16, 2010 - 23 answers

Weird noctilucent clouds over Philly

Anyone else in the Philadelphia area seeing this? There are some strange, vertical clouds in the area that look a lot like aurorae (it's well into darkness here), but they aren't moving. They look like they might be high-altitude noctilucent clouds, but I think it's the wrong time of year for those. What are they? I've never seen anything like them.
posted by drinkcoffee on Nov 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Nukes… in… space…

To what extent would the lack of an atmosphere reduce the effectiveness of nuclear weapons?
posted by Artw on Sep 26, 2008 - 17 answers

You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

Does the atmosphere rotate? In other words, is there a net shift in air around the globe, east to west? [more inside]
posted by conch soup on May 9, 2007 - 13 answers

way better than sky-diving

How could someone avoid burning up in the atmosphere while falling to Earth from orbit? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Feb 6, 2007 - 20 answers

Thicker air and lower gravity

Imagine a world in which the atmospheric density is somewhat greater than ours, but gravity is somewhat lower. How might our experience be different on that world? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jan 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Music to tie for.

Music for bondage. [more inside]
posted by brautigan on May 11, 2006 - 49 answers

unexplained pressure differential

My old apartment had extremely leaky single-pane windows, so in the winter my roommate and I would always cover them with tightly sealed heat-shrink plastic film. Why would the plastic nearly always be bulging inward? [more inside]
posted by Galvatron on Dec 10, 2005 - 18 answers

The sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire, and the clouds would catch the colors everywhere

What makes clouds form where they form, and how? [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Aug 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Tubes? In spaaaaaace?

What would happen if someone were to build a tunnel or tube into space? (Description inside...) [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Jan 20, 2005 - 10 answers

Space, the final frontier of smells!

The smell of space. How and why? [much more... out there.] [more inside]
posted by stonerose on Jan 28, 2004 - 11 answers

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