It would be impossible to list all the great advances made in Kaiju-Biology
over the last 10 years on this WWW page, but hopefully this will give you
a flavor of this unique field of research. Employment opportunities in
Kaiju-Biology are expected to continue their current increase into the
near future so study hard and someday you may be Godzilla's greatest enemy!
Godzilla is perhaps the best known representative from this category.
An understanding of Godzilla's biology is considered by many in the field
to be crucial in developing a firm foundation for the science. Most of
the current research efforts are geared towards a better understanding of
Godzilla's digestion system which appears to provide him with energy
from nuclear materials with little nuclear waste. An understanding of this
process could revolutionize the world! Of course, there is also much
military research geared towards the production of a Godzilla-breath-like
weapon. Such a weapon would have fantastic destructive capabilities that
could strike targets much faster and cheaper than conventional projectile
type weapons such as bombs and missles.
Flying monsters, such as Rodan and Battra, pose a baffling question for
aerodynamicists: how do such large, heavy creatures stay aloft? Birds
are known to have very light, hollow bones and efficient wing motion
so they can generate enough lift to overcome the force of gravity. Flying
monsters, however, cannot have light, frail bones because they oftentimes
attack by ramming their opponents. It is theorized that they overcome the
large gravity force acting on them by generating some kind of gravity
field about themselves helping to reduce the overall downward force.
The wings are then primarily for navigation and generating forward
thrust rather than lift.
Many aircraft manufacturers are also interested in how these creatures attain
supersonic speeds (greater than Mach 1) with relative ease. Man-made
supersonic aircraft can achieve large speeds but usually pay a large
penalty in fuel consumption. A better understanding of these monsters
could help produce a better version of the SST aircraft someday.
Biollante is the main monster in this category but SpaceGodzilla can
also be considered a further mutation of Biollante due to interactions
with stellar media. Biollante's creation was a mistake and researchers
are still having difficulty understanding how the amalgamation of
Godzilla, rose and human DNA created such an effective monster. It's
ability to seemingly disintegrate and reappear in a new form fascinates
physicists who are interested in seeing if such a "matter to energy
to matter" transformation could be achieved where the final material state
is exactly the same as the previous state rather than a mutation.
Such a process would pave the way for an exciting new means of transportation:
teleportation, which would render all other forms obsolete! Although "Beam
me up, Scotty" is a common joke in our day, our descendents may be using a
similar device to get to and from work -- no more traffic jams! Biollante,
however, has become somewhat of an easy target for protestors of
genetic energineering and has caused this research to be surrounded by
Research on monsters in the Cyborg class has obvious applications to
robotics but many other fields can benefit as well. Computation and
Neural Systems specialists are interested in how monsters like Gigan
can "think" and operate its biological and cybernetic parts in tandem.
The high speed space flight abilities of Gigan may someday allow humans
too explore worlds to far away for conventional space technology.
The ability to graft robotic parts onto muscle as in the futuristic
cyborg Mecha King Ghidora (see cut-away view of leg) could provide
high quality artifical limbs for those who have been seriously injured
in accidents. Gigan was designed as a war cyborg capable of self-sufficiency.
Again, researchers are interested in the digestive system of Gigan to
determine if a method of deriving energy from readily available raw material
could be indentified and implemented on earth.
These and many other questions surround the new field of Kaiju-Biology.
Few fields of science offer such exciting possibilities for the future
of mankind! Currently, most of the best research in this field comes from
Japan but as time progresses, universities in the West can be expected
to follow suit.
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