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    Science and Pokémon: A Good Catch: Exploring the technology behind Poké Balls

    A Poké Ball is a common tool utilized by trainers, professors, breeders and every other kind of Pokémon professional in the Pokémon world. Without it, people would be unable to capture and carry Pokémon conveniently. It is thanks to this technology that Pokémon journeys are even possible. Harry Kim investigates how Poké Balls work.

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    Interesting. Something it should have touched on, though, was that capturing pokemon in pokeballs hinders their natural power, as stated in DPPt (which is what necessitated the Red Chain in the first place). I know it was basically an Excuse Plot to handwave all the kids asking why, say, their Lugia can't start storms like the pokedex says it can, but it's still there in canon and should be explored.

    Will there be more in the scientific field? Because I'd like to see airships covered at some point, including how even a relatively unwealthy research assistant (Zero) can afford one, because that must speak volumes about their availability.

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    Default Re: Science and Pokémon: A Good Catch: Exploring the technology behind Poké Balls

    There was no mention about what was explained during GenII chapters of Pokemon Special?

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    That was a very informative and enjoyable read. Especially the part where you mentioned how 10 year olds can buy machines with energy beyond quantum level computers :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack Gabbiani View Post
    Will there be more in the scientific field? Because I'd like to see airships covered at some point, including how even a relatively unwealthy research assistant (Zero) can afford one, because that must speak volumes about their availability.
    This opinion, like the previous (pseudo?) scientific article we published was written for Bulbanews as a one-off story. We gladly welcome contributions from interested parties. If the right person comes along, an economy- or technology-focused article with a look at airship availability could well be written.
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    Poke Balls run on magic. Hence why ones made out of freakin' apricorn work.

    "Playing around?" Wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack Gabbiani View Post
    Interesting. Something it should have touched on, though, was that capturing pokemon in pokeballs hinders their natural power, as stated in DPPt (which is what necessitated the Red Chain in the first place).
    Certainly a topic worthy of looking into in the future. Perhaps there is a decay factor in the data that weakens the Pokemon or perhaps there are psychological ramifications for being kept in a sort of "stasis" as you will. You bring up an interesting point.


    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Dante View Post
    There was no mention about what was explained during GenII chapters of Pokemon Special?
    I apologize. I am not aware of what information was brought up. Was there anything in particular you wished addressed?


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    That was a very informative and enjoyable read. Especially the part where you mentioned how 10 year olds can buy machines with energy beyond quantum level computers :p
    Thank you very much! Now if only we could get our hands on those machines...


    Quote Originally Posted by Karamazov View Post
    Poke Balls run on magic. Hence why ones made out of freakin' apricorn work.
    And magical pokeballs could be an interesting article/discussion all on its own!



    I'd certainly would be willing to write another scientific-based article if Pokemon fans were interested!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKim View Post
    I'd certainly would be willing to write another scientific-based article if Pokemon fans were interested!
    An immediate yes.

    "Playing around?" Wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKim View Post
    I apologize. I am not aware of what information was brought up. Was there anything in particular you wished addressed?
    I have a bad memory about things in general, but there were some decent explanations on how Pokeballs work in general, as well as special ways to use the technology, for example using a bug-catching net's and such. It was interesting reading.

    I'd like to see more of scientifistic-based articles. The series is filled with stuff that doesn't make sense xD

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    A very interesting read! While not with extreme scientific details, the article managed to relatively scientifically accurate as a rough scratch on the surface of this topic. It goes without saying of course that there us much more to the topic, but this is a very good start in a theoretical analysis. Good work!

    The only major problem that I saw has to do with the mass storage. While certainly a good idea, and without a doubt closer to the truth that other theories, there is one thing that makes it sort of impossible to be exactly so. If I understand correctly, you theorize that the mass is stored within the Poke Ball. While I like the thought of a more dence volume as a result of sealing a Pokémon into its capsule, would trainers be able to carry several tones of Pokemon in their pocket?

    Storage would be separate, which in turn raises other questions. You could say that in a similar manner with this of the teleportation of each Poke Ball, mass could be stored in a predetermined matter storage center. Or who knows? Maybe the Pokémon World technology has came to a mass redefining or matter altering technology. Both sound extremely distant with today's technology, but they aren't unthinkable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash_Pokemaster View Post
    A very interesting read! While not with extreme scientific details, the article managed to relatively scientifically accurate as a rough scratch on the surface of this topic. It goes without saying of course that there us much more to the topic, but this is a very good start in a theoretical analysis. Good work!

    The only major problem that I saw has to do with the mass storage. While certainly a good idea, and without a doubt closer to the truth that other theories, there is one thing that makes it sort of impossible to be exactly so. If I understand correctly, you theorize that the mass is stored within the Poke Ball. While I like the thought of a more dence volume as a result of sealing a Pokémon into its capsule, would trainers be able to carry several tones of Pokemon in their pocket?

    Storage would be separate, which in turn raises other questions. You could say that in a similar manner with this of the teleportation of each Poke Ball, mass could be stored in a predetermined matter storage center. Or who knows? Maybe the Pokémon World technology has came to a mass redefining or matter altering technology. Both sound extremely distant with today's technology, but they aren't unthinkable.

    Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

    You bring up an excellent point, one that I had not considered while writing the article.

    Another method to deal with the dense mass is to implement some sort of gravity-altering field within the pokeball itself. Make it so that there is not gravity or that it cancels itself out.

    Teleportation certainly works as well. The level of technology we see in the Pokemon world certainly allows for such theoretical advances!

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    You could always explore how different Pokeballs can operate. i.e. nest balls catch weaker Pokemon, net balls are good for water and bug types, etc.

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    i would like to add that there would have to be some sort of function that takes out the addition of the weight of the Pokémon to the PokéBall, because if it were added, PokéBalls containing Pokémon like Dialga who weigh well over 2000lbs would not be able to be carried easily...maybe the Pokémon could be converted into the form of data like a .pkm file on a computer. The PokéBall could make data checks multiple times per second and keep 4-5 back-ups of the data to make for it to not have any corrupt data. If the original data gets corrupted somehow, one of the back-ups could replace the damaged data so the Pokémon remains unharmed and safe. Also, if the PokéBalls kept back-ups of data, then that would explain why in the anime, people could simply return a Pokémon to the ball instead of throwing it. The Ball would make a data check and if all the data matches up, the red beam is sent and the Pokémon returns successfully.
    This all sounds like Aperture Science now, lolz, in the words of Cave Johnson, "If we can store music on a Compact Disc, why can't we store a man's intelligence and personality on one." The same can be said about Pokémon xD thanks for the comic Super Dragoon, lolz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kman555 View Post
    You could always explore how different Pokeballs can operate. i.e. nest balls catch weaker Pokemon, net balls are good for water and bug types, etc.
    Perhaps different pokeballs are tuned to specific aspects of data considering that Pokemon types are similar in certain biological senses. Or perhaps it's more of a mechanical problem. An entire series could be written on capturing Pokemon alone.


    Quote Originally Posted by alexsortor View Post
    i would like to add that there would have to be some sort of function that takes out the addition of the weight of the Pokémon to the PokéBall, because if it were added, PokéBalls containing Pokémon like Dialga who weigh well over 2000lbs would not be able to be carried easily...maybe the Pokémon could be converted into the form of data like a .pkm file on a computer. The PokéBall could make data checks multiple times per second and keep 4-5 back-ups of the data to make for it to not have any corrupt data. If the original data gets corrupted somehow, one of the back-ups could replace the damaged data so the Pokémon remains unharmed and safe. Also, if the PokéBalls kept back-ups of data, then that would explain why in the anime, people could simply return a Pokémon to the ball instead of throwing it. The Ball would make a data check and if all the data matches up, the red beam is sent and the Pokémon returns successfully.
    This all sounds like Aperture Science now, lolz, in the words of Cave Johnson, "If we can store music on a Compact Disc, why can't we store a man's intelligence and personality on one." The same can be said about Pokémon xD thanks for the comic Super Dragoon, lolz
    And then one has to wonder, does the Pokemon's soul survive in all of that as well? Might the loss of the soul be the reason for the weakening of Pokemon after it has been "capture"?

    And yes, I agree with Alex. That comic is amazing.

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