Just thought you would like to know about the Animal Planet’s Dragons special. It was on last night (Sunday 3/20), and I thought it was interesting that the researchers seem to take pages out of Pern’s dragon bible. They had the dragons masticating platinum to get the flame. They also had a great mating flight, not as long as it should have been, but there was something neat about seeing it on screen.
Thanks. I heard a lot about the Dragons special from my daughter who managed to see it. Platinum as a catalyst for producing hydrogen makes a lot of sense, so does hydrogen for lift. Rather explosive dragons, all the same. They’re not at all like Pern dragons which have a boron-crystalline bone structure and use phophine gas for their flame.