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Posted on Nov 29, 2012 9:09:05 AM PST
I still say the article was relevant. And anything I post that gets you turpitude-trolls all riled up - obviously has value.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 9:13:21 AM PST
The link was relevant, but your interpretation was not.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 3:30:23 PM PST
http://devoid.blogs.heraldtribune.com/13427/the-limits-of-fantasy/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY TO SPONSOR A "TERMINATOR CENTER"
Will study the possibility of human extinction by intelligent robotics. "We are in denial about 'low-probability, high-consequence' events that should concern us more and which, in our ever more interconnected world, could have global consequences."

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 4:54:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 4:55:32 PM PST
http://now.msn.com/teen-girl-from-egypt-has-just-reinvented-space-travel

TEEN GIRL FROM EGYPT HAS JUST REINVENTED SPACE TRAVEL
She has dazzled the physics world with a new invention that could launch spacecraft off the Earth's surface and send it soaring thru space without any fuel. Since space is filled with a billowing sea of quantum particles that jump in and out of existence, she proposes using thin silicon panels, spaced closely together, to trap these particles and then move against them, creating a propelling force.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 1:01:18 AM PST
M. Helsdon says:
"TEEN GIRL FROM EGYPT HAS JUST REINVENTED SPACE TRAVEL"

She 'proposes' - it hasn't been demonstrated and seems to be a variant on the Casimir effect, so isn't particularly new.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 8:59:57 AM PST
MH,

And, I posted in one of these threads a few months ago an article about a Casimir effect drive that needed no fuel which looks very much like what she is proposing, so I'm highly doubtful that she could patent it (since there is prior discussion in the public domain).

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 10:14:01 AM PST
BTW...the post I'm referencing was over in the 'race to space' thread on Sept. 19th. It was about the JPL Eagleworks Lab and their work on a Q-thruster and it references an article from May 2012. That's why I don't think she can patent it, but, well, stranger things have happened if she wrote it up before everyone else. I remembered the submarine analogy, so I searched on that to find the post.

Here is the link-> http://www.amazon.com/forum/science%20fiction/ref=cm_cd_et_md_pl?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxWK0QNW07Z4M7&cdMsgID=MxXDRZB64KDN7Y&cdMsgNo=2357&cdPage=95&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx35KTZCNR1PE0R#MxXDRZB64KDN7Y

Here was the relevant portion of my post:
I think their work on a possible "Q-Thruster" is more feasible. Using the quantum vacuum, it seems possible to provide thrust without propellant. The lab likens it to the fact that a submarine doesn't have to carry and supply its own water to its propeller. I like that analogy! Here is one article on that from a few months ago-> http://www.thesciencenews.info/2012/04/quantum-vacuum-propulsion.html
[So possible 2 month trips time to Saturn. Unfortunately, you still need to provide power, so we're back to nuclear energy needed on the ship.]

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 11:43:57 AM PST
M. Helsdon says:
Bob,

Yes, I recall. It isn't a new idea and the problem remains that the effect, if any, is so small it's only potentially useful for very low mass probes which aren't in any hurry. The effect doesn't scale up well, if at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 8:26:58 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
"a new invention that could launch spacecraft off the Earth's surface and send it soaring thru space without any fuel."

Kinda like your "speculations" then, huh? They seem to get off the ground with no fuel, too. LOL

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 3:32:51 PM PST
Speaking of hi-tech, cutting-edge research ...

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-boeing-wi-fi-potatoes-20121219,0,6999787.story

BOEING USES POTATOES TO SIMULATE HUMANS IN TEST OF WI-FI SIGNALS
Called the Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution (SPUDS)

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 4:53:41 PM PST
"About 20,000 pounds of potatoes were used as stand-ins for passengers during tests at the company's laboratories to ensure onboard Wi-Fi signals are consistent through the cabin without interrupting the navigation and communication systems, the company said Wednesday.

The sacks of potatoes replicate the way human passengers reflect and absorb electronic signals, said Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler."

HAHA -- who knew!

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 12:14:35 PM PST
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/12/500-phases-of-matter-have-been-defined.html

500 PHASES OF MATTER DEFINED IN NEW CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Condensed matter physics has developed the new classification system, to provide insight about these quantum phases in order to better design states of matter for superconductors or quantum computers.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 11:12:32 AM PST
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/12/two-different-higgs-bosons-may-have.html

TWO DIFFERENT HIGGS-BOSONS MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 4:10:23 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Could you explain the difference?

I always love your summaries of these articles. :)

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 4:33:36 PM PST
At least she didn't 'speculate' on it.

But even so...this has no 'on the horizon tech' to it. More like way over the horizon maybe it might mean something someday (and, oh, most particle physicists think it's an error anyway..like the FTL neutrinos measurement due to a faulty cable connection)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 4:43:01 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
LOL. Oh yeah, I remember how excited she got over that. PROOF AT LAST that something can exceed light! My aliens CAN be here!!! :)

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 7:47:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012 7:48:09 AM PST
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/12/accelerator-driven-sub-critical-reactor.html
ACCELERATOR DRIVEN SUB-CRITICAL REACTOR COULD BURN NUCLEAR WASTE - AND CREATE DIESEL AT LESS THAN $2 PER GALLON

http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/12/recipe-book-for-creation-of-materials.html
RECIPE BOOK FOR THE CREATION OF MATERIALS WITH NEW PROPERTIES
"Physicists at the University of Colorado (Boulder) have opened the door for the creation of a host of new materials with properties that do not exist in nature."

http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/12/quantum-techniques-to-improve-broadband.html
QUANTUM TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE BROADBAND AND ENCRYPTION ARE CLOSER TO MARKET

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 11:59:44 AM PST
I'm hoping one or more of these new materials combine high strength in compression with light weight. Say, as strong as five cm thick steel but as light as one cm thick cork.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 7:11:17 PM PST
So we can make a vacuum ship!

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 7:30:58 PM PST
Exactly that!

Would have other uses too, of course. But yes, a vacuum ship.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 10:18:18 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
(Banks mentions a vacuum dirigible in his latest Culture book. Thought of you guys when I read that bit the other day. :)

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 9:56:38 AM PST
Woo-hoo! Vacuum airships FTW!

I've read a lot of good stuff about Banks and his Culture books. Might have to look into that. Ah, so many books...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 10:31:00 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
And so little time! :)

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 10:37:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012 10:37:56 AM PST
Strong yet lightweight? That a Holy Grail to many, I'm sure.

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/fuel-economy/carbon-fiber-oil-crisis1.htm
CARBON FIBER

http://www.hexoloy.com/the-history-of-silicon-carbide
SILICON CARBIDE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boron_carbide
BORON CARBIDE
(I don't know how lightweight this is, but it is one of the hardest substances, with a cross-section to absorb neutrons and stabilize ionizing radiation.)

Frankly, I'd just go for socks that never gets holes in them for my husband!

http://trussty-jasmine.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-socks-with-kevlar-materials.html#axzz2GefSqZUH
KEVLAR SOCKS

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 10:43:42 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Nice try at relevance. :)

(Why, you just buy him new ones, right? You're not suggesting that you actually have time from your "research" and busy writing career to darn socks, are you?! LOL)
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