Carbon nanotubes aren’t required to build the structure. This would make it possible to build the elevator much sooner, since available carbon nanotube materials in sufficient quantities are still years away.
The problem being that building a lunar base to support the space elevator is already years away.
yeah let's worry about how this will affect the 1st world countries, those are the real victims here
If focusing on the economic effects to 1st world countries spurs them to take action I'm all for it. Nobody in the US is going to act if they think only Africa is at risk.
However, you're wrong on this preventing namespace collisions - companies are allowed to have the same name so long as they are in completely different lines of business (so there is no confusion).
Actually you are wrong, you are confusing this with trademark law.
From Companies house:
You may not be able to incorporate your chosen company name if it is the 'same as' another name appearing on the registrar's index of company names. There is an exception to this if an existing company (or LLP or other body on the index) is part of the same group as your company and consents to the use of your proposed name
You are however correct that not all companies use their registered names as their trading name
You do know that it was the Congress... controlled by mostly non-Southern Democrats... that killed the Supercollider, right
You said Congress, not House. Stop trying to reframe your argument after you've been shown to be wrong.
We expect that when someone makes a statement of science, that it have actually been tested using the methods of science.
Where your definition of science includes that it must not contradict your a priori beliefs. A lot of Christians hold a "no true scotsman" view of science when it comes to evolution. Thats not true science because.... GOD DID IT
In the 1980's in Belfast, my Dad was registering to be a Doctor at City Hospital. On the form he wrote down for religion "none". He was then told he wasn't allowed to write none and had to chose something. They also wouldn't let him write down Atheist so he made one up and settled on "The light of the upper zarquon". For the next month nurses kept accosting him asking "Doctor Banks! What is this light of the upper zarquon?".
Growing up in northern ireland, I went on quite a lot of cross community (protestants mixed with catholics) trips. In order to get the numbers right they would ask me whether I was Catholic or Protestant and I would answer atheist. This wasn't good enough, they needed an answer so they would then ask what my parents were, so I also answered Atheist. Finally they would ask "What school did you go to?" to which I would reply "Wellington", "ahhh, so you're a protestant then...".
Ironically, your example was off by an order of magnitude. Alpha Centauri is 4 light years or 4e15m away.
And Alpha Centauri isn't even the closest star, Proxima Centauri is.
In essence what happened was MPAA pretented to be a venture capitalist who was interested in the streaming site SurfTheChannel. After meeting the owner in person they followed them to their house. Then a seperate MPAA nob head posed as a home buyer interested in the owner of SurfTheChannel's house.
The MPAA then turned over pictures of the house and details of the venture capitalist meeting to the police who proceded to raid their house. The police decided not to press charges, so the MPAA went after the US programmer who made SurfTheChannel. He did some sort of plea bargain where they would drop the case against him if he would testify against the British couple.
The British couple are now in court on charges of fraud.
If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.