How do you think we managed to make Australia habitable?
Penal colony... "You've been sentenced to death. How'd you like to an opportunity to live a little longer?"
Is this a theoretical development or does it have concrete uses?
These are scientists. It's all theoretical until the civil engineers get their hands on the stuff.
I favor number 4: domed alien cities.
Ceres is dust-covered planetoid whose core is made entirely of cocaine.
Please call it what it is: theft from the public domain. It is theft of public property, plain an simple. They are stealing from Canadian citizens that which is rightfully theirs. A reasonable solution might be to treat copyright in a manner similar to a natural resource. Have the owners pay for the extended exclusive copyrights. That's a win/win solution. Hey, you could even put all of the copyrights that are expiring up for public auction, like we do for access to RF spectrum in the U.S. Have a minimum bid for everything. If no one bids the minimum value, it falls into the public domain.
1. What new behavior does this theory predict?
2. How can this theory be falsified?
Probably some long-forgotten interstellar war.
Nothing that exciting. Just a Vogon constructor fleet doing their job. They posted the notice. Nobody could be bothered to read it.