Surely you jest, but to go along with you, we must remember that H.G. Wells wrote about the Martian invaders using a "heat ray" in 1898.
...goes that they wanted to name the invention Light Oscillation by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, but nobody would like a LOSER
Could anyone do it in one line of APL?
That is how they did it in the old days when charting out new territory. Lewis & Clark used the method on their famous expedition in 1804.
Acta Astronautice has the subject paper listed as "licensed under a Creative Commons " but wants $35 to read it.
Is there any way for us cheap bastards to read it?
The defining feature of a technological civilization is the capacity to intensively “harvest” energy. But the basic physics of energy, heat and work known as thermodynamics tell us that waste, or what we physicists call entropy, must be generated and dumped back into the environment in the process. Human civilization currently harvests around 100 billion megawatt hours of energy each year and dumps 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the planetary system, which is why the atmosphere is holding more heat and the oceans are acidifying.
All forms of intensive energy-harvesting will have feedbacks, even if some are more powerful than others. A study by scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany, found that extracting energy from wind power on a huge scale can cause its own global climate consequences. When it comes to building world-girdling civilizations, there are no planetary free lunches.
By studying these nearby planets, we’ve discovered general rules for both climate and climate change (PDF). These rules, based in physics and chemistry, must apply to any species, anywhere, taking up energy-harvesting and civilization-building in a big way. For example, any species climbing up the technological ladder by harvesting energy through combustion must alter the chemical makeup of its atmosphere to some degree. Combustion always produces chemical byproducts, and those byproducts can’t just disappear
The ULA CEO, Tory Bruno, has already offered to help SpaceX fix their problems with landing boosters. Everybody is playing nice!
Historically, SETI – the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – involves scanning the sky for radio signals that another civilization is deliberately sending. The simplest would be a constant blast in all directions, but in a narrow range of frequencies, similar to early radio broadcasts – like a constant hum that would tell a listener it is artificial. From light years away, we would not be able to get any other information – all we would be able to tell from Earth is that a signal was there and where it was coming from, not what it says."
Link to Original Source
Link to Original Source
If they won't treat us as guests, at least treat us as paying customers, not just more eye balls they can sell to advertisers. Maybe all that advertising (not the movie previews) really has degraded the movie-going experience?
A lot of people like monopoly, in spite of it being a terrible game. For those folk, the following video from this fellow Scott Nicholson could be mind opening
(skip the first two or so minutes of puppet show to get to the good parts)
Very cool hack! Back in my younger days, I met a lab technician who would impress the much younger engineers by displaying broadcast TV on an oscilloscope.