So this appears not to have any practical applications.
only if you lack imagination. could see something like this powering sensors (e.g. air quality sampler, barometer, photodetector) would be valuable for leaving self-powered telemetry and a small sensor package to study forest canopy ecosystems, individual tree performance, etc.
What does it changes if North Korea masters building hydrogen bomb?
Does that make the country more scary than if it just mastered fission nuclear bomb?
North Korea gets more geopolitical optionality, and can maintain de facto sovereignty with a weapon of last resort. look at one of 2 (probably 3) nuclear states in the middle east, Israel, see how an ambiguous nuclear capability can protect an unprotectable position indefinitely.
otoh it upsets the balance of power in the region, and makes the good Korea almost impossible to protect. Seoul is toast in any conflict, but that won't stop the US from sewing asia and the pacific with antiballistic missile systems like pax americana johnny appleseed.
I'm finding it hard to understand why the DNC/establishment is so gung-ho about Clinton at a time when the Republicans look set to elect someone a significant number Republicans probably won't stomach.
Like most politicians today, the DNC are risk adverse, and are unwilling to make bold moves or plan ahead past the next election cycle. they're not even listening to policy debates between the leaders they are operating out of fear thinking how much more they could lose in 2016 and beyond. DNC, just like the GOP establishment, operate out of fear and necessity. in that calculus there is no room for new ideas.
The US has 10x the population of Canada. Mightn't that be a factor in what systems are feasible?
Dekalb County, GA in TFA only has 691,893 people. And you guys need a computer to count that?
"Nobody can argue..." What's the name of that type of fallacy? Have you seen Cinematic Titanic?
Do you watch Rifftrax? Also hilarious.
Neither are MST3K hilarious. To quote another duo,
Couldn't split up Kato and Nash. (that's true) Couldn't split up Tango and Cash.
A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce