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Old 2012-01-05, 01:41   Link #341
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Pentagon Scientists Use ‘Time Hole’ to Make Events Disappear

"Soldiers could one day conduct covert operations in complete secrecy, now that
Pentagon-backed physicists have figured out how to mask entire events by
distorting light.

A team at Cornell University, with support from Darpa, the Pentagon’s out-there
research arm, managed to hide an event for 40 picoseconds (those are trillionths of
seconds, if you’re counting). They’ve published their groundbreaking research in this
week’s edition of the journal Nature."

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http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/time-hole/
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Old 2012-01-05, 14:04   Link #342
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Here's another of those predictions of the future from the past. This time it's from 1900.

These predictions for the future from 1900 are eerily accurate
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Old 2012-01-05, 14:38   Link #343
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This is more about the past, than the future present but...
The average lifespan of a male US citizen at 1900 was 35 years????

HOLY... SHIT!

What did you do to those people? Fed them a daily mercury diet?

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Old 2012-01-05, 15:02   Link #344
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Very little to stop diseases.
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Old 2012-01-05, 16:51   Link #345
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Ok, but 35 years is absolutely horrible. That is european medieval level, which is the worst anyone ever got. Even a prehistoric hunter-gatherer had a higher life expactation than that.
For comparison, life expactation for males born in Germany at 1900 was around 48 years (not including the wars I guess ).

Anyway, other interesting insights from article:
- electricity is magic
- the middle east is a warzone (!)
- wiping out entire species is cool
- the air conditioner is the epitome of technology
- home entertainment was inevitable
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Old 2012-01-05, 17:41   Link #346
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A large amount of the United States was still rural in 1900. The Frontier had officially closed only ten years earlier. There were still continental territories (Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico) and Utah had only been a state for four years.

The United States was barely coming into what would be considered a developed country in today's language. (I've discovered that by definition the United States cannot be anything other than a "First World" country as the term was used to define the United States and its allies during the Cold War. "Second World" would the Soviet Union and its allies. "Third World" are the nuetral counties. It just happened that most of the "third world" counties were poor, so the term association stuck that it was a developmental term, when it actually isn't. Since the Cold War is over, there are no "Second World" countries anymore...just First and Third.)

The United States in 1900 had just started the road to Empire after winning the Spanish-American War in 1898. Having now the Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, and were in conflict with Germany over Samoa at the time. America was expanding its navy in a bid to catch Germany (there was no way to catch the British in 1900) in numbers of battleships. Teddy Roosevelt was in the running for Vice President (to remove him politically, as he was a popular war hero but not what the Republican Party held as an ideal). And the Americans were expanding ther influence into China.
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Old 2012-01-06, 05:53   Link #347
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An Optimistic History of the Next 40 Years
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Old 2012-01-06, 06:52   Link #348
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About as optimistic as the Spaceflight Chronology from 1980.

Of course that was based on Star Trek...and written 32 years ago. It was a lot more optimistic in the days before the Space Shuttle Program...and before Challenger exploded.

But, in that, by 2015, we have establish bases on Mars, and started launching interstellar probes (sublight of course). A manned mission to Jupiter is on the way there. There are already over 1,500 people living in orbit. Solar power provides 40% of the US power needs (orbital solar power).

By 2020, there is the first manned mission to Saturn. (and possible evidence of alien life found on Mars)

By 2030, there are bases under constrction on some of Jupiter's moons, a terraforming project started for Venus, and cities being setup in the Asteroid belt for mining activites.

By 2040, There has been at least one extrasolar message detected. There are bases near Titan. A new base built on Pluto for navigation check for future extrasolar missions.

By 2050, at least two high speed sublight ships have left the solar system for nearby stars. One has arrived at Alpha Centauri by 2050 (and encounted a humanoid civilization forever changing human views about the universe.)

By 2052, the Warp Drive Prinicple is transmitted to Earth from Alpha Centauri (older version Star Trek's home for its inventor). Projects start as soon as it arrives for making the first Faster than Light spacecraft.

(Note that the ship that left Earth for Alpha Centauri has not made it back home yet...it isn't due to arrive home until 2054)
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Old 2012-01-06, 08:40   Link #349
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Warbots examining each other? Sounds like Phantasy Star Casts.

If there is a medication to live until 150, I would certainly like to take it. At least I'll still be alive to witness Moon/Mars colonisation with my own eyes.
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Old 2012-01-06, 09:08   Link #350
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Ok, but 35 years is absolutely horrible. That is european medieval level, which is the worst anyone ever got. Even a prehistoric hunter-gatherer had a higher life expactation than that.
For comparison, life expactation for males born in Germany at 1900 was around 48 years (not including the wars I guess ).

Anyway, other interesting insights from article:
- electricity is magic
- the middle east is a warzone (!)
- wiping out entire species is cool
- the air conditioner is the epitome of technology
- home entertainment was inevitable
1 word, Penicillin. 1900s was a world where a simple cut can kill you because of infection.

Also they haven't discovered the wonders of washing and soap...
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Old 2012-01-09, 12:19   Link #351
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Stephen Hawking: Colonize Space or End the Human Race

"In a radio interview marking his birthday, which covered a wide range of topics,
Hawking repeated his oft stated assertion that humanity must colonize space in
order to ensure its long term survival."

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http://news.yahoo.com/stephen-hawkin...XN0Aw--;_ylv=3
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Old 2012-01-09, 12:28   Link #352
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"In a radio interview marking his birthday, which covered a wide range of topics,
Hawking repeated his oft stated assertion that humanity must colonize space in
order to ensure its long term survival."

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http://news.yahoo.com/stephen-hawkin...XN0Aw--;_ylv=3
We have to build a space colony first before we can drop one.

Philosophically speaking, Char was right; given our desire for money and authority, our souls are reallly tied down by gravity.
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Old 2012-01-09, 14:12   Link #353
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Maybe, but we can use the gravity of another planet just as much as our own. Or make our own gravity. Both solutions can be used for money and authority.
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Old 2012-01-09, 23:08   Link #354
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Maybe, but we can use the gravity of another planet just as much as our own. Or make our own gravity. Both solutions can be used for money and authority.
The more that people can move and the more that information can spread, the harder it is to maintain an iron grip on your control. Space is an unnecessary step for the powers that be because, really, why bother? They have full control of this little blue planet, all the luxuries they could ever want, and they'll ride that wave until the planet sheds us (and them) like a bad cold. Greedy people tend to also be the most short sighted... and, sadly, the ones in control of everything.

Frankly, the human race as it stands is fairly doomed one way or the other, and needs some major reworkings. Our societal capabilities didn't evolve at the same rate as our societies expanded and our technology skyrocketed. People worked great in numbers waaaayyyy back in the day but those numbers were in the tens, and that holds true today too, in the tens. Once you put people together in big groups everything just goes to shit because our minds and societal links haven't caught up with the after effects of the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Those two revolutions, as great as they were, allowed people to become lazy and the value of an individual was buried under a mass of mediocrity. Whether or not we go into space, this problem will remain and is going to need to be fixed or we're just going to repeat history on planet after planet.

Unfortunately... I don't see that happening without a pretty serious calamity and/or catastrophe. Yellowstone, meteor, climate change's effects on food, alien invasion, take your pick. Something needs to rattle the cage of human complacency.

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That was longer than intended.
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Old 2012-01-10, 23:09   Link #355
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Microsoft and Sesame Street create Kinect-based show
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Old 2012-01-11, 15:51   Link #356
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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/...i-world-record

Wow. Is there anything LEGOs can't do?
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Old 2012-01-11, 18:46   Link #357
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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/...i-world-record

Wow. Is there anything LEGOs can't do?
Capture the attention of today's kids; who would rather play MW3 than lego.
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Old 2012-01-11, 19:00   Link #358
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Hmmm, MechWarrior3 or Lego...
That's a tough decision.
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Old 2012-01-11, 19:25   Link #359
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Scientists estimate an average of 1.6 planets per star in the galaxy, or 160 billion planets in our galaxy alone.

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news...-the-milky-way

Now....can we get a someone working on how to get out there? There is more than one planet per person.

Also, for the industrialists....think of all the resources that can be exploited.
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Old 2012-01-12, 02:35   Link #360
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Scientists estimate an average of 1.6 planets per star in the galaxy, or 160 billion planets in our galaxy alone.

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news...-the-milky-way

Now....can we get a someone working on how to get out there? There is more than one planet per person.

Also, for the industrialists....think of all the resources that can be exploited.
In the words of lazy asses... "Never mind. Too far."
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