George Dyson talks Project Orion

June 14th, 2008

Project Orion was a Top Secret U.S. project to build a huge space cruiser, powered by A-Bombs, that would ultimately be used to colonise Mars and Saturn. It sounds like one of the more hair-brained schemes of the of the early atomic age, but in actual fact project Orion was granted a massive budget, and to the surprise of even the scientists, was well on its way to actually working. However, it was never to be completed. A combination of the nuclear backlash of the 60’s, nuclear test ban treaties, and JFK’s personal horror at military plans for the project (to construct massive orbital nuclear battleships) were to eventually kill it. Somewhere though, the rest of these files still exist, and the project waits to be resurrected.

Here George Dyson, son of project leader and all round genius Freeman Dyson (after whom Gordon Freeman was named, trivia fans) talks about his childhood memories of being told his dad was building a rocketship to travel to Saturn.

Will GeoEngineering save us from Climate Change?

June 6th, 2008

A scheme to combat climate change by injecting massive amounts of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere via “artificial volcanoes” has been proposed by experts at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. The method, which sets to mimic the “natural” phenomenon of Global Dimming, will look to create clouds of sulfur dioxide or hydrogen sulfide that will reflect heat back into space.

However the method is not without its risks, and is expected to badly damage the Ozone Lair and set back its healing process by almost 70 years. The method will also not address the other effects of excess CO2 in the atmosphere, such as ocean acidification.

Story from Popular Mechanics

A Vision of Post-War Earth

June 4th, 2008

A Vision of Post-WWII Earth This 1942 map of a “New World Moral Order” was created by U.S military minds as a vision of the planet once they “crush and completely destroy” the axis nations, noting that “For the reasons of history, economic structure, favourable geography and the welfare of mankind, the U.S.A must, altruistically, assume the leadership of the newly established, democratic world order.” and that “the invincibility of the U.S.A as a military, naval and air power, shall be the major prerequisite.”

Outlined in the map is a plan to bring a final end to the age of colonialism, and usher in an age of continent sized power block, supervised by the U.N and the “Supreme Military and Economic Council”. But like some conspiracy theorists wet dream, there is a dark side. The axis powers are to be “hermetically and indefinitely quarantined” in nation sized ghettos, and their numbers reduced with a tightly enforced “population control policy” and their leaders subject to an “unforgettable” punishment. And taking a leaf from the Communist’s book, every natural resources and the entire logistical infrastructure if the planet would become nationalised, becoming the property of the new super-states, and through them, to be “shared” by the global government.

The Wake of Man

June 3rd, 2008

Over half a billion years ago in the cloudy depths of the Panthalassic Ocean, lay a lost world of breathtaking wonder. Forests of delicate, jelly-like fractals swayed dreamily in the shallow calcium rich seas, while ribbed domes of gelatinous fauna morphed slowly into huge photosynthetic discs to drink the sunlight from the star above. These were not plants, who were life forms still many millions of years in the future. They were not even animals, at least in the sense that we are familiar with. These were Ediacarans, and they were the planet’s first attempt at multicellular life.

For over fifteen million years, perhaps much longer, they dominated the primordial oceans from which they evolved. For fifteen million years they experimented with a multitude of forms and structures, some resembling plants, some resembling rudimentary creatures. Some are even thought to have even developed crude nervous systems and antennae, the first tentative steps towards becoming even more advanced organisms.

Then came the age of predators; the Cambrian Explosion. And with it, their apocalypse.

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8 Astonishing New Technologies

June 3rd, 2008

It’s no exaggeration to say that the human society has changed more in the last hundred years than in the last hundred thousand, yet the epochal shift we have been born into is far from over. In labs, universities and garages around the world boffins and entrepreneurs are hard at work creating new generations of technology that have so far only existed in fantasy. Over the next 10 to 20 years, older technologies like the microchip and telecommunications will reach full maturity, while pioneering fields of research such as nanotechnology and quantum computers will create the bedrocks of whole new hi-tech economies. Here we look at some of the most incredible new technologies currently in development.

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The Final Ultimate Truth of the Illuminati

June 3rd, 2008

Was 9/11 the \'crucifiction event\' of a new religion?About maybe 6 or 7 years ago I met a guy in the pub, a friend of a friend who was reading a book about the Illuminati – it was the first time I’d ever heard of them. Seeing I was interested, he then began to explain this fantastic yarn about a plot to rule the world that began in ancient Egypt and is going on this very day in Bohemian Groves and Bilderberg Groups around the world. I must say I was captivated, especially at the claims that Clinton, Bush Sr. etc would be spending the Millennium in the pyramids at Giza where the missing Golden capstone would be added at the structure’s apex for an occult ritual, or his dissection of a dollar bill for all the Masonic symbolism. Read the rest of this entry »