Traveling near the speed of light.

In posts elsewhere I’ve posited that even at 5% the speed of light we’d be doing well. Found this little gem on /.

But Dr. Franklin Felber has given me a gift that I thought would never happen. He’s worked out Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity to exploit anti-gravity in order to comfortably accelerate large masses, including humans.

It solves two problems – how to keep humans intact and how to find the energy necessary to accelerate to 90% the speed of light.

For the uniformed this means we could send humans to our nearest stellar neighbors within a 5 to 10 year journey.

The latent physicist in me is delighted. I would hope that the term “within this century” is closer to this part of the century than the later. I would dearly love to see mankind make it out of the galactic neighborhood in a safe manner.

65 Million Years of Evolution – All for Naught

Wow – first there was the video of the Octopus that knew better to cover it’s tracks when making midnight visits to the crab tank.

And now this – I guess the octopus has now surpassed the shark as top predator of the aquatic world.

I always had the feeling that those tentacled beasts were more intelligent than we gave them credit for. As the video shows, the octopus pretty much had everyone hoodwinked as to why shark carcasses were showing up in the tanks.

Makes me want one for a pet. But then I’d wake one morning and one of two things would happen. Either I’d notice a cat missing or find myself with a face full of octopus.

What is Sedition

What irks me most about this article is that I’m a state employee that has critized Bush, our Governor, and more. I’ve probably been investigated too.

But for those so inclined here is the definition of sedition:

Pronunciation: si-‘di-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin sedition-, seditio, literally, separation, from se- apart + ition-, itio act of going, from ire to go — more at SECEDE, ISSUE
: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

And ask yourself if you’ve ever committed sedition. I know for certain that I have, calling for certain heads on spikes.

Oh its looking pretty bad for Bush

This is a point by point confirmation of the conspiracy theories attendant to the Bush Administration. Makes all sorts of reference but the main players are Wolfowitz, Cheney and PNAC.

Part I

Part II

A long read, with many, many hyperlinks to other supporting articles. But my favorite is this because even though the articles in The Onion are usually fictional, sometimes they nail it dead on. Truth is definitely stranger than fiction:

In 2001, the Onion ran a satirical inauguration speech, wherein Bush promised to run up the deficit, tear down the wall between church and state, and “engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.” Truth is often stranger than satire, however, and it was later discovered that well before Bush’s selection as president, plans for war in Iraq had been drawn up and were waiting in the wings. “For nearly a decade a group of people exiled from power during the Clinton years had been making plans,” Ed Vulliamy wrote, referring to the cast of characters tied to the Project for a New American Century, whose memos and documents signaled a hunger for battle and foretold a future of wars on multiple fronts. (And possibly even a reinstatement of the draft.)

Science Suffers Again

Seems the Bush Administration is still trying to kill science. After all, Christian Funamentalists would have a coniption if we found other worlds capable of supporting life. What happens to their God then?

The two points that support my argument are these:

• Delayed indefinitely – the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF), a mission to detect and study Earth-like planets

• Delayed by about three years – the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), designed to map stars with unprecedented accuracy and search for planets slightly larger than Earth will now launch no earlier than 2015

I do hope that there is still work going on with regard to propulsion. We need to get as close to the speed of light as possible. My greatest disappointment is that we will only get to about 5% the speed of light in my lifetime.

But NASA is still funding it’s FTL group.