Sunday, November 29, 2009

Spaceships using Dark Matter or Black Holes - Maybe

Two different proposals by three different physicists have come to light recently.

New York University physicist Jia Liu has suggested using dark matter in a manner like a jet engine in order propellel a future spacecraft to other star systems.

Then from Kansas State University, Louis Crane, and Shawn Westmoreland; believe that miniature black holes would be a better power source.

And so far, the telegraph article points out, there doesn't seem to be anything in the present understanding of physics that would rule either of these proposals out. So states New Scientist.

The black hole proposal would have a huge parabolic reflector behind it, and then putting a small black hole at its focus. The "Hawking radiation" given off by the black hole as it slowly converts its mass into energy would push the spacecraft to near light speed within a few decades. This would bring Proxima Centauri at 4.2 light years away - in more reasonable reach of humanity.

As far as Mr. Liu's proposal of using dark matter, he is suggesting a spacecraft have a large intake at the front end with which to scoop up dark matter particles. If theory holds up, then the neutralinos particles would annihilate each other on contact, they could be forced into a bax at the back of the spacecraft which would fire the energy rearwards like a jet engine. The faster the ship travels, the more neutralinos it would pick up, and the faster it would accelerate. Mr. Liu thinks that the ship could reach near-light speed in just a matter of days.

Of course, dark matter brings up other problems. It would need densely area is 26,000 light years away in the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Also, neutralinos barely interact with ordinary matter. Holding that dark matter would require new - and currently unknown material science.

And as any true Star Trek fan can tell you, Romulan use artifical quantum singularities to power their huge D'deridex - class warbirds.

___ "Future spaceships powered by black holes and dark matter" By Tom Chivers November 26, 2009. (
Picture of Romulan Warbird from Star Trek the Next Generation (

Friday, November 27, 2009

Climategate Fun Video

Lets have a bit of fun with climategate!

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Hack Heard Around the World-Global Warming is all Fake!

Thanks to some cyber hacker who thinks of themself( or themselves) as some sort of cyber Batman - a bombshell on what (for now) appears to be the greatest myth of our times...

Global Warming is all Fake!

The information comes from a Stephen McIntrye of Climate Audit who broke the story about the cyber batman breaking into the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (otherwise known as Hadley CRU). The recovered emails that came from Hadley CRU include personal exchanges were posted on the internet on Thursday.

BBC states that the shere volume of this information that all the material cannot be confimred as genuine as of yet.

As Michelle Malkin states on her blog: First things first: The alleged hackers need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

That said: The crimes revealed in the e-mails promise to be the global warming scandal of the century — and have massive bearing on the climate change legislation being considered by our lawmakers here at home.

Also quoting from her blog, this segiment that was in a blue box: When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at Hadley CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:

Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.

One of the alleged emails has a gentle gloat over the death in 2004 of John L Daly (one of the first climate change sceptics, founder of the Still Waiting For Greenhouse site), commenting:
“In an odd way this is cheering news.”

But perhaps the most damaging revelations – the scientific equivalent of the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal – are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause.

For further information, please visit her website for the rest of the article.

As for myself - I lived through the times when folks thought the Earth was warming up and then in the 1970s-80s, it was cooling down to another ice age, then in the 1990s it was back to warming up again. And I see former vice president Al Gore getting rich(er) over trying to spread the word about Global Warming and pushing the carbon credits con game whereby he'll get even richer as I understand it.

Plus the fact that for some reason, those who "believe in" Global Warming have been doing it so long now that it is almost a religion to them now. Also, those who support that point of view also appear to me to be trying to cripple the United States of America, get rich for themselves and enriching other countries while screwing the US citizen out of existence.

I debated with myself if this story should go on my other blog ( or on this one. I finally decided on this one since I had not updated it in a while.

Re. Michelle Malkin (

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Superaviator Mini-Sub

Check out the article by Caroline Graham on the Daily Mail website.

The white mini-sub is airplane-like and is 22ft long with a 12.2 foot wingspan. Has a weight of 3,800 lbs. Top speed is 6 knots (but can be boosted to 7.9 knots with thrusters). It is electric powered.

Former U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarine commander, Captain Alfred McLaren said the following about this vehicle, "This is to underwater exploration what the first Wright Brothers plane was to commercial flight."

The sub can dive down to a depth of over 1,000ft at a top speed of six knots. So far, the deepest it has travel is down to 1250 feet down. It is intended to explore the limits of the continental shelves where marine archaeologists would look for ancient ship wrecks, etc. The pilots are encased in one of two cockpit 'pods', which are pressurised spaces topped with thick Perspex domes allowing for a 360-degree view underwater.

Quote: 'This submersible represents a revolution in underwater adventure and exploration. Most subs go up and down using a ballast system, similar to a hot-air balloon. They have limited manoeuvrability and range. Then you have unmanned subs, but they are normally tethered to a mother ship.

'This craft offers a freedom of movement never seen before. It's built along the principles of flight, with thrust, lift and drag allowing you to "fly" beneath the waves. It has wings and a joystick to bank like an aeroplane and it can turn and curve at will. Plus the visibility is much better than with scuba diving. You're not loaded down with heavy gear and you don't have to exert yourself physically in the way you do on a dive. Our sub has the ability to cover large areas for hours at a time without fatigue or decompression worries.

Ref: DailyMail, November 10, 2009. by Caroline Graham. (

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shipment of first two Soyuz to French Guiana Anounched

Arianespace announched the shipment of the first two Soyuz vehicles from Russia to their (Arianespace) Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, will bring that company closer to its next major expansion of its growing commercial launcher family.

The Soyuz 2-1a launcher versions have been loaded onboard the MN Colibri, a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship which has now departed the Russian port city of St. Petersburg for the two week crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to South America.

It is expected that these two Soyuz's will be launched in 2010. Arianespace uses the Kourou, French Guiana spaceport, to launch their heavy-lift Ariane 5 booster.

For this, its maiden ocean voyage with Soyuz, the MN Colibri is loaded with a total of some 50 containers. Each three-stage launch vehicle is divided into 10 containers, which carry the four first-stage strap-on boosters, its Block A core stage (which is transported in two segments), the Block I third stage, the Fregat upper stage and the Soyuz 2-1a’s ST-type payload fairing (shipped in two separate half-shells). Also, there is a quantity of refined kerosene propellant for the launcher’s strap-on boosters, as well as its Block A and Block I stages; along with UDMH, N2O4 and hydrazine for its Fregat upper stage.

Cargo for these two Soyuz launchers is the HYLAS telecommunications satellite for Avanti Communications Group plc., and the French CNES space agency’s PlĂ©iades Earth observation satellite.

Launching from the Spaceport in French Guiana, the Soyuz is capable of carrying telecommunications satellites weighing up to three metric tons on missions to geostationary orbit. The vehicle also is well tailored for the lofting of medium-sized scientific, Earth observation and constellation spacecraft on flights to low Earth orbit, medium Earth orbit and on Earth escape trajectories.

REf. press release (

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"V" is Back

"V" is Back - this time on ABC and an update retelling of Aliens who appear as human in the beginning, but are really lizards in human disguise who wants to use humans as livestock. Oh, and in the original mini-series of the same name(created by Kenneth Johnson back in 1984); they also need our water.

But doing some websurfing today before going to visit some friends tonight for the broadcast of this new version, I came across this story in the Chicago Tribune, written by Glenn Garvin; 'V' aims at Obamamania. Take a look at the first two paragraphs:

Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.

The news media swoons in admiration -- one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: "Why don't you show some respect?!" The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader's origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: "Embracing change is never easy."

Glenn Garvin states later on in his article the following: 'it's also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president's supporters and delight his detractors.' I will cross link this to my other blog as well - The Shanks Dimension (

This new version of "V" is suppose to focus on Erica Evans, a Homeland Security officer who has a son that just loves the idea of working with the aliens. And like in the original V, there will be other story lines as well. This might very well turn into another "V" tv series. If it does, lets hope it gets the same type of revamp that "Battlestar Galactica" got.

Image above is of the 'new' Vistor's vessels arriving on earth.

UPDATE: Now having viewed the first episode of the new (possible) TV series, the main complaint I heard my fellow viewers talk about was the fast pace of 'discovering' the aliens true nature. Also, the character of Erica Evans is a FBI agent. And her partner - it turns out - is one of the aliens who have been here on earth for years. As in part of a 5th column type agent.

I will also add that the "motherships" hovering over Earth's major cities are now shown to be like triangle shape colony ships.
Ref. Chicago Tribune, November 3, 2009. "'V' aims at Obamamania" by Glenn Garvin. (,0,7062976.story).