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Freedom: Plans For The World’s Largest Ship November 28, 2006

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If I have lots of money, I will definitely buy 1unit on this ship.. 🙂


Freedom will dwarf the Queen Elizabeth II and become a permanent home for 50,000 people.

“Freedom will be large enough to bring on more than 50,000 residents, 15,000 employees, 20,000 day guests and still have four times as much roaming-around square footage per person as the most modern cruise liners,” Nixon says during POPULAR

MECHANICS’ visit to see how his ambitious plan is progressing. Taller than the highest buildings in most American cities and topped with a runway that can handle jets, Freedom may someday be the globe-trotting address for 17,000 homes and 4000 businesses. Its dimensions are so colossal that it will have to be assembled at sea. Once it’s built, Freedom will circle the earth every two years, following the balmy breezes as it approaches the world’s major ports. The wealthiest of her “citizens” will leave their 15-ft. by 80-ft. ocean-view apartments and board their private jets or yachts for jaunts to shore. Meanwhile, the 15,000 people who work aboard the ship will gear up for the next on-rush of day visitors anxious to shop at its duty-free stores and guests checking in to vacation in its hotels and time-share condominiums.



The Giant Mexican Telescope November 27, 2006

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Mexican President Vicente Fox has inaugurated a giant telescope that could help scientists uncover clues about the origins of the Universe.

The telescope, which resembles a gigantic satellite dish, sits high in the mountains of central Puebla state.

“This telescope will allow us to make fundamental discoveries about the formation and evolution of galaxies, about the formation and evolution of stars, and about the origin of the Universe itself,” National Astrophysics Institute Director Jose Guichard said during the inauguration. (more)

The God Who Wasn’t There – Full Documentary November 26, 2006

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Documentary filmmaker Brian Flemming examines the Bible and discusses the history of early Christianity, raising doubts as to whether the New Testament personage Jesus ever really existed
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Israel developing killer bionic hornet November 17, 2006

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Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported.

The flying robot, nicknamed the “bionic hornet”, would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said.

It is one of several weapons being developed by scientists to combat militants, it said. Others include super gloves that would give the user the strength of a “bionic man” and miniature sensors to detect suicide bombers.

The World’s Biggest Paper Plane November 14, 2006

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paperplane.jpgA group of Japanese elementary school students had a dream: to fold a giant sheet of paper into the world’s biggest paper airplane and make it fly.

The paper used to make the planes was 3.1 meters long, 2.2 meters wide, and weighed 4 kilograms. It is hard to fold such a huge sheet of paper, so the kids had to practice to make sure they didn’t make any mistakes. With help from Mr. Toda Takuo, president of the Japan Paper Airplane Association, the group of friends started by making prototype planes one-third of the target size. About one month before the scheduled flight, they started making the world’s biggest paper planes.

Stephen Hawking’s Universe (video) November 13, 2006

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Blocking Sunlight to Reduce Global Warming November 12, 2006

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The journal Acta Astronautica has published what is probably the most outlandish suggestion yet to stop global warming on Earth – a planet-girdling ring of small particles or micro-spacecraft with reflective umbrellas.

The price tag? Oh, about $6 trillion to $200 trillion for the particle solution. Much less for spacecraft.


global-warming.jpgScattering sunlight does work; when Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991, the global climate cooled by about one degree. The ring could be positioned around the equator, cooling the tropics.

Of course, no idea is too outlandish for the imagination of science fiction writers like Stanislaw Lem. An artificial ring of ice was described in Stanislaw Lem’s 1987 novel “Fiasco”. In Lem’s novel the ring was launched into space by the mysterious inhabitants of the planet Quinta for the purpose of lowering the level of the oceans to make more room on land. The ring mass is equal to about 1% of the planet’s oceans. The endeavor fails probably due to political reasons before the ice can be accelerated to escape velocity. The ice remains in orbit casting a huge shadow while huge chunks of ice, slowed by the atmosphere return to the surface as a never ending torrent. Lem’s protagonists speculate that the ring was launched by shooting lightning into the atmosphere creating a sort of rail gun made of air within which the ice was shot into orbit.

The ring, a flat disk with a hole that had a diameter of fifteen thousand kilometers, inside which spun the girdled planet, was made up of hunks of ice in the middle belts, but of polarized crystals of ice on the outer edges-and that, too, must have been by design. In a word, the ring was controlled in motion and shape from the very beginning; it was guided into the plane of the equator, that being stationary. But on the inside, above the equator, it became chaotic and formless…

Messages From Earth: Messages From Earth November 11, 2006

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Simply fill out the form here and your name will be included on the Phoenix DVD along with Visions of Mars, a collection of Mars literature and art, and personal messages to the future by space visionaries of our time such as Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke. .

Don’t forget to print your official participation certificate when you are done!

The deadline for inclusion on the DVD is February 1, 2007.

“HOW TO BUILD A NUKE” November 10, 2006

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Scientists Research Brain Implant Chip November 9, 2006

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An implantable electronic chip may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement
Researchers at the University of Washington are working on an implantable electronic chip that may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement. Their most recent study showed such a device can induce brain changes in monkeys lasting more than a week.

Strengthening of weak connections through this mechanism may have potential in the rehabilitation of patients with brain injuries, stroke, or paralysis.

The authors of study were Dr. Andrew Jackson, senior research fellow in physiology and biophysics, Dr. Jaideep Mavoori, who recently earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the UW, and Dr. Eberhard Fetz, professor of physiology and biophysics. For many years Fetz and his colleagues have studied how the brains of monkeys control their limb muscles.