Friday, April 29, 2011

Science Friday: Lasers More Powerful than The World's Power Output

The Czech Republic just became every laser enthusiast's dream. You know why? The European Commission has just cleared a plan to build three lasers that, for a fraction of a second, are 100 times more powerful than the entire world's power usage.
This laser array, made up of three lasers with room for a fourth, will each generate 10 petawatts of power for 1.5x10^14 seconds. That means that for an extremely short amount of time, these lasers will be able to actually rip the fabric of space, possibly generating virtual particles theorized in quantum theory. The fourth, to be possibly built later, will combine TEN of the lasers like the ones in the first three, generating a whopping 200 petawatts, or 2*10e18 watts. Thats 1176 nuclear bombs. In under one picosecond. That is a lot of power.

Next stop, Death Star!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I'd Like to File a Bug Report on Humanity

Bill Nye, while giving a talk in Waco, Texas, was boo'd and walked out on by several people during his presentation. Why, you may ask? He said the moon reflected the light of the Sun.

Monday, April 25, 2011

This Has Got to Happen.

Bill Posey, a Floridian Republican Representative, has announced a bill that will get us back on the moon, permanently, in 11 years. Support this. We need this to happen. We, as a race, must promote and enable extraterrestrial exploration and colonization if we are to survive. Talk to your Congressmen and women. We, the cognitive surplus of America (aka the Geeks/Nerds), must push this bill, and any other like it.

That is all.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Science Friday: Cannonballs and Mercury.

Okay. In order to get myself to post more; every Friday I will post about an interesting science article/video I have seen and write about it. So here's the Inaugural Science Friday Post!

This very interesting video show exactly how strange a material mercury is. It's a metal, yet is liquid at room temperature and is denser than gold. With these properties, it would be so much fun to experiment with it, if it wasn't one of the most toxic elements ever discovered.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Indie Video Game Review: Trine (by Frozenbyte)

(Sorry about lack of posting: still figuring out what exactly to write on here)

The other day, I happened upon the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle (located here). While excited to have a chance to donate some money and get some free indie games, the first two games I tried in the bundle were not terribly exciting and slightly buggy. Then, I hit the mother-lode: TRINE.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Back in the Boondocks, or Something Like That....

Well, I'm back from the West Coast, and let me tell you; it's a neat place. Wouldn't want to live there, or anything, but neat nonetheless. Pics after the jump: