Technology of the Day

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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Windwalker » Jun 19, 2017 7:05 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^

The first thought that came to mind watching this video was of hundreds of insect-size drones with a cell-phone camera linked to larger drones with machine-guns mounted on them, moving across the landscape like a swarm of pure death.

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"And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men"


Miniature helicopters being described by someone with no frame-of-reference to flying machines, perhaps?
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Re: Technology of the Day

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Re: Technology of the Day

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It's not lithium-ion, it's not really night vision, but it has the rest and perhaps overkill with the flood lights.
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Re: Technology of the Day

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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Fat Tony » Aug 08, 2017 11:47 am

Was swimming in an inland lake in NS that is part of a national park recently. People have not a clue where the drinking water comes from, or what happens to the sewage in this park. Well very simply the drinking water is treated onsite and the sewage is treated on site, except for maybe the travel homes that dump their sewage. The sewage is treated onsite (very secretive about the sewage treatment). The treated effluent once it leaves the last settling pond is dischaged into the hoity toity lake way out in an area where people are less likely to be swimming. There is nothing wrong with discharge from a settling pond. After the flocculation is done, the aeration does the job in about 20 mins. It is interesting that the treatment that is considered modern has not really changed much in 100 yrs or more, with aerobic and anaerobic bacteria doing the job mainly, with chlorination being the new kid on the block. Nothing has come along which can better this method of sewage treatment.
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Re: Technology of the Day

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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Windwalker » Aug 15, 2017 3:47 pm

I have been mulling over some ideas I had recently...

I was trying to invent a scifi world in which northern Canada and the Canadian Territories had been terra-formed into a European-esque environment, and Europe and North America have been physically connected with a series of artifical islands and underwater hydroelectric dams and tunnels (something like extending Canada' archipeego across through Greenland, Iceland, Archbold, and tying them into Britania in a sophisticated and redundant network the would produce unfathomable amounts of energy, allow human control over the size and extend of the polar ice cap, and allow direct human control over the weather patterns of the northern hemisphere).

At any rate, there have been ideas in the past for laying tube-trains across the Atlantic, and for damming the Bearing streight, both ideas that would be multi-trillion $ investments, and would take a prohibitive amount of concrete and steel to construct (thus the impossible construction costs)....

Then I began to think.... what if rather than build from the top-down with existing surface materials, we constructed from the bottom-up with polymer infused magma as the building blocks?

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6551541.html

Title:
Method of manufacturing building material from volcanic magma
United States Patent 6551541

Abstract:
A method of manufacturing a building material includes the steps of directing molten volcanic magma from an underwater volcanic magna vent to a level above seal level via a tube formed from the magma, directing the molten volcanic magma into a mold located on a floating barge or located on land, and cooling the magma in the mold to form a building material. As an alternative to obtaining the magma from an underwater vent, the molten volcanic magma can be obtained from a vent on land, a lava pool or stream, tapping a lava tube, or the like. The molten volcanic magma can be cast, molded, formed, extruded, flossed, stranded, foamed and used as a heat source to produce harbor works, floors, walls, roofs, pipe, flotation, barges, vessels, insulation, fiber reinforcing and electricity.

Inventors:
Watson, Louis L. (West Sacramento, CA)

Application Number:
09/687368

Publication Date:
04/22/2003

Filing Date:
10/13/2000


It would appear someone else had a similar idea about 17 years ago, and was serious enough about it to seek a patent...

I suppose the end-game to this line of thinking is a world something like the planet Krypton from the Marvel Comics universe, in which the entire surface is made of steel-hard crystal like formations doubling as structures, tectonic and volcanic activity have been utterly subdued, and the heat from the planet's interior is being harvested to the maximum capacity of energy production.

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Perhaps connecting a chain of islands from svobold to Norway, and the northern tip of greenland as the first phase?

A giant milehigh icewall could be raised around the central basin, to avoid rougue ice-sheets in the North atlantic (which could be kept ice-free year round) during construction? (As a game-of-thrones viewer, this idea has an especially sadistic appeal to me, lol).
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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Americalex » Aug 17, 2017 3:11 pm

Wow that's a really nice map of the arctic sea floor, and that's a very interesting notion to explore.

Lately I've been enjoying the flat earth debate, this could perhaps become a topic of discussion here lol

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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Windwalker » Aug 18, 2017 1:27 am

Lol, I just figured that since "the debate is over" regarding mankind's ability to influence the climate, we should start focusing on what we are going to do with this power.

Although, it has been surprising to learn how small the Arctic Sea is by volume... most of the continental shelf currently underwater is 50m or less in depth.

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My "mad scientist" question I was trying to think of was what if we drained the entire arctic, built a "wall" at a specific latitude all the way around the pole (perhaps at a 20 degree angle). The top of the wall would need to reach apprx 10k above sea level to seperate the colder arctic air from the rest of the atmosphere. The "bowl" north of the wall could then be used as a giant container to store millions of cubic kilometers of solid ice. Convection-powered vents between the isolated colder air over the pole could be circulated to below the wall, generating human-control of the global weather cycles. We could create weather conditions currently experienced between 40 and 50 degrees, and expand those conditions north almost all the way to the base of the wall, while also also creating milder winters and cooler summers.

Ya ya, I know the counter argument, drastically altering Earths eco-system could have catastrophic unforseen side-effects, the butterfly effect and all that.... But thats all water-under-the-bridge now that "the science is settled" we might as well push forward instead of stepping back.
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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Bayowolf » Aug 19, 2017 11:00 am

^^^^^^^^^^^^
As often quoted on the movie Risky Business, "Sometimes you got to say, 'What the fuck!'"
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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Windwalker » Aug 19, 2017 11:41 am

Bayowolf wrote:^^^^^^^^^^^^
As often quoted on the movie Risky Business, "Sometimes you got to say, 'What the fuck!'"


I was doing a thought-exercise based on the following:

"What if there were a cost-effective way of tapping into magma-flows for a virtually limitless supply of building and fill material?"

If this technology did exist, we could raise artificial-islands and planned-cities anywhere we wish, and also take full control of the world's climate cycles by altering the terrain in the arctic.

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And the most beautiful part of it would be only 5 nations would be involved (6 if you count Iceland). Russia would definitely be on-board, as late as the late 1980's (with some renewed interest in the early 2000's) they were talking about using hundreds of nuclear blasts to re-route rivers that currently dump into the Arctic. A little terra-forming that would give them more arable land, a more stable climate, and improved shipping routes would be their wet-dream scenario.
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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Fat Tony » Aug 19, 2017 6:06 pm

It is really amazing how a select group of human politicians has overcome the first law of thermodynamics & conservation of mass law.
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Re: Technology of the Day

Postby Windwalker » Aug 19, 2017 9:48 pm

Fat Tony wrote:It is really amazing how a select group of human politicians has overcome the first law of thermodynamics & conservation of mass law.


lol, I actually like the idea of imaging that humans are a significant enough freckle on the Earth's surface to cause global climate change on a scale worth worrying about...

If we really could do that, then we have the potential to bend the climate to our will.

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Alas, ask any "expert" arguing the "debate is over" and the "science is settled" to what degree the climate would have warmed up without humans vs what it did with humans.... and they will give you a generalized political-answer instead of a simple science-answer.... then they will go on a rant about all the poor little fuzzy creatures of the Earth and point out the latest weather phenomena if you fail to interrupt their ridiculous answer. They can't answer simple straightforward mathematical questions like that, because the truth is they have no idea whatsoever. 6

Its like saying the tree's leaves are green because a human placed the seed in the ground, and the tree wouldn't be there without the human.... But ignoring that if the seed had fallen there on its own, it would not have produced a tree with pink leaves.
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Re: Technology of the Day

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