July 15, 2018

News From the World of 'Splody!



One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes brings us the delightful news that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has declassified about 300 more above ground nuclear test films.




Both the above and below are of the same test of the SADM, nuclear backpack bomb (positioned 110 feet underground).



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July 07, 2018

Prospecting Prospects

Issac Arthur's video this week is on the colonization of Ceres. This one is pretty neat. I had not realized that the gravity on Ceres was so low that spin habitats could be put on the surface and there would only be the equivalent to about a three degree list to port for the inhabitants. 

The fact that sunlight is actually bright enough to grow plants and be marginal for solar power as far out as Jupiter is interesting as well. 


I'm much more of the Dandridge Cole / Gerald O'Neal school of thought on space colonies. I'm skeptical of Mars settlement, especially when A Stanford Torus or O'Neal cylinder pretty much will have correct gravity. They can be anywhere, perhaps next to (or inside) mineral rich asteroids and potentially move if needed. 

Art by Franz Blok

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July 05, 2018

OK. Now Pele is Just Screwing With Us

Behold, a lava tornado.

 


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July 03, 2018

It's Important in These Trying Times to Maintain Some Perspective

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