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White Dwarf Dyson Sphere

In 1959, physicist and astronomer, Freeman Dyson, published a paper called, “Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation”. The paper described a way to maximize utilization of energy from a star by surrounding it with a network of solar energy collectors arranged in a spherical configuration. In popular fiction, this idea has often been [...]

Biospheres in Space

When we begin to migrate out into space, we will need to create self-sustaining “biospheres” to live in. Technically, the International Space Station is a biosphere, but we re-supply it from outside constantly instead of replenishing materials from within. Our first outposts beyond Earth orbit will be similarly dependent upon regular supplies brought in from [...]

The Universe and Us

We are the Universe – [youtube.com] So when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look [...]

History of the Telescope

The video below offers an introduction to the history of the telescope. Below the video is a link to a timeline of the telescope and related events in history. Amazing History of the Telescope – [youtube.com] 1608 – telescope – [hackingtheuniverse.com] Hans Lippershey, a Dutch lensmaker has been given primary credit for making the first [...]

UAV Warfare

Reconfiguring hobby drones for military intelligence gathering is the mission of the Aerorozvidka (air reconnaissance) project in Ukraine. Their opposition uses Russian made equipment for the same purpose and has managed at times to track and take out the Ukrainian ground control stations. Коригування з коптера ПТУРа в районі термінала – [youtube.com] In Ukraine, Tomorrow’s [...]

CLIP = Continuous Liquid Interface Production

3D printing has taken a revolutionary step forward with a continuous printing technique that draws material from a liquid pool, controlled with a pattern drawn by light. The CLIP process lifts a forming object from a pool of resin while a beam of light controls the formation by projecting a sequence of images on the [...]

Distributed Utilities

Distributed manufacturing is poised to change our world using 3D printing technology to manufacture objects locally. Our utility infrastructure can move in the same direction. Our basic needs are water, food, shelter, power, communications, and medical services. The basic utilities we consume most are water, electric power, communications networks. We are already seeing the beginning [...]

Electronic Tattoos with NFC

Electronic skin and tattoos with embedded electronics can contain a variety of medical and health sensors as well as identification and authentication tools. Near Field Communications (NFC) is a short range (inches) induction based communication technology that uses RFID-like protocols to exchange credentials between devices. NFC can be used in simple form factors like smart [...]

Liquid Salt Space Thruster

Over the years, the design of space thrusters has struggled with problems like pressurized tanks and expensive propellants. Small satellites don’t need much thrust, but as atmospheric drag pulls them into a downward orbit spiral, they do need some adjustment to stay in orbit. A new thruster system about the size of a pack of [...]

FISMA Law vs Home Email Server

Working for a federal agency that has IT functions regulated by public law and running an email server from home to use for agency business seems problematic, but it may be possible. Here are some of the laws and regulations that come into play: FISMA – PUBLIC LAW 107–347, DEC. 17 2002 is known as [...]