Sunday, November 15, 2015

Star Trek

My dad grew up on Star Trek and since I can remember I have been shown every Trek film and just about the whole television series, both Star Trek Generation and the original. So, this film was highly anticipated by us both. Boy were we into it! So much so that my father actually became a little emotional (he's an emotional guy). It brings him back to his childhood and remembering exactly the technology they had, dreaming one day he could live this life.

There were two "Trek Tech" as I like to call them, that were vital in defeating Nero.

1. Warp Drive

2. Red Matter

Starting with Warp Drive, this was used through out the plot line of the film. It gave them the ability to travel at the speed of light in order to reach great distances in a short amount of time. They were able to pin point exactly where they had to slow down in order to arrive where they needed to go. They had to first travel from Earth to a far off planet called Vulcan in order to respond to a distress call. Hate to quote Star Wars while talking about a Star Trek movie (I was always more of a Star Wars fan myself), but


They come into an ambush by the Romulans, who were from the future (long story) who then destroy Vulcan but we'll get to that later on. 

The Romulans then head off towards Earth, using warp drive of course, to destroy it. The enterprise decides to chase after them but instead of showing up at Earth, they stop in the outer moons of Saturn for cover.

So warp drive obviously has a huge impact on the movie and while yes it seems so fanciful, it's not quite reality. Vulcan isn't even a planet so if it was then it would be light years away. Which means that time would be shifted very dramatically after a jump to Vulcan. It could be years to everyone back on Earth while only a few minutes to them.

Now on to the red matter. Its even futuristic for the futuristic Star Trek scene. When reacted, the red matter creates a black hole.

Now back to Vulcan, the Romulans drilled a hole to the center of the planet and would then drop red matter into the center, causing a reaction, causing a black whole which would destroy the planet. 

That's what they were planning to do to Earth as well. Spock and Kirk beamed aboard to steal the red matter and save their captain. They then crash the red matter into the Romulan ship creating a black hole. 

I have no idea if this red matter can be created because it's from the distant future but who knows it could be possible.  

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fat Man and Little Boy

Having the responsibility of creating a bomb that can destroy cities and lay waste to entire counties if need be. The biggest internal problem would be the morality of it all. Sure it's difficult to create such a bomb when nothing like it had been created before, but in the end can you really destroy thousands of lives?

So, you've made the bomb that could end the war. Now you must decide to go through with it or not. You do what most people do, write down the pros and the cons.


Cons:

  • Destroy a city and leave the outskirts contaminated with radiation killing thousands upon thousands
  • Kill thousands of innocent people
  • The technology could be used down the road by the wrong people and nuclear wars could occur killing millions and possibly billions
  • The amount of guilt one could go through could send them into an awful state of mind
  • If more bombs are created, tensions would be high
Pros:
  • Could end the war
  • Saves many more lives on both sides of the fight than if actual warfare was carried out
  • Sends a message to the rest of the world of superiority
  • Paid handsomely I assume
All in all, I personally don't think that I could carry this out. Being responsible for killing thousands and destroying cities would be a huge burden I don't think I can carry. If this were the only thing that I did in science I'm still not sure I would do it. Peace can not be achieved with more death. For a time afterwards there would be peace, but, sooner or later more war and death will come. Creating this bomb would cause so much death it would take decades for countries to come to peace. This is just the start of it all. Other countries see what I have created and will either attempt to create it themselves or create something even more destructive, which will lead to other countries creating something more destructive than that. In my opinion, creating this weapon of mass destruction would cause nothing but more death for years to come.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Global Warming

Global warming is a thing! It is not a myth there is definitive evidence of the Earth heating up as the years go by. Part of it is because of us. If we continue to tear down trees and emit terrible gases for our planet then there may be no planet to call home anymore.
 
 
This graph, based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ice cores and more recent direct  measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased  since the Industrial Revolution.  (Source: [[LINK||http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/icecore/||NOAA]])
 
 
 
This is not a coincidence, the Earth has had an exponential increase in temperature and its been doing so for the past century. I believe that once mankind became more technologically advanced, with the burning of fossil fuels, releasing CO2, and other harmful substances, the heat began to rise.
 
Sure it's a slow process, but the process is being done nonetheless. We can't be so selfish today and think, "Oh well future us can handle this situation easily." But, "future us" may not be capable quite yet or when the technology to fix the problem is available it could be too late. We need to stop this now before it becomes a problem in the future.