Frontier Former Editor

April 5, 2006

Once more, from the ‘Star Trek’ book of reality . . .

Filed under: cool stuff, mad science, science, tech, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:27 pm

Remember Scotty trying to trade the formula for transparent aluminum in one of the Star Trek movies?

Air Force testing new transparent armor from www.af.mil

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) — Engineers here are testing a new kind of transparent armor — stronger and lighter than traditional materials — that could stop armor-piercing weapons from penetrating vehicle windows.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s materials and manufacturing directorate is testing aluminum oxynitride — ALONtm — as a replacement for the traditional multi-layered glass transparencies now used in existing ground and air armored vehicles. []

I shudder to think what would have happened with an Electric Light Orchestra mp3 . . .

Filed under: homeland security, music, Not-so satanic verses, societal niceties — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:24 pm

‘Playing The Clash made me a terror suspect’ from dailymail.co.uk

A mobile phone salesman was hauled off a plane and questioned for three hours as a terror suspect – because he listened to songs by The Clash and Led Zeppelin.

Harraj Mann, 24, played the punk anthem London Calling and classic rock track Immigrant Song in a taxi before a flight to London.

The lyrics to both tracks made the driver fear his passenger was a terrorist.

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Another example that ‘Star Trek’ is fast becoming more fact than fiction . . . .

Filed under: mad science, science, Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:17 pm

This is really cool, in a truly fundamental way . . . .

Professor Predicts Human Time Travel This Century from PhysOrg.com

With a brilliant idea and equations based on Einstein’s relativity theories, Ronald Mallett from the University of Connecticut has devised an experiment to observe a time traveling neutron in a circulating light beam. While his team still needs funding for the project, Mallett calculates that the possibility of time travel using this method could be verified within a decade.
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