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Where’s my giant city-crushing anthropomorphic walking tank?
Since Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, power armor has become sort of the “go to” future weapon that can be fun for the whole family. It’s shown up in literature, comics, movies and video games.
Raymond Frazee discusses phasers, laser pistols, and why it’s never safe to shoot a gun aboard a spaceship.
Russian construction firm AB Elise has proposed turning one of the world’s largest opencast mines into a futuristic domed city.
Tower blocks needn’t be the only answer; it is possible that as well as expanding our settlements into the sky, we might also expand outward onto the oceans. This could be done by constructing enormous floating cities.
As a successor to the Space Shuttle, the Skylon spaceplane has been envisioned as a 100% reusable launch vehicle. It will be safer, more efficient and cheaper to fly.
Eugene Tsui’s concept for a 9 mile long floating bridge to connect Europe and Africa via the Strait of Gibraltar.
In 1929, German architect Herman Sörgel proposed building a huge dam across the Straights of Gibraltar and draining the Mediterranean Sea. Was this a stroke of genius, or just a touch of madness?
You’ve probably heard this news being bandied around the internet, but the truth is that it’s not quite that clear cut.
To teleport Captain Kirk, we need to scan him and find out every detail about his body (a sickening idea, I know). Every particle needs to be put back exactly where it was or Kirk might turn into a pile of goo, a vapour, or worse – an evil version of himself from a parallel universe.
The airborne wind turbine (AWT) uses a a helium-filled inflatable shell to rise to high into the air where winds are stronger and more consistent, making it much more reliable than conventional land-based wind turbines.
Engineers and scientists located at NASA or aboard the International Space Station can control the motions of a number of remote controlled vehicles that would work in concert to terraform Mars.
Aliens begin to go missing on Earth, and the black-market trade in ‘real meat’ is thought to be responsible.
This very simple idea could see spacecraft reaching incredible speeds. The basic Project Orion design could have traveled to Mars and back in just 4 weeks. A trip to Saturn’s moons would be cut down from 9 years to just 7 months.
Missiles and nukes in space combat. What will do X damage to Y’s butt? What are the real-life implications of using something like an antimatter torpedo on your ex-wife’s star cruiser?
The truth about energy weapons. What will do X damage to Y’s butt? What are the real-life implications of using something like an antimatter torpedo on your ex-wife’s star cruiser?