Future Science

EMP Wars

By Steven Sora

Conspiracy theorists on the Internet are very worked up these days over what they believe may have been the first shot in an exotic war of the future. On November 8, 2010, it is said, the People’s Republic of China was the aggressor and the Carnival Cruise Line’s ship, the Carnival Spendor, was the victim. The incident was widely reported. What was not so widely reported was the suspicion in some quarters that a mysterious missile fired from a Chinese submarine may have been the…

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The Antimatter Threat

BY JOHN KETTLER

GIVE AND TAKE FROM U.S.A.F. In October, 2004 the San Francisco Chronicle caused a stir by publishing a story indicating that the U.S. Air Force was far advanced in the development of an antimatter weapon. Here are a few excerpts: “Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons “Program was touted publicly, then came official gag order “by Keay Davidson, Chronicle Science Writer “The U.S. Air Force is quietly spending millions of dollars investigating ways to use a radical power source— antimatter, the eerie “mirror” of ordinary matter—in…

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Neutralizing Nuclear Terror

BY JOHN KETTLER

In January 6, 2008, the Los Angeles Times ran a front-page article below the fold titled “How the U.S. seeks to avert nuclear terrorism.” Written by Ralph Vartabedian, the piece provided an unprecedented deep look into how the U.S. is organized to deal with a nuclear terrorism incident and what it would do, should a bomb be found. The scale of the effort by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Emergency Operations (http://www. nnsa.doe.gov/emergency. htm) is somewhat reassuring, considering the…

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Bucky’s Legacy

By Susan Martinez and Bil Becker

He coined: “Spaceship Earth” (and wrote an instruction manual) He invented: the geodesic dome He predicted: the Information Age He pioneered: recycling and nanotechnology He exhorted: think global, act local While still a young man, R. Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) fell into despair after the failure of his building company and the death of his little daughter. He wanted to end it all. “But,” as he later recounted, “I said to myself, ‘You do not belong to you, therefore you do not have the right to…

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John Searl Makes a Comeback

BY JOHN KETTLER

John Searl is the very stuff of myth and legend, at least, in the arcane circles of antigravity and over-unity energy, a maverick inventor whose new power system back in the 60s, the Searl Effect Generator (SEG), suddenly “sprouted wings,” as it were, and took off. What really happened, though, as told by Searl himself, is actually even more re­markable. You see, in trying to ground his unexpectedly levitating SEG, the cure—successively adding mass—only made the problem worse. If we’re to believe him, as described…

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