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(Krypton Radio)   Scientist writes and sells sci-fi novels to fund his real life lightning gun research. Doctor Horrible nods approvingly   (kryptonradio.com) divider line 30
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2013-01-18 05:57:04 AM
you could theoretically make it unvulnerable to attack by, say, a swarm of missiles.

Yeah. This is the genius that will change the face of warfare....
 
2013-01-18 06:09:18 AM

doglover: you could theoretically make it unvulnerable to attack by, say, a swarm of missiles.

Yeah. This is the genius that will change the face of warfare....


He meant to say unhurtable.
 
2013-01-18 06:15:36 AM
create a lightning gun capable of knocking out guided missiles with localized electromagnetic pulses created, in part, by high powered lasers

So EMP+Laser = lightning?
 
2013-01-18 06:16:25 AM

doglover: you could theoretically make it unvulnerable to attack by, say, a swarm of missiles.

Yeah. This is the genius that will change the face of warfare....


No, it's just the only person that will write about laser guns in a serious manner.

/exception for Nova
 
2013-01-18 06:38:05 AM

doglover: you could theoretically make it unvulnerable to attack by, say, a swarm of missiles.

Yeah. This is the genius that will change the face of warfare....


Seems like a perfectly cromulent word.
 
2013-01-18 06:43:15 AM

abhorrent1: create a lightning gun capable of knocking out guided missiles with localized electromagnetic pulses created, in part, by high powered lasers

So EMP+Laser = lightning?


Electrolasers are not new technology and it's really more of an engineering/materials problem than a physics one.

Basically it works like this (in a nutshell) - lasers create a plasma channel/conduit, you send electricity down it. Zap.
 
2013-01-18 06:52:26 AM
media.giantbomb.com

And for you new schoolers out there...

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2013-01-18 07:11:28 AM
I saw no mention about how we're supposed to mount them on sharks.
 
2013-01-18 07:17:19 AM
I watched this show called Rocket City Rednecks and they made a lightning gun out of a Tesla coil and a cylinder of some gas that I can't remember what was.  It was pretty cool but the guys in the show were annoying.

/CSB?
 
2013-01-18 07:38:55 AM
aren't lots of science fiction writers also amateur or even professional scientists? aren't guys like steven baxter and charles sheffield actual physicists? i think vernor vinge is some kind of scientist too but i'm too lazy to look it up.
 
2013-01-18 07:42:15 AM
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"You're welcome"
 
2013-01-18 07:51:35 AM
Doc Horrible used a freeze ray.

Laundry day
See you there
Under Things
Tumbling

Wanna Say
Love your Hair
Here I go
Mumbling

With my Freeze Ray
I will stop
The world

With my Freeze Ray
I will find the time
To find the words to

Tell you how
How you make
Make me feel
What's the phrase?

Like a fool
Kinda sick
Special needs
Anyways

With my Freeze Ray I will stop
The pain
It's not a Death Ray or an icebeam
That's so Johnny Snow

I just think you need time to know
That I'm the guy to make it real
The feelings you don't dare to feel

I'll bend the world to our will
And we'll make time stand still

That's the plan
Rule the world
You and me
Anyday

Love your hair
(what?)
No I...I uh... love the air
Anyway

With my Freeze Ray I will stop--
 
2013-01-18 07:53:03 AM
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DAH DAH DAH DAAHT DAH DAH DAH DAAHT DAAAaaaa (thunder sound effect)
 
2013-01-18 07:55:04 AM

enderthexenocide: aren't lots of science fiction writers also amateur or even professional scientists? aren't guys like steven baxter and charles sheffield actual physicists? i think vernor vinge is some kind of scientist too but i'm too lazy to look it up.


Equally lazy, but I'd imagine its a big part of the creative engineering process to envision how something might work or how one would deal with the consequences of it working.
Also, being an engineer stuck with an impossible problem is probably frustrating. Exercising your futility by skipping to the end product (via fantasy) is probably good therapy.

I can see how writing science fiction leads to invention, or how inventors are tempted to write fiction.
 
2013-01-18 08:10:42 AM
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2013-01-18 08:14:31 AM
The book imagines how lasers, hypersonic missiles, stealth aircraft and satellite weapons might influence a huge war between China, the U.S. and U.S. allies in 2025.

Nah, the current trend for that timeframe is an engagement with Iran. I say engagement and not war because we would knock out their air defenses with a combination of cruise missiles and air strikes in the first 3 days, achieve sea dominance after 10 days and force an attrition rate of 60-70% of Iran's forces after 30 days while suffering no more than 5-10% of our own.

/can't tell you how I know
//I like my job
 
2013-01-18 08:24:52 AM
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Expect a visit.
 
2013-01-18 08:28:36 AM

LDM90: doglover: you could theoretically make it unvulnerable to attack by, say, a swarm of missiles.

Yeah. This is the genius that will change the face of warfare....

He meant to say unhurtable.


no the the correct term is antidestroyable.
 
2013-01-18 08:38:14 AM
FTFA: "Yes - this lightning gun has to be funded somehow, and Weingold thinks it will take a couple of million dollars. He's starting with a Kickstarter for $20K USD that he says is just the first step in getting all the necessary funding lined up...Weingold needs something like $300-$500K to set up his company properly."

As a physicist working with high energy lasers, I can say with reasonable certainty that his cost estimates are way too low. $300-500k to start up the company? His equipment costs will be that much alone. Also:

FTFA: "The Australian-born physicist has already moved his startup to the U.S. and unofficially recruited several physicists and engineers,"

We lowly physicists may not make astronomical amounts of money, but no self-respected researcher will be working on this for less that $50k. Engineers tend to make more, since they often come from industry. Also, what about lab space? Just maintaining a place to do these experiments is going to be expensive. I am budgeting for setting up my new lab, which includes purchasing one high energy laser, and my equipment costs are easily around $500k. Scientific equipment is outrageously expensive.
 
2013-01-18 08:38:31 AM
I'm I the only one who actually reads the news. Army looks to strike foes with lightning weapon
 
2013-01-18 08:57:38 AM
Cute idea. It's one way to explain the resurgence of tank warfare in Ogre.
 
2013-01-18 08:59:48 AM

enderthexenocide: aren't lots of science fiction writers also amateur or even professional scientists? aren't guys like steven baxter and charles sheffield actual physicists? i think vernor vinge is some kind of scientist too but i'm too lazy to look it up.


Robert Forward had a doctorate in graviational physics.
Isaac Asimov held a PhD in biochemistry.
Vinge is a professor of mathematics and a computer scientist.
Baxter has degrees in mathematics and engineering.
Sheffield is a physicist who was a NASA consultant.

The list of SF authors who are actual scientists is pretty long.
 
2013-01-18 10:09:30 AM
I think it's cute how he believes he can make a pile of money writing a book.
 
2013-01-18 10:29:32 AM

doglover: you could theoretically make it unvulnerable to attack by, say, a swarm of missiles.

Yeah. This is the genius that will change the face of warfare....


Uhhhhhhhh......uhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... not sure if serious...... could it be a typo?

Could you be a dumbass?
 
2013-01-18 10:31:34 AM

StrangeQ: The book imagines how lasers, hypersonic missiles, stealth aircraft and satellite weapons might influence a huge war between China, the U.S. and U.S. allies in 2025.

Nah, the current trend for that timeframe is an engagement with Iran. I say engagement and not war because we would knock out their air defenses with a combination of cruise missiles and air strikes in the first 3 days, achieve sea dominance after 10 days and force an attrition rate of 60-70% of Iran's forces after 30 days while suffering no more than 5-10% of our own.

/can't tell you how I know
//I like my job


Cool ITG stance.
 
2013-01-18 10:34:53 AM

david_gaithersburg: I'm I the only one who actually reads the news. Army looks to strike foes with lightning weapon


It's Teh Faux New$ so it can safely be ignored and not be a threat to people's Reality Bubbles.
 
2013-01-18 11:06:01 AM
And everything was working perfectly until some platypus showed up...

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2013-01-18 12:24:42 PM
Really? I am the first to mention the Liandri Lightning Rifle?
 
2013-01-18 06:22:37 PM
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/want
//for duck huntin'
 
2013-01-20 03:58:48 PM
i577.photobucket.com

Knows a thing or two about the effects of EMP lasers.

/I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar.
 
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