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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sci Fi Science - How To Build A Starship

In this episode, Michio Kaku looked at more readily achievable designs for an interstellar ship. He discounted Plasma as too slow, and recommended an antimatter rocket. He mentioned a laser grid and carbon nanotube lattice to protect the ship from space debris, but in the end referenced a general "force field."  You can watch the video here.

I still watch this show; I like it, it's engaging, and I know this guy is an expert. It irritates me, however, because so much is taken for granted or not explained. Perhaps it's because it's only a 1/2 hour long, but a lot of things are just given as conclusions, or presented as-if we have the technology (cue Million Dollar Man theme), when we don't.

Michio made an appearance on the Astronomy episode of Bill Nye's 100 Greatest Discoveries. He had on a nice suit, cleaned up well, and really showed that he knew what he was talking about.

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