On Wednesday, Stephen Colbert celebrated America’s latest scientific development: A super laser that can “focus 192 laser beams on a small point, generating temperatures and pressures that exist at cores of stars or giant planets.” Sound familiar? See The Colbert Report clip beneath the cut. (more…)
Most of The Physics of the Death Star is pretty much Greek to me (art degree!) but long story short, the amount of energy the Death Star needs just to blow stuff up:
It’s a solid week of the sun’s entire power output. Dumping it in about a single second, as required to blow up Alderaan, is a very, very impressive feat. Doubly so when you take into account the fact that the binding energy is just enough to dissociate the planet into a diffuse cloud. If you want to actually blow the thing up into pieces flying out at many times escape velocity, you need much more energy.
So how much would it take to move that thing around? Even in zero gravity? How about the lights? Interior gravity? Refreshers? Mouse-droid charging stations? On second thought… I don’t want to know. (via)
Most of the patterns on FantasyPumpkins.com are for advanced carvers only, but you don’t need mad skills to look, thankfully. For those willing to take a whack (bad choice of words?) there is a brand new tutorial on making last year’s hit, the Death Star pumpkin, above.
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has a few hints on how to make your own. I’m not sure if you can even get cantaloupes in the northern climes right now, but then, it doesn’t need to taste good, does it?