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yawnfest 2015. we'll see in 20 years.
    
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i don't think it can be argued that eugenics is extremely good ,
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Awesome. More overpopulation, and the food supply will continue to be diluted further! Good job humans, unlimited energy, longer lifespans, gee how many more species can we kill off?! Yay! tongue.gif Now we can genetically modify foods with no risk... oh wait, it lowers nutritional value? No one told us that.... huhuhu

400 parts per million in my tap water? lets make it 800! more big pharma leakage!! yay!!! unlimited everything!!! hubris of the human species baby biggrin.gif

It's been found that as people have access to more resources, higher educations, more things to do they have children less.
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It's been found that as people have access to more resources, higher educations, more things to do they have children less.

most calculations already show its too late to reverse global warming anyway, once major cities like miami go under water, fusion is too little too late as the world economies are too sensitive and connected
    
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most calculations already show its too late to reverse global warming anyway, once major cities like miami go under water, fusion is too little too late as the world economies are too sensitive and connected

Do you have a website or blog? I would love to read it.
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The water will not rise over night. We will build water barriers, bridges and channels to move the water around the afflicted areas they wish to save.

Unfortunately levees aren't a perfect solution due to breaches (e.g. Hurricane Katrina) but there aren't really any other options at the rate we're going.
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Sounds like a promising advance in refining this technique, I'll be interested to see how it goes once plasma is introduced to the system.

As far as useful energy output is concerned, it needs to produce a significant amount of energy in order to generate electricity due to the limitations of the Carnot cycle*. Simply break even plus a little bit will not make it feasible for commercial purposes - we would then need massive reactors to produce a useful amount of energy, the ROI would not be sufficient to justify investment in plants.

The alternative is that we find a different way of producing electricity from heat, other than generating steam and turning turbo-generators. Possibly a solid state system along the lines of a bank of TECs, although those are even more inefficient.


Edit: * Most conventional steam plants (i.e. fossil fuelled) use a modified Rankine cycle with reheat. Current nuclear plants are a little different due to the, mostly, wet steam conditions coming out of the steam generator. I'm not sure what this would use, but I'd imagine the high temperatures would make it more like a conventional system than a nuclear one.
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So much you all don't understand is the scope of what the study of energy production entails.

You speak of minerals that only exist in one place or another. But if we had enough energy, we could just. simply. make them ourselves. And to food production. Do you really think that stopping the growth of the population is preferable to shrinking the surface area of the earth needed to grow enough food to a fraction of what it is now, and producing more output simultaneously? Why do you think the government subsidizes mass production? Sure it has led to major monopolies of agricultural technology, but the original intention was to make food cheaper. edit: And we don't have to worry about the GMOs anymore if we don't have to protect the plants from the natural environment./

With enough energy, we can make all this happen without expanding our ecological footprint. And how to do that, above all else, is to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the impact of digging our energy out of the ground.

Now don't take me to say that this crazy contraption here is the answer to all the problems. Realistically it's just another step in the long walk of achievements needed to get to that reality. But I think we can get there and I think this thing here, is just one of the most interesting steps I have ever looked at. bigeyedsmiley.png
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reactors? nahhh, eugenics? yaaahhh!
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reactors? nahhh, eugenics? yaaahhh!

haha i have seen that cat gif somewhere before, its epic
    
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