Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in The Mote in God's Eye
by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle)

Highly original book and an excellent read. Some of the best and most readable alien characters; we can understand them and yet they are alien to us. Tells the story of the Motie home world, one which is isolated from the Alderson points (wormhole entrances) that tie the far flung human civilization together. They conceal a terrible secret.

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First Flight of a Laser Powered Airplane
   Today, NASA tested a laser-powered airplane: a 312-gram (11-ounce), 1.5-meter (five-foot) wingspan plane. A laser beam struck the photovoltaic cells that powered the tiny motor that turned its propeller.

HELLADS: Lightweight Laser Cannon
   Ultra-light High Energy Liquid Lasers are coming.

Algae To Clean Atmosphere
   Atmospheric cleansing by means of carefully selected algae has been suggested before.

Laser-Powered Aircraft Model Tested
   A nifty laser-powered model plane was tested in Osaka, Japan earlier this week.

Metal-like Polymer Developed In South Korea
   Who would ever think of flexible, extrudable plastic with the same properties as metal wire? SF authors, that's who.

Eye Of God Found - But No Mote
   In the Niven and Pournelle novel, a similar sight inspired the founding of the Church of Him. Himmists, take note.

Silver-Based Epoxy Makes Electronics Thinner
   Interesting technique for making memory packages smaller - I'm pretty sure I read about this idea more than thirty years ago.

HTC Magic Smartphone At Google IO
   Take a look at what they gave us at Google IO 2009; maybe the most remarkable pocket-sized computer you ever owned.

Laser Propulsion May Beam Spacecraft To Orbit
   Will spacecraft and satellites ride a beam of light into space? Aerospace engineer Leik Myrabo has been working on the technology for decades.

Laser-Powered Helicopter
   Held aloft on a beam of light.

SIlver Pen Writes Flexible Circuits
   Write your own circuits informally.

Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering Project
   Save the planet from global warming the all-natural way. Is there such a thing as geomimicry?

Laser Lofts UAV for Two Day Flight
   Based on an idea from a physicist and science fiction writer in the 1960's.

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XM82 Personal Flamethrower Now In Development
re: Alfred Bester

Graphene Cytobot - Cyborg Bacterial Spores May Help Astronauts
re: Philip K. Dick

Delightful Plen2 Mirror Robot - The Anti-Terminator
re: Various

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