Remember when I warned anybody that humans would allegedly abort all life in the cosmos like architecture workers killing ant colonies to make way for a amaranthine series of cosmic strip malls?

A team of advisers from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow in Scotland has me anxious that we might not be the architecture workers in that analogy.

What you need to know

One of the people alive on the aboriginal atomic bomb activity at Los Alamos, an Italian scientist named Enrico Fermi, came up with a algebraic band-aid answer that if aliens really did exist we would have seen them by now. It’s called the Fermi Paradox and it can be summed up as follows: If the cosmos is infinite, where are the aliens?

Alexander Berezin, a researcher from the National Analysis University of Electronic Technology in Russia, came up with a pretty cool solution: the aliens are allegedly all over the place but none of them are as avant-garde as we are. Since we’re still here and we haven’t seen any affirmation of aliens, we must be in first place in the quest to become an intergalactic species.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for all the less-advanced lifeforms out there. Because, if they aren’t captivation up signs that say “intelligent life here, please don’t abort us to power your giant space ships,” we’ll probably… abort them to power our giant space ships.

What’s this about black holes?

The University of Glasgow team came up with an agreement to authenticate a 50-year-old theory that Stephen Hawking’s adept analysis accomplice Roger Penrose anticipation up. He appropriate that black holes could be exploited as abiding energy sources.

The theory says we could use black  holes as a massive power source. If we could place an object at the edge of a black hole, at the absolute position where it would be forced to move at the speed of light to remain still, it would create a abrogating energy force where the circle occurred.

This is cool because it means we could spend a little energy to toss article into a black hole and get more energy back in return.

A couple of years later a physicist named Yakov Zel’dovich proposed an agreement able of proving Penrose’s theory. Zel’dovich ample if we could spin a metal butt fast enough and then fire a light at it, the light would reflect with more energy than it struck the butt with.

Unfortunately Zel’dovich’s experiment, like Penrose’s theory, relied on technology that doesn’t exist by human standards. Penrose estimated that some far-advanced alien acculturation could use their aberrant technology to bear altar to the edge of black holes and Zel’dovich’s agreement would crave the metal butt to spin at more than one billion rotations per second – article absurd by modern engineering capabilities.

And that brings us to the Glasgow team. They ample that if light absorption off a spinning butt could affirm the abrogating energy theory, then why not sound? According to their analysis paper:

In 1971, Zel’dovich predicted that breakthrough fluctuations and classical waves reflected from a alternating arresting butt will gain energy and be amplified. This concept, which is a key step appear the compassionate that black holes may amplify breakthrough fluctuations, has not been absolute experimentally owing to the arduous beginning claim that the butt circling rate must be larger than the admission wave frequency.

Here, we authenticate experimentally that these altitude can be annoyed with acoustic waves. We show that low-frequency acoustic modes with alternate angular drive are transmitted through an arresting alternating disk and amplified by up to 30% or more when the disk circling rate satisfies the Zel’dovich condition.

The implications for this analysis are nearly unfathomable. Is there any way to accomplishment this assessable energy gain using audio waves with accepted technology? Are we starting to pick up the trail that may centuries from now lead to a abiding motion machine?

But it also indicates an existential threat to humanity. If Berezin is correct, it means there either is now or one day will be a acculturation able of antibacterial all life. Perhaps it’s us.

All this exciting science leads me to accept we’ll one day be agriculture entire star systems to black holes as a means to power the analysis of a cosmos that’s allegedly infinite. That kind of amplification calls for a lot of ant hills to be destroyed by a lot of architecture workers.

Let’s hope Berezin’s right about our place in this race. Because if he isn’t, and there’s more able life out there than us… we might be the ants.

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