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Please have a look to Not the Onion It is filled with news that could not exist in any sane world. Yet they do. Apply the concept of Fog of War, that means, imperfect decisions made with the imperfect knowledge available at the time. When the dust settles, you can point fingers and say that great leaders made stupid mistakes, yet at the time, it was ...


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There are some resources available online, but they are scarce and only tangentially relevant. You can check out hyperbole in mythological comparisons or hyperbole in literature to get examples, but I suspect you won't find a meta-analysis. That's for good reason. Exaggeration happens for one of two reasons: to embellish or to teach. Exaggeration as ...


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Antimatter (go with me on this) Ok, I know you said you didn't want to see this, but let me explain. The biggest issue with antimatter is that it is incredibly difficult to create and contain. You end up putting more energy into the this process than you can get out of it. To get around this issue we just need a source that we don't have to create and is ...


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Nuclear Fusion is not enough. Why not? It could be still nuclear fusion, but in a small practical device. A set of ultrasound speakers create dense bubbles in a gas or a liquid, a set of lasers ignite the bubbles. The timing and the orientations of speakers and lasers are so complex and delicate that the devices need to be re-tuned at regular intervals. The ...


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I'm not sure anyone has formulated an equation for the decay rate of material from a neutron star. However, there is an equation for the decay rate of a black hole. I've used this equation in the past for a lower bound (completely an assumption on my part) for how quickly the material will decay. The results are a little surprising, so I'll share : The ...


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I also vote for a black hole. BUT NOT EVAPORATING IT. It is dangerous anyway. Simply throwing matter into the acretion disk can convert some 40% of the mass into electromagnetic radiation. This is by far the most effective substance to energy converter known and the most bright objects in the universe (see quasars). It looks even brighter if you happen to ...


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The thing that prevents degenerate matter from forming in normal circumstances is the electric charge repulsion between electrons and protons. If a way could be found to neutralise the electromagnetic force in a small localised area then it would be easy to create degenerate matter. Simply feed matter into this area and it would degenerate into a soup of ...


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What is Degenerate Matter like neutronium? Per definition, neutronium is a whole bunch of neutrons clustered together without any protons or electrons in the mix. How is neutronium created in nature? By huge amounts of gravity. Gravity is so strong that first it overwhelms the electric force (that keeps atoms atoms with a nucleus and electrons) - the star ...


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If you have the means to harvest neutronium from a neutron star (or indeed any sort of degenerate matter from a natural source), then storing the stuff afterwards seems like it should be childs play because the original task is so unfeasible that you will have already achieved weakly godlike status is order to achieve it. Similarly, whatever mechanism you ...


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A reasonably plausible energy source: total matter conversion through black hole evaporation. Black holes can bend the space around them and cause the creation of virtual particles, whose energy comes at the expense of the black hole's mass. The smaller a black hole is, the more it bends the space (even if the bent volume goes quickly down), and the faster ...


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Solar energy. From many stars. At once. There are a billion trillion stars. That should be plenty. Solar panels are pretty hard science. Install solar panels around many stars. You could choose stars with optional radiant frequencies. Power is transmitted back thru portals or wormholes. Portals are science less hard than solar panels, yes but ...


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Related to the direction of black holes mentioned prior, "Vacuum Energy" would likely be the most plentiful but also most diffuse energy source. It's also one of current the Mysteries of the Universe so it will at least not rile up too many hard science purists https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_energy


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Black Holes, if they indeed evaporate, are effectively perfect mass-energy converters. The trouble is that black holes small enough to emit this energy rapidly enough to be useful don't seem to occur in nature. In theory, they could be produced artificially, by focusing high energy beams onto the smallest point on which they can be focused, but you need the ...


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I would highly suggest that you read the Isaac Asimov book, The Gods Themselves. In this story, humans transport matter between a few parallel dimensions where the fundamental laws of nature are different. I don't remember the specifics, but here's the basic idea: In Universe A, our physical laws prevent certain Isotopes from forming. However, in universe B,...


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