Scientist develops method to manipulate gravity. Are gravity weapons next?!
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A scientist has developed a method to manipulate gravity, at least theoretically. Furthermore, we could accomplish his vision using existing technology. Such a breakthrough could eventually lead to large-scale manipulation of gravity, but to what effect?
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - According to the Daily Mail, Andre Fuzfa from the University of Namur in Belgium has developed the mathematical formulas as well as the device that could manipulate gravity. Such a contraption could allow scientists to test Einstein's Theory of Relativity in a new way. It could also be developed further to manipulate gravity on a larger scale, which could have incredible applications, both good and bad.
In a paper published in the journal Arvix, Fufza explains his idea that electromagnetic energy could be used to create artificial gravity which could be switched on or off at will. The technology would need to be built first, and is thought to be prohibitively costly since it would consume massive quantities of energy to work.
However, a working prototype could eventually be refined and miniaturized, as we have successfully done with every other technology. Artificial gravity would eventually lead to very practical uses, such as to create Earth-like gravity (1G) on space stations and in other low-gravity environments. The lack of gravity is what causes astronaut's muscles to atrophy over many months. In an environment of artificial gravity, this would no longer be a problem, allowing astronauts to live and work in space for as long as they choose.
Long-range space travel could become much more practical.
Alternatively, artificial gravity could save the planet, should a threatening celestial body approach. The target comet or asteroid could simply be pulled off course and redirected.
However, artificial gravity could also be developed to destroy. Imagine a weapon that bends gravitational fields used against a city? Or what happens if a mad scientist or a rogue state finds a way to terrorize the planet? Less likely certainly, but look at how we have turned nuclear power from a potentially liberating power supply to a weapon of absolute destruction.
Alfred Nobel invented dynamite to help mining operations, not to create high explosives for war. Likewise, Einstein didn't develop his formulas to build a weapon.
It's unlikely that Fufza's device will be built anytime soon, but his paper will be peer reviewed, and if it has merit, it could someday become the basis of further research --and development.
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