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Tag: Dyson Sphere

PBS: Space Time: Should We Build a Dyson Sphere?

The Kepler telescope recently noticed a strange partial eclipse that some have speculated could be a Dyson Sphere. Are Dyson Sphere’s possible? Are they practical? What other alternatives to futuristic energy capture do we have to choose from? Why not a kugelblitz – a swarm of black hole powered engines?  

TED: The most mysterious star in the universe | Tabetha Boyajian

Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, a colleague suggested something unusual: Could it be an alien-built megastructure? Such an extraordinary idea …

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Authors@Google: Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

Larry Niven & Gregory Benford, two of the most respected authors of hard science fiction, talk about their new book “Bowl of Heaven” and the concept of stories about “big dumb objects” as a sub-genre. They review prior stories (including Ringworld by Niven) and then talk about the physics of the “big smart object” that …

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