We have to laugh when we see those tired old ads, “The more you spend, the more you save!” Of course this sounds ridiculous with the slightest amount of critical thinking. But we are, alas, emotional creatures — we humans. Our reptilian brains rule us far more often than we…

The colonization of Mars should proceed, if it proceeds at all in organic fashion without governments being involved. They would only screw it up while enslaving everyone else on Mars. As for a road map, each company or organization forging ahead would have their own priorities. Be that as it…

From a question in Quora: What causes the vacuum of space? Don’t you need some kind of container to create the vacuum? And how is movement even possible in space? What particles are bouncing off each other allowing thrust to happen?

The vacuum of space is due first to the…

I agree with quite a lot of what you are saying here. We fail to acknowledge the obvious in that government itself is a vast Organized Crime gang which none of us ever consciously opted-in on. Al Capone ran soup kitchens in Chicago during the government sponsored Depression but did…

Denisovian jewelry dated to 60,000 or 70,000 years? I do not have any specific problem in accepting the idea of more advanced techniques or lifestyles existing among humans (or their denigrated cousins the Neanderthals) so long ago. My second book, For the Ages, was partially structured around this very idea…

What is the potential of Moon rock for fusion power? Moon rock is not much different than Earth rock save for where water has interacted with it here. The only potential fuel for fusion power mentioned with respect to the Moon is Helium-3. He-3 is the simplest isotope of Helium…

According to NASA the amount of heat trapped by the atmosphere has doubled since 2005? This does not affect my thoughts on the so-called global warming, climate change, global cooling or which ever flavor of the week is being used. The goal posts change constantly — another logical fallacy. I…

A question came across in Quora on what one might get by mining a neutron star. This was the response I came up with, but others may differ…

The Starship U.S.S. Enterprise staring down the gaping maw of the Doomsday Machine — 1967. The hull was made of ‘pure neutronium’.

The Doomsday Machine with a hull of pure neutronium. Phasers from the U.S.S. Enterprise could not cut through it.

Assuming one could…

You are probably correct. I will need to follow up. My luxury liner is a concept from one of my sci-fi books, Sol is Not Lost. In that book there are large colonies on Mars. In the prequels which I wrote later and in some other Quora articles I opined that no large structures would be built using materials from Earth, but maybe starting with the Moon and mass drivers --bootstrapping on up. Concurrently or shortly thereafter asteroids are mined for metals and other materials. Putting so much mass into orbit from Earth would indeed be prohibitively expensive and would take countless trips. SpaceX will have to send up 6-7 tankers just to refill one Starship. Materials will have to come from much higher in the gravity well to be feasible.

We ask ourselves why countries cannot get payloads into orbit while SpaceX, Rocket Lab, or Sierra Nevada are able to make progress. The answers to such questions should be there in plain sight. A Country or a Government is rarely capable of doing anything efficiently. Governments lack the correct incentives…

Michael James Scharen

Author Michael J. Scharen has a B.S./M.A. in Physics with several years R&D and manufacturing experience in new RF components and exotic materials.

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