Gravity Weapons

Laser guns are fine, but I like to invent new futuristic weapons from time to time.  So in the most recent edition of Tomorrow News Network, the bad guys (a race of microscopic robots known as the Swarm) use their own gravity as a weapon.  Specifically gravitational waves.  The attack is so strange and surprising that Earth’s mighty Space Force doesn’t even know what’s happening at first.

1.10 The Wrong Future

The Swarm descends on Earth.

Gravitational waves are real things predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity.  Massive objects like planets and stars bend the space around them.  We call this gravity.  If two massive objects (a pair of black holes, for example) orbit each other rapidly enough, Einstein predicted they’d create waves of gravity, their total gravitational force sometimes doubling and sometimes canceling out.  It would be like two fat guys frolicking in a swimming pool: together, they’d make huge waves unlike anything you’d seen in a swimming pool before.

According to the MIT Technology Review, scientists are racing to find evidence of gravitational waves.  New research suggests these waves may be stronger than previously thought, meaning current technology may be enough to detect them.

Of course, naturally occurring gravitational waves are nowhere near strong enough to be used as weapons, but I’ve taken some creative license.  It’s not hard to imagine that, with the right technology, someone could make artificial gravitational waves.  Those waves could do a lot of damage to enemy fleets or planets.

If You Love Robots…

If you love robots (and if you’re one of my regular readers, you probably do) then I have some news you can get excited about.  Last week, Curiosity, the largest robot ever sent to another planet, successfully landed on Mars.  Its mission is to search for any evidence that Mars currently or ever did support life.  Of course, you probably already knew that, but did you know you can follow Curiosity on Twitter?  Not sure if it will follow you back, though.  (Click here.)

But the Mars rover is a long way away.  You’ll probably never get to see it in person.  You definitely will never get to ride it.  The good news is there’s a really cool project going on in Massachusetts.  They’re building a giant, spider-like robot named Stompy, and if you donate money to the project they’ll let you ride it when its finished.  If you donate a lot of money, they’ll even let you drive it.  (Click here.)

Of course Tomorrow News Network fans already know about “The Opera of Machines.”  For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s got robots.  Even more exciting, it’s got cyborgs.  Click here to start reading it, and if you have any other cool robot news to share please leave a comment.