Posts Tagged ‘quake’

Nerds united can make science-reality

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

So inspiring...

You know that feeling you get when you watch a movie, TV show or even read a book and think: “Wow, if only I could have that gizmo/gadget/superpower”?

I know I have. And now someone’s gone that extra bit nerdier and invented a real life portable rail gun.

For those unaware of what that is, just think about a nail gun that uses electricity and magnetic charge to fire.

I’m not one of those “OMG GUNZ!” guys at all, but I did play the Quake video games on the PC when I was a young lad. Knowing something that existed only in science-fiction was created is enough for me.

For those feeling like Gambit from the X-Men had a pretty cool trick, his card-shooting ability (minus the whole explosion and purple glow thing) is closer to reality. A card holder can shoot cards three feet away with tiny wheels. With a bit more oomph, I can see a real Aces of Spades getting all up in someone’s grill.

I love the ingenuity of some people.

What if you could really have that hoverboard from Back to the Future II? Scientists have paired superconductors with magnets to have fantastic stability without any power. Mind you it only works at -300 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s a start.

Sometimes the silliest of things turn out to be the neatest. I just can’t wait for the Portal Gun to come out.

What gadget in a movie/game/show/book do you think would benefit mankind for the common good, or just totally awesome?

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