Starry Wisdom

Entropic Words from Neilathotep

Friday, January 9, 2004


From here comes very amusing news (emphasis added by me):

Said spent his final days in a warehouse filled with capacitors and powerful magnets. He and his team were building what they described — in a mandatory disclosure to the International Atomic Energy Agency — as a “linear engine.” The purpose, Iraq declared, was air defense.

The machine in Said’s warehouse was more commonly known as a “rail gun.” It used electromagnetic pulses to accelerate a small object to very high speed.

When U.S. investigators arrived, they found the gun had been “shooting an aluminum projectile at an aluminum target plate like the skin of an airplane,” said an analyst who reviewed their report. But rail gun technology is thought to be decades from use in a practical weapon, and investigators believed Said might have something else in mind.

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