White House officials have already shot down a proposal for a Death Star, but who needs 'em? A new Kickstarter campaign is bringing the Death Star to the people, and in four days they've raised more than £200,000 (about $300,000) out of the £20 million they're looking for. Choose your amount wisely: Biggest donors get first dibs on choice of planet to annihilate.
Rising energy prices usually spark some creative ideas for alternatives, but a new one from a futurist named George Dvorsky is pretty far-fetched: He envisions destroying Mercury and scavenging its rocky remains. The debris could be used to build an array of solar power collectors, a Dyson swarm, around the sun.
Not to freak you out, but there's a gamma ray-blasting stellar mass pointed in your direction
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.07.2008 at 3:36 pm 6 Comments
Friends of the Dark Side, your time may soon be at hand. It seems we have a literal death star aiming in our general direction. The culprit is part of a binary star system—two stars which orbit each other—by the name of WR 104. Both are massive and very, very hot. One will eventually explode into a harmless supernova, providing us with a lovely astronomical light show. The other, however, might be deadly.