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Gravity Train Constructive

Gravity Train Constructive

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GRAVITY TRAIN CONSTRUCTIVE
*Gravity Train Constructive* 1Observation One
 –
Inherency 2Observation Two
 –
Harms 4Observation Three
 –
Plan 7Observation Four
 –
Solvency 8*Answers To* 9
 
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OBSERVATION ONE - INHERENCY 1/2
Observation One is Inherency1. Who the fuck who build a gravity train?
Bellows
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6
,
Alan Bellows, author, designer, and professional programmer, programmer, and managing editor atdamninteresting.com, The Gravity Express, 15, October 2006http://www.damninteresting.com/contributors/alan-bellows/,accessed:June 1, 2012
 
The first serious suggestion to build a gravity train wasn’t put forward until the 1800s, presented to the Paris Academy of S
ciences
 
by a group of scientific optimists. Unsurprisingly,
 
the Academy opted to defer the ambitious suggestion.
 
The concept was lost
 
toobscurity
 
until
 
[In] the 1960s,
when
physicist Paul Cooper published a paper in the American Journal ofPhysics suggesting that gravity trains be considered for a future transportation project.
Though thearticle sparked some lively debate,
The proposal was not taken very seriously.
 
While
Friction does put a
 
damper on the gravity train
 
concept, clearly
The biggest technical hurdle would be in creating suchmassive tunnels
in the first place.
A hole with a ten foo
t radius which passed through the Earth‘s
center would displace over twelve billion cubic feet of rock
, all of
 
which would need to be hauledaway
 
somewhere.
 
Furthermore,
 
The Earth‘s mantle and core writhe with extreme pressure and heat,
so any tunnel would have to be lined with a protective shield to keep it intact
.
 
Unfortunately
no currentlyknown materials can even withstand the hostile environment
,
let alone insulate the tunnel from the intense heat. Due to these extremetemperatures,
 
the trip may never be survivable by humans
. But
The technology would be extremely useful for rapid,unmanned cargo delivery
between continents,
essentially
becoming
a massive global dumbwaiter.
Those who find sport in reflecting on such wild ideas have suggested that
The tunnel could be evacuated of air toeliminate wind resistance,
though such a feat would prove almost as challenging as the drilling itself
.
 
Some have also postulated thatsuch a train could be magnetically levitated to eliminate friction in situations where t
he tunnel does not pass through the Earth’s center; though if 
electromagnets were used, the amount of energy consumed by the apparatus would rise drastically. A more viable location for the gravity train wouldbe on planets such as the moon, which are not troubled by an atmosphere, plate tectonics, and magma. The concept would be the same, though aplanet with a density different from that of Earth would also have a different standard trip length.
 
Though the Gravity Express mayseem
impossible
 –
or at best
absurd
ly impractical
 –
it is appealing to
 
consider the possibility of extremely rapidtransit
across the planet
with very little expenditure of energy per trip.
 
Certainly
 
the creation and reinforcement ofsuch tunnels is well beyond the reach of our current technology, but
The future is full of surprises.
Modern technology hassufficient momentum that it
might eventually
carry us through to the other side of the problem, provided that we can reduce creativefriction by opening our minds.
 
 
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OBSERVATION ONE - INHERENCY 2/2
2. Sir Isaac Newton
would build a fucking gravity train, that‘s who the fuck would,but he didn‘t have the technology
Bellows ‗
06
, Alan Bellows, author, designer, and professional programmer, programmer, and managing editor atdamninteresting.com, The Gravity Express, 15, October 2006http://www.damninteresting.com/contributors/alan-bellows/,accessed:June 1, 2012
 
About
Four hundred years ago
 –
sometime in the latter half of the 17th century
 –
 
Isaac Newton received a letterfrom
the brilliant
 
British scientist
 
 
and inventor
Robert Hooke
.
In this letter
 
Hooke outlined the mathematicsgoverning how objects might fall if dropped through
 
hypothetical
tunnels drilled through the Earth atvarying angles
 
.
Though it seems that Hooke was mostly interested in the physics of the thought experiment,
An
improbableyet
 
intriguing idea fell out of the data: a dizzyingly fast transportation system.
 
Hooke’s calculations
showed that
 
If the technology could be developed to bore
such
holes through the Earth, a vehicle with
sufficiently reduced friction
could use such a tunnel to travel to another point anywhere on the Earthwithin three quarters of an hour, regardless of distance
.
Even more amazingly,
the vehicle wouldrequire negligible fuel. The concept is known as the Gravity Train.
 

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