Rachel Neumeier

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Starting 2020 with weirdness

Recent headlines that caught my eye:

Eyeball Planets Might Exist, And They’re as Creepy as They Sound

You’ve heard of hot Jupiters. You’ve heard of mini-Neptunes. You’ve heard of super-Earths. But have you heard of Eyeball Planets? Yep – planetary scientists think there might be a type of exoplanet out there that looks disturbingly like a giant eyeball. Just sitting there. Staring.

Really, the pictures aren’t all that Sauron-like. But what a name for an ordinary phenomenon!

Time Travel Could Be Enabled by Circulating Lasers

Weak and strong gravitational fields can be produced by a single continuously circulating unidirectional beam of light. In the weak gravitational field of a unidirectional ring laser, it is predicted that a spinning neutral particle, when placed in the ring, is dragged around by the resulting gravitational field.

Ron Mallett has new exact solutions of the Einstein field equations for the exterior and interior gravitational fields of the light cylinder.

Ron Mallet has found the exterior gravitational field contains closed timelike lines. The strong gravitational field can be produced by a circulating cylinder of light.

The closed timelike lines indicates the possibility of time travel into the past.

Sure it does, buddy.

Nice headline, though.

Hundreds of people queue to be ‘cleansed’ by guinea pigs in bizarre ritual

Okay, that one is crazy.

The year is young. Really, really young. I wonder what will wind up in competition for “weirdest 2020 headline”? Maybe this is the year I’ll remember to keep a list.

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2 Comments Starting 2020 with weirdness

  1. Evelyn M. Hill

    Hey, I write romance novels.
    Don’t get me on started the year with weirdness. There’s a movement afoot to make Chuck Tingle the president of the Romance Writers of America, and I’m not all that sure they’re kidding. (By this point, I’d vote for a guinea pig.)

    That eyeball story was pretty disturbing, I grant you.

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