Thursday, August 24, 2006

Wired is scared...

Wired 14.09: START:

"Ionosphere Heater
Here's an idea: Build an array of 180 antennas in Alaska to beam radio waves at the ionosphere - the upper layer of Earth's atmosphere - creating an electric field that interacts with charged particles. Operated by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, this disruption can raise the temperature of the ionosphere by as much as 30 percent over a 9- to 40-kilometer radius. It's targeted global warming."

So that one doesn't really scare me that much, but it should scare other countries. From other reading, I was under the impression that it was not designed to impact the weather. The intent was to study the effects of different radiation on communications to improve reliability and things of that nature. Who is to say, though, that it isn't being used to test ways to degrade other people's communication, or make it so that only our signals can get through? I would welcome the US having new technology that could be useful for a deterrent. I know of some plans to try and weaponize the weather, it would be neat if this tied into it. I mean, the x-woman Storm get to control the weather, why can't I?

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