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How aliens could use black holes to power an intergalactic civilization

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Remember when I warned everyone that humans would probably destroy all life in the universe like construction workers killing ant colonies to make way for a never-ending series of cosmic strip malls?.

A team of researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow in Scotland has me concerned that we might not be the construction workers in that analogy.

It’s called the Fermi Paradox and it can be summed up as follows: If the universe is infinite, where are the aliens?.

Alexander Berezin, a researcher from the National Research University of Electronic Technology in Russia, came up with a pretty cool solution: the aliens are probably all over the place but none of them are as advanced as we are.

The University of Glasgow team came up with an experiment to demonstrate a 50-year-old theory that Stephen Hawking’s long-time research partner Roger Penrose thought up.

He suggested that black holes could be exploited as perpetual energy sources.

The theory says we could use black  holes as a massive power source.

If we could place an object at the edge of a black hole, at the perfect position where it would be forced to move at the speed of light to remain still, it would create a negative energy force where the intersection occurred.

A couple of years later a physicist named Yakov Zeldovich proposed an experiment capable of proving Penrose’s theory.

Unfortunately Zel’dovich’s experiment, like Penrose’s theory, relied on technology that doesn’t exist by human standards.

Penrose surmised that some far-advanced alien civilization could use their strange technology to deliver objects to the edge of black holes and Zel’dovich’s experiment would require the metal cylinder to spin at more than one billion rotations per second – something impossible by modern engineering capabilities.

They figured that if light reflecting off a spinning cylinder could confirm the negative energy theory, then why not sound? .

In 1971, Zel’dovich predicted that quantum fluctuations and classical waves reflected from a rotating absorbing cylinder will gain energy and be amplified.

This concept, which is a key step towards the understanding that black holes may amplify quantum fluctuations, has not been verified experimentally owing to the challenging experimental requirement that the cylinder rotation rate must be larger than the incoming wave frequency.

If Berezin is correct, it means there either is now or one day will be a civilization capable of destroying all life.

All this exciting science leads me to believe we’ll one day be feeding entire star systems to black holes as a means to power the exploration of a universe that’s apparently infinite.