Static thinking

I'm not a real doofus, but I play one at a national laboratory (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 10:34:24 -0500

> power the whole planet for a billion-billion years.

I heard the same from Charles Osgood on the radio this morning, and it seemed
unlikely. I think that much energy over a 5 minute period would have removed
our atmosphere and fair amounts of flesh. So, hit the web, and the answer is:

> Kevin Hurley at University of California-Berkeley has used satellite
> information to calculate the total energy ...

> ... it would be enough to power all of human civilization on Earth for a
> billion billion years. Of course, only a tiny fraction of this energy
> reached Earth.

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