The Casimir effect is a strange and mysterious force that operates on the tiniest scales. It pushes together small metal objects when they are
separated by a tiny distance.
That’s a problem because engineers are increasingly interested in building tiny machines with parts that move against each other on precisely the
scale. For some years now, they’ve been thwarted by a problem called stiction in which the tiny cogs, gears and other parts in these machines stick
together so tightly that the device stops working.
The culprit in these strange stiction events is often the Casimir effect. But since it is poorly understood, physicists and engineers have never known
how to prevent it.
A Sadists Take on this...
First and foremost, it's sad that this article is with the intent of this being used to further nuclear weaponry. They idea is that nuclear weapons
essentially become inert because an EMP will reduce the electronics to go poof and no longer work. In a nutshell, this is caused by the medium which
is used on the circuit boards, gold, to become electrically active with such a force that it will actually cause the gold connection on the green
mother board to arc up off of the board, and break the circuit. No circuit, electricity doesn't flow. No electricity, no data transferred. No data
transferred, no computer guided nuclear missiles, let alone the arming mechanism system which is run by electronics and therefore circuit boards, as
well as the device which creates the nuclear reaction for the same reason as mentioned above.
I don't know about you, but I howl in laughter any time a move like "Broken Arrow" from the nineties with John Travolta as the bad guy bemoans his
idiot compatriots for "dropping" the thermonuclear weapon. Well, unless dropping it somehow triggered the arming mechanism, and also the nuclear
reaction itself, dropping it won't do crap to a thermonuclear weapon. May "damage" it's electronic components, possibly, but the likelyhood of
actually detonating the thing is stupendously microscopic in all reality.
So anyways, this post is purely informational. I love reading about quantum physics, mysterious forces like the Casimir, and things of that ilk.
I said I found this to be a shame to be related to nuclear weaponry. Why not relate it to micromachinery which would be used for such noble purposes
as creating nano-tech which could dive into a living creatures bloodstream and detect anomalies. Genetic defects, etc.
Why not use it to make massively powerful computer systems? This could easily be used to manipulate the Casimir force so as to allow for
nano-transistors, which of course are the heart and soul of memory fo a computer system.
But, no. We use it to perpetuate the antiquated idea of Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD as it was known back in the day. Children of the 80's
remember this only all too well.