boingboing at July 7th, 2014 20:03 — #1
stephen_schenck at July 7th, 2014 20:33 — #2
I thought they used pykrete for this, not ice.
flashman at July 7th, 2014 21:03 — #3
FWIW ('for what it's worth'), that's Lake Louise Alberta with the Chateau Lake Louise in the background. At my side here I have a small table with a frame built from poles that had been used to mark out the skating area on the lake, one winter back in the late 90s.
sockdoll at July 7th, 2014 21:31 — #4
OK, OK... soggy sawdust then.
At least the headline didn't say "A 2-million-ton aircraft carrier made of WATER!"
stephen_schenck at July 7th, 2014 21:42 — #5
I know, I know. And checking up on this up now, it looks like they really did experiment with just ice at first.
I'm just saying: If we start using pykrete and ice interchangeably, we have to start using blood and water interchangeably.
teapot at July 7th, 2014 22:20 — #6
It truly is futile, considering Mythbusters have already done an episode on it.
awjt at July 7th, 2014 22:22 — #7
Why not? I do. Meth/methane. Light/dark. Beer/pee. Weed/jimson weed. Words/squeaks. Same same.
dimitrios_papag at July 8th, 2014 00:27 — #8
I don't think I'm going to far out on a limb to say that the girl is a genius.
bzishi at July 8th, 2014 04:49 — #9
I had to do a double take on that number. But the 2 million tons value is correct. By contrast, a Nimitz class supercarrier has a displacement of about 100,000 tons.
michael_r_smith at July 8th, 2014 06:00 — #10
It makes sense. Icebergs could be used as runways. Instead of an aircraft carrier, think of it as an artificial iceberg.
teknocholer at July 8th, 2014 08:34 — #11
They actually built a prototype, but abandoned it when the crew got cold feet.
davide405 at July 8th, 2014 11:05 — #12
Six parts water and one part sawdust, by weight.
Taco Bell fought and won a lawsuit about calling a mixture containing 88% ground beef and 12% other ingredients... wait for it... beef!
More to the point:
is completely acceptable license, IMO, for a headline. It's substantially factual and more interesting than
brainspore at July 8th, 2014 12:03 — #13
This technology also makes for an effective defense against Wildings and White Walkers.
rhyolite at July 8th, 2014 14:24 — #14
Seems like the project suffered from requirements creep. They wanted it big enough for 150 heavy bombers? Even the biggest US carriers only carry 90 aircraft, most of which are relatively small fighters. Aircraft carriers during WWII were much smaller. It seems like they got carried away.
sea_bear at July 9th, 2014 09:04 — #16
I see, Pykrete uses water in its construction so it can be called Ice, and the worldwide steel shortage made experiments like this feasible, so innovation should be ridiculed.
How perfectly cromulent.
ladyfingers at July 10th, 2014 00:58 — #17
I think it's a reasonable idea. Using floating ice as a base of operations has only just failed for polar bears, after all.
boingboing at July 12th, 2014 20:03 — #18
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