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Project Aladdin Journal 04-03-2002

Hello, again. I'm running around today, so I'll have to keep this short. I have several errands to run this morning, and I'm going to spend this afternoon doing some more library research. Later this afternoon, Kelly wants to meet with me. She says she has something "cool" to show me.

Bob, you're quite right about lasers. I've worked with lasers briefly, in the past. They do collate light, and they do keep beams quite tight over long distances. I don't know why Kazminski can't just use lasers; it sounds like he's reinventing the wheel.

Here is Christine's message for today:

Your friend Bob is right about lasers. They are quite useful devices, and we use them even today. But we have many applications that require light to be kept in even tighter boundaries than even lasers can offer. The methods we use are very different from Kazminski's.

What puzzles us is that we can't think of anything in your day that would require super-laser light. Think of it from your perspective: who would have needed a laser in 1922? Or a computer? What could anyone have thought of to do with a laser or computer in 1922? The approach Kazminski is taking will be a historical dead-end solution to this problem, but we can't understand why he thinks he needs to solve the problem at all.

Qwerty, optical fibers are also very good at containing light, and I don't know why Kazminski isn't just using those. You asked about the problem of the hydrogen coming out of the hole. Here's a quick explanation. Stars shine because they fuse together hydrogen into helium, and sometimes, helium into heavier elements like carbon and oxygen. Young stars are about 75% hydrogen, 25% helium, and trace amounts of heavier elements. As they age, the stars burn through their hydrogen to make more helium, and some of the helium gets burned into heavier elements. So as a star ages, the concentration of heavy elements (called, for some reason, "metallicity,") in its gas goes up.

The "hydrogen" coming out of the hole in Hawaii is about 75% hydrogen, about 25% helium. We call it hydrogen because the helium is relatively harmless compared to the hydrogen, what with the poisoning and the exploding and the death. The confusion is that the metallicity - the concentration of carbon, oxygen, and so on - is lower than for the Sun. The stuff coming out of the hole looks like it comes out of a much younger star than the Sun. Which is very odd.

Project Aladdin Journal 04-03-2002

Bob checking in...Christine gave a huge clue. Somehow (God only knows how) that hole in the ground in Hawaii is acting like the portal of a wormhole piping exhaust directly from a young star a long distance from our Sun (which is a younger middle aged star).
How do you close off a wormhole once it's been opened? I don't know. But maybe that light-focusing business Kazminski was working on, has something to do with opening it. Since we can't figure any other application for it...could it have had that effect, whether intended or unintended?
One other thing...the operations of a star, are the same processes that scientists in our time have explored with the idea of using fusion as a source of energy. And laser technology was a part of the process of focusing matter toward a fusion point in some prototype reactors of the late 20th century. Maybe someone was trying a massive fusion experiment, or attempting to do a prototype fusion powerplant, and it aborted and went wrong.

I don't know if this is the case...but it past Christine and see if it makes sense.

Patrick, this is Space Turtel. Here are some WSU ("Wild Speculation Unit") thoughts:

Let's say that some scientist was absolutely convinced that he had perfected a sustainable fusion process. Let's also say he was equally convinced that it was safe and reliable. Would it not then be a reasonable expectation that he would decide to expand his experiment such that he would devise a method of providing a seemingly inexhaustable supply of Hydrogen? A wormhole into a young star would be ideal, wouldn't it?

In my mind, Kazminski is definitely a key to the entire problem. I believe he is (or will soon be) experimenting with fusion energy technologies and he will cause the Hydrogen leak as a side-effect of seeking a means of fueling the process.

If I am correct then what do we do? We cannot change what he will do (other than how we may have already done in our future and Christine's past) but we must learn as much as possible in order to help Christine understand what is happening and what is to be done to stop it. It may prove to be that we will have to obtain, through whatever means are available to us, the exact plans and specifications of the system AFTER it has been built. That could be a key factor because every construction engineer will tell you that the plans and the finished product are never 100% in accord. We will need the plans and a detailed accounting of the variations from the plan. In fact, I suspect it will be one of the variations that will prove to be the root cause of the disaster.

qwerty here.

I'll clarify my question, can it be determined if the hydrogen is coming from our sun, but at a younger age? If so, how long ago in time, does that side of the wormhole exist inside the sun?

Other random thoughts: maybe the quartz shield that was found was used by Kazminski. If a wormhole can't be closed, can one end be moved next to the other end (off of Earth into the star)? A researcher in our time may have created a wormhole but without being aware that one end is in the past and the other in the future. Wouldn't hydrogen be very hot if it came directly from inside a star?