AI can be programed to understand emotions and thats all thats necessary.
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bore through the Earth's crust and find out what's actually down thereThere was an attempt to do this, in the 1960s: The Mohole Project.
Perhaps 20 or 30 kilometers down, there might be vast reserves of planetary methane gas, as some theorists have speculated.Technically, drilling in deep water is quite difficult.
You seem to imply that (GPS satellites) in a "frame of reference" which consists only of the satellites, and the Earth.GPS has 6 satellites chasing each other around a circular orbit. This means:
their "primary mission" to keep time, and broadcast it to GPS receivers on EarthSo although the satellites are in a different frame of reference from the surface of the Earth, their time signals are preconfigured to be received with accurate time by GPS users on Earth's surface (or users in aeroplanes or Low Earth Orbit who are keeping Earth time).
can be accomplished without regard to any influences outside this "frame". I mean, aren't the satellites influenced by external gravitational "tugs" from the Moon, and the Sun?Yes, the Sun and Moon and Earth's non-spherical shape do exert tugs on the satellites, which slowly distorts their orbits. This is why the orbit data transmitted by the satellites is typically updated about every 4 hours, so receivers on the ground know the precise orbit of every satellite.
Shouldn't these "tugs" be taken into account, when the satellites broadcast their signals to Earth.The Earth is at the same average distance from the Sun and the Moon as are the GPS satellites.
...What happens to your pupils when you close your eyes? Do they dilate as they would in the dark? ...
the element "Hydrogen" at the far left. And "Helium" over at the far right. Between these two elements there's nothing but a row of empty squares.How do you explain that?The chemical properties of an element depend primarily on how many bonding electrons are in the outer shell.
Neglecting air resistance (and other impracticalities), you would oscillate back-and-forth between the two sides of the planet with simple harmonic motion. You would accelerate downwards from one surface, reach a velocity maximum in the region of the Earth's centre and then decelerate to a standstill at the opposite surface.
That's theoretically true - if a perfectly symmetrical spherical object, such a ball-bearing of finest precision, were dropped into a hole drilled through the centre of a perfectly symmetrical planet. The ball-bearing would oscillate endlessly back and forth.
However, the OP posits that "you", ie presumably a human being, jumps into hole drilled through "Earth".
Earth and humans aren't perfectly symmetrical. Humans have more mass in their head than in their feet, and Earth has more land-mass in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern.
Wouldn't these asymmetries affect the oscillations, until the OP's human eventually stepped out of the hole, probably at the South Pole end?
Is not the reason for the hunt for elements with ever shorter lives the dream that past 118 there maybe at 126 "an island of stability" with a relatively long life and interesting properties.
Yes, and perhaps this "dream" as you call it, is a true intuitive reaction against the very idea of so-called "Dark Matter".
What if "Dark Matter" isn't some alien thing made of weird particles, but consists of ordinary proton/neutron elements in the "island of stability" - at 126, and possibly other "islands" beyond. Elements like these, would probably have long-lives and "interesting properties", as you say.
Such properties might account for observations such as anomalous galactic rotations. These are currently ascribed to the presence of "Dark Matter". Couldn't they be due to the presence of "super-heavy" elements which are higher in the Periodic Table than we've yet discovered?
Might there be elements whose nuclei are made of particles of "Dark Matter"?That is a bit difficult to say, since we don't know what Dark Matter is!
"Dark Matter Periodic Table"If Dark Matter is primarily made of unknown/hard-to-detect particles (as many cosmologists expect), there is nothing preventing these (unknown) particles from experiencing an (unknown) 5th force which would bind them together in a periodic table of their own, forming the equivalent of a Dark Matter periodic table.