I was looking through the 2012 Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) listings, and found a request for a
AF121-207 TITLE: Floral Disruptor - Directed Energy Weed Abatement and Prevention Tool
TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Materials/Processes
OBJECTIVE: Develop a device that uses directed energy technology to prevent and abate unwanted plants (weeds)
in areas that require control or defoliation. The purpose of this system will be the removal of unwanted plants and
keep seeds from germinating.
They seem to be looking for a Laser Weed Whacker, but I guess “
Floral Disruptor” sounds way cooler and more Star Trek-y.
Other people have noticed the – well – florid language:
The Air Force is looking to hire a gardener — preferably one with ray guns. You see, just like the rest of us, the military is embarrassed by their unkempt, weed-filled backyards. They’ve tried spraying those pesky weeds with toxic herbicides, but...
Some years ago I was at WorldCon in Chicago. During the costume contest/display there were a couple of folks who portrayed Klingons from the “Mirror/Mirror” universe. So, if Federation folks on the other side are nasty, what would the Klingons be like?
They were part of the crew of the Imperial Floral Ship
Dimples, and their outfits, while standard Klingon in cut and design, were pink and purple.
“Set phasers on defoliate!”
Is it too late to trademark “Chloroblast-er”
For you non sciency types its in reference to chloroplasts, the organelle in plants that derives energy from sunlight.
A chloroplast (/ˈklɔːrəˌplæst, -plɑːst/) is a type of membrane-bound organelle known as a plastid that conducts photosynthesis mostly in plant and algal cells. The photosynthetic pigment chlorophyll captures the energy from sunlight, converts it, and stores it in the energy-storage molecules ATP and NADPH while freeing oxygen from water in the cells. The ATP and NADPH is then used to make organic molecules from carbon dioxide in a process known as the Calvin cycle. Chloroplasts carry out a A ...