I would think the situation would be this: If the nuke
arrives fast enough and is properly targeted, the
gamma-induced heat effects, propagating as they do at
very nearly the speed of light, are going to overtake
and ionize or fry all proximate nannites, whether
they're updrafted or not.
IF, however, the nuke doesn't get there fast enough,
the blast wave will serve to spread the most distant
nannites over an even larger area (as well as,
possibly, into the stratosphere), likely making even
multiple follow-up detonations ineffective.
Seems to me, at any rate.
--- Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de wrote:
> "Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> > S.J said:
> > > It is also not quite true to say that nano is
> the *only* defense against
> > > nano. Rob and I discussed it, and came to the
> conclusion that, for
> > > localized infestations, napalm would work just
> > Nukes, too, of course.
> Both wrong. Being intense heat sources, both
> generate immense updraft.
> You'll nail the bulk of the critters, spreading the
> rest all over the place.
> Um, and why should these be localized infestations?
> Because they attempt
> to be particularly nice? If anything, you can assume
> that whatever you're
> getting will be multifocal.
> Not a good idea.
> As to shields, look from Earth from space. It's
> rather green in places.
> Are all of the plants going to get shields, too? One
> for every leaf?
> And what are you going to power these with?
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