I'm a fiction writer working on a short story. I have a few questions about space and other things that I haven't been able to find the answers to. Here are a few of my questions: 1). Will the rotation of Mercury speed up over time? 2). What effect does synchrotron radiation have on humans? 3). When a star that is 1.4 times the mass of the sun collapses what does it look like during the explosion? After the explosion? 4). Is there current research on hypersleep? 5). Where is the best place to look for information on new technologies for space craft (here I"m looking mainly for speed)? I have more, but I"m going to start with these.