Skip to comments.Cold Fusion -- The Sun in a bottle
Posted on 06/10/2006 8:53:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
When you consider that his committee's sole function was to advise whether or not research funds should be spent to investigate an entirely new area of physics and electrochemistry, and that this statement is one of his principal reasons for deciding not to invest such research funds, his statement takes on an almost Kafkaesque quality. It is unwise to invest research funds in any new area, unless we already have a thorough foundation in the basics of that new area? How could anyone ever get any money for research out of professor Huizenga's committee? By proving that they already know everything there is to know?
A more rational approach is that of Dr. Edmund Storms, formerly with the Los Alamos nuclear research laboratory who said, 'Science grows by competition between two possibilities. One is based on a very imperfect imagination for new possibilities. The other is based on a tested understanding of our world which we all agree to enjoy without conflict. Each has its role in intellectual evolution and its strengths. However, to function properly, the relationship needs to be based on mutual respect, as is the case with all relationships. This respect leads to questions not declarations, to discussion not conflict, and to seeking a mutually satisfying goal, not an arbitrary conclusion. In the cold fusion partnership, these requirements are not being followed and, as a result, the marriage is on the rocks.'
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Place marker ... this could get down right hillarious!
Last I'd read, the defense department had pretty much ordered a totally new evaluation of cold rusion, and that was a couple of years ago. I hadn't read anything since then. The biggest problem seemed to be that there wasn't enough money involved, i.e. that the cold fusion crowd might have been better off demanding fifty billion dollars for starters.
Dogma lives and breathes in modern Science as much as it ever did in Religion...
Wow, TIME had the jump on this story by twenty years!
Tabletop Physicists May Have Achieved Fusion in a Bottle
Posted by toast
On News/Activism 03/05/2002 12:56:47 PM EST · 12 replies · 25+ views
AP - Fox | 3/5/2002
<p>WASHINGTON-ó-A phenomenon that may be nuclear fusion was created in a laboratory bottle by researchers who zapped tiny dissolved bubbles with sound waves, which triggered a flash of light and a brief surge of superhigh temperatures.</p> <p>Using a device described as the size of three stacked coffee cups, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute say the phenomenon was like nuclear fusion in a bottle. Some scientists disputed the claim.</p>
Indian scientist claims holy grail of physics
Posted by Madiuq
On News/Activism 03/05/2002 7:49:29 PM EST · 45 replies · 393+ views
THE TIMES OF INDIA | TUESDAY, MARCH 05, 2002 9:04:47 PM | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
WASHINGTON: An Indian-American scientist with the IIT imprimatur has, along with several American colleagues, caused a stir in the world scientific community by claiming to have achieved nuclear fusion in a small table top experiment.If it is proved right and authenticated by peers, such a fusion ñ the same principle that fuels the sun ñ could be the source of cheap, clean and limitless energy, and could change the world. Scientists have worked for decades in this direction and the possibility that a team might have cracked the problem is considered so remote that the announcement, to be reported in ...
Not Cold Fusion but: "Oak Ridge scientist exhausted, elated with response to research"
Posted by The Raven
On News/Activism 03/07/2002 4:31:06 AM EST · 34 replies · 421+ views
Knoxville News-Sentinel | Mar 7, 2002 | Frank Munger, News-Sentinel senior writer
OAK RIDGE - Rusi Taleyarkhan is 49 years old, suddenly famous and emotionally spent."It's been a pressure-cooker for the past one year," said the senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory who has attracted worldwide attention this week regarding his research on "bubble fusion."In January 2001, after four years of study and experimentation, Taleyarkhan started seeing "interesting results" in his research with sono-luminescence - a phenomenon in which sound waves produce bubbles that collapse explosively and release energy in the form of light flashes. The feedback gave him confidence that the tabletop experiment might achieve nuclear fusion - the fusing ...
Posted by Phil V.
On News/Activism 03/07/2002 11:34:09 PM EST · 14 replies · 155+ views
Economist Print Edition | Friday March 8th 2002 | STAFF
Table-top fusion Here we go again Mar 7th 2002 From The Economist print editionIs the world about to witness a repetition of the cold-fusion fiasco? AS PARENTS scare their children with stories of ghosts and ogres, so professors scare their students with stories of Pons and Fleischmann. In 1989 Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, then researchers at Southampton University, in England, announced to an astonished world that they had performed nuclear fusion in apparatus built on a laboratory bench. For a few weeks people dreamed of limitless clean power. But other researchers failed to replicate their results and it ...
Bubble Bomb? "Defense funds paying bill on bubble fusion"
Posted by The Raven
On News/Activism 03/09/2002 5:38:10 AM EST · 9 replies · 372+ views
KnoxNews | Mar 9, 2002 | Frank Munger, News-Sentinel senior writer
Research could have weapons implicationsBy Frank Munger, News-Sentinel senior writer OAK RIDGE - If bubble fusion works, will a bubble bomb be far behind?Rusi Taleyarkhan, lead scientist on the Oak Ridge research project, acknowledged this week that his work with collapsing bubbles is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the central research arm of the Defense Department - because of its potential military applications. "The energy density of a reaction such as this is about a million times more than any known conventional explosive," Taleyarkhan said. "So if you can tap this and make it work, you've ...
Sonic Fusion (nuclear fusion in a tabletop apparatus)
Posted by dead
On News/Activism 03/21/2002 9:40:25 AM EST · 10 replies · 323+ views
Scientific American | 3/21/02 | W. Wayt Gibbs
Scientists have reported that by bombarding a liquid with sound they were able to produce nuclear fusion in a tabletop apparatus. But their colleagues doubt it. Donald Kennedy, editor of the prestigious journal Science, knew he was in for a row if he published the paper. Itís not that the work was shoddy or came out of left field. On the contrary, the experiments had been performed with great care by well-respected senior scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the Russian Academy of Sciences. But what the authors were claiming was just so extraordinary:...
New US Navy Report Supports Cold Fusion
Posted by Diogenesis
On News/Activism 04/13/2002 7:02:13 PM EDT · 80 replies · 414+ views
US Navy | 4/13/02
BREAKING: New US Navy Report Supports Cold Fusion V. Impt. - This official report, prepared by the U.S. Navy, is strongly supportive of cold fusion research. TECHNICAL REPORT 1862, February 2002 Thermal and Nuclear Aspects of the Pd/D2O System (In two volumes) From the Foreword: "As I write this Foreword, California is experiencing rolling blackouts due to power shortages. Conventional engineering, planned ahead, could have prevented these blackouts, but it has been politically expedient to ignore the inevitable. We do not know if Cold Fusion will be the answer to future energy needs, but we do know the existence of...
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 06/05/2002 6:24:46 PM EDT · 12 replies · 365+ views
Scientific American | FR Post 6-6-2 | By W. Wayt Gibbs
Sonic Fusion Scientists have reported that by bombarding a liquid with sound they were able to produce nuclear fusion in a tabletop apparatus. But their colleagues doubt it. By W. Wayt Gibbs Image: Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Rusi P. Taleyarkhan, J. S. Cho, C.D. West, R.T. Lahey,Jr., R.I. Nigmatulin and R.C. Block)SIX-MILLIMETER BUBBLE CLOUD is about to implode in a glass chamber filled with acetone.-The implosion produces light and shock waves. Donald Kennedy, editor of the prestigious journal Science, knew he was in for a row if he...
Fusion Experiment Disappoints
Posted by blam
On News/Activism 07/25/2002 12:51:18 PM EDT · 12 replies · 316+ views
BBC | 7-25-2002
Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK Fusion experiment disappoints The idea that we could build nuclear fusion reactors that relied on the extraordinary pressures and temperatures experienced inside tiny, collapsing bubbles in a liquid has suffered a grievous blow. New calculations all but rule out the controversial suggestion, made earlier this year by US and Russian researchers. We've shown that chemistry occurs within a collapsing bubble, and that it limits the energy available during cavitation Kenneth Suslick They fired sound waves through acetone, causing minute bubbles in the liquid to form and then collapse at temperatures of millions...
Studies Suggest Unknown Form of Matter Exists
Posted by gcruse
On News/Activism 07/31/2002 12:43:53 AM EDT · 6 replies · 143+ views
New York Times | July 31, 2002 | James Glanz
Painstaking observations of a kind of subatomic dance suggest that the universe may contain a shadowy form of matter that has never been seen directly and is unexplained by standard physics theories, a team of scientists working at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island announced yesterday. The studies appear to confirm similar findings the scientists reported last year. The research involves muons, rare subatomic particles similar to electrons but 207 times as heavy. The work has been controversial, though for reasons that have little to do with the experiment itself. Theorists who are not involved in the research, but whose...
Fusion reactor breaks duration record
Posted by Brett66
On News/Activism 08/07/2002 12:04:15 AM EDT · 11 replies · 142+ views
New Scientist | 8/6/02 | Jeff Hecht
Fusion reactor breaks duration record 10:50 06 August 02 NewScientist.com news service A powerful plasma discharge has operated for a world record 210 seconds in an experimental French fusion reactor. The demonstration is a significant step toward the long plasma confinement times needed in a practical fusion reactor. Physicists sustained the three-megawatt electric discharge in the Tore Supra reactor at the Association Euratom-CEA in Cadarache. During that interval, it dissipated more than 600 megajoules of energy, more than twice the previous record, also set by Tore Supra in 1996. The record was broken thanks to an upgrade that added...
U.S. to join international fusion project
Posted by Indy Pendance
On News/Activism 01/30/2003 7:24:57 PM EST · 27 replies · 200+ views
The Washington Times | January 30, 2003
<p>PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The United States will join negotiations to build and operate a major international fusion research project, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Thursday.</p> <p>Known as ITER -- from the Latin word meaning "the way" -- the project is intended to build on previous fusion concepts involving magnetic containment of high-temperature plasma, a state of matter so hot that even atoms cannot hold together.</p>
ITER: United States Rejoins International Fusion-Research Project
Posted by Lessismore
On News/Activism 02/07/2003 11:18:04 PM EST · 4 replies · 182+ views
Science Magazine | 2003-02-07 | Charles Seife
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY--In, then out, then in again. In 1998, the United States withdrew from a previous incarnation of the $5 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) experiment, which will use a doughnut-shaped magnetic bottle to confine a superhot hydrogen plasma and induce it to undergo nuclear fusion. But last week, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced that the United States would seek to become a partner in ITERagain, as part of its push for long-term energy independence. "I am pleased to announce today that President Bush has decided that the United States will join the international negotiations on ITER,"...
Will Spacecraft ever Go Faster than the speed of Light?
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 02/16/2003 5:16:44 PM EST · 112 replies · 7,548+ views
Various - See Text | 16 FEB 2003 | Various
Will Spacecraft ever Go Faster than the speed of Light? Compiled by VANNROX for BlueBay Source list and references included.Primary Sources include MSNBC,NASA,Analog, and other online publications. February 16 2003 -Marc Millis, who manages NASA?s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program, says he?s more interested in ways ?to propel spacecraft farther, faster, more efficiently? than in the grand cosmological questions. ?And my ears perk up more when I hear about new experimental evidence than theories,? he says. There are a number of such theories based on experimental evidence. His top three of interest are: Photon Tunneling.Some experiments have indicated that photons...
An Introduction to Zero-Point Energy
Posted by sourcery
On News/Activism 02/28/2003 5:59:02 PM EST · 281 replies · 753+ views
Quantum physics predicts the existence of an underlying sea of zero-point energy at every point in the universe. This is different from the cosmic microwave background and is also referred to as the electromagnetic quantum vacuum since it is the lowest state of otherwise empty space. This energy is so enormous that most physicists believe that even though zero-point energy seems to be an inescapable consequence of elementary quantum theory, it cannot be physically real, and so is subtracted away in calculations. A minority of physicists accept it as real energy which we cannot directly sense since it is the...
Sandia Scientists Confirm; Huge Pulsed Power Machine Enters Fusion Arena!!!
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 04/07/2003 7:26:58 PM EDT · 34 replies · 651+ views
Science Daily | 2003-04-07 | Editorial Staff
Z Produces Fusion Neutrons, Sandia Scientists Confirm; Huge Pulsed Power Machine Enters Fusion Arena PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 7, 2003) -- Throwing its hat into the ring of machines that offer the possibility of achieving controlled nuclear fusion, Sandia National Laboratories' Z machine has created a hot dense plasma that produces thermonuclear neutrons, Sandia researchers announced today at a news conference at the April meeting of the American Physical Society in Philadelphia. The neutrons emanate from fusion reactions within a BB-sized deuterium capsule placed within the target of the huge machine. Compressing hot dense plasmas that produce neutrons is an important...
Sandia Attains Nuclear Fusion
Posted by woofie
On News/Activism 04/08/2003 11:52:09 AM EDT · 79 replies · 620+ views
Albuquerque Journal | Tuesday, April 8, 2003 | John Fleck
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have re-created a star's fire. In a series of experiments using the lab's Z machine over the past nine months, they demonstrated the ability to generate tiny bursts of nuclear fusion, the same energy that fuels H-bombs and stars, the researchers said at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Philadelphia. "We're trying to create a star in the laboratory," said Jeff Quintenz, head of Sandia's fusion research program. The research is driven by a need to duplicate the conditions on a nuclear battlefield. But it also means Z's unique technological approach has demonstrated...
Scientific Discovery of "Rare Nuclear-Fusion Violating-Charge-Symmetry"!
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 04/09/2003 10:08:33 PM EDT · 18 replies · 381+ views
Science Daily | 4-8-2003 | Editorial Staff
Indiana University Scientists First To Detect Rare Nuclear Fusion Violating Charge Symmetry BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Scientists at the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility in Bloomington have made the first unambiguous detection of a rare process, the fusion of two nuclei of heavy hydrogen to form a nucleus of helium and an uncharged pion. The pion is one of the subatomic particles responsible for the strong force that holds every nucleus together. The achievement will be announced Saturday (April 5) at the meeting of the American Physical Society in Philadelphia. "Scientists have searched for this rare fusion process since the 1950s," said...
Cold fusion information available at LENR-CANR.org
Posted by JedRothwell
On News/Activism 05/06/2003 5:09:13 PM EDT · 55 replies · 659+ views
lenr-canr.org | May 6, 2003 | Jed Rothwell
Greetings. I am the librarian at http://lenr-canr.org people at this site have evidently been discussing our web site. Our site is devoted to cold fusion, a controversial discovery in physics. It was first reported in 1926 by Paneth and Peters, and sporadically thereafter. In 1989 Fleischmann and Pons repored much more definitive results than any previous researchers, and they are generally given credit for the discovery. Or they are blamed for it, since most mainstream researchers reject the claims. Despite this rejection considerable work has been done on it and hundreds of peer-reviewed papers have been published. A small sample...
Billion Degree Breakthrough for Very Hot Fusion
Posted by Wonder Warthog
On News/Activism 06/29/2003 8:34:59 AM EDT · 74 replies · 782+ views
Focus Fusion Society | Focus Fusion Society
Researchers Report Record High Temperatures in Compact Fusion Device Step taken towards environmentally safe, cheap and unlimited energy May 28, 2002. A team of researchers has announced the achievement for the first time of temperatures above one billion degrees in a dense plasma. The breakthrough, achieved with a compact and inexpensive device called the plasma focus, is a step toward controlled fusion energy using advanced fuels that release little or no radioactivity. "We have achieved a key condition needed to burn hydrogen-boron fuel," said Eric J. Lerner of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, one of the researchers. "This fuel produces virtually no...
Cold fusion gets cold shoulder from many scientists
Posted by B Knotts
On News/Activism 09/08/2003 2:26:40 PM EDT · 66 replies · 466+ views
S.F. Chronicle/WSJ | 9/5/2003 | Sharon Begley
<p>"Well, we're here," said physicist Peter Hagelstein to the 150 scientists at the 10th International Conference on Cold Fusion in Cambridge, Mass., last week. "Many people in the scientific community feel we should be shot."</p> <p>That, actually, would be a big step up for the beleaguered community of cold fusioneers.</p>
Freshman's nuclear fusion reactor has USU physics faculty in awe
Posted by wafflehouse
On News/Activism 09/17/2003 11:18:21 PM EDT · 92 replies · 643+ views
deseretnews.com | 9-16-03 | Alan Edwards
LOGAN ó A widespread belief among physicists nowadays is that modern science requires squadrons of scientists and wildly expensive equipment. --- Craig Wallace and Philo T. Farnsworth are putting the lie to all that. --- Wallace, a baby-faced tennis player fresh out of Spanish Fork High School, had almost the entire physics faculty of Utah State University hovering (and arguing) over an apparatus he had cobbled together from parts salvaged from junk yards and charity drops. --- The apparatus is nothing less than the sine qua non of modern science: a nuclear fusion reactor, based on the plans of Utah's...
Europe puts France up for reactor (world's 1st fusion reactor will cost $5bil, revolutionize energy)
Posted by presidio9
On News/Activism 11/26/2003 10:15:03 AM EST · 46 replies · 316+ views
BBC News | Wednesday, 26 November, 2003 | Dr David Whitehouse
The European Union has chosen France as its preferred location for a nuclear reactor that scientists hope will revolutionise world power production. It will cost billions to build the fusion machine which releases energy in a similar way to the Sun's furnaces. Scientists say the new reactor will be the first such prototype to give out a lot more power than it consumes. International partners in the immense engineering project include the US, China, Japan, Russia and Korea. Well placed A final decision on the siting of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) should come in December at a meeting...
France and Japan step up competition for 10 billion dollar (nuclear fusion) reactor
Posted by FairOpinion
On News/Activism 12/20/2003 1:55:45 AM EST · 16 replies · 138+ views
Channel News Asia | Dec. 20, 2003 | AFP
WASHINGTON : France and Japan stepped up lobbying ahead of Saturday's decision by the major nuclear powers on where to put an experimental nuclear fusion reactor as part of the multi-billion dollar ITER project. The choice between the French town of Cadarache and Rokkasho-mura in northern Japan is to be made at a ministerial meeting at Reston, Virginia, in the Washington suburbs. The reactor is expected to cost about 10 billion dollars but French officials estimate the project could bring 30 billion dollars to the economy of the chosen venue over 30 years. The ITER consortium -- which hopes to...
Decision day for fusion project [Build in Japan or France?]
Posted by aculeus
On News/Activism 12/20/2003 10:50:58 AM EST · 16 replies · 97+ views
BBC NEWS | 2003/12/20 | Unsigned [Letter to Editor]
Scientists are meeting in Washington to decide where to build the world's first big nuclear fusion reactor. Nuclear fusion holds out the promise of virtually limitless pollution-free energy - but the reactor will take 10 years to build. The multi-billion dollar project is likely to be based either in Cadarache in France or in Rokkasho-mura in Japan. But the US is opposing the French option because of France's opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Pros and cons Member countries of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project have been gathering in the US to make a final decision on the...
Decision on Site of Fusion Project Postponed-France
Posted by demlosers
On News/Activism 12/20/2003 2:42:57 PM EST · 9 replies · 102+ views
Reuters | Sat December 20, 2003
PARIS (Reuters) - An international committee has postponed a decision on the site of the world's biggest experimental nuclear fusion reactor after failing to reach agreement at a meeting in Washington, France said on Saturday. Members of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project met in the United States on December 19 and 20 to pick between a site in France and one in Japan to host the project, worth 10 billion euros ($12 billion). "At the end of the meeting... it was agreed by all parties present that no definitive choice could be made at this stage," France's Research...
Russian nuclear engineers will light artificial sun on New Year's Eve
Posted by joyful1
On News/Activism 12/31/2003 7:38:24 AM EST · 87 replies · 233+ views
Pravda | 12/30/2003 | Pravda
Russian nuclear engineers will light artificial sun on New Year's Eve - 12/30/2003 12:12 Russian engineers from the Federal nuclear center in Saratov will attempt to light an artificial sun on the Earth. A powerful explosion has been created by scientists on one of the famous research grounds. Russian engineers managed to create a special magnetic field which is 20 million times more powerful than that of the Earth's. This has been reported by a director of All-Russian scientific research center at the research institute of experimental physics Victor Selemir, reports ITAR-TASS. According to Selemir, "Such super powerful magnetic fields...
ITER: No Meeting of the Minds on Fusion Megaproject
Posted by Lessismore
On News/Activism 01/02/2004 6:06:18 PM EST · 6 replies · 103+ views
Science Magazine | 2004-01-02 | Daniel Clery*
CAMBRIDGE, U.K.--It was supposed to be a banner day for the world's nuclear fusion community. After 18 years of study, experiment, and debate, politicians gathered in Washington, D.C., just before the holidays to give the long-awaited green light to a $5 billion reactor project that would demonstrate fusion's potential to generate almost limitless amounts of power. But on 20 December, there was no joyous announcement to ring in the new year. Half of the partners behind the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor insisted that ITER be sited in Japan, and the other half backed a site in France. The standoff put...
Russia Says 'No' to Nuclear Fusion Plant in Japan
Posted by Willie Green
On News/Activism 01/16/2004 6:56:05 PM EST · 14 replies · 122+ views
Yahoo! | Thursday, January 15, 2004 | Reuters
For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday declined Japanese pleas to back Tokyo's bid to host a disputed nuclear fusion reactor as the global contest for the multi-billion project threatened to hurt relations among the participants. Japan and France are vying for the right to build the world's first such reactor, but the six members of the joint venture have so far failed to agree on the site. The plant would generate energy the same way the sun does. Russia and China favor the French site of Cadarache. South Korea and the...
Mining the moon for energy on Earth
Posted by Darkshadow
On News/Activism 01/21/2004 4:51:15 PM EST · 17 replies · 404+ views
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jan. 19, 2004 | By SUSANNE QUICK
Mining the moon for energy on Earth Bush's space visions kindle zeal for project of Madison scientists By SUSANNE QUICKsquick@journalsentinel.com Posted: Jan. 19, 2004 Forget about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison think all the energy we need for the next millennium can be found on the moon. UW-Madison Photo/Joe Koshollek Gerald Kulcinski, a University of Wisconsin-Madison nuclear engineering professor, displays the only helium-3 reactor in the world, which is in his lab at the university. Helium-3 litters the moon's surface, he says. The energy source, helium-3, literally litters the...
China supports France in ITER project
Posted by Dr. Marten
On News/Activism 01/29/2004 11:18:48 PM EST · 4 replies · 148+ views
PD | 01.30.04
China supports France in ITER project China will support France as the site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)project, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue Thursday. After studying the two proposed sites in France and Japan for the construction of an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, China had decided to support France, Zhang said. France had been competing with Japan as the site of the multi-billion dollar project, but China hoped the issue could be settled according to consultations among all parties, she said. The project is the world's largest-yet nuclear fusion power plant with technology touted as a...
France to Host China's ITER Nuclear Fusion Reactor.
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 02/03/2004 6:03:06 PM EST · 8 replies · 258+ views
China Peoples Daily | Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Friday, January 30, 2004 | Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue
China will support France as the site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)project, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue Thursday. After studying the two proposed sites in France and Japan for the construction of an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, China had decided to support France, Zhang said. France had been competing with Japan as the site of the multi-billion dollar project, but China hoped the issue could be settled according to consultations among all parties, she said. The project is the world's largest-yet nuclear fusion power plant with technology touted as a solution to global energy problems. Once completed...
Albanians Fear Anarchy in Demonstrations
Posted by Jomini
On News/Activism 02/19/2004 5:37:18 PM EST · 7 replies · 79+ views
Newsday | February 19, 2004 | Llazar Semini
Albania's opposition leaders have called for a mass demonstration this weekend in a bid to oust a government they contend is corrupt and not doing enough to lift living standards in one of Europe's poorest countries. Former President Sali Berisha's Democratic Party and nine other opposition groups have joined forces ahead of Saturday's protest, an effort to force the resignation of Prime Minister Fatos Nano and his Socialist-led government.
Experts Say New Desktop Fusion Claims Seem More Credible
Posted by 68skylark
On News/Activism 03/03/2004 9:49:50 AM EST · 44 replies · 20,782+ views
New York Times | March 3, 2004 | KENNETH CHANG
Scientists are again claiming they have made a Sun in a jar, offering perhaps a revolutionary energy source, and this time even some skeptics find the evidence intriguing enough to call for a closer look. Using ultrasonic vibrations to shake a jar of liquid solvent the size of a large drink cup, the scientists say, they squeezed tiny gas bubbles in the liquid so quickly and violently that temperatures reached millions of degrees and some of the hydrogen atoms in the solvent molecules fused, producing a flash of light and energy. "It can do some interesting science stuff as is,"...
Researchers Report Bubble Fusion Results Replicated
Posted by Brett66
On News/Activism 03/04/2004 2:44:41 PM EST · 32 replies · 438+ views
Spacedaily | 3/4/04 | Troy
Researchers Report Bubble Fusion Results Replicated Rusi Taleyarkhan, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist is part of a group working towards the dream of sustained fusion energy. Troy - Mar 04, 2004 Physical Review E has announced the publication of an article by a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Purdue University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) stating that they have replicated and extended previous experimental results that indicated the occurrence of nuclear fusion using a novel approach for plasma confinement. This approach, called bubble fusion, and the new experimental results...
Atomic fusion in a cup? - It's hard to believe -
Posted by UnklGene
On News/Activism 03/07/2004 3:14:07 PM EST · 36 replies · 5,698+ views
The Globe and Mail | March 7, 2004 | Stephan Strauss
Atomic fusion in a cup? - It's hard to believe - By STEPHEN STRAUSS Saturday, March 6, 2004 - Double, bubble, boil and generate energy like the sun? It may not scan into Shakespearean prose, but U.S. researchers will soon publish strong evidence of a recipe to generate fusion power with tiny bubbles, which does sound like a modern witch's brew. The power source is ultrasonic noise aimed at a clear glass canister whose size would qualify as a grande latte in a coffee house. The sound waves rattle through a liquid solvent in the glass and, as they do,...
U.S. Will Give Cold Fusion Second Look, After 15 Years
Posted by neverdem
On News/Activism 03/25/2004 2:52:23 AM EST · 150 replies · 1,820+ views
NY Times | March 25, 2004 | KENNETH CHANG
Cold fusion, briefly hailed as the silver-bullet solution to the world's energy problems and since discarded to the same bin of quackery as paranormal phenomena and perpetual motion machines, will soon get a new hearing from Washington. Despite being pushed to the fringes of physics, cold fusion has continued to be worked on by a small group of scientists, and they say their figures unambiguously verify the original report, that energy can be generated simply by running an electrical current through a jar of water. Last fall, cold fusion scientists asked the Energy Department to take a second look at...
Press release on D.O.E. funded cold fusion research-- NEW ENERGY FOUNDATION
Posted by dennisw
On News/Activism 03/26/2004 12:52:12 PM EST · 12 replies · 226+ views
NEW ENERGY FOUNDATION | March 20, 2004 | NEW ENERGY FOUNDATION
Press ReleaseNEW ENERGY FOUNDATION-CONCORD, NHMarch 20, 2004U.S. Department of Energy Will Review 15 Years of "Cold Fusion" Excess Heat and Nuclear EvidenceExciting news that has circulated for about a month in the low-energy nuclear reactions field (LENR, a.k.a. "cold fusion") has now been confirmed. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to perform a review of the entire "cold fusion" (LENR) question. The DOE has made a startling reversal of its past refusal to evaluate with a fresh look the large body of experimental evidence that now supports highly anomalous non-chemical magnitude excess heat phenomena in some hydrogen systems,...
Cold Fusion Heating Up
Posted by Waldozer
On News/Activism 04/18/2004 1:42:54 PM EDT · 58 replies · 602+ views
Physics Today | April, 2004
DOE Warms to Cold Fusion Whether outraged or supportive about DOE's planned reevaluation of cold fusion, most scientists remain deeply skeptical that it's real. Hot air? The cold fusion claims made in 1989 by B. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann didn't hold up. But they did spawn a small and devoted coterie of researchers who continue to investigate the alleged effect. Cold fusion die-hards say their data from the intervening 15 years merit a reevaluation-- and a place at the table with mainstream science. Now they have the ear of the US Department of Energy. "I have committed to doing...
Dr. Eugene Mallove is dead
Posted by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
On News/Activism 05/16/2004 1:17:14 AM EDT · 87 replies · 838+ views
zpenergy | 2004-05-15 | "vlad"
Shocking and tragic news from Steven B. Krivit: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Gene Mallove, who was killed on May 14, 2004 apparently due to some sort of involvement with a property dispute. It is considered by the police to be a homicide and an investigation is underway. Gene is survived by his wife Joanne, son Ethan and daughter Kim. No funeral arrangements are known at this time. Gene Mallove, who, in his 1991 book "Fire from Ice: Searching for the Truth behind the Cold Fusion Furor," was the first to courageously and boldly...
Police seeking help in Mallove murder
Posted by Diogenesis
On News/Activism 05/29/2004 5:26:09 PM EDT · 50 replies · 345+ views
5/29/04 | GREG SMITH
BREAKING : Police seeking help in (FREEPER) Mallove killing Connecticut Police need help, FREEPERS. Click here because of the copyright complaint. Police released a list regarding FReeper Mallove's brutual murder. More background information: (Freeper) Dr. Eugene Mallove is dead Original thread at time of murder 5/14/4
US to halt nuclear fusion project
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 08/01/2004 12:48:34 PM EDT · 81 replies · 1,451+ views
NewScientist.com | 17:04 30 July 04 | Maggie McKee
US to halt nuclear fusion project 17:04 30 July 04 NewScientist.com news service Amidst a prolonged stalemate over where to build the world's largest nuclear fusion facility, the US is halting work on a homegrown fusion project. The decision caused concern among researchers at a fusion meeting earlier this week. The US is pinning its hopes on ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), which aims to lay the groundwork for using nuclear fusion as an inexhaustible and clean energy source. But the project has been stalled since December 2003 because its six members - the US, the European Union, China, Japan,...
Cold Fusion Back From the Dead
Posted by LibWhacker
On News/Activism 08/31/2004 7:48:56 PM EDT · 61 replies · 1,867+ views
IEEE Spectrum | 8/31/04 | Justin Mullins
U.S. Energy Department gives true believers a new hearingLater this month, the U.S. Department of Energy will receive a report from a panel of experts on the prospects for cold fusionóthe supposed generation of thermonuclear energy using tabletop apparatus. It's an extraordinary reversal of fortune: more than a few heads turned earlier this year when James Decker, the deputy director of the DOE's Office of Science, announced that he was initiating the review of cold fusion science. Back in November 1989, it had been the department's own investigation that determined the evidence behind cold fusion was unconvincing. Clearly, something important...
Fuel cells get a boost
Posted by Indy Pendance
On News/Activism 09/17/2004 6:43:53 PM EDT · 51 replies · 1,453+ views
ISA | 9-17-04
To efficiently operate a fuel cell, carbon monoxide has always been a major technical barrier. But now, chemical and biological engineers at the University of WisconsinñMadison have not only cleared that barrieróthey also found a method to capture carbon monoxide's energy. To be useful in a power-generating fuel cell, hydrocarbons such as gasoline, natural gas, or ethanol must reform into a hydrogen-rich gas. A large, costly, and critical step to this process requires generating steam and forcing a reaction with carbon monoxide (CO). This process, called water-gas shift, produces hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2). Additional steps then must reduce the...
Igniting a burning plasma
Posted by Willie Green
On News/Activism 09/19/2004 4:20:29 PM EDT · 28 replies · 881+ views
MetroWestDailyNews | Sunday, September 19, 2004 | Peter Golden
For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Arguably the most accessible and incontrovertibly important applications problem currently confronting the experimental physics and energy technology communities today is fusion power. Little understood in terms of its current state and immediate potential for development, fusion power is still largely a dream. Notably, a recent alumnae event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a world leader in fusion power research, featured an "alternative energy fair" yet omitted fusion power. Similarly, a recent article in the Boston Globe on "cold fusion," a controversial and entirely unproved concept, omitted any reference to "hot...
EU in push for support on nuclear fusion reactor...
Posted by AKSurprise
On News/Activism 09/25/2004 9:32:25 PM EDT · 16 replies · 578+ views
Sydney Morning Herald | September 26, 2004 | Sydney Morning Herald
EU ministers have agreed to try to win broad international support for a plan to build a futuristic nuclear reactor in France, even though several EU countries appeared ready to do it without the United States. The European Union and five other partners want to build the first International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor to obtain power through nuclear fusion, a clean energy source. Diplomats said the US resistance seemed to be political rather than based on scientific grounds, and that the upcoming US presidential elections complicated the discussion. Meanwhile, non-EU countries such as Brazil and Switzerland have expressed interest in joining...
Is the Sun really hot?
Posted by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
On News/Activism 10/06/2004 11:44:49 AM EDT · 135 replies · 3,070+ views
Is the Sun really hot? The question is, on the face of it, almost insane. No-one could possibly doubt that the sun is the only source of external heat on earth. And, certainly, the part that we see, the sun's photosphere, is some 5,800 degrees Kelvin. The solar corona, which extends into space, may be as hot as one million degrees Kelvin. But what exactly is underneath this hot atmosphere? The explanation universally accepted without question is that it must be an even hotter mass of hydrogen gas, fusing into helium and other elements at temperatures of 15 million degrees...
A step towards fusion power
Posted by tricky_k_1972
On News/Activism 10/23/2004 4:19:03 PM EDT · 20 replies · 942+ views
Sandia National Laboratories | September 13, 1999 | Sandia National Laboratories
Concept for rapid-fire thermonuclear explosions proposed by Sandia scientists ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- A simple theoretical concept to solve the staggeringly difficult problem of maintaining intact electrical transmission lines to produce rapidly repeated thermonuclear explosions for peacetime purposes has been proposed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories. The method is meant to advance the day of relatively cheap, clean, fusion-produced energy through machines like Sandia's Z accelerator. The concept was presented informally by Sandia researcher Mark Derzon in late July to researchers in Snowmass, Colo., at the first extended meeting of fusion researchers both inertial and magnetic....
Warming Up to Cold Fusion
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 11/20/2004 8:15:08 AM EST · 90 replies · 2,378+ views
The Washington Post | Sharon Weinberger
On a quiet Monday in late August -- a time of year when much of the Washington bureaucracy has gone to the beach -- a panel of scientists gathered at a Doubletree Hotel set between the Congressional Plaza strip mall and a drab concrete office building on Rockville Pike. The panel's charge was simple: to determine whether that idea had even a prayer of a chance at working. The Department of Energy went to great lengths to cloak the meeting from public view. No announcement, no reporters. None of the names of the people attending that day was disclosed. The...
Moon gas could meet Earth's future energy demands: Scientists
Posted by Willie Green
On News/Activism 11/26/2004 12:20:04 PM EST · 53 replies · 931+ views
Hindustan Times | 11/26 | Jay Shankar (AFP)
For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Udaipur, November 26 -- A potential gas source found on the Moon's surface could hold the key to meeting future energy demands as the Earth's fossil fuels dry up in the coming decades, scientists said on Friday. Mineral samples from the Moon contained abundant quantities of helium 3, a variant of the gas used in lasers and refrigerators as well as to blow up balloons. "When compared to the Earth the Moon has a tremendous amount of helium 3," said Lawrence Taylor, a director of the US Planetary Geosciences Institute, Department...
EU 'declaration of war' over fusion
Posted by JeffersonRepublic.com
On News/Activism 11/26/2004 1:58:38 PM EST · 3 replies · 428+ views
Japan said today it would continue with its bid to host a global nuclear fusion project and warned the European Union against going ahead without Tokyo. However, EU ministers agreed in Brussels to continue seeking Japan's backing to build the world's first thermonuclear reactor in France - but to go ahead without Tokyo if there was no deal by the end of the year. "It is regrettable that they are talking about taking unilateral action," Satoru Ohtake, director for fusion energy at Science and Technology Ministry, told Reuters. "There is no change in Japan's policy to seek to host the...
There's Helium-3 In Them There Moon Hills
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On News/Activism 12/21/2004 8:14:59 AM EST · 6 replies · 514+ views
Aero-News.net | Tue, 21 Dec '04 | Unknown
And That Could Be Reason Enough To Return The current value of pure gold (Au), at today's price is $15,500 per kilogram. So consider: Helium-3 (He3) a rare particle on Earth but abundant on the Moons lunar surface (He3 is required for a fusion reactant - safe nuclear energy) has an energy value in today's dollars is $5.7 million per kilogram when compared to the value and energy potential of oil. On January 14, 2004 US President Bush announced a new vision for NASA that incorporated a human return to the Moon by 2020, follow-on exploration of Mars and other...
Mining The Moon
Posted by demlosers
On News/Activism 12/28/2004 10:07:24 PM EST · 22 replies · 1,120+ views
popular mechanics | October 18, 2004 | HARRISON H. SCHMITT
An Apollo astronaut argues that with its vast stores of nonpolluting nuclear fuel, our lunar neighbor holds the key to Earth's future. FUTURE MINERS: Robotic equipment would scrape and refine lunar soil. Helium-3 would be sent to Earth aboard a future space shuttle or perhaps be shot from an electric rail gun. A sample of soil from the rim of Camelot crater slid from my scoop into a Teflon bag to begin its trip to Earth with the crew of Apollo 17. Little did I know at the time, on Dec. 13, 1972, that sample 75501, along with samples from...
Details about DoE review of cold fusion
Posted by JedRothwell
On News/Activism 01/05/2005 2:33:47 PM EST · 31 replies · 1,320+ views
Department of Energy | December 2004 | LENR-CANR
In December 2004 the Department of Energy, Office of Science, completed its review of cold fusion and published online, "Report of the Review of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions." This was briefly reported in some newpapers and journals. A short statement was published on a DoE website. We have more detailed information, including the complete set of comments from the anonymous scientific reviewers themselves. This is not available at the DoE website. See: http://lenr-canr.org scroll down to the third news item.) The second news item is about a book that I wrote myself. It is the first deliberately amusing book about...
Fire and brim stone
Posted by tricky_k_1972
On News/Activism 01/10/2005 4:37:06 PM EST · 10 replies · 716+ views
The Space Review | Monday, January 10, 2005 | Sam Dinkin
An offshoot of Project Orion, an initiative to develop a spacecraft propelled by nuclear explosions, could generate a large share of the power needed for Earth. (credit: NASA) Fusion drives and terraforming are two exciting ideas worked on by NASA that have some applications here on Earth. By utilizing inertial containment fusion while we wait for magnetic containment fusion, energy independence can be achieved. Another prospect is to terraform Earth to allow it to produce more energy. Fire it up Project Orion is familiar to most readers as the NASA project that postulated using external combustion nuclear bombs for...
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 01/15/2005 12:23:09 PM EST · 26 replies · 842+ views
popularmechanics.com | JIM WILSON
Fusion Redux BY JIM WILSON Photo by Donna Coveney/MIT After being virtually abandoned, fusion power is poised for a comeback. Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the stars. For more than 50 years, scientists have been trying to bring that power down to Earth. Fusion generators are appealing because they produce none of the pollutants associated with fossil- and nuclear-fuel power plants. Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Plainsboro, N.J., estimate that a 1000-megawatt nuclear fusion plant would produce about 4 pounds of waste a day, compared to 31,000 tons from a coal-fired plant of a similar...
CONSORTIUM FORMED TO STUDY ACOUSTIC FUSION;
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 01/15/2005 2:02:49 PM EST · 69 replies · 1,357+ views
January 12, 2005 03:30 PM US EST by The Acoustic Fusion Technology Energy Consortium GRASS VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2005-- CONSORTIUM FORMED TO STUDY ACOUSTIC FUSION; COULD BE ALTERNATIVE TO OIL, GAS, COAL AND NUCLEAR POWER The Acoustic Fusion Technology Energy Consortium (AFTEC) has been formed by leading academic and commercial institutions to research and develop acoustic inertial confinement fusion (AICF) and its related science, technologies, and equipment. AFTEC's five founders are (alphabetically): Boston University; Impulse Devices, Inc.; Purdue University; University of Mississippi; and University of Washington Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound. Dr. Wylene Dunbar, Director of AFTEC, today...
Researchers report bubble fusion results replicated ~ Cold fusion no longer confusion
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On News/Activism 01/25/2005 4:01:04 PM EST · 161 replies · 3,915+ views
The Inquirer UK | Friday 21 January 2005, 08:10 | Nick Farrell:
BOFFINS FROM the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Purdue University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) have managed to replicate controversial cold fusion experiments. A March 2002 an article in Science (Vol. 295, March 2002), indicated that boffins had managed to use bubble fusion successfully, but this data was questioned because it was made with imprecise instrumentation. Now Physical Review E is publishing an article by the team of researchers stating that it has replicated and extended previous experimental results and this time has used the right instruments. Cold fusion is a bit of a...
Nuclear fusion 'put to the test' (sonoluminescence, fusion in a jar)
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 02/18/2005 2:29:31 PM EST · 38 replies · 1,801+ views
BBC | 18 Feb 05 | BBC 2 staff
Nuclear fusion is nature's atomic power It is three years since Professor Rusi Taleyarkhan made the controversial claim that he had achieved one of the holy grails of science - nuclear fusion. Since then, he has grown tired of the scepticism of his fellow scientists. "My lab has been audited, my instruments have been audited, my books have been audited, the data speaks for itself. "The data has to speak for itself - I mean how can I answer that I know absolutely 100% sure that it is what I think it is? I just have to look at the...
Brutal Bubbles: Collapsing orbs rip apart atoms (Sonoluminescence, fusion in a jar)
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 03/04/2005 7:18:17 PM EST · 16 replies · 1,276+ views
Science News online | 4 March 05 | Peter Weiss
Fill a flask with liquid, rattle it with ultrasonic waves, and hellish microcosms can form within the fluid. Tiny gas bubbles swell and then implode with a fury now revealed to be extreme enough to strip electrons from atoms trapped in the collapse. The Illinois chemists who have detected that atomic destruction for the first time have also directly measured temperatures of the imploding bubbles. Some of these register at least 15,000 kelvins, a temperature about three times as hot as the Sun's surface. Researchers have long known that the collapse of ultrasonically generated bubbles emits flashes of lightóa phenomenon...
Temperature inside collapsing bubble four times that of sun (cold fusion, sonoluminescence)
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 03/05/2005 1:02:50 PM EST · 12 replies · 807+ views
Spaceref.com | 3 March 05 | staff
Using a technique employed by astronomers to determine stellar surface temperatures, chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have measured the temperature inside a single, acoustically driven collapsing bubble. Their results seem out of this world. "When bubbles in a liquid get compressed, the insides get hot -- very hot," said Ken Suslick, the Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry at Illinois and a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. "Nobody has been able to measure the temperature inside a single collapsing bubble before. The temperature we measured -- about 20,000 degrees Kelvin -- is...
Japan stands by bid for nuclear project after EU's June deadline
Posted by snowsislander
On News/Activism 03/09/2005 10:04:18 PM EST · 4 replies · 195+ views
EUBusiness | March 7, 2005
Japan said Tuesday it will maintain its bid to host a revolutionary nuclear project, despite fresh pressure from the European Union which threatened to build the reactor in France unless Japan compromised by June. "There is no change in our position," Takahiro Hayashi, deputy director of Japan's Office of Fusion Energy, told AFP. "We have been conducting technical discussions at the working level, and we believe the Japanese proposal about the project is superior to the EU proposal." He said he has not officially heard from the European Union about a deadline on a decision over the International Thermonuclear Experimental...
Tiny Bubbles Implode With the Heat of a Star( possible fusion )
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 03/14/2005 10:31:03 PM EST · 19 replies · 1,118+ views
New York Times | March 15, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG
When the force of sound waves implode tiny bubbles within a liquid at room temperature, the surface of the bubble can reach temperatures at least 25,000 degrees Fahrenheit, more than twice as hot as the surface of the sun, scientists reported this month. The center of such a bubble may be even more astonishingly hot. The scientists, at the University of Illinois, did not speculate just how hot the bubble became, but said they had managed to create a state of matter called plasma inside the bubble. In it, some of the electrons have been stripped off the atoms. "This...
In from the cold (cold fusion heating up again)
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 03/24/2005 12:54:05 AM EST · 27 replies · 1,321+ views
The Guardian | Thursday March 24, 2005
In from the cold Sixteen years after the hope, hype and recriminations, cold fusion is news again. David Adam investigates a scientific controversy that won't go away Thursday March 24, 2005 The Guardian In the late afternoon of January 24, the academic calm of Japan's Hokkaido University was shattered by an explosion in one of its laboratories. Physicist Tadahiko Mizuno was taking a guest through experiments into a phenomenon called cold fusion. The pair were showered in flying glass, suffering wounds to their face, neck, arms and chest. Mizuno needed a large chunk of detonated scientific apparatus removed from next...
COLD FUSION, THE UNLIMITED ENERGY SOURCE: A MYTH OR REALITY?
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 03/28/2005 1:47:13 AM EST · 22 replies · 802+ views
NigeriaWorld | Sunday, March 27, 2005 | Prof. Sam Ejike Okoye
Prof. Sam Ejike Okoye Sunday, March 27, 2005 advertisement firstname.lastname@example.org London, UK ANNOUNCE THIS ARTICLE TO YOUR FRIENDS COLD FUSION, THE UNLIMITED ENERGY SOURCE: A MYTH OR REALITY? ---------------------------------------- Introduction It was the most notorious scientific experiment in recent memory - in 1989, the two men who claimed to have discovered the energy of the future were condemned as impostors and exiled by their peers. Can it possibly make sense to reopen the cold fusion investigation? A surprising number of researchers have already done so. Almost four stories high, framed in steel beams and tangled in pipes, conduits, cables, and...
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 03/30/2005 5:14:49 PM EST · 66 replies · 1,627+ views
ZPEnergy | 31 Mar 05 | Sam Okoye
It was the most notorious scientific experiment in recent memory - in 1989, the two men who claimed to have discovered the energy of the future were condemned as impostors and exiled by their peers. Can it possibly make sense to reopen the cold fusion investigation? A surprising number of researchers have already done so. Almost four stories high, framed in steel beams and tangled in pipes, conduits, cables, and coils, the Joint European Torus (JET) claims to be the largest fusion power experiment in the world. Located in Abingdon, near Oxford, England, JET is a monument to big science,...
Is the Vision for Space Exploration Ten Years Too Late?
Posted by anymouse
On News/Activism 04/18/2005 11:03:21 PM EDT · 39 replies · 934+ views
The Space Review | April 18, 2005 | Eric R. Hedman
I was intending to write an article about how the ISS needs to be a key part of the Vision for Space Exploration. What I have learned recently, though, made me realize there is something much more important to talk about. There have been several discussions in the mass media of late about ìtipping pointsî in history. Some say that the recent elections in Iraq are a major tipping point that will reshape the Middle East and the Westís relationship with it. While the elections in Iraq and the courage of the people braving threats to vote are by no...
Spontaneous ignition discovery has ORNL [Oak Ridge] researcher fired up
Posted by PatrickHenry
On News/Activism 04/19/2005 10:37:07 PM EDT · 67 replies · 1,592+ views
Oak Ridge National Laboratory | 19 April 2005 | Ron Walli
Zhiyu Hu believes it is possible to match nature's highly efficient method to convert chemicals into thermal energy at room temperature, and he has data and a published paper to support his theory. In a paper scheduled to appear in the May 18 print issue of the American Chemical Society's Energy & Fuels, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Hu describes a novel method to achieve spontaneous ignition and sustained combustion at room temperature. He achieves this "nano-catalytic reaction" with nothing but nanometer-sized particles of platinum stuck to fibers of glass wool in a small jar with methanol and air ñ with...
UCLA Researchers Produce Nuclear Fusion
Posted by AntiGuv
On News/Activism 04/27/2005 3:18:08 PM EDT · 88 replies · 1,737+ views
Associated Press | April 27, 2005 | Alicia Chang
LOS ANGELES - A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion ó long seen as a possible clean energy solution ó under lab conditions, scientists reported. But the amount of energy produced was too little to be seen as a breakthrough in solving the world's energy needs For years, scientists have sought to harness controllable nuclear fusion, the same power that lights the sun and stars. This latest experiment relied on a tiny crystal to generate a strong electric field. While falling short as a way to produce energy, the method could have potential uses in the oil-drilling industry and homeland security,...
Nuclear fusion on the desktop ... really! Mini-reactor yields neutrons, could power spacecraft
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 04/27/2005 3:48:24 PM EDT · 2 replies · 720+ views
MSN | April 27, 2005 | staff
Scientists say they have achieved small-scale nuclear fusion in a tabletop experiment, using tried and true techniques that are expected to generate far less controversy than past such claims. This latest experiment relied on a tiny crystal to generate a strong electric field. While the energy created was too small to harness cheap fusion power, the technique could have potential uses in medicine, spacecraft propulsion, the oil drilling industry and homeland security, said Seth Putterman, a physicist at the University of California at Los Angeles. Putterman and his colleagues at UCLA, Brian Naranjo and Jim Gimzewski, report their results in...
Scientists put the Sun in our pockets (nuclear fusion using crystals)
Posted by FairOpinion
On News/Activism 04/27/2005 11:30:27 PM EDT · 64 replies · 2,031+ views
UK Telegraph | Apr. 28, 2005 | Roger Highfield
A pocket-sized device which can harness fusion, the energy source of the Sun, with the help of crystals no bigger than a sugar cube has been developed by scientists. The "pocket fusion" device, described today in the journal Nature, raises new possibilities in fields as diverse as space propulsion, medical diagnostics, cancer treatment and the hunt for concealed weapons. Now Brian Naranjo, Jim Gimzewski, a professor from Glasgow, and Prof Seth Putterman of the University of California, Los Angeles describe a breathtakingly simple way to fuse atoms with the help of a crystal. They fused atoms of deuterium - heavy...
Table Top Fusion Device (That doesn't break the law)
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 04/28/2005 2:22:26 PM EDT · 38 replies · 1,258+ views
NY Times | April 28, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG
---------------------------------------- April 28, 2005 Itty-Bitty and Shrinking, Fusion Device Has Big Ideas By KENNETH CHANG n a surprising feat of miniaturization, scientists are reporting today that they have produced nuclear fusion - the same process that powers the sun - in a footlong cylinder just five inches in diameter. And they say they will soon be able to make the device even smaller. While the device is probably too inefficient to produce electricity or other forms of energy, the scientists say, egg-size fusion generators could someday find uses in spacecraft thrusters, medical treatments and scanners that search for bombs. The...
Itty-Bitty and Shrinking, Fusion Device Has Big Ideas
Posted by neverdem
On News/Activism 04/28/2005 8:19:36 PM EDT · 27 replies · 823+ views
NY Times | April 28, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG
In a surprising feat of miniaturization, scientists are reporting today that they have produced nuclear fusion - the same process that powers the sun - in a footlong cylinder just five inches in diameter. And they say they will soon be able to make the device even smaller. While the device is probably too inefficient to produce electricity or other forms of energy, the scientists say, egg-size fusion generators could someday find uses in spacecraft thrusters, medical treatments and scanners that search for bombs. The findings, by a team at the University of California, Los Angeles, led by Dr. Seth...
Japan may end bid for nuclear fusion project -paper (France may get ITER)
Posted by Wiz
On News/Activism 05/05/2005 8:18:57 AM EDT · 11 replies · 437+ views
Reuters via Yahoo! News | 2005 May 4
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan may give up its bid to host the world's first nuclear fusion reactor, making it likely that the 10 billion euro ($12.87 billion) experimental reactor will be built in France instead, a Japanese newspaper said on Wednesday. Japan might make the concession because it believed it would win construction work and jobs even if it did not host the project, the Yomiuri Shimbun said, quoting government sources. "The government hopes to finish negotiating with ... the countries concerned and to reach a formal agreement next month," the newspaper said. Nuclear fusion, using sea water to create...
Japan bows out of ITER contention
Posted by snowsislander
On News/Activism 05/07/2005 9:30:02 AM EDT · 4 replies · 242+ views
Asahi Shimbun | May 7, 2005
Japan has scrapped its bid to host the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in exchange for construction and staffing perks, sources and the French government said Thursday. The decision brings to an end a drawn-out dispute between two camps in the six-nation ITER project over where to build the reactor. The United States and South Korea backed Japan's bid to have the reactor built in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, while China, Russia and the EU wanted the site to be located in Cadarache, southern France. Francois d'Aubert, France's deputy research minister, released a statement Thursday saying an agreement had been reached...
French claims over Japan's ITER 'pullout' infuriate Tokyo
Posted by snowsislander
On News/Activism 05/07/2005 9:37:27 AM EDT · 12 replies · 430+ views
The Japan Times | May 7, 2005
Japan on Friday rejected claims by the French government that Tokyo has reached a deal with the European Union that could lead Japan to drop its bid to host an international nuclear fusion reactor. Francois D'Aubert, deputy minister of research, said in a statement Thursday that a "technical agreement" on mapping out future cooperation on the project had been reached at a meeting the same day in Geneva. But Toichi Sakata, director general of the Research and Development Bureau of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, said in Tokyo that there had been no decision on where the...
Contents of ITER deal revealed [Japan plans to retreat from ITER bid, France may win]
Posted by Wiz
On News/Activism 05/27/2005 9:39:44 AM EDT · 4 replies · 229+ views
Daily Yomiuri | 2005 May 27
Details of an agreement on the roles of host and non-hosting countries involved in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor that is likely to be hosted in France were revealed Thursday. Under the deal struck between Japan and the European Union, the unsuccessful bidder will be given the post of secretary general at ITER headquarters. ITER-related facilities also will be built in that country. The final decision on the location of ITER is expected to be made during ministerial-level talks among the six nations involved, scheduled to be held late next month in Russia. Japan is expected to enter the final...
Japan's Top Court Gives OK To Reopen Monju Fast Breeder Reactor
Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 05/31/2005 10:51:41 AM EDT · 2 replies · 245+ views
Terra Daily | May 30, 2005 | staff
The Monju nuclear reactor located in Tsuruga, 350 kilometers (217 miles) west of Tokyo, was a signature of Japan's energy projects until December 1995 when it was closed due to a massive leak of sodium coolant. The Nagoya High Court in January 2003 for the first time ordered the closure of a Japanese reactor, siding with a lawsuit filed before the accident by local people who wanted Monju shut down due to fears of a meltdown. But the Supreme Court backed the government which said it has taken sufficient measures to ensure safety at Monju, administered by the government-run Japan...
Coming in out of the cold: Cold fusion, for real ~~ UCLA Lab experiment ~~
Posted by Ernest_at_the_Beach
On General/Chat 06/07/2005 11:35:29 AM EDT · 16 replies · 403+ views
The Christian Science Monitor | June 06, 2005 | Michelle Thaller | csmonitor.com
PASADENA, CALIF. - For the last few years, mentioning cold fusion around scientists (myself included) has been a little like mentioning Bigfoot or UFO sightings. After the 1989 announcement of fusion in a bottle, so to speak, and the subsequent retraction, the whole idea of cold fusion seemed a bit beyond the pale. But that's all about to change. A very reputable, very careful group of scientists at the University of Los Angeles (Brian Naranjo, Jim Gimzewski, Seth Putterman) has initiated a fusion reaction using a laboratory device that's not much bigger than a breadbox, and works at roughly room...
Build More Nuclear Power Plants, Bush Says
Posted by Tumbleweed_Connection
On News/Activism 06/22/2005 12:56:33 PM EDT · 181 replies · 1,891+ views
CNSNews | 6/22/05 | Susan Jones
"There is a growing consensus that more nuclear power will lead to a cleaner and safer nation," President Bush said on Wednesday during a trip to a nuclear power plant in Maryland. "It is time for this country to start building nuclear power plants again," he said to applause at the Calvert Cliffs plant. "We're taking practical steps to encourage construction of new plants, Bush said, as he pressed Congress to send him an energy bill by August. President Bush joked that he didn't understand all the buttons and dials in the control room of the Calvert Cliffs plant --...
France to host first nuclear fusion project
Posted by Alex Marko
On News/Activism 06/28/2005 8:19:54 AM EDT · 58 replies · 947+ views
MOSCOW (Reuters) - France is to host the world's first nuclear fusion reactor, the project's multinational partners agreed on Tuesday, bringing closer a technology backers say could one day provide the world with endless cheap energy. France beat off a rival bid from Japan to host the 10-billion-euro ($12.18 billion) experimental reactor at Cadarache in the south of the country, according to an agreement signed by the partners after a meeting in Moscow. The ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project is backed by China, the EU, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States. It seeks to mimic the way...
France to Be Site of World's First Nuclear Fusion Reactor
Posted by familyop
On News/Activism 06/28/2005 8:47:38 PM EDT · 47 replies · 15,333+ views
New York Times | 28JUN05 | CRAIG S. SMITH
PARIS, June 28 - France won an international competition today to be the site of the world's first nuclear fusion reactor, an estimated $12 billion project that many scientists see as essential to solving the world's future energy needs. "It is a great success for France, for Europe and for all the partners" in the reactor project, President Jacques Chirac of France said in a statement after an international consortium chose the country as the site for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. Japan, which had lobbied hard for the project, just dropped out of the bidding.
Future energy supply rests on nuclear fusion
Posted by FairOpinion
On News/Activism 07/03/2005 1:50:54 AM EDT · 17 replies · 541+ views
China Post (Taiwan) | July 3, 2005 | China Post (Taiwan) Editorial
As mainland China is trying to acquire an American oil company to fuel its industrial expansion, and gas prices at the pumps are shooting sky high, the world is haunted again by an energy crisis that will not go away any time soon. There is a ray of hope, however, and it comes from a seemingly inexhaustible source of energy supply -- from nuclear fusion. This week, an international consortium consisting of the United States, Russia, mainland China, Japan, South Korea and the European Union announced that it has chosen France as the site of the world's first nuclear fusion...
Purdue findings support earlier nuclear fusion experiments [Cold Fusion is Back!]
Posted by PatrickHenry
On News/Activism 07/14/2005 6:33:02 AM EDT · 64 replies · 1,320+ views
Purdue University | 12 July 2005 | Staff
Researchers at Purdue University have new evidence supporting earlier findings by other scientists who designed an inexpensive "tabletop" device that uses sound waves to produce nuclear fusion reactions. The technology, in theory, could lead to a new source of clean energy and a host of portable detectors and other applications. The new findings were detailed in a peer-reviewed paper appearing in the May issue of the journal Nuclear Engineering and Design. The paper was written by Yiban Xu, a post-doctoral research associate in the School of Nuclear Engineering, and Adam Butt, a graduate research assistant in both nuclear engineering and...
Bubble Fusion takes next hurdle
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 07/19/2005 10:34:14 PM EDT · 28 replies · 1,071+ views
Heise onlin | 18.07.2005 | Haiko LIetz
When acetone ñ better known as nail polish remover ñ is ultrasonically resonated and irradiated by neutrons, nuclear fusion will occur. That is the claim of the two young physicists Dr. Yiban Xu and Adam Butt from the American Purdue University. "Cavitation is the phenomenon in which liquid is fractured and a void is formed to form cavities composed of gas and/or vapour", explains Xu. If the acetone is put into resonance using a piezo-crystal, gas bubbles are formed which subsequently store potential energy in the acoustic field. To ensure that the bubbles get larger than a critical value, the...
Experiment Supports Controversial 'Fusion-In-A-Jar' Claims
Posted by Irontank
On News/Activism 07/25/2005 11:33:29 AM EDT · 63 replies · 1,868+ views
Information Week | July 22, 2005
A widely criticized effort three years ago to create low-cost tabletop nuclear fusion could gain new support following an experiment at Purdue University. Taking the basic apparatus used in 2002, two Purdue researchers refined the experiment and published new results that once again seem to prove that nuclear fusion was taking place. If it proves to be real, the new approach might lead to a genuine new source of energy. An inexpensive, practical method of controlling nuclear fusion could revolutionize energy production, so any hint of a breakthrough in that direction generates high interest among both the technical community and...
Magnetic energy? Perhaps
Posted by SmithL
On News/Activism 09/07/2005 1:04:20 PM EDT · 147 replies · 2,154+ views
San Francisco Chronicle | 9/7/5 | David Lazarus
The nation's energy industry is struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Gas prices are soaring as a result of the catastrophic storm. America's reliance on overseas oil increases every year. And from his office in the North Bay city of Sebastopol, Mark Goldes envisions a day -- perhaps not so far off -- when none of this will be a problem. Goldes, 73, is chief executive of a small company called Magnetic Power Inc., which has spent years researching ways to, yes, generate power using magnets. Within a few months, he says, he might just have a breakthrough to report...
WSJ: Energy a la Francaise - The nuclear option in a time of oil crisis.
Posted by OESY
On News/Activism 10/05/2005 8:37:27 AM EDT · 56 replies · 1,735+ views
Wall Street Journal | October 5, 2005 | JEAN-FRANCOIS COPE
...With insufficient fossil fuel reserves, our country very early on invested in energy alternatives. The two oil crises of the '70s convinced us to accelerate the construction of facilities to produce safe and economically profitable nuclear energy. That strategy paid off: In 30 years, France's energy independence has risen from 30% to 50%. While turning toward nuclear energy might have seemed unusual 60 years ago, I believe that it was an especially visionary choice. The development of nuclear energy enabled us to meet several objectives: energy independence and security of supply, and competitive, stable energy prices. This nuclear option is...
Mining The Moon
Posted by blam
On News/Activism 10/25/2005 7:50:05 PM EDT · 21 replies · 504+ views
Science News Online | 10-25-2005 | Ron Cowen
Mining the moon Ron Cowen J. Garvin/NASA, ESA With these composite visible-light and ultraviolet images of a 42-kilometer-wide crater called Aristarchus on the moon's near side, the Hubble Space Telescope is mapping the mineral ilmenite. Also known as iron titanium oxide, it could prove invaluable for generating oxygen for human exploration. The mineral's lunar abundance hasn't been well established. The black-and-white image at left shows the shape of the crater. In the image at right, the scientists assigned colors to wavelengths of light or their ratios. They plan to compare Hubble images of the Apollo 15 and 17 landing sites,...
Distant Vision: Romance and Discovery on An Invisible Frontier [Chapter 31]: Ultimatum
Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 12/28/2005 1:14:07 PM EST · 8 replies · 198+ views
Farnovision / Paul Schatzkin | Elma G. 'Pem' Farnsworth
The energy contained in even a small quantity of fusionable material is so vast that only a tiny amount would provide the power needs of an entire city. He often cited some calculations performed by Fritz Furth with engineers at Con-Edison, the New York City power company, indicating that all the power necessary to run a city the size of New York for an entire month could be produced by Fusor fuel at the cost of about a nickel; accounting for inflation, that amount is probably up to about a dollar by now... At home, Phil expected that individual dwellings...
Desktop fusion is back on the table
Posted by PatrickHenry
On News/Activism 01/10/2006 9:15:20 PM EST · 54 replies · 1,422+ views
Nature Magazine | 10 January 2005 | Mark Peplow
Can the popping of tiny bubbles trigger nuclear fusion, a potential source of almost unlimited energy? This controversial idea is back on the table, because its main proponent has new results that, he claims, will silence critics. But others say that the latest experiment simply comes with its own set of problems. The idea is simple enough. Blast a liquid with waves of ultrasound and tiny bubbles of gas are created, which release a burst of heat and light when they implode. The core of the bubble reaches 15,000? C, hot enough to wrench molecules apart. Physicists have even suggested...
Plant Closings, Job Cuts Loom at Ford
Posted by Flavius
On News/Activism 01/22/2006 10:19:36 PM EST · 175 replies · 2,998+ views
ap | 1/22/06 | Dee-Ann Durbin
Hurt by Falling Sales of SUVs, Ford Will Face Plant Closings and Thousands of Job Losses DETROIT (AP) -- Ford Motor Co., hurt by falling sales of sport utility vehicles, is expected to close plants and cut thousands of jobs in North America as part of a restructuring program to be announced Monday. ADVERTISEMENT Ford has refused to release details of the plan, dubbed the "Way Forward," which also is expected to include product changes and cuts to Ford's salaried ranks. Ford has about 87,000 hourly workers and 35,000 salaried workers in North America. "It's going to be painful for...
Thermonuclear Squeeze: Altered method extends bubble-fusion claim
Posted by saganite
On News/Activism 01/25/2006 7:13:33 AM EST · 26 replies · 759+ views
Science News | 20 Jan 06 | Peter Weiss
A technique that some scientists claim generates thermonuclear fusion in a benchtop apparatus works even without its controversial neutron trigger. So say the researchers who, since 2002, have reported that nuclear-fusion reactions can occur in a vat of chilled solvent agitated by ultrasound (SN: 3/6/04, p. 149: Available to subscribers at http://www.sciencenews.org If this method of sparking fusion proves to be validóa big if, critics insistóit could lead to a remarkably simple, cheap, inexhaustible power source. Fusion reactions take place in the vat because clusters of bubbles form and then violently collapse, explains nuclear engineer and team leader Rusi P....
Sonofusion Experiment Produces Results Without External Neutron Source
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 01/28/2006 12:32:09 AM EST · 72 replies · 1,266+ views
PhysOrg | January 27, 2006
Sonofusion Experiment Produces Results Without External Neutron Source A team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, and the Russian Academy of Sciences has used sound waves to induce nuclear fusion without the need for an external neutron source, according to a paper in the Jan. 27 issue of Physical Review Letters. The results address one of the most prominent questions raised after publication of the teamís earlier results in 2004, suggesting that ìsonofusionî may be a viable approach to producing neutrons for a variety of applications. By bombarding a special mixture of acetone and benzene with oscillating sound...
New Sonofusion Experiment Produces Results Without External Neutron Source
Posted by Tyche
On News/Activism 02/01/2006 1:41:43 AM EST · 25 replies · 627+ views
RPI | 27 Jan 2006 | Jason Gorss
Troy, N.Y. ó A team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, and the Russian Academy of Sciences has used sound waves to induce nuclear fusion without the need for an external neutron source, according to a paper in the Jan. 27 issue of Physical Review Letters. The results address one of the most prominent questions raised after publication of the teamís earlier results in 2004, suggesting that ìsonofusionî may be a viable approach to producing neutrons for a variety of applications. By bombarding a special mixture of acetone and benzene with oscillating sound waves, the researchers caused bubbles...
NY team confirms UCLA tabletop fusion
Posted by Neville72
On News/Activism 02/14/2006 5:04:23 PM EST · 41 replies · 1,131+ views
Science Blog | 2/13/2006
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a tabletop accelerator that produces nuclear fusion at room temperature, providing confirmation of an earlier experiment conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), while offering substantial improvements over the original design. The device, which uses two opposing crystals to generate a powerful electric field, could potentially lead to a portable, battery-operated neutron generator for a variety of applications, from non-destructive testing to detecting explosives and scanning luggage at airports. The new results are described in the Feb. 10 issue of Physical Review Letters. "Our study shows that 'crystal fusion' is a...
'Double crystal fusion' could pave the way for portable device
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 02/14/2006 5:14:25 PM EST · 37 replies · 847+ views
Eureka Alert | 13-Feb-2006 | Jason Gorss
Contact: Jason Gorssgorssj@rpi.edu 518-276-6098Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 'Double crystal fusion' could pave the way for portable device An internal view of the vacuum chamber containing the fusion device, showing two pyroelectric crystals that generate a powerful electric field when heated or cooled. Credit: Rensselaer/Danon Click here for a high resolution photograph. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a tabletop accelerator that produces nuclear fusion at room temperature, providing confirmation of an earlier experiment conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), while offering substantial improvements over the original design. The device, which uses two opposing crystals to generate a...
Purdue probes 'tabletop fusion' study
Posted by neverdem
On News/Activism 03/09/2006 12:13:03 AM EST · 5 replies · 352+ views
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | March 8, 2006 | RICK CALLAHAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIANAPOLIS -- Purdue University is investigating allegations that a scientist thwarted his colleagues' efforts to test his claims of producing nuclear fusion in tabletop experiments, even going so far as to remove high-tech equipment from a shared lab. Several Purdue researchers said Rusi Taleyarkhan, a Purdue professor of nuclear engineering, has stymied their attempts to verify - or refute - aspects of his controversial "bubble fusion" experiments since late 2003, when he joined Purdue's faculty. In an article published online Wednesday in the journal Nature, they said their confidence in his work at Purdue and previously at Oak...
University checks "bubble fusion" fraud claim (cold fusion fraud)
Posted by saganite
On News/Activism 03/09/2006 1:45:09 AM EST · 24 replies · 940+ views
Reuters | Wed Mar 8, 2006 | Maggie Fox
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Purdue University is investigating complaints about a scientist who claimed to have achieved "cold fusion" using sound waves to make bubbles in a test tube, the university said on Wednesday. Nuclear engineer Rusi Taleyarkhan's work has been controversial since he published a study in 2002 claiming to have achieved the Holy Grail of energy production -- nuclear fusion at room temperature. Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the sun. If scientists can duplicate the results and harness the technology, tabletop fusion has the potential to provide an almost limitless source of cheap energy. Many labs are...
Scientist Says He Stands by Fusion Data
Posted by neverdem
On News/Activism 03/09/2006 2:55:26 AM EST · 13 replies · 702+ views
NY Times | March 9, 2006 | KENNETH CHANG
A nuclear scientist at Purdue said yesterday that he would cooperate with the university's review of his fusion research. "From a technical point, we stand by our data," said the scientist, Rusi P. Taleyarkhan, a professor of nuclear engineering. In 2002, scientists led by Dr. Taleyarkhan, who was then at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, announced that they had achieved fusion, the melding of hydrogen atoms to produce light and energy, in a small tabletop device by blasting a jar of solvent with strong ultrasound vibrations. Scientists who have tried to reproduce the experiment say they have not...
Sandia's "Z Machine" produces temperatures hotter than stars.
Posted by tdewey10
On News/Activism 03/09/2006 7:24:46 AM EST · 12 replies · 549+ views
New Mexico Business Weekly | 3/08/2006 | Staff
Sandia National Laboratories has developed a machine that produces plasmas that exceed temperatures of two billion degrees Kelvin -- hotter than the interiors of stars, the Labs' scientists say. The principle mission of the "Z machine" was to create a high radiation output environment through which to test computer codes responsible for maintaining a safe and reliable nuclear weapons stockpile. The results of the tests show the machine accomplishes just that. But, the hot outputs, the unexpected results of a non-nuclear reaction, might be able to explain how astrophysical entities like solar flares maintain their extreme temperatures. The energy also...
The atom bombshell that is splitting opinion (new atomic theory)
Posted by saganite
On News/Activism 03/09/2006 3:18:34 PM EST · 238 replies · 4,098+ views
Financial Times | March 9 2006 | Robert Matthews
Psychologists call it cognitive dissonance: the mental torment that comes from being confronted by two fundamentally opposed propositions. Deciding between them often provokes powerful emotions ñ just ask Dr Randell Mills, whose claims have a habit of triggering severe bouts of cognitive dissonance among otherwise perfectly rational people. And no wonder: this medical student turned physicist claims to have debunked the textbook account of how atoms are put together ñ and in the process discovered a new source of clean, cheap energy. By itself, that would provoke little more than eye-rolling boredom from scientists all too familiar with the grand...
No Future For Fusion Power, Says Top Scientist
Posted by blam
On News/Activism 03/09/2006 8:54:12 PM EST · 112 replies · 1,500+ views
New Scientist | 3-9-2006 | David L Chandler
No future for fusion power, says top scientist 19:00 09 March 2006 NewScientist.com news service David L Chandler Nuclear fusion will never be a practical source of electrical power, argues a prominent scientist in the journal Science. Even nuclear fusionís staunchest advocates admit a power-producing fusion plant is still decades away at best, despite forty years of hard work and well over $20 billion spent on the research. But the new paper, personally backed by the journalís editor, issues a strong challenge to the entire fusion programme, arguing that the whole massive endeavour is never likely to lead to anything...
Indian nuclear data on thorium unique, valuable: IAEA-CRP
Posted by CarrotAndStick
On News/Activism 03/12/2006 1:01:23 AM EST · 15 replies · 400+ views
PTI | Sunday, March 12, 2006 10:24:47 am | PTI
MUMBAI: The International Atomic Energy Agency's Co-ordinated Research Project has described the Indian nuclear data on thorium as unique and of high quality and its contribution very valuable for the international nuclear community. The nuclear data on thorium is much better than the six-decade data on natural uranium U-238 in both light water and pressurised heavy water reactors. "With these new evaluations done through the CRP on thorium, India has joined select band of criticality safety benchmark," Andrej Trkov, IAEA Scientific Secretary of Coordinated Research Project (CRP), said. The main Indian contribution is completion of the KAMINI reactor benchmark which...
Does fusion scientist 'hold the secret'?
Posted by Some hope remaining.
On News/Activism 03/24/2006 5:36:30 PM EST · 55 replies · 1,458+ views
Deseret News | March 24, 2006 | Elaine Jarvik
He was ballyhooed and then discredited and then largely forgotten. But cold fusion pioneer Dr. Martin Fleischmann still holds the secret to a cheap energy source for the world, says a California company that plans to produce prototypes of a cold fusion-powered home heater, with Fleischmann as "senior scientific adviser." The announcement came on the 17th anniversary of the day that Fleischmann, then a chemistry professor at the University of Utah, and his colleague B. Stanley Pons stunned the scientific world with news that they had discovered a room-temperature way to create nuclear fusion. The announcement immediately led to predictions...
Bubble-fusion group suffer setback
Posted by neverdem
On News/Activism 05/10/2006 4:07:58 PM EDT · 24 replies · 815+ views
email@example.com | 10 May 2006 | Eugenie Samuel Reich
Close window Published online: 10 May 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060508-8 Bubble-fusion group suffer setback Team admits a mix-up with one of their neutron detectors.Eugenie Samuel Reich Rusi Taleyarkhan with his table-top fusion equipment in a lab at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he conducted research before coming to Purdue.Credit: U.S. Department of Energy file photo/Lynn Freeny A group of researchers making high-profile claims about fusion energy has admitted to accidentally using equipment different from that reported in their most recent paper. An erratum providing details of the mistake by Rusi Taleyarkhan of Purdue University and colleagues has been published in Physical...
Where the dream of harnessing the sun's power could come true
Posted by MadIvan
On News/Activism 05/24/2006 3:46:44 AM EDT · 28 replies · 980+ views
The Guardian | May 24, 2006 | James Randerson
There is a deafening, unearthly howl as if a jumbo jet was firing up its engines in the Albert Hall. On the screen in the control room a ghostly pinkish glow whips round the edges of the inside of the nuclear reactor. At its core it is 10 times hotter than the centre of the sun.This, according to some physicists, is the solution to the energy crisis - a future with cheap, reliable, safe and nearly waste-free power. Today, after years of false starts and political wrangling dating from the cold war, they will get their chance to make that...
Fusion reactor work gets go-ahead
Posted by Jedi Master Pikachu
On News/Activism 05/26/2006 3:13:40 AM EDT · 63 replies · 881+ views
BBC | May 26, 2006
Seven international parties involved in an experimental nuclear fusion reactor project have initialled a 10bn-euro (£6.8bn) agreement on the plan. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) will be the most expensive joint scientific project after the International Space Station. Wednesday's agreement in Brussels gives the go-ahead for practical work on the project to start. Fusion taps energy from reactions like those that power the Sun. The seven-party consortium, which includes the European Union, the US, Japan, China, Russia and others, agreed last year to build Iter in Cadarache, in the southern French region of Provence. Cleaner energy The parties say...
Iran says research on nuclear fusion progressing
Posted by Brilliant
On News/Activism 05/29/2006 3:50:50 PM EDT · 8 replies · 228+ views
Reuters via Yahoo! | May 29, 2006 | Reuters
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is pressing ahead with research tests on nuclear fusion, a type of atomic reaction which has yet to be developed for commercial power generation, a senior Iranian official said on Monday. Iran said in the 1990s it was working on nuclear fusion research but this is the first mention in years that the work is continuing and comes at a time of heightened tension over Iran's nuclear program. Iran has been hauled before the U.N. Security Council for failing to convince the world that its atomic work is not being used to make bombs. Tehran insists...
Cold Fusion -- The Sun in a bottle
Posted by SunkenCiv
On Bloggers & Personal 06/10/2006 11:53:59 PM EDT
Alternative Science | before 2006 | Richard Milton
When you consider that his committee's sole function was to advise whether or not research funds should be spent to investigate an entirely new area of physics and electrochemistry, and that this statement is one of his principal reasons for deciding not to invest such research funds, his statement takes on an almost Kafkaesque quality. It is unwise to invest research funds in any new area, unless we already have a thorough foundation in the basics of that new area? How could anyone ever get any money for research out of professor Huizenga's committee? By proving that they already know...
I wonder, if cold fusion were possible wouldn't nature have already illustrated it for us?
The process described isn't electrolysis, it's just a way to corral the atomic hydrogen present in most water, adding an electron (and no oxygen), and making it into molecular hydrogen (H2).The Subatomic Assembly of H2My first exercise in hydrogen production was to drop a 9-volt battery into a cup of water. (Hey, I was only 12 -- what do you expect?) Amazingly, it worked: I had managed to assemble pure hydrogen gas out of subatomic particles! The protons came from the water itself, which always has a bunch of them running around loose (naked protons are also called hydrogen ions). The electrons came from the battery. When I injected (well, plunged) the electrons into the water, they latched onto the protons to form a few small bubbles of hydrogen gas... From there I added salt to the water to increase its conductivity, thereby increasing the flow of current and the number of electrons available to pair up with all those wild protons. I crimped wires to the battery terminals for the same reason... I now use graphite rods: They last forever and are wonderfully cheap... Once they're sanded clean and soldered to a 9V battery clip, they produce great billowing clouds of hydrogen (and oxygen -- one gas from each electrode) for the life of the battery (which is only a couple of minutes -- there's a serious amount of current flowing now)... The gas bubbling off the negative electrode crackles and flashes: That's hydrogen.
by Theodore Gray
It seems like some Al Gore fever dream. That need for his generation to prove that they're morally superior in every way will find its ultimate expression in doing what God and nature can't.
Scientific maverick's theory on Earth's core up for a test
SF Chronicle | Monday, November 29, 2004 | Keay Davidson
Posted on 12/05/2004 2:17:28 PM EST by SunkenCiv
Scientific maverick's theory on Earth's core up for a test[Herndon] draws unhappy conclusions from his bumpy scientific career. Had his two sons -- now physicians -- planned to become scientists, he says, "I would have steered them away from it because you can't make a living and do legitimate science; you have to 'howl with the wolves' or you don't survive. This is a sad testament to our times. There's something very wrong in American science."
by Keay Davidson
Monday, November 29, 2004
String Theory omnibus:
I'm dense ... so why posting the periodic chart? Those elements are the product of hot fusion in stars, except hydrogen and perhaps Helium and Lithium.
Mysterious carbon excess found in infant solar system
PhysOrg.com | June 07, 2006 | Carnegie Institution
Posted on 06/09/2006 9:58:24 PM EDT by annie laurie
None of those elements are the product of hot fusion in stars. Click on the image to see.
ROFLMO ... I'm on a laptop and dial-up so the image was too small to read above, but at the link ... at my age, I need some of that pizzazium.
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