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  • Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point [4,400 kelvins / 7,460°F]

    07/27/2015 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    phys.org ^ | 07-27-2015 | by Kevin Stacey & Provided by: Brown University
    Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance. The computations, described in the journal Physical Review B (Rapid Communications), showed that a material made with just the right amounts of hafnium, nitrogen, and carbon would have a melting point of more than 4,400 kelvins (7,460 degrees Fahrenheit). That's about two-thirds the temperature at the surface of the sun, and 200 kelvins higher than the highest melting point ever recorded experimentally. The experimental record-holder is a substance made from the elements hafnium, tantalum, and carbon (Hf-Ta-C). But these...
  • Boeing patent reveals radical 'laser fusion' fission engine design

    07/12/2015 5:15:54 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 55 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16:20 EST, 10 July 2015 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com
    Future aircraft could be powered by lasers and nuclear explosions if Boeing has its way. The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium. The technology could mean that planes and spaceships will require only a fraction of the power to operate, according to a recent patent filed by the company.
  • An Alternative Approach to Nuclear Fusion: Think Smaller

    07/03/2015 8:59:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    motherboard.vice.com ^ | July 2, 2015 // 11:45 AM EST | Emiko Jozuka
    But one group of UK researchers says that the key is to think smaller, and to mash together spherical reactors (a squashed-up version of regular-shaped reactors) and high temperature superconductors to accelerate the development of fusion energy. Their early prototype devices have a 1.2m diameter, and next up, they’re are aiming to build machines that are 3m high with a 2.5m diameter. ... “Instead of making bigger reactors, you go to a higher [magnetic] field that enables you to contain the plasma in an effective way.” ... “The idea is that the tokamak is like a magnetic bottle. On the...
  • 'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

    06/20/2015 4:44:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 20 June 2015 | Rory Carroll
    Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in response to radiation. As we enter his parents’ garage and approach his precious jumble of electrical equipment, it emits an ominous beep. Wilson is in full flow, explaining the old-fashioned control panel in the corner, and ignores it. “This is one of the original atom smashers,” he says with pride. “It would accelerate particles up to, um, 2.5m volts – so kind of up there, for early nuclear physics work.” He pats the knobs. It was in this garage that, at...
  • New York Energy Week: Fusion Energy Sooner and Cheaper?

    06/18/2015 2:25:07 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 29 replies
    breakingenergy.com ^ | on June 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM | Andrew Holland
    Nuclear New York Energy Week: Fusion Energy Sooner and Cheaper? By Andrew Holland on June 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM A worker welds a part on the exterior of the Wendelstein 7-X experimental fusion reactor at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics on October 29, 2013 in Greifswald, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) What would it mean to have an essentially limitless amount of energy? If we can harness fusion power, we can have energy that is clean, safe, sustainable, and secure. It will be the power of a sun on earth. The dream of fusion energy...
  • TAP molten salt nuclear reactor design that'd generate 75 times more electricity per ton of uranium

    02/08/2014 4:13:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Next Big Future blog ^ | February 4, 2014 | Brian Wang
    Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Transatomic Power (TAP) is developing an advanced molten salt reactor that generates clean, passively safe, proliferation-resistant, and low-cost nuclear power. This reactor can consume the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) generated by commercial light water reactors or use freshly mined uranium at enrichment levels as low as 1.8% U-235. It achieves actinide burnups as high as 96%, and can generate up to 75 times more electricity per ton of mined uranium than a light-water reactor. Transatomic Power has greatly improved the molten salt concept, while retaining its significant safety benefits. The main technical change we...
  • The Front-Runners In Fusion Energy

    06/12/2015 2:24:36 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 15 replies
    zerohedge ^ | Thu, 11 June 2015 21:49 | | Michael McDonald
    The Front-Runners In Fusion Energy Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/12/2015 15:14 -0400 Reality     inShare1   Submitted by Michael McDonald via OilPrice.com,Fusion power has been something of a holy grail in the energy field for decades. The idea of harnessing the same energy that powers the sun naturally excites many. At the same time, despite decades of research, fusion energy has yet to come close to being a reality. The only significant practical advance in fusion reactions has been the development of thermonuclear weapons like the hydrogen bomb which, for all intents and purposes, serve the same purpose...
  • Feature: The new shape of fusion

    05/24/2015 10:15:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Science ^ | May 21, 2015 | Daniel Clery
    ITER, the international fusion reactor being built in France, will stand 10 stories tall, weigh three times as much as the Eiffel Tower, and cost its seven international partners $18 billion or more. The result of decades of planning, ITER will not produce fusion energy until 2027 at the earliest. And it will be decades before an ITER-like plant pumps electricity into the grid. Surely there is a quicker and cheaper route to fusion energy. Fusion enthusiasts have a slew of schemes for achieving the starlike temperatures or crushing pressures needed to get hydrogen nuclei to come together in an...
  • Physicists find ways to increase antihydrogen production

    05/21/2015 12:33:22 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 5/20/15 | Lisa Zyga
    Physicists find ways to increase antihydrogen production 18 hours ago by Lisa Zyga feature Antihydrogen consists of an antiproton and a positron. Credit: public domain (Phys.org)—There are many experiments that physicists would like to perform on antimatter, from studying its properties with spectroscopic measurements to testing how it interacts with gravity. But in order to perform these experiments, scientists first need some antimatter. Of course, they won't be finding any in nature (due to antimatter's tendency to annihilate in a burst of energy when it comes in contact with ordinary matter), and creating it in the lab has proven to...
  • Cheaper Than Coal? Fusion Concept Aims to Bridge Energy Gap

    03/31/2015 7:32:03 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | October 10th 2014, 5:07 pm | Alan Boyle
              Derek Sutherland / University of WashingtonOct 10 Cheaper Than Coal? Fusion Concept Aims to Bridge Energy Gap By Alan Boyle   Researchers say they've developed a concept for a fusion reactor that could be built for less money than an equivalent coal-fired plant — but they acknowledge that they still have some questions to answer. For example, will the concept really work?The design concept, known as the "dynomak," is the subject of a detailed economic analysis as well as a presentation to be made next week in Russia at the International Atomic Energy Agency's 25th Fusion...
  • The lost nuclear fusion reactor design? Robert Bussard, claimed he'd cracked the problem

    03/31/2015 7:16:11 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 84 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 31, 2015
    The lost nuclear fusion reactor design? Guest Blogger / 3 hours ago March 31, 2015 Robert Bussard, one of the giants of the field, claimed to his dying day he had cracked the problemAbove: a homemade version of the Polywell nuclear fusion reactorGuest essay by Eric WorrallNot many people have heard of Robert Bussard, but he was one of the giants of nuclear fusion research. But if an engineering solution for viable small, household size nuclear fusion reactors is ever discovered, they will almost certainly be largely based on Bussard’s work.Bussard’s focus was on a field of Nuclear fusion research...
  • Lockheed Martin Claims Sustainable Fusion Is Within Its Grasp

    03/05/2015 8:06:11 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 51 replies
    twaddle.newsvine.com ^ | 2015-03-04 | twaddle.newsvine.com
    Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works claims the ability to generate cheap energy from nuclear fusion with little waste or global warming is within its grasp. Imagine a source of electrical power that uses water for fuel, produces byproducts that are totally safe and releases no air pollution. Then imagine that once it's up and running, it'll be so portable that an entire power plant could fit into the cargo hold of an airplane. Now, imagine that it'll be running in prototype form in five years and operating commercially in ten.
  • Atom Breaks Rules, Beats Friction

    03/30/2006 11:50:15 AM PST · by The_Victor · 58 replies · 1,657+ views
    Live Science ^ | 30 March 2006, 02:05 pm ET | Bjorn Carey
    Scientists have found a molecule that can spin freely in liquid, clearing out water like a person swinging suitcases would clear a crowded room. The molecule spins without causing friction [Video]. That shouldn't be possible, according to a chemical physics theory. The finding could alter the way scientists think about chemical reactions in liquids.Researchers hit a drop of iodine cyanide and water with pulses from an ultraviolet laser, exciting one type of molecule to reconfigure into a small, peanut shape with a carbon atom on one end, a nitrogen atom on the other.The molecule heated up to 8,000 degrees Fahrenheit...
  • What happens when you collapse an underwater bubble with a soundwave? [Totally amazing!!!]

    05/30/2013 4:23:07 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    Sonoluminescence : How Bubbles Turn Sound into Light
  • University checks "bubble fusion" fraud claim (cold fusion fraud)

    03/08/2006 10:45:09 PM PST · by saganite · 24 replies · 7,281+ 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...
  • American Chemical Society San Francisco Session Summary

    06/20/2010 12:02:48 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 9 replies · 62+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | MAY/JUNE 2010 • ISSUE 91 • | Jan Marwan
    ACS San Francisco Session Summary http://www.infinite-energy.com/images/pdfs/acs.pdf MAY/JUNE 2010 • ISSUE 91 • INFINITE ENERGY 1 The New Energy Technology Symposium (NET)—a Division of Environmental Chemistry (ENVR) session at the 239th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition—was held on March 21-22, 2010 in San Francisco, California (the entire ACS meeting ran until March 25). ACS San Francisco Session Summary The ACS press conference with LENR experts was held on March 21 and featured Dr. Melvin Miles, Dr. George Miley. Dr. Vladimir Vysotskii, Dr. Peter Hagelstein, Dr. Michael McKubre and Dr. Jan Marwan. Photo courtesy of ACS/Michael Bernstein. 2 INFINITE...
  • Desktop fusion is back on the table

    01/10/2006 6:15:20 PM PST · by PatrickHenry · 54 replies · 1,871+ 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...
  • An Odd Hypothesis About Bubbles Could Finally Lead to Nuclear Fusion

    01/31/2015 12:59:03 AM PST · by ckilmer · 15 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | Yesterday 5:45am | Jamie Condliffe
    Nuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the process use high-intensity lasers, insane magnetic field and super-hot hydrogen plasmas. But there may be a more humble alternative. It's called sonofusion, and it involves bubbles.Nuclear fusion is the process through which the cores of atoms, called nuclei, collide to form a new, larger atomic nucleus. When the two nuclei are of a lower mass than iron, the reaction creates energy—lots and lots of energy. For instance, when two hydrogen nuclei smash into each other, they creating...
  • Modi government urged to revive cold fusion

    11/18/2014 6:37:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ZeeNews ^ | November 17, 2014 | Indo-Asian News Service
    Bangalore: Some top nuclear scientists are urging India's new government to revive research on "cold fusion", saying it has the potential to provide answers to the country's energy problem. In the 1990s, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai had done some work on cold fusion -- now called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions or LENR -- but abandoned the research 18 years ago. "We are making a frantic effort to revive cold fusion/LENR research in India," Mahadevan Srinivasan, who along with the late P.K.Iyengar led cold fusion research at BARC, told IANS. "Former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee...
  • How a viable nuclear fusion reactor really could change the world

    10/27/2014 9:31:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | October 24, 2014 | Bryan Nelson
    Recent news that Lockheed Martin has made a nuclear fusion breakthrough has come with its fair share of sensational headlines. Claims have been made that it could change the world and forever alter the future of humanity. And for once, those headlines could be accurate, assuming that Lockheed Martin's claims are viable. A compact nuclear fusion reactor, especially one as small as Lockheed Martin is claiming, could change the world as we know it. But before we can get a handle on what such a breakthrough could mean, let's first get a hold of what exactly is being claimed. In...
  • Good news: New Lockheed Martin fusion reactor to solve all the world’s problems in 10 years or so

    10/16/2014 10:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 16, 2014 | Allahpundit
    In case you were too consumed with Ebola news yesterday to notice this, here’s a belated FYI that America’s going to put the Middle East’s oil barons out of business before your grandkids are out of college. Assuming the Ebola doesn’t get us first, I mean. Lockheed has a webpage dedicated to its new breakthrough in compact fusion reactors but this write-up in Aviation Week is the most thorough explanation I’ve seen of how it would actually work. If I understand it correctly, which I probably don’t, the problem with current fusion reactors is that they’re too darned big and...
  • Venture capitalist says nuclear fusion is coming

    02/09/2008 7:10:32 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 26 replies · 178+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | February 07, 2008
    A picture from the patent filing for what General fusion is trying to build with backing from Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital. GF will build a ~3 meter diameter spherical tank filled with liquid metal (lead-lithium mixture). Rams use compressed steam to accelerate pistons to ~50 m/s. Make compression wave in the liquid metal. Microsecond of fusion once per second. Note: This could be considered like a variant of "steam punk nuclear fusion" made real if it works.
  • Amazon Founder invests in Canadian Fusion Venture

    08/12/2011 10:10:51 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 16 replies
    Coldfusion3.com ^ | Aug 12 2011 | admin
    Amazon Founder invests in Canadian Fusion Venture August 12, 2011 http://coldfusion3.com/blog/amazon-founder-invests-in-canadian-fusion-venture American billionaire, Jeff Bezos, the man behind Amazon.com has reportedly invested in a Canadian company that is trying to develop a cold fusion process that uses hydrogen and seawater. General Fusion based in Vancouver, British Columbia, reportedly raised $19.5 million in venture capital for the development of a cold fusion or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction process in May. Part of this money apparently came from Bezos’ company Bezos Expeditions. Jeff Bezos The funds will be used to finance the building of a plant to demonstrate General Fusion’s cold...
  • Nuclear fusion from Google, Lockheed, Draper Fisher

    03/03/2013 9:01:59 PM PST · by Kevmo · 11 replies
    Smart Planet ^ | Feb. 15 | Mark Halper
    Nuclear fusion from Google, Lockheed, Draper Fisher By Mark Halper | February 15, 2013, 5:25 AM PST X marks a spot of fusion. Charles Chase describes how Lockheed Martin's fusion device trumps huge government fusion projects in this photograph by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson from a Google "Solve for X" event last week. – A well-known venture capitalist has his eye on one of the biggest and most elusive prizes of our times: nuclear fusion. And the “skunkworks” project he’s eyeing is not from some stealth startup or academic lab. Rather, it’s under development at aerospace company Lockheed Martin and...
  • Russian Scientists Dismiss US Company's Statement On Thermonuclear Fusion Breakthrough

    10/16/2014 8:16:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 30 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 10/16/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian physicists dismissed as a promotional action on Thursday the statement by the US company Lockheed Martin about its technological breakthrough in the thermonuclear fusion field. Skunk Works (a subsidiary of the Lockheed Martinweapons producer) on Wednesday reported a breakthrough in the field of practical use of controlled thermonuclear fusion. The company claims that in the next decade it would present a commercial sample of a compact thermonuclear reactor. President of the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Academician Yevgeny Velikhov told TASS in an interview that first it was necessary to develop such a project and...
  • Lockheed Martin's Fusion Reactor: The Next Big Thing? Or No Big Deal?

    10/16/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/2014 | Rick Moran
    Lockheed Martin has announced that their celebrated engineers in their hi tech Skunk Works technology shop have created a design for a small fusion reactor that could fit in the back of a large truck. The breakthrough could mean that clean, nearly unlimited energy might be just over the horizon. The discovery could virtually reinvent the world in the same way that the telephone, the jet engine, and the silicon chip have done over the years. Or not. They don't expect to have a working commercial reactor for a decade and there's no guarantee of success. Still, the Skunk...
  • Lockheed Martin makes fusion breakthrough

    Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being “compact,” Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to...
  • Lockheed Martin Claims Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change World Forever

    10/15/2014 5:42:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 15, 2014 | William Pentland
    Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense conglomerate based in Bethesda, Md., is claiming to have made a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion, which could lead to development of reactors small enough to fit on the back of a truck within a decade. In the simplest terms, nuclear fission breaks a single atom into two whereas nuclear fusion combines two atoms into one. Fusion, the holy grail of nuclear power, creates three to four times as much energy as fission. More importantly, fusion’s key advantage over fission is that it does not produce cancer-causing radioactive waste. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom McGuire, who heads the...
  • UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

    10/10/2014 12:23:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 10/10/2014 | by Michelle Ma & Provided by University of Washington
    Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply. Perhaps the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy is that the economics haven't penciled out. Fusion power designs aren't cheap enough to outperform systems that use fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. University of Washington engineers hope to change that. They have designed a concept for a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output. The...
  • Low-Cost Fusion Project Steps Out of the Shadows and Looks for Money

    06/14/2014 3:40:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 13, 2014 | Alan Boyle
    A hush-hush nuclear fusion project that's received $12 million from the U.S. Navy is now sharing what it calls encouraging results — and looking for private investment. For years, EMC2 Fusion Development Corp. has had to conduct its research into what's known as Polywell fusion outside public view because the Navy wanted it that way. Now the Navy is phasing out its funding, and EMC2 Fusion is planning a three-year, $30 million commercial research program to see if its unorthodox approach can provide a fast track to cheap nuclear fusion power. "The goal is, we want to get a set...
  • The Future May Be Getting Close to Reality in Vancouver, With D-Wave and General Fusion

    05/07/2014 8:58:37 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 10 replies
    http://recode.net ^ | March 18, 2014, 2:11 PM PDT | Liz Gannes
    Science The Future May Be Getting Close to Reality in Vancouver, With D-Wave and General Fusion March 18, 2014, 2:11 PM PDT By Liz Gannes   Vancouver is a land of scenic harbors, tall mountains and startups trying to harness the limits of physics.In town for the TED conference, I had the occasion to visit two such companies yesterday: D-Wave and General Fusion. D-Wave, a quantum computing company, is all about the very cold and the rather tiny. It has built enormous refrigerators that each house a single chip, laced with “qubits” that can be in the superposition of...
  • Northern Lights' Physics Could Aid in Nuclear Fusion

    05/07/2014 3:25:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 06, 2014 10:25am ET | Katia Moskvitch,
    The aurora is more than just a breathtaking display of light. It may also hold the secret of a magnetic phenomenon related to the nuclear fusion powering the sun. This secret could even help create nuclear fusion in the lab, says a team of researchers. Nuclear fusion is a reaction that combines the nuclei of two atoms into one. The process powers stars, but getting a self-sustained fusion reaction going on Earth is very difficult, and has so far eluded scientists. For example, in February, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California made headlines when they managed to spur...
  • Meet the Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon

    10/18/2011 3:42:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/18/11 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    The moon is made of far more valuable stuff than green cheese. And one man wants to capitalize on that fact. NASA, which ended America's space shuttle program in June, says it wants to privatize spaceflight. Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express, Inc., wants to go a step further: He wants to privatize the moon itself. Jain's company plans to piggyback on private shuttle flights, using them to carry his lunar landers and mining platforms to the moon. "People ask, why do we want to go back to the moon? Isn't it just barren soil?" Jain told FoxNews.com....
  • The billionaire who wants to harvest the moon

    04/04/2014 2:35:10 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies
    Yahoo/CNBC ^ | April 3, 2014 | Susan Caminiti
    As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons. Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year. This serial entrepreneur-he founded Internet companies Infospace and Intelius-believes that the moon holds precious metals and rare minerals that can be brought back to help address Earth's energy, health and resource challenges. Among...
  • Derrick Ashong: Why I Interviewed George Zimmerman (Opinion)

    02/18/2014 7:29:21 PM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    Fusion ^ | Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | Derrick Ashong
    What is the job of the media? Are we here to reflect public opinion or to shape it? Are we the impartial referees of society, or do we pick sides and play as rough as the next guy? In a world where anyone with an idea and an internet connection can impact public discourse for better or worse, who exactly "is" the media and what is our role in telling the stories that matter most? Last week, I interviewed George Zimmerman, who was accused and acquitted of the murder of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. I am not...
  • Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

    02/13/2014 1:58:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/13/2014 | Ian Sample
    US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors. The scientists generated more energy from fusion reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial step along the road to harnessing fusion power. The ultimate goal – to produce more energy than the whole experiment consumes – remains a long way off, but the feat has nonetheless raised hopes that after decades of setbacks, firm progress is finally being made. Fusion energy has the...
  • Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

    02/12/2014 12:55:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    AP Science ^ | February 12, 2014 | MALCOLM RITTER
    In each trial, 192 laser beams briefly fired into a half-inch-long gold cylinder. The cylinder held a tiny ball that contained the fuel, which was a mix of two kinds of hydrogen, called deuterium and tritium. The energy from the lasers kicked off a process that compressed the ball by an amount akin to squeezing a basketball down to the size of a pea, said Debbie Callahan, an author of the paper. That created the extremely high pressure and temperatures needed to get the hydrogen atoms to fuse. It was all over in the blink of an eye, with the...
  • Scientists Say Their Giant Laser Has Produced Nuclear Fusion

    02/13/2014 1:12:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 12, 2014 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Researchers at a laboratory in California say they've had a breakthrough in producing fusion reactions with a giant laser. The success comes after years of struggling to get the laser to work and is another step in the decades-long quest for fusion energy. Omar Hurricane, a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, says that for the first time, they've produced significant amounts of fusion by zapping a target with their laser. "We've gotten more energy out of the fusion fuel than we put into the fusion fuel," he says. Strictly speaking, while more energy came from fusion than went into...
  • Baby Steps on the Road to Fusion Energy

    02/13/2014 1:06:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 12 February 2014 | Daniel Clery
    Dr. Eddie DewaldA millimeter-sized fuel capsule inside its target can, or hohlraum. As it approaches its fifth birthday, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a troubled laser fusion facility in California, has finally produced some results that fusion scientists can get enthusiastic about. In a series of experiments late last year, NIF researchers managed to produce energy yields 10 times greater than produced before and to demonstrate the phenomenon of self-heating that will be crucial if fusion is to reach its ultimate goal of “ignition”—a self-sustaining burning reaction that produces more energy than it consumes.“This is a very significant achievement, and...
  • Nuclear fusion hits energy milestone

    02/12/2014 3:43:14 PM PST · by Kevmo · 31 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Emily Chung,
    Nuclear fusion hits energy milestone Total energy input still far higher than output For the first time, fuel for a nuclear fusion reaction has generated more energy than put into it – a scientific milestone. Scientists and futurists have long dreamed of harnessing the energy of nuclear fusion, which powers the sun, here on Earth. An enormous amount of energy is released when multiple atoms collide and fuse to form a new, heavier atom — such as hydrogen fusing into helium. Hydrogen fuel is plentiful in sources such as seawater and the fusion process generates no radioactive waste, greenhouse gases...
  • Fusion Power Becomes Reality

    02/03/2014 7:12:24 AM PST · by count-your-change · 58 replies
    unknown | 2/33/2014 | vanity
    Today Sandini Research Labs and it's unnamed Swedish research partner announced a major science breakthrough...The sustained production of electricity by hot fusion. They said electricity had been produced for a total of seventeen hours without interruption Company spokesman, Prof. Olaf Untermeyer-Jurgens, said an entirely approach had been taken using sound and heat but without lasers, to create the Hyper Flux Transfer reaction and promised more news soon.
  • The many ways that you’re being tracked, catalogued and controlled

    01/06/2014 3:36:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Friendswood Journal ^ | January 6, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.” — Pratap Chatterjee, journalist What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect...
  • The Biggest Oil Discovery In 50 Years?

    12/03/2013 2:48:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | July 23rd, 2013 | Michael Snyder
    In a virtually uninhabitable section of South Australia, a discovery has been made which could rock the world. Some are calling it the biggest discovery of oil in 50 years. Earlier this year, a company called Linc Energy announced that tests had revealed that there was a minimum of 3.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent sitting under more than 65,000 square kilometres of land that it owns in the Arckaringa Basin. But that is the minimum number. It has been projected that there could ultimately be up to 233 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the area. If that turns...
  • Fusion Centers and the Maryland Spying Scandal

    11/09/2013 11:14:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    z magazine ^ | 10/1/13 | Anthony Newkirk
    In July, a series on the organization and financing of the federal government's post-9/11 secret programs ran in the Washington Post. Investigative journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin called attention to the fact that nearly 2,000 private corporations administer and provide essential services to this "alternative geography." Like the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, homeland security is a byproduct of business-government collaboration. While two years in the making and accompanied by an elaborate website, the series overlooks the threats posed to constitutional rights by the new wave of secrecy. The authors do not mention the Maryland spying scandal that was...
  • Cruz Tells Pro-Amnesty Fusion TV Pathway to Citizenship 'Unfair' to Legal Immigrants

    10/28/2013 9:30:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/28/13 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went on Fusion TV, a network which has declared it will use the airwaves to pressure lawmakers into enacting comprehensive immigration reform, and said he believes that providing a pathway to citizenship for the country's illegal immigrants is unfair to America's legal immigrants. Fusion is a joint venture between Univision and ABC that will debut on Monday, and appearing on the network, Cruz did not stray from his conservatism, telling host Jorge Ramos in an interview that he believed Democrats wanted immigration reform to be voted down so "they can campaign politically on it." He did...
  • Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

    10/08/2013 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 104 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 October 2013 Last updated at 17:25 ET | By Paul Rincon Science Editor
    Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy. But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive. Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion. NIF, based at Livermore in California, uses 192 beams from the world's most powerful laser to heat and compress a small...
  • Fusion, anyone? Not quite yet, but researchers show just how close we've come (hot fusion, not cold)

    09/24/2013 8:56:27 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 9/24/13
    The dream of igniting a self-sustained fusion reaction with high yields of energy, a feat likened to creating a miniature star on Earth, is getting closer to becoming reality, according the authors of a new review article in the journal Physics of Plasmas. Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) engaged in a collaborative project led by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, report that while there is at least one significant obstacle to overcome before achieving the highly stable, precisely directed implosion required for ignition, they have met many of the demanding challenges leading up to that...
  • ICCF18 George Miley Presentation Slides

    08/04/2013 4:38:22 PM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 10 replies
    ICCF18 Conference ^ | 23 July 2013 | George Miley
    Link to slides only: http://iccf18.research.missouri.edu/files/day3/Distributed_Power_Source.pdf
  • Record Set for Hottest Temperature on Earth: 3.6 Billion Degrees in Lab

    03/08/2006 2:50:47 PM PST · by The_Victor · 188 replies · 4,286+ views
    Yahoo (livescience.com) ^ | 3/8/2006 | Ker Than
    Scientists have produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit. This is hotter than the interior of our Sun, which is about 15 million degrees Kelvin, and also hotter than any previous temperature ever achieved on Earth, they say.They don't know how they did it. The feat was accomplished in the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories."At first, we were disbelieving," said project leader Chris Deeney. "We repeated the experiment many times to make sure we had a true result."Thermonuclear explosions are estimated to reach only tens to hundreds of millions of degrees...
  • Finally! Independent Testing Of Rossi's E-Cat Cold Fusion Device: Maybe World Will Change After All

    05/21/2013 2:24:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 20, 2013 | Mark Gibbs
    Back in October 2011 I first wrote about Italian engineer, Andrea Rossi, and his E-Cat project, a device that produces heat through a process called a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR). Very briefly, LENR, otherwise called cold fusion, is a technique that generates energy through low temperature (far lower than hot fusion temperatures which are in the range of tens off thousands of degrees) reactions that are not chemical. Most importantly, LENR is, theoretically, much safer, much simpler, and many orders of magnitude cheaper than hot fusion. Rather than explaining LENR in detail here please see my original posting for...