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  • 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 · 8 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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
  • 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 ^ | 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
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  • 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 ( ^ | 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...
  • DHS/DOJ Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program and Services

    05/18/2013 7:04:04 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, have joined forces to create fusion centers... based on the input and guidance of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), the Global Intelligence Working Group (GIWG), and the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) The Institute for Intergovernmental Research coordinates the receipt of program requests and facilitates many of the services offered. To access a list of training and technical assistance resources available through this program, visit the National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center (NCIRC) secured site.
  • Ground-Breaking New Book Offers Scientific Reasoning for Cold Fusion Energy

    05/08/2013 10:47:40 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 44 replies
    SBWire ^ | 05/07/2013 | Dr. Stoyan Sarg
    Ground-Breaking New Book Offers Scientific Reasoning for Cold Fusion Energy Written by Dr. Stoyan Sarg, ‘Structural Physics of Nuclear Fusion’ offers a new and compelling understanding of the physical process. Toronto, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/07/2013 -- Following a diligent period of research and development, Canada’s Dr. Stoyan Sarg is delighted to announce the launch of his new book – ‘Structural Physics of Nuclear Fusion’. This latest book is a continuation of the original approach used in Sarg’s ‘Basic Structures of Matter - Supergravitation Unified Theory (BSM-SG)’, published by in 2002, where the feasibility of cold fusion was predicted. The...
  • Scientists develop fusion rocket technology in lab – and aim for Mars

    04/06/2013 3:00:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | Alan Boyle, Science Editor,
    Slough and his colleagues are working on a system that shoots ringlets of metal into a specially designed magnetic field. The ringlets collapse around a tiny droplet of deuterium, a hydrogen isotope, compressing it so tightly that it produces a fusion reaction for a few millionths of a second. The reaction should result in a significant energy gain. "It has gain, that's why we're doing it," Slough said. "It's just that the form the energy takes at the end is hot, magnetized metal plasma. ... The problem in the past was, what would you use it for? Because it kinda...
  • Fusion center director: We don’t spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans

    03/29/2013 8:28:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 3/29/13 | Pascal Guyot
    Fusion center director: We don’t spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans Law enforcement intelligence-processing fusion centers have long come under attack for spying on Americans. The Arkansas director wanted to clarify the truth: centers only spies on some Americans – those who appear to be a threat to the government. In trying to clear up the ‘misconceptions’ about the conduct of fusion centers, Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis simply confirmed Americans’ fears: the center does in fact spy on Americans – but only on those who are suspected to be ‘anti-government’. “The misconceptions are that we are conducting...
  • The boy who played with fusion

    12/27/2012 4:59:49 PM PST · by virgil283 · 22 replies
    POPSCI ^ | Posted 02.14.2012 at 12:52 pm | Tom Clynes
    "Propulsion,” the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “I just want to see the propulsion stuff.”........This is before Taylor would transform the family’s garage into a mysterious, glow-in-the-dark cache of rocks and metals and liquids with unimaginable powers......But when his parents brought him to a toy store, [for a toy crane] the boy saw it as an act of provocation. “No,” he yelled, stomping his foot. “I want a real one. This is about the time any other father might have put his own foot down....
  • Ford recalls Fusion and Escape due to spontaneous engine combustion

    12/01/2012 10:55:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Dec 1st 2012 | Brittany Hillen
    The Ford Motor Company has been forced to recall over 70,000 Ford Escapes and nearly 16,000 2013 Ford Fusions due to an issue with overheating that may cause the cars’ engines to catch on fire. The recall is only for select models that were sold in Canada and the United States. This comes after several other recalls Ford has had in the recent past. The recall is for Fusion SEL and SE models with the 1.6 liter engine, and the Escape SEL and SE models. Other Fusions and Escapes aren’t included. This is due to drivers reporting that their engines...
  • AMD's Hondo Z-Series APU To Challenge Intel's Atom In Windows 8 Tablet Market

    10/09/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Joel Hruska
    AMD is launching its first tablet-optimized APU today, in a bid to challenge Intel's de facto dominance of the Windows 8 tablet market. Dubbed Hondo, the new Z-60 draws less power than any Brazos-based part AMD has launched before. Some of you may remember that AMD launched a tablet processor last year, but the Z-01 -- codenamed Desna -- was an ordinary Brazos core that binned well enough to run within a lower power envelope. It was more a proof-of-concept chip, meant to demonstrate that AMD could, and would, compete in the tablet market. Hondo, in contrast, is a new...
  • This New Fusion Engine Will Cut The Travel Time To Mars Down To Six Weeks

    10/04/2012 1:15:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/4/12 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Brace yourselves: Researchers at University of Huntsville in Alabama say they are using "Dilithium Crystals" in a new fusion impulse engine that could cut the travel time to Mars down to as little as six weeks, not the six months it takes now. Txchnologist, an online magazine sponsored by General Electric, talked to team member and aerospace engineering PH.D. candidate Ross Cortez, he said "The fusion fuel we're focusing on is deuterium [a stable isotope of hydrogen] and Li6 [a stable isotope of the metal lithium] in a crystal structure." "That's basically dilithium crystals we're using," he said (Snip) The
  • Dry-run experiments verify key aspect of Sandia nuclear fusion concept

    09/19/2012 10:14:10 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 21 replies
    Sandia National Lab ^ | 09/17/12 | Sandia National Lab
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Magnetically imploded tubes called liners, intended to help produce controlled nuclear fusion at scientific “break-even” energies or better within the next few years, have functioned successfully in preliminary tests, according to a Sandia research paper accepted for publication by Physical Review Letters (PRL). Sandia researcher Ryan McBride pays close attention to the tiny central beryllium liner to be imploded by the powerful magnetic field generated by Sandia’s Z machine. The larger cylinders forming a circle on the exterior of the base plate measure Z’s load current by picking up the generated magnetic field. (Photo by Randy Montoya)...
  • Thorium, energy source for the future

    05/24/2012 8:14:04 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    ICECAP.US ^ | May 22, 2012 | John Coleman
    Here is a five minute long special report on a power source for the 21st Century; one that the “greens”, climate change alarmists and global warming skeptics might all agree on (video link below). And here is my blog about that power source. JOHN COLEMAN’S BLOG May 21, 2012 THORIUM will power the world. That is the bumper sticker of the future. The ugly debate about energy has gone on and on. It is costing us billions of dollars. It is beginning to cripple our nation. I have been looking for a source of abundant, cheap electric power that short...
  • Are we on the Brink of an Energy Revolution: An Interview with Andrea Rossi

    03/29/2012 8:56:26 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies ^ | 03/29/2012 | James Burgess
    Resource depletion, climate change and rising oil prices have led to large investments in renewable energy and new fossil fuel extraction techniques. However despite the positive headlines on solar, wind, and shale, all of these sectors are beset with problems that add to our uncertain energy future. We appear to be decades away from finding a renewable source that will help us avoid the impending energy crisis. Yet amongst this bleak outlook a relatively unknown Italian inventor could be about to spark an energy revolution? Andrea Rossi appears to have produced the first working “cold” fusion device, or low energy...
  • Robert George and Robert Godes of Brillouin Energy — Announce Successful Cold Fusion Reactor

    03/30/2012 5:10:35 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 141 replies
    E-Cat World ^ | March 29, 2012 | Frank Acland
    James Martinez of Cash Flow Radio has conducted an interview with Brillouin Energy‘s Chief Executive Officer Robert George and President and Chief Technical Officer Robert E. Godes. The reason they said they are ready to conduct an interview at this point (and not earlier) is because they have been able to develop a control system that allows a reaction to start and stop, and run in a steady state mode. They said that next month they will be working with Mike McKubre of SRI International to run a reactor at a higher temperature. Godes states that the Brillouin’s reaction starts...
  • LENR Presentation at CERN to be Webcast Today

    03/22/2012 6:16:37 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 18 replies
    E-Cat World ^ | 22 March 2012 | Anon
    Just a reminder that today at CERN in Geneva Switzerland, Francesco Celani and Yogendra Srivastava will be making a presentation entitled “Overview of Theoretical and Experimental Progress in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR)”.
  • The Boy Who Played With Fusion

    02/21/2012 9:07:37 AM PST · by justlurking · 68 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 2012-02-14 | Tom Clynes
    Propulsion,” the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “I just want to see the propulsion stuff.” A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale replica of the massive Saturn V rocket that brought America to the moon. As they duck under the exhaust nozzles, Kenneth Wilson glances at his awestruck boy and feels his burden beginning to lighten. For a few minutes, at least, someone else will feed his son’s boundless appetite for knowledge. Then Taylor raises his hand, not with a question but an...
  • Isotopes hint at North Korean nuclear test(fusion boost test in 2010?)

    Isotopes hint at North Korean nuclear test Data suggest that the country has experimented with a fusion boost to its fission weapons. Geoff Brumfiel 03 February 2012 /snip Isotope detective De Geer’s theory rests on the detection of several short-lived radioisotopes that are generated during man-made nuclear processes. Ratios of xenon-133 and xenon-133m (a higher-energy, ‘metastable’ form of the isotope) point towards an explosion in mid-April. The ratio of more short-lived isotopes — barium-140 and its radioactive decay product lanthanum-140 — pointed to a second test around 11 May. Indeed, the presence of barium-140 can be explained only by a...
  • NEWT’S MOONBASE Could Provide Enough Helium-3 to Power ENTIRE US For Years

    01/28/2012 9:07:59 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 53 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 28,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Newt Gingrich told Floridians this week that that under his administration the US would have the first permanent base on the moon. An American moon base could provide America with enough Helium-3 to provide for all of country’s energy needs Nations and private companies are racing to be the first to scout the moon for Helium 3, a rare gas which could make almost unlimited, clean fusion energy a reality. Some experts estimate there a millions of tons in lunar soil — and that a single Space-Shuttle load would power the entire United States for a year. Both China and...
  • Progress in Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (Cold Fusion/LENR/LANR)

    01/09/2012 5:33:28 AM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 47 replies
    22passi ^ | 09 Jan 2012 | Francesco Celani
    On March 23, 1989, the international scientific environment, and not only that, was deeply surprised because of the abrupt announcement by two Scientists, one of them at world-class level (M. Fleischmann), that they had detected measurable, and unexplainable, excess energy after prolonged electrolysis of Heavy Water using Palladium (Pd) rods as cathode. Such a phenomenon, that cannot be ascribed to usual chemistry or physics reactions, was improperly given the odd name “cold fusion”, remembering similarities with the “muon-catalysed fusion” predicted (1952) by A. Sacharov and measured (1956) by L. Alvarez (Nobel Laureates): both fusion were realised at room temperatures and...
  • The 2013 Fusion vs. the "Volt" ( Vanity )

    01/08/2012 10:04:38 AM PST · by taildragger · 41 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 01/08/2012 | Taildragger
    The Link above is for the photos of the car leaked from a Czech Blog, but is their a bigger story?Look at this car compared to the Volt, obviously easier on the eyes, but will it spark a bigger debate? I.E., the free-market approach of product improvement vs the Governments envolvement in GM and lack of market acceptance of the Volt.What we know from the web. * It will use the very good handling "Ford Mondeo" Chassis ( possibly new or upgraded ) * It will probably be 4 or 5 star crash rated, seems to be Fords redesign mantra...
  • Fusion project funding dispute threatens Horizon 2020 (ITER)

    01/03/2012 8:32:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 January 2012
    An ongoing tussle between the EU institutions over the future funding of a controversial nuclear fusion project—which will come under the spotlight during the Danish EU presidency—threatens to hack into the European Commission’s €85-billion ($111-billion) Horizon 2020 budget proposal. The funding dispute centers around the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project based at the Cadarache research facility in southern France. Construction is to begin this year. The ITER reactor aims to replicate the kind of fusion that occurs in the sun, creating cheap and abundant energy that does not rely on fossil fuels. … The Commission fears that including ITER within...
  • Ford to recall Fusion, Milan sedans because wheels could fall off due to bolt problem

    12/10/2011 5:22:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 57 replies
    <p>DETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 128,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years because the wheels can fall off the cars.</p> <p>The recall affects only cars with 17-inch steel wheels built from April 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009, and from Dec. 1, 2009 through Nov. 13, 2010.</p>
  • Bussard Fusion Update

    11/12/2011 4:10:15 AM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 31 replies
    New Energy and Fuel ^ | November 11, 2011
    Dr. Robert Bussard’s EMC2 Corp. with the U.S. Navy using recovery act funding working on inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) nuclear fusion based on the theory and prior work of Dr. Bussard has issued a very brief report. The plan is to determine if the experimental plasma scaling agrees with the theoretical models. The U.S. Navy funding is directed to conducting tests on “Wiffle-Ball” plasma scaling law on plasma heating and confinement by EMC2. The firm has burned $3,216,826 of an authorized $7,855,504 and has surpassed 50% completion of the work. As of September 30, 2011, the WB-8 device has generated...
  • Nuclear power to the stars

    11/05/2011 1:25:13 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Astronomy Now Online ^ | 01 October 2011 | Keith Cooper
    To send spacecraft to other stars in the space of a human lifetime, new methods of propulsion are going to be needed to provide the necessary ‘oomph’ to break free of our Solar System. Currently the best bet is nuclear fusion power, but there’s a problem – it hasn’t even been shown to be a commercially viable source of energy on Earth yet. ‘Splitting the atom’ in the 1930s paved the way for modern day nuclear fission reactors, but nuclear fusion is a different and altogether far cleaner process.
  • How Germany Phased Out Nuclear Power, Only to Get Mugged by Reality

    10/31/2011 3:50:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 31, 2011 | Aaron Wiener
    Berlin, Germany—For years, environmentalists in America have looked longingly to Germany. There, across the Atlantic, lay a small, cold, gray country whose solar energy production dwarfed big, sunny America’s, a nation that last year pledged to get 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by mid-century while Americans proved unable to agree on energy legislation even a fraction as ambitious. Yet in bowing to the country’s strong anti-nuclear movement, Germany appears to have suddenly gone off track: Within the last year the country has gone from a net exporter of energy to a net importer, and the carbon intensity...
  • Scientists plan $1.5bn laser strong enough 'to tear the fabric of space'

    10/30/2011 6:38:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct. 30, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A laser powerful enough to tear apart the fabric of space could be built in Britain. The major scientific project will follow in the footsteps of the Large Hadron Collider and will answer questions about the universe. The laser will be capable of producing a beam of light so intense that it will be similar to the light the earth receives from the sun but focused on a speck smaller than a pin prick. Scientists say it will be so powerful they will be able to boil the very fabric of space and create a vacuum. A vacuum fizzles with...
  • FUSION POWER: Next ITERation?

    09/21/2011 3:25:15 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 34 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sep 3rd 2011 | print edition
    Generating electricity by nuclear fusion has long looked like a chimera. A reactor being built in Germany may change that. AS THE old joke has it, fusion is the power of the future—and always will be. The sales pitch is irresistible: the principal fuel, a heavy isotope of hydrogen called deuterium, can be extracted from water. In effect, therefore, it is in limitless supply. Nor, unlike fusion’s cousin, nuclear fission, does the process produce much in the way of radioactive waste. It does not release carbon dioxide, either. Which all sounds too good to be true. And it is....
  • How Seawater Can Power the World (Nuclear fusion)

    07/11/2011 10:29:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 10, 2011 | Stewart C. Prager
    DEBATE about America’s energy supply is heating up: gas prices are rising, ethanol is under attack and nuclear power continues to struggle in the shadow of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. But an abundant, safe and clean energy source once thought to be the stuff of science fiction is closer than many realize: nuclear fusion. Making it a reality, however, will take significant investment from the government at a time when spending on scientific research is under threat. Harnessing nuclear fusion, the energy that powers the sun and the stars, has been a goal of physicists worldwide since the 1950s....
  • Fusion energy without radioactivity: laser ignition of solid hydrogen–boron (11) fuel

    The advent of ultra-high power lasers allows laser power levels that are about 1000 times the power of all the power stations in the USA. This opens the way to new approaches for inertial confinement fusions (ICF) that in turn can drastically reduce the laser input energy needed to achieve practical ICF power. The specific approach discussed here involves inducing a fusion burn wave by laser-driven impact of a relatively large block of plasma on the outside of a solid density fusion target. This new method is specifically selected to enable the extremely attractive, but demanding, neutron-free proton–B-11 fusion that...
  • This is Emma. She's going to save the world (and cure cancer)

    06/11/2011 9:13:24 PM PDT · by SouthernBoyupNorth · 31 replies
    the daily mail inline ^ | 12th June 2011 | By David Rose
    Imagine a safe, clean nuclear reactor that used a fuel that was hugely abundant, produced only minute quantities of radioactive waste and was almost impossible to adapt to make weapons. It sounds too good to be true, but this isn’t science fiction. This is what lies in store if we harness the power of a silvery metal found in river sands, soil and granite rock the world over: thorium. One ton of thorium can produce as much energy as 200 tons of uranium, or 3.5 million tons of coal, and the thorium deposits that have already been identified would meet...
  • Cold fusion economy supported by Greek government (Rossi e-cat)

    05/10/2011 6:15:05 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 53 replies
    Cold Fusion Now ^ | 5.7.11 | rubycarat
    There is a category of inventions called disruptive technology. Funding streams allotted to this sector award designers who innovate based on radical departures from incremental change. A cursory search of disruptive technology will yield many examples, most of which are IT-oriented, such as breakthroughs in social networking, cloud computing, and cyber security. You will find little to no mention of the most disruptive technology of all, cold fusion, even as the first commercial device is poised to be installed later this year. Defkalion Green Technologies based in Athens, Greece holds the world rights, excepting the Americas, for Andrea A. Rossi’s...