Skip to comments.Distant Vision: Romance and Discovery on An Invisible Frontier [Chapter 31]: Ultimatum
Posted on 12/28/2005 10:14:07 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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 would all be fusion powered, eliminating the need for power lines. He once stated that a 50,000 kilowatt power plant would sell for around four hundred dollars! Given the vast power at our creative disposal, our homes would be vastly different from what they are now-we might not even recognize them as homes. Phil stated more than once that homes might cease to be built of brick and mortar, and would instead be formed from high-energy force fields, modeled after the poissor phenomenon which formed the heart of his Fusor.
(Excerpt) Read more at farnovision.com ...
Biography of Philo T. FarnsworthIn the spring of 1967, Farnsworth and his family moved back to Utah to continue his fusion research at Brigham Young University, which presented him with an honorary doctorate... Realizing the fusion lab was to dismantled at ITT, Farnsworth invited staff members to accompany him to Salt Lake City as team members in his planned Philo T. Farnsworth Associates (PTFA) organization... However, although a contact with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was promptly secured and more possibilities were within reach, the financing needed to pay the $24,000 in monthly expenses for equipment rental and salaries was stalled. By Christmas 1970, PTFA had failed to secure the necessary financing. The Farnsworths had sold all their own ITT stock and cashed out Phil's life insurance policy to maintain organization stability. The underwriter had failed to provide the financial backing that was to have supported the organization during its critical first year. The banks called-in all outstanding loans. Repossession notices were placed on anything not previously sold and the Internal Revenue Service put a lock on the laboratory door until delinquent taxes were paid. During January 1970, PTFA was disbanded. Farnsworth became seriously ill with pneumonia and died on March 11, 1971.
by Lyudmila Dekhtyar
Wow, that makes me really wonder what Philo could have invented if he hadn't hit the financial brick wall...
Not Cold Fusion but: "Oak Ridge scientist exhausted, elated with response to research"
Posted by The Raven
On News/Activism 03/07/2002 1:31:06 AM PST · 34 replies · 334+ 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 8:34:09 PM PST · 14 replies · 90+ 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 2:38:10 AM PST · 9 replies · 259+ 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 ...
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 06/05/2002 3:24:46 PM PDT · 12 replies · 232+ 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 9:51:18 AM PDT · 12 replies · 205+ 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...
Fusion reactor breaks duration record
Posted by Brett66
On News/Activism 08/06/2002 9:04:15 PM PDT · 11 replies · 86+ 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...
Superfast VASIMR Rocket in Funding Limbo
Posted by Brett66
On News/Activism 08/07/2002 4:08:31 PM PDT · 19 replies · 198+ views
Space.com | 8/7/02 | Leonard David
Superfast VASIMR Rocket in Funding Limbo By Leonard David Senior Space Writer posted: 07:00 am ET 07 August 2002 Trimming travel time between Earth and various space targets is crucial to keeping human and robotic surveys of the solar system prospering into the 21st Century.Faster rockets cut back on an astronaut's radiation intake. Being a space speedster may also reduce loss of bone and muscle mass, as well as limit circulatory changes due to prolonged microgravity exposure.One approach to express lane rocketry is tagged the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR). With VASIMR's oomph, a 10-month one-way trek to Mars...
Will Spacecraft ever Go Faster than the speed of Light?
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 02/16/2003 2:16:44 PM PST · 112 replies · 6,265+ 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...
Sandia Scientists Confirm; Huge Pulsed Power Machine Enters Fusion Arena!!!
Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 04/07/2003 4:26:58 PM PDT · 34 replies · 481+ 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 8:52:09 AM PDT · 79 replies · 472+ 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...
Billion Degree Breakthrough for Very Hot Fusion
Posted by Wonder Warthog
On News/Activism 06/29/2003 5:34:59 AM PDT · 74 replies · 509+ 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...
Why America is Running Out of Gas
Posted by arete
On News/Activism 07/13/2003 2:28:59 PM PDT · 30 replies · 298+ views
Time.com | 7/13/03 | Bartlett and Steele
Inflated oil prices and natural gas shortages are wiping out jobs and savings, thanks to three decades of bungled energy policy. Get ready for more bungling Liquefied natural gas can be imported to the U.S. by ship, but only four facilities exist in the U.S. to convert it back to its gaseous form If all goes according to plan, the U.S. Senate in the next few weeks will follow the House and approve the latest in a long line of national energy policies. This one incorporates a favorite initiative of President George W. Bush'sóthe hydrogen-powered car. In his State of...
Cold fusion gets cold shoulder from many scientists
Posted by B Knotts
On News/Activism 09/08/2003 11:26:40 AM PDT · 66 replies · 353+ 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 8:18:21 PM PDT · 92 replies · 507+ 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 7:15:03 AM PST · 46 replies · 251+ 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 12/19/2003 10:55:45 PM PST · 16 replies · 93+ 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 7:50:58 AM PST · 16 replies · 60+ 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 11:42:57 AM PST · 9 replies · 61+ 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 4:38:24 AM PST · 87 replies · 155+ 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 3:06:18 PM PST · 6 replies · 63+ 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 3:56:05 PM PST · 14 replies · 75+ 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 1:51:15 PM PST · 17 replies · 230+ 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 8:18:48 PM PST · 4 replies · 97+ 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 3:03:06 PM PST · 8 replies · 198+ 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...
Experts Say New Desktop Fusion Claims Seem More Credible
Posted by 68skylark
On News/Activism 03/03/2004 6:49:50 AM PST · 44 replies · 20,705+ 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 11:44:41 AM PST · 32 replies · 285+ 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 12:14:07 PM PST · 36 replies · 5,615+ 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,...
Cold Fusion Heating Up
Posted by Waldozer
On News/Activism 04/18/2004 10:42:54 AM PDT · 58 replies · 485+ 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...
US to halt nuclear fusion project
Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 08/01/2004 9:48:34 AM PDT · 81 replies · 1,367+ 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 4:48:56 PM PDT · 61 replies · 1,795+ 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...
Igniting a burning plasma
Posted by Willie Green
On News/Activism 09/19/2004 1:20:29 PM PDT · 28 replies · 842+ 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 6:32:25 PM PDT · 16 replies · 529+ 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...
A step towards fusion power
Posted by tricky_k_1972
On News/Activism 10/23/2004 1:19:03 PM PDT · 20 replies · 841+ 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....
Moon gas could meet Earth's future energy demands: Scientists
Posted by Willie Green
On News/Activism 11/26/2004 9:20:04 AM PST · 53 replies · 874+ 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...
Moon gas could meet earth's future energy demands: scientists
Posted by cogitator
On News/Activism 11/26/2004 10:30:35 AM PST · 27 replies · 975+ views
SpaceDaily | 11/26/2004 | Agence France-Presse
Moon gas could meet earth's future energy demands: scientistsA 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 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 of Earth and Planetary Sciences. "When...
EU 'declaration of war' over fusion
Posted by JeffersonRepublic.com
On News/Activism 11/26/2004 10:58:38 AM PST · 3 replies · 371+ 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
Posted by jaydubya2
On News/Activism 12/21/2004 5:14:59 AM PST · 6 replies · 458+ 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 7:07:24 PM PST · 22 replies · 903+ 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...
Fire and brim stone
Posted by tricky_k_1972
On News/Activism 01/10/2005 1:37:06 PM PST · 10 replies · 663+ 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 9:23:09 AM PST · 26 replies · 775+ 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 11:02:49 AM PST · 69 replies · 1,254+ 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
Posted by Ernest_at_the_Beach
On News/Activism 01/25/2005 1:01:04 PM PST · 161 replies · 3,652+ 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 11:29:31 AM PST · 38 replies · 1,527+ 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 4:18:17 PM PST · 16 replies · 1,177+ 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 10:02:50 AM PST · 12 replies · 749+ 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 7:04:18 PM PST · 4 replies · 150+ 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 7:31:03 PM PST · 19 replies · 1,042+ 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 03/23/2005 9:54:05 PM PST · 27 replies · 1,162+ 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...
Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 03/30/2005 2:14:49 PM PST · 66 replies · 1,541+ 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 8:03:21 PM PDT · 39 replies · 813+ 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 7:37:07 PM PDT · 67 replies · 1,502+ 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 12:18:08 PM PDT · 88 replies · 1,612+ 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 12:48:24 PM PDT · 2 replies · 669+ 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 8:30:27 PM PDT · 64 replies · 1,785+ 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 11:22:26 AM PDT · 38 replies · 1,126+ 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 5:19:36 PM PDT · 27 replies · 772+ 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 5:18:57 AM PDT · 11 replies · 382+ 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 6:30:02 AM PDT · 4 replies · 192+ 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 6:37:27 AM PDT · 12 replies · 368+ 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 6:39:44 AM PDT · 4 replies · 177+ 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 7:51:41 AM PDT · 2 replies · 178+ 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 8:35:29 AM PDT · 16 replies · 315+ 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 9:56:33 AM PDT · 181 replies · 1,736+ 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 5:19:54 AM PDT · 58 replies · 879+ 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 5:47:38 PM PDT · 47 replies · 15,231+ 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 07/02/2005 10:50:54 PM PDT · 17 replies · 448+ 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
Posted by Brilliant
On News/Activism 07/14/2005 10:11:58 AM PDT · 26 replies · 695+ views
Science Daily | July 14, 2005 | Purdue University
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ñ 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...
Experiment Supports Controversial 'Fusion-In-A-Jar' Claims
Posted by Irontank
On News/Activism 07/25/2005 8:33:29 AM PDT · 63 replies · 1,649+ 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...
WSJ: Energy a la Francaise - The nuclear option in a time of oil crisis.
Posted by OESY
On News/Activism 10/05/2005 5:37:27 AM PDT · 56 replies · 712+ 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 4:50:05 PM PDT · 21 replies · 429+ 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,...
for special emphasis, a topic related to Philo T. Farnsworth's Fusor:
Freshman's nuclear fusion reactor has USU physics faculty in awe
deseretnews.com | 9-16-03 | Alan Edwards
Posted on 09/17/2003 8:18:21 PM PDT by wafflehouse
" Craig 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 own Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television."
New US Navy Report Supports Cold Fusion Posted by Diogenesis
On News/Activism 04/13/2002 4:02:13 PM PDT · 80 replies · 274+ 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...
Cold fusion information available at LENR-CANR.org Posted by JedRothwell
On News/Activism 05/06/2003 2:09:13 PM PDT · 55 replies · 199+ 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...
U.S. Will Give Cold Fusion Second Look, After 15 Years Posted by neverdem
On News/Activism 03/24/2004 11:52:23 PM PST · 150 replies · 1,319+ 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 9:52:12 AM PST · 12 replies · 126+ 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,...
Dr. Eugene Mallove is dead Posted by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
On News/Activism 05/15/2004 10:17:14 PM PDT · 87 replies · 694+ 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 2:26:09 PM PDT · 50 replies · 271+ 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
Is the Sun really hot? Posted by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-
On News/Activism 10/06/2004 8:44:49 AM PDT · 127 replies · 2,765+ 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...
Warming Up to Cold Fusion Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 11/20/2004 5:15:08 AM PST · 90 replies · 2,158+ 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...
COLD FUSION, THE UNLIMITED ENERGY SOURCE: A MYTH OR REALITY? Posted by ckilmer
On News/Activism 03/27/2005 10:47:13 PM PST · 22 replies · 699+ 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...
Bubble Fusion takes next hurdle Posted by Arkie2
On News/Activism 07/19/2005 7:34:14 PM PDT · 28 replies · 965+ 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...
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