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by Nik
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: History
Topic: Huemul
Replies: 4
Views: 11557

Italian job...

IIRC, there was a shoe-string Italian effort which connected a pinch chamber in-line with their building's lightning conductor...
by Nik
Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: Star Scientific: muon-catalyzed fusion
Replies: 28
Views: 24453

Slightly off-topic...

Shifting boxes in our loft recently, I came across 'The Jupiter Theft' (Moffit 1977), where-in aliens have mastered meson-powered fusion-- "It's easy when you know how..."
by Nik
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Super computers in a post polywell world
Replies: 1
Views: 8843

Waste heat...

For most of us, the limit is not the power consumption, hence electricity cost, but getting the resultant waste heat out of the core(s)...
by Nik
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Patent App. 11/527906; Filed 2006, published yesterday...
Replies: 65
Views: 17587

Perhaps they don't believe it could work ??

Hmm. I note abstract makes no mention of reaching fusion temperatures and densities, never mind break-even conditions.

I suppose it is a case of 'first catch your rabbit'...
by Nik
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Popular Mechanics article on Helion energy now online
Replies: 1
Views: 2987

A remarkably modest article...

D'uh, that article was so balanced and cautious, I'm surprised to find it under a 'Popular Mechanics' masthead... I'm impressed by Helion's candour, and their hope that the smart money is in zapping hot waste rather than trying to 'break even' with fusion. FWIW, I'd consider anything but a polywell ...
by Nik
Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Whoa Navy!
Replies: 79
Views: 25540

Rail-gun / Coil-gun erosion...

"We are crazy precise about barrel wear as it affects ballistics quickly." When this issue came up on another forum, it was pointed out that the ranges expected of such a weapon would *demand* terminal guidance. ie you're chucking 'smart rocks' that can steer themselves to a pre-set co-ordinate with...
by Nik
Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Please prove Vacuum energy
Replies: 10
Views: 8671


I got as far as the chapter-heading about 'Over-Unity' and read no further. At least he sets his peg in the open !! Uh, however you set your planes and magnets, my now-rudimentary math still shows you can't get 'owt from nowt'... IMHO, this is tangentially related to that proposed 'reaction-less' dr...
by Nik
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Nuclear blast-defying plastic that could change the world?
Replies: 7
Views: 7413

Took the secret to his grave ??

This is almost the stuff of Urban Legend (TM): Seems he was so paranoid about being 'ripped off' that he took the secret to his grave... FWIW, I think I remember seeing a live demo of this stuff on UK BBC TV's 'Tomorrow's World' tech-news, years ago. It did like it said on the tin... How it would ha...
by Nik
Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New heat pump principle (edit: peer reviewed and published)
Replies: 18
Views: 9467

D'uh... It's a multiple Stirling cycle of some kind, the rest being lost in translation. My guess is the system uses one Stirling module as a 'supercharger' to significantly increase the temperature differential across the other. As a heat-engine's e...
by Nik
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dynamic Casimir Force!
Replies: 16
Views: 7559


I was but two lines into the link when I found this... "modulated in opposition to piezo-crystal elasticity" That means it is not a static system. Then it mentions tuning and de-tuning layers. As I understand it, a resonant system contains energy. This means that, to push it in and out of ...
by Nik
Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 10KW LENR Demonstrator?
Replies: 3678
Views: 692502

Binding energy...

Uh, harking back to the arguments over binding energy, the paradox is explained by a simple graph. The binding energy per nucleon is at a maximum around iron. Both fusion of lighter nuclei and fission of heavier nuclei may be energetically favourable, depending on process and products... http://hype...
by Nik
Mon May 30, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Sensors for plasma's E & M...
Replies: 4
Views: 3242

Sensors for plasma's E & M... Slightly OT, but nice to know such sensors are available... "The sensors developed for this research must guarantee a high level of accuracy to allow the theories to be validated and the plasma to be monitored. In the ITER reactor, w...
by Nik
Thu May 26, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dynamic Casimir Force!
Replies: 16
Views: 7559

Yes, mirror is doing 'work'...

There's work being done on the system, more energy going in than coming out as non-virtual photons...
by Nik
Thu May 26, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Internal structure of the electrostatic force?
Replies: 15
Views: 12130

Electron is surprisingly round...

Slightly OT: ( -- Scientists at Imperial College London have made the most accurate measurement yet of the shape of the humble electron, finding that it is almost a perfect sphere, in a study published in the ...
by Nik
Tue May 24, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Herman Cain
Replies: 11
Views: 4102

One Term Wonders...

( Watching, bemused, from UK :? ) Used to be, IIRC, that a candidate was selected who stood a fair chance of re-election. Perhaps, given the probability that a POTUS will find *some* way to disappoint a majority, perhaps candidates will be chosen specifically to run for only one term... Cheaper, too...