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by jsbiff
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: North Korean Fusion
Replies: 106
Views: 28939

I for one wouldn't take any bets that the North Koreans have discovered the secret to net-gain, high-yield, constant operation fusion. But, I for one, wouldn't be too upset if their efforts put a little more priority on funding fusion research among the leadership of S. Korea, USA, EU, et. al.
by jsbiff
Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power & Gain Scaling? - DONE
Replies: 19
Views: 5436

Since, according to the formulas, the power output should scale with both the radius of the magnetic 'wiffle ball', as well as the magnetic field, and since the magnetic field is being generated by electromagnets, can the output of a polywell, theoretically, be changed on demand by simply changing h...
by jsbiff
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power & Gain Scaling? - DONE
Replies: 19
Views: 5436

If I may pose a followup question. . . If the scaling formula proposed by Dr. B holds true, I imagine that, given current materials science (I think there is a limit to how strong of an electromagnet can be produced, even with superconductors?), what is likely to be the largest (in terms of power ou...
by jsbiff
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Cheap Clean Abundant Power: Secondary Implications
Replies: 20
Views: 26494

Here's one factor-- polywell would make energy cheap-- and their are methods to produce fuel from CO2, but they are very, very energy expensive. Now I doubt it would make gasoline super cheap, but what it would do would stabilize the price of gas-- instead of worrying about price spikes whenever a ...
by jsbiff
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Cheap Clean Abundant Power: Secondary Implications
Replies: 20
Views: 26494

Could we, maybe, experience real price deflation without corresponding wage/income deflation for the first time in history? Computer prices vs capability for the last 40 years. But that's one industry (tech), I'm wondering about a more wide-spread deflation of everything from food, to clothes, furn...
by jsbiff
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Water versus Energy
Replies: 24
Views: 24860

Re: Is human desalination more efficient than moving fresh w

There's always fresh surface water somewhere. Much of it just ends up running out of rivers into the ocean. The rivers may just need that water to stay healthy. There are big issues in eastern Australia with irrigation basically sucking the river dry and downstream river users suffering. I guess I ...
by jsbiff
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Cheap Clean Abundant Power: Secondary Implications
Replies: 20
Views: 26494

I'd like to mention an additional possible explanation for the 'less lighting in poor neighborhoods' observation of the original parent: I don't think the cost of electric power really dominates that situation. I think that the costs of fixtures and lightbulbs is probably more a driver of that parti...
by jsbiff
Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why have 'joints' connecting the rings?
Replies: 27
Views: 6886

Why have 'joints' connecting the rings?

First, I'm not exactly sure which category to post this in, but I think this is the most appropriate - sorry if it's not. So, I just spend the last couple hours watching the Google Bussard video about polywell, and gleaning a few additional scraps of info from the Wikipedia article on polywell fusio...
by jsbiff
Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Wiffle-Ball as a weapon of terror?
Replies: 16
Views: 19483

The Wiffleball mechanism inside a Polywell reactor is an essential factor to make the system work. The reactor itself would not make a very good neutron radiation weapon. It would be perhaps 5-6 meters wide overall. The vacuum pumping assembly is large. The power handling equipment exrensive. And, ...
by jsbiff
Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: What info available for EMC2 Navy contracts?
Replies: 2
Views: 1125

What info available for EMC2 Navy contracts?

Hi, I was reading the FOIA thread from back in January (which sadly, apparently resulted in exactly 0 pages of docs being released, it sounded like). It got me to wondering - I certainly can understand EMC2 not wanting to put too much technical detail out there yet (because they may be planning to f...
by jsbiff
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell, ITER and the Helium Supply
Replies: 31
Views: 38660

Is there any significant amount of helium available in things like Oil Shale, or the Oil Sands of Canada, where we might be able to recover large amounts of helium from such resources which are mostly un-exploited at present, simply because they are not as cheap as drilling for crude? Don't know of...
by jsbiff
Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: Fund-Raising
Topic: Why non-profit?
Replies: 4
Views: 9204

Re: Why non-profit?

I'd like to *invest* in polywell fusion, I think, because I think that if patents were secured, EMC2 could have it's own license to print money in a few years. The patents that WERE secured have run out and they have NOT been extended. There has been speculation (by me for one) that one of the reas...
by jsbiff
Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Water versus Energy
Replies: 24
Views: 24860

Is human desalination more efficient than moving fresh water

Whenever discussions of desalination come up, I always have to wonder if desalination, long term, would be cheaper/more efficient (even with cheap power from fusion), than simply moving surface water from places that have excess to places with shortages? There's always fresh surface water somewhere....
by jsbiff
Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Wiffle-Ball as a weapon of terror?
Replies: 16
Views: 19483

Wiffle-Ball as a weapon of terror?

I was thinking about this recently, and wondering - is there any risk that a small polywell wiffleball could be constructed by a terrorist group (or foreign government), just to be used as a weapon. If a Wiffleball weren't shielded, and it was powered up with some Deuterium, couldn't it release some...
by jsbiff
Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell, ITER and the Helium Supply
Replies: 31
Views: 38660

Is there any significant amount of helium available in things like Oil Shale, or the Oil Sands of Canada, where we might be able to recover large amounts of helium from such resources which are mostly un-exploited at present, simply because they are not as cheap as drilling for crude?