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by WizWom
Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wireless Electricity
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Yes, rj40 - the power company will notice the loss, and track down the culprit.

Of course, if you mounted the device in a car, so that you powered an electric motor from the EM, there wouldn't be a single place to track you to.

I'm just sayin'.
by WizWom
Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Light Of Understanding
Replies: 3
Views: 675

In point of fact, I've seen electricity.
In a vacuum tube, flowing nicely from anode to cathode.
by WizWom
Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: We are Doomed! DOOOOOMMED I say!
Replies: 446
Views: 82599

I actually think there is a lot of sense in the Zurich model for drug treatment and decriminalization.

The first step must be to take distribution out of the hands of criminals; after that, dealing with those who cannot handle them is less troublesome, because they aren't double-stigmatized.
by WizWom
Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Fusion product Alpha particle
Replies: 10
Views: 2935

Fusion product Alpha particle

I'd been meaning to work out the cyclotron radius of the fusion product alphas for some time, so I finally did. Cyclotron radius: r = mv/qB For an alpha particle in a p-B11 polywell, we have: m = 6.64424*10^-27 kg v = 1.16*10^7 q = 3.20*10^-19 C B = 10 T so, r = .0242 m That's significantly tighter ...
by WizWom
Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Using atmosphere as propellant
Replies: 151
Views: 104844

There is a reason Bussard's high-thrust (ARC) engine design used the polywell only for energy production, and preliminary heating of the reaction mass.

His high-ISP design, though - that one he planned to focus the fusion products out the exhaust bell.
by WizWom
Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: Room-temperature superconductivity?
Replies: 1893
Views: 379084

Cadgy scientists make extraordinary claims very slowly. First releasing "anomalous data" papers, carefully not making claims, only later - after the data is undisputed - starting to make claims about it. It allows a fast & loose paper writer to steal the theoretical thunder, but it also lets you kee...
by WizWom
Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: North Korean Fusion
Replies: 106
Views: 30720

On the Original topic:

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/So ... gs-Fusion-
Breakthrough-Produces-Abnormal-Levels-of-Radiation--96786184.html

But Xenon is a common fission by-product. Maybe N Korea made up the Fusion thing to try to divert attention from a nuclear reactor accident.
by WizWom
Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:11 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Fusion vs. Fission
Replies: 30
Views: 29183

Burn-down ADS or ADEP plants are under development in almost every first world country. Polywell could come out today and it would not stop.
by WizWom
Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: News
Topic: North Korean Fusion
Replies: 106
Views: 30720

Hrm. I invoke Godwin's Law, this thread has terminal illness. I see, any time you talk about the history and the politics of a region and it leads to the Austrian Corporal it must be air brushed out. That's not how things work. The problem is that even accurate and proper mention of the Nazis for c...
by WizWom
Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: North Korean Fusion
Replies: 106
Views: 30720

MSimon wrote: May I add that Saddam was a student of the Austrian Corporal. Look up Baath Party and its history. You might also want to check out the history of The Muslim Brotherhood.
Hrm. I invoke Godwin's Law, this thread has terminal illness.
by WizWom
Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell Visions: Food
Replies: 66
Views: 59517

Any cost is significantly more than free.

Millions of square miles are in agriculture, and we don't need that room. It is not cost effective to provide hydroponics for bulk crops, but vegetables and vine fruits might be practical.
by WizWom
Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell visions: Computing
Replies: 2
Views: 7930

"singularity" is merely a description of a failure of imagination.

Where the hell is my flying car, anyway?
by WizWom
Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell Visions: Politics
Replies: 36
Views: 35561

Power is the single largest determiner of quality of life in todays technological society.

Quality of life is the best determiner of peacefulness... content populations do not become terrorists.
by WizWom
Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Using atmosphere as propellant
Replies: 151
Views: 104844

In a Brayton cycle jet engine, high temperature means lousy thrust efficiency. Low temperature means lousy thermal efficiency, and corresponding low thrust efficiency. Um... NO. Adding heat on the high side lets more drop happen with the same ambient. That's why you heat an airstream to increase je...
by WizWom
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Hard Truth; From Pravda
Replies: 3
Views: 1378

"America has almost no real rail" Heh. the CIA's world factbook gives a better view of that. Railways: total: 226,427 km country comparison to the world: 1 Area: total: 9,826,675 sq km (which includes Alaska, but let's go with it) That means each kilometer of rail serves 43 sq km of territory. Russi...