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by Nik
Tue May 24, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Woodward-Mach Effect
Replies: 32
Views: 9121

A quibble...

IIRC, this device 'works' by using the macroscopic difference in mass between a charged and un-charged capacitor. Given E=Mc^2, even a tonne of super-capacitors would have a minimal mass-energy difference: I'm not surprised that different workers have had contradictory results... OT: What was the na...
by Nik
Mon May 23, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Rossi energy catalyst – a big hoax or new physics?
Replies: 31
Views: 6246

Either / Or...

Well, sounds like he's about to qualify for either the Nobel Prize in Physics, or a padded cell plus the next IgNobel (*). He does so much in such a clumsy way, as if to convince skeptics that he's a fraud, then blows the act it by funding stuff himself... I'm baffled... (*) If latter, he may be sha...
by Nik
Thu May 05, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Antihydrogen atoms confined for 1000 seconds
Replies: 3
Views: 2155

Just enough to play with...

IIRC, one of the planned experiments will check that antimatter falls *down*... This isn't quite as daft a notion as it sounds... "When you reverse the equations of general relativity in charge, parity and time for e...
by Nik
Tue May 03, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Using atmosphere as propellant
Replies: 151
Views: 117686

Or let some-one else do the hard work ??

"The SKYLON payload bay is 4.6m diameter and 12.3m long. It has been designed to be compatible with expendable launcher payloads but in addition to accept standard aero transport containers which are 8 foot square in cross section and 10, 20, 30 or 40 feet long. It is anticipated that cargo containe...
by Nik
Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: singularity technologies?
Replies: 2
Views: 1329

Standing Wave Boson

I got to that phrase and began giggling...

IMHO, it just failed its reality check...

I'm sorry, I'll mine the site for possible background for alien tech for a SciFi tale but....
by Nik
Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your brain cooker is more effective than you thought
Replies: 5
Views: 2416


The irony is your fat old cell-phone, with a visible antenna, was probably several times safer than the current designs with stamp-sized internal aerial-- The external aerial needed less power to get a hand-shake with the mast... Also, to get through to a mast when the cell is busy, the phone signal...
by Nik
Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why people are so optimistical to Polywell?
Replies: 370
Views: 62656

By comparison...

When you consider that main-stream fusion designs have lurched from road-block to insurmountable obstacle for the last fifty years, with break-even always a decade or two away, the Polywell approach has come a long way, very quickly... ( Yes, yes, I even remember the 'figure of eight' Stellerator wh...
by Nik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Solar power without solar cells
Replies: 24
Views: 5765

My take...

After reading the PhysOrg article, I got the impression that this discovery is like 'giant magneto-resistance' a few years ago: When we knew it was possible, it needed optimised materials to be commercially viable... And now they're the read-heads in a zillion hard-drives... Now, where would we find...
by Nik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 10KW LENR Demonstrator?
Replies: 3678
Views: 725210


Uh, if there's some physical difference between functional and non-functional particles, sorting them may simply require a cascade of challenges, like a coin-sorter or magnetic scrap separator. Even a 60/40 split soon mounts up if stages are recycled... One possibility is that the 'good stuff' adsor...
by Nik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Rossi USPTO patent progress.
Replies: 56
Views: 43697


If he can patent it as a heat source, he's laughing...

Going back later when he's figured out *why* it works would be a lot easier.

D'uh, assuming there's a bona-fide process, of course, of course...
by Nik
Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: 10KW LENR Demonstrator?
Replies: 3678
Views: 725210

Sloppy Science...

I don't know what he's found-- Or thinks he's found-- but I'm glad he's insisting on spending his own money on it... FWIW, he seems to be doing everything else wrong. Reminds me of those 'overunity' widgets that have a couple of indifferent DVMs as output where you or I would hook up a string of fes...
by Nik
Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Topologist Predicts New Form of Matter
Replies: 34
Views: 10665

Saw the first ten minutes...

Had to stop and switch off the movie: I was laughing too hard at the mounting techno-gaffes...
by Nik
Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 10KW LENR Demonstrator?
Replies: 3678
Views: 725210


"...and bulldozers use tank technology for their traction tracks." Early WW1 tanks used running gear adapted from civilian tractors... But, there's no arguing with urban legend, especially where 'nukes' are concerned. IIRC, my home city unilaterally ...
by Nik
Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EM Drive
Replies: 710
Views: 437467

Well, some US politicians did try to legislate Pi = 3...

IIRC, the motion was hastily voted down but they never got over the opprobium of having it *proposed*...
by Nik
Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion scientists gear up to learn to harness plasma energy
Replies: 8
Views: 3698

Fusion scientists gear up to learn to harness plasma energy quote: Researchers working on an advanced experimental fusion machine are readying experiments that will investigate a host of scientific puzzles, including how heat escapes as hot magnetized plasma, and what materials ar...