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by Nik
Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Internal structure of the electrostatic force?
Replies: 15
Views: 12690

When is a point not a point...

Don't forget that a proton is a prial of charged quarks, and an electron is 'distributed'.

Get close enough, the apparent point-source resolves to something more complex...
by Nik
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: A new potential rocket fuel molecule. Trinitramid.
Replies: 25
Views: 9338

N2 formation exothermic ??

Uh, I understood that such N2 formation was usefully exothermic... {Shrug} Not a patch on H2/O2 cryo-fuels, of course, of course. My understanding is that this stuff may be an improvement on the *nasty* hydrazine derivatives now in use for eg attitude thrusters and hybrid rockets. IIRC, Hydrazine, U...
by Nik
Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Joe Eck reports superconductivity above 0 C, 32 F
Replies: 8
Views: 6666

Potentially amazing !!

Providing that phase can be produced in bulk... Providing the 'magnetic tolerance' doesn't limit it to very modest currents... Provided quenches don't cause 'prompt disassembly'..... Hey ! A resin-sealed puck of this stuff could easily be chilled in household freezer, stay superconducting for half a...
by Nik
Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: A new potential rocket fuel molecule. Trinitramid.
Replies: 25
Views: 9338

Surprise, surprise !!

I find it amazing that such a simple, and apparently fairly stable compound should have eluded chemists for so long...

Uh, it might serve as mono-propellant attitude thruster fuel, rather than the rather nasty hydrazine derivatives currently used...
by Nik
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Topologist Predicts New Form of Matter
Replies: 34
Views: 10657

Dark matter ??

Sounds like it could have an input on supersymmetry and dark matter...
by Nik
Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Slough and others presenting fusion-based propulsion concept
Replies: 39
Views: 11584

Daedalus #1...

Long, long ago and far away, I attended the BIS Daedalus Final Report meeting, bought a Report, gleaned some autographs... IIRC, outside the meeting, we didn't talk about Newtonian propulsion, but bewailed the lack of even a hint of theory that might, just possibly, lead to something better, possibl...
by Nik
Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Stable Super heavy element discovered.
Replies: 1
Views: 1662

Hmmm...

If confirmed, this would throw the island of stability's 'magic numbers' calculations into a froth: Is there a higher-order nucleon interaction which kicks in beyond ~105 ? Could they be looking in the wrong place for the island ?? Could the flanks of the 'island' be much, much steeper than anticipa...
by Nik
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 660
Views: 258973

I'm not happy...

"Even though BLP has built both 10KW and 50KW reactors, the reactors to date do not operate in steady state over long periods of time. In order to do this, they need to remove the catalyst from the reactor, heat it to rejuvenate it, then replace it--all automated. " Uh, that's how systems from town-...
by Nik
Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 660
Views: 258973

Hydrino characterisation...

As I said, they should have buckets of it by now: Where are the papers on its many anomalous properties ??

Don't need much for GC/MS. Don't need much in an otherwise empty gas-discharge tube for spectrum. Don't need much to establish gas-law stuff...

:(
by Nik
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 660
Views: 258973

Hydrinos = Dark Matter ???

IMHO, so far, BLP have done too much in ways that set off BS alarms and too little in 'transparent' demos... Perhaps they really have found something new ? From what little transition chemistry I remember, Nickel --doped or otherwise-- can do some very strange things like reversibly 'adsorbing' stuf...
by Nik
Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: MIT advance helps remove contaminants that slow fusion react
Replies: 5
Views: 2452

MIT advance helps remove contaminants that slow fusion react

MIT advance helps remove contaminants that slow fusion reactions http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-12-fusion-power-mit-advance-contaminants.html "The new experiments have revealed a set of operating parameters for the reactor — a so-called “mode” of operation — that may provide a solution to a longst...
by Nik
Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Mutual Magnetic Repulsion Forces in the Magrid
Replies: 14
Views: 11842

Failure modes...

Surely, you'll need some sort of triangulated space-frame to absorb forces from asymmetric fields ??

A bit like fly-wheels, there's a LOT of potential energy in the system...
by Nik
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker
Replies: 1822
Views: 1067512

Dig a hole...

Sounds like they need to dig a big hole or push up a berm...
by Nik
Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: QED meets GR
Replies: 133
Views: 23513

This is getting silly...

Two apparently incompatible takes on reality, one's position hampered by commercial NDAs, the other by differences in terminology and convention, taken to the point of exasperation... It is apparent that GR/SR is incomplete, due to quantum effects. Hopefully, the recent work that handles charges as ...
by Nik
Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: QED meets GR
Replies: 133
Views: 23513

Isolated electric charges...

"solitary charge having no electric field"

If so, why do electrons repel each other or be controlled by deflection plates in eg TV ??