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Wired 6.11: What If Cold Fusion Is Real?

December 14, 2013

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/6.11/coldfusion.html

Almost four stories high, framed in steel beams and tangled in pipes, conduits, cables, and coils, the Joint European Torus (JET) claims to be the largest fusion power experiment in the world. Located near Oxford, England, JET is a monument to big science, its donut-shaped containment vessel dwarfing maintenance workers who enter it in protective suits. Here in this gleaming nuclear cauldron, deuterium gas is energized with 7 million amperes and heated to 300 million degrees Celsius – more than 10 times hotter than the center of the sun. Under these extreme conditions atomic nuclei collide and fuse, liberating energy that could provide virtually limitless power.

Maybe.

High-tension lines run directly to the installation, but they don’t take electricity out – they bring it in. For a few magic seconds in 1997, JET managed to return 60 percent of the energy it consumed, but that’s the best it’s ever done, and is typical of fusion experiments worldwide. The US Department of Energy has predicted that we’ll have to wait another five decades, minimum, before fusion power becomes practical. Meanwhile, the United States continues to depend on fossil fuels for 85 percent of its energy.

Many miles away, in the basement of a fine new home in the hills overlooking Santa Fe, New Mexico, a retired scientist named Edmund Storms has built a different kind of fusion reactor. It consists of laboratory glassware, off-the-shelf chemical supplies, two aging Macintosh computers for data acquisition, and an insulated wooden box the size of a kitchen cabinet. While JET’s 15 European sponsor-nations have paid about US$1 billion for their hardware, and the US government has spent $14.7 billion on fusion research since 1951 (all figures in 1997 dollars), Storms’s apparatus and ancillary gear have cost less than $50,000. Moreover, he claims that his equipment works, generating surplus heat for days at a time.

Storms is not an antiestablishment pseudoscientist pursuing a crackpot theory. For 34 years he was part of the establishment himself, employed at Los Alamos on projects such as a nuclear motor for space vehicles. Subsequently he testified before a congressional subcommittee considering the future of fusion. He believes you don’t need millions of degrees or billions of dollars to fuse atomic nuclei and yield energy. “You can stimulate nuclear reactions at room temperature,” he says, in his genial, matter-of-fact style. “I am absolutely certain that the phenomenon is real. It is quite extraordinary, and if it can be developed, it will have profound effects on society.”

That’s an understatement. If low-temperature fusion does exist and can be perfected, power generation could be decentralized. Each home could heat itself and produce its own electricity, probably using a form of water as fuel. Even automobiles might be cold fusion powered. Massive generators and ugly power lines could be eliminated, along with imported oil and our contribution to the greenhouse effect. Moreover, according to some experimental data, low-temperature fusion doesn’t create significant hazardous radiation or radioactive waste.

Most scientists laugh at these claims. “It’s pathological science,” says physicist Douglas Morrison, formerly employed by CERN in Geneva. “The results are impossible.”

Impossible, and yet Edmund Storms has gotten net energy-positive results already.

Even hot-fusion scientists are saying there is strong evidence.

Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer, futurist, and funder of Infinite Energy magazine: “It seems very promising to me that nuclear reactions

English: deuterium-tritium fusion diagram, poi...

English: deuterium-tritium fusion diagram, point as decimal separator  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

may occur at room temperatures. I’m quite convinced there’s something in this.”

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CFL bulbs hurt the environment with mercury and the UV burns your skin

July 24, 2012

 

Study: Exposure to CFL bulbs harms healthy skin cells | The Daily Caller:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/23/energy-efficient-cfl-bulbs-cause-skin-damage-say-researchers/

New research funded by the National Science Foundation has scientists warning consumers about the potentially harmful effects energy-saving CFL light bulbs can have on skin.

The warning comes based on a study conducted by Stony Brook University and New York State Stem Cell Science — published in the June issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology — which looked at whether and how the invisible UV rays CFL bulbs emit affect the skin.

Based on the research, scientists concluded that CFL light bulbs can be harmful to healthy skin cells.

“Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said lead researcher Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, in New York, in a statement. “Skin cell damage was further enhanced when low dosages of TiO2 nanoparticles were introduced to the skin cells prior to exposure.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/23/energy-efficient-cfl-bulbs-cause-skin-damage-say-researchers/#ixzz21Xcd12wm
So, the bulbs hurt us, the billions of dollars, probably trillions now,  pulled out of the economy to obey the mini-dictators of federal offices that could have enabled much more health care in the free market and create wealth and jobs, and decisions muzzling free speech and free exercise to protect the freedom of a few to “protect” everybody else from the speech, these things have nothing to do with freedom of choice, or civil rights.
They are controls, and some of them are simply to get us used to obeying our government masters for when they finally declare themselves.
People sometimes forget that slavery was all about involuntary total economic control over the fruits of another person’s labor, and total control over what he does with it. But when the person enjoys total freedom, he has total economic control over the fruits of his own labor, and the fruits of whatever he does with it (in trade and investment).
Tax Freedom Day in the United States this year was April 17, 2012, four days later than the year before. That’s how long it takes Americans as a whole to pay taxes. 107 days out of the 366 days of the year 2012.

So in the United States we are slaves, under involuntary servitude, as a whole, for about one-third of the whole year, 107 days out of 366. That’s almost 30%!

So we’re “only” one-third slaves.

Except for one more step in this reasoning. We are “only” one-third slaves because our slave-masters have decided to let us keep two-thirds of the fruits of our labor for expenses. The whole thing is based on the idea that whoever is in control owns 100% of us, and they decide what we keep.

That’s the whole unspoken idea in the debate over how much Americans pay in taxes in Congress. They are the ones who decide how much to let us keep.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s called feudalism, and our state of affairs is “serfdom”.

But instead of being sharecroppers where the master of the plantation tells us how much food we keep, he tells us how much we get to keep of what is our own land and our own labor. And they don’t even have to declare title to our persons, at least not yet, or at least not that we know of. Who knows what collateral our rulers have promised for the debt they made us liable for under the fiction that we consented to all this serfdom?

 

What’s behind the record heat? | Fox News

July 4, 2012
A sunspot viewed close-up in ultraviolet light...

A sunspot viewed close-up in ultraviolet light, taken by the TRACE spacecraft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fox News should develop an alternative news source and drop AP. This one about the record heat looks identical to one getting printed all over the place, with a couple of word changes maybe, and maybe they got it from Live Science.

What should puzzle us, or get our suspicion antennae aquiver, is why, in a report about record heat, they didn’t even think about including a mention about the record sunspot energy this year:

What’s behind the record heat? | Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/03/what-behind-record-heat/?intcmp=features

At the next link, we find that back in March of 2006 NASA itself was saying that a solar maximum would probably start building in 2010 and 2011 and solar physicist David Hathaway says would most likely hit maximum during 2012 –this year of record heat:

From http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/10mar_stormwarning/

“The top of the conveyor belt skims the surface of the sun, sweeping up the magnetic fields of old, dead sunspots. The ‘corpses’ are dragged down at the poles to a depth of 200,000 km where the sun’s magnetic dynamo can amplify them. Once the corpses (magnetic knots) are reincarnated (amplified), they become buoyant and float back to the surface.” Presto—new sunspots!

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All this happens with massive slowness. “It takes about 40 years for the belt to complete one loop,” says Hathaway. The speed varies “anywhere from a 50-year pace (slow) to a 30-year pace (fast).”

When the belt is turning “fast,” it means that lots of magnetic fields are being swept up, and that a future sunspot cycle is going to be intense. This is a basis for forecasting: “The belt was turning fast in 1986-1996,” says Hathaway. “Old magnetic fields swept up then should re-appear as big sunspots in 2010-2011.”

Like most experts in the field, Hathaway has confidence in the conveyor belt model and agrees with Dikpati that the next solar maximum should be a doozy. But he disagrees with one point. Dikpati’s forecast puts Solar Max at 2012. Hathaway believes it will arrive sooner, in 2010 or 2011.

“History shows that big sunspot cycles ‘ramp up’ faster than small ones,” he says. “I expect to see the first sunspots of the next cycle appear in late 2006 or 2007—and Solar Max to be underway by 2010 or 2011.”

Who’s right? Time will tell. Either way, a storm is coming.

Good smart and honest reporters should be laughing the latest attempt to blame carbon dioxide on Earth for record heat obviously coming from the sun itself.

No wonder the framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution held such high esteem for a truly educated and informed people.

Now here’s a 30-day plan that inspires!

June 16, 2012
Image of Lew Rockwell

Image of Lew Rockwell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take a look at this list! How many great ideas can you cram into just one web page?!

Rockwell’s Thirty-Day Plan by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/30-day-plan.html

Iran Moves Further To End Petrodollar, Announces Will Accept Payment In Gold Instead Of Dollars

March 2, 2012
Jigsaw puzzle of falling dollar sign with seam...

The failing dollar: Game Over (Photo credit: Horia Varlan)

Forty years we’ve been warning America about this, you cannot think the respect will last forever that your currency got in times past for being attached to something of true independent value like gold or silver.

Just-say-so currency leads to corruption, and “printing money”, which today means adding account sheet entries, a flick of the keypad on a computer. Cheap to make but used to rob the poor and give to the rich by means of dollar devaluation, and pretending to blame the rich for the devaluation (raising prices).

Iran Moves Further To End Petrodollar, Announces Will Accept Payment In Gold Instead Of Dollars:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/iran-moves-further-end-petrodollar-announces-will-accept-payment-gold-instead-dollars

Besides, America is paying for its sins. Its recent series of presidents have mortgaged out the “full faith and credit of the United States of America” to a gang of money changers who have no respect for the fruits of the labor of the individual, and who have run a giant scam on the poor, paying for welfare and free health care by robbing value right out of their pockets.

We used to hear some politicians warn us that financing programs with debt was immoral because it cheated future generations, placing a debt burden on them.

That would be true even if we had a genuine legal regime of genuine currency today, but the problem is that most of the people have not understood that trusting in a fiat currency owned by a monopoly of Wall Street bankers and international bankers, was inadvertently pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the monopolists.

The Green Paper Pig is full of hot air, inflation stretching it ever more, putting pressure on its fragile paper-thin skin, and one day soon it will explode. The money changers may even be counting on it to move the world over to a one-world currency regime, which is going to happen anyway with the lead-up to the famous mark of the beast as told in Revelations 13. “In”, not on! the right hand or the forehead. Beware of embedded subcutaneous chips that they will promise make buying and selling “easier”. Easier for them, slavery for us.

Jesus Christ drove out the money changers of his day with a very nasty whip that he took time to prepare for maximum effect, and eventually, following God’s law of “You reap what you sow”, their day will also come, after some agonizing travail for the entire world.

But God is in control, hitch your wagon and your soul to his son, and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

You want clean energy? Enivro-money is ignoring the best clean energy tech

February 24, 2012

There is an energy technology with wildly astronomical potential for perfectly clean energy that costs almost nothing at all per unit compared to the tricky political control schemes cooked up by the control freaks that use the environment farce like a club:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About New Energy Science and Technology:
http://www.infinite-energy.com/resources/faq.html

This MIT faculty professor quit MIT in disgust to found the Infinite Energy Foundation to explore the possibilities for this new kind of technology, Dr. Eugene F. Mallove, brutally murdered on May 14, 2004:

http://www.infinite-energy.com/whoarewe/gene.html

Check it out:

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