December 10th, 2013
I assume that all of the CO2 the world is dumping into the atmosphere is causing some amount of global warming, and we should therefore be looking for ways to reduce these emissions. It’s not a good idea to be monkeying around with the Earth’s atmosphere and then waiting to see what happens. Moving to LENR Cold Fusion as the dominant power source on the planet will basically end the problem of runaway CO2 emissions. But what if global warming estimates are wrong and warming will not be nearly as bad as expected?
Researcher David Stockwell notes that, “Climate models can be seen as encapsulating the dominant theory, even though they are composed of many different theories regarding land, the ocean and atmosphere.”
The problem with the models is that they are not dealing well with the fact that there has been no global warming recently. If the pattern continues where there is a mismatch between measured temperature and model predictions, then we need a new dominant theory and new models.
Stockwell writes: “As shown in the figure above, a simple regression model of accumulated total solar insolation (CumTSI) with global temperature gives a higher correlation than greenhouse gas …”
So maybe a new model of global warming will show that the Earth closely follows what the sun is doing to it. Since the sun is our main source of heat, this sounds plausible.
But, again, even if global warming as a problem is overblown, it’s still a good idea to stop dumping huge amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Bring on the LENR reactors to replace fossil fuels!
December 7th, 2013
If you ever wonder why the mainstream press does not cover the coming LENR (Cold Fusion) revolution, this new blog post at Forbes magazine is a good example of why. The title declares: Why I’m Certain that the Rossi E-Cat Doesn’t Work as Advertised. With so many writers claiming to be “certain” that Cold Fusion is impossible, it stays 1989 forever and thus mainstream press journalists will not even investigate the subject.
The article is typical of the laziness found when writers touch on LENR technology developments. They don’t bother to discover that there is actually an entire research field where respectable scientists study the LENR phenomenon each day. Instead, these writers just repeat the long debunked argument from 1989: LENR can’t work because it doesn’t work like Hot Fusion. Well, none of the researchers in the field claim that LENR works like Hot Fusion. They will tell you that Cold Fusion is something entirely new, and the science of it is not yet understood. There are dozens of competing theories to try to explain it.
But what is certain is that many of the LENR lab experiments give off large amounts of excess heat which cannot be explained by any known chemical reactions.
These articles that pop up several times a year are often written by people with science backgrounds. However, the writers never refer to any research in the field. They are just so sure of themselves in their knee-jerk rejection of Cold Fusion that they don’t need to do even a little bit of investigation. They are caught up in the group-think that says Cold Fusion, meaning LENR, is impossible.
So last April you had a writer at American Physical Society’s blog declare he is “horrified” that NASA may spend a little money on LENR research. Last May a writer at Discovery.com wrote “5 Reasons Cold Fusion is Bunk” - because, you know, Cold Fusion doesn’t work like Hot Fusion. (Ruby Carat counters this last piece here.)
Sadly, the result of this is that it scares away any reporters who might write articles in the mainstream press about LENR developments. So these writers at small publications with some science background serve as the enforcers to keep the topic out of the mainstream press. The fact that their arguments have long been dealt with by the scientists in the LENR research community is never discovered by mainstream journalists because they feel no need to ever dig deep enough to learn more.
LENR researcher Dr. Michael McKubre said in a recent interview that there really are no longer any scientists out there making a good case that LENR is not real. It is only uninformed outsiders taking pot shots that you hear or read about.
But there is hope. The one and only one time that LENR coverage broke into the mainstream media in recent years was in the straightforward and honest reporting done by 60 Minutes in 2009. Is it really so hard to do a little bit of investigation to discover that low energy nuclear reactions really have been found to be real?
December 4th, 2013
3D Printers continue to advance quickly. For spacecraft use, what is needed is that the aerospace industry starts to use them to make production parts. Well, GE has just announced that they will start using 3D printers to make some complex jet engine parts. GE is going to help develop the supply chain for making these kinds of high-end parts. Making parts for spacecraft would seem a natural next step.
December 1st, 2013
Thanks to commenter Nanard for finding this great video about the Enterprise and inspiration for space exploration.
November 28th, 2013
Hope you have a good one with friends and family. And of course they had Thanksgiving on the Enterprise. Just listen.