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by Carl White
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell: "Final nail?"
Replies: 14
Views: 1750

Polywell: "Final nail?"

Wikipedia has this section in its web page concerning polywell fusion now: In June 2019, the results of long-running experiments at the University of Sydney (USyd) were published in PhD thesis form by Richard Bowden-Reid. Using an experimental machine built at the University, the team probed the for...
by Carl White
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 660
Views: 245341

Re: BLP news

BLP has announced an "invitational public demonstration" to occur some time between January 25th and February 5th of 2021, and a video stream of the event for others interested, on its website, https://brilliantlightpower.com/.

Can only hope it will be better than a Rossi-quality demonstration.
by Carl White
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 480
Views: 236094

Re: General Fusion in the news

"Nuclear fusion tech developer General Fusion now has Shopify and Amazon founders backing it" https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/14/nuclear-fusion-tech-developer-general-fusion-now-has-shopify-and-amazon-founders-backing-it/ Bezos (Amazon) has been a backer for years, but Shopify is a new development. A...
by Carl White
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 32
Views: 29402

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

MAST UPGRADE Officials at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in Oxfordshire have announced that they have achieved “first plasma” on the upgraded Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST). Following seven year of upgrade work on MAST at a cost of £55m, the machine was fully powered up for the first ...
by Carl White
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 174
Views: 124059

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

That's great, but with the requirement of a 2.5 GW power source, I doubt we'll see it any time soon. Not before SpaceX repeatedly lands on Mars, more likely than not.
by Carl White
Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 977116

Re: Mach Effect progress

Latest from Mike McCulloch: https://twitter.com/memcculloch/status/1308314973534384129 Important to keep you honestly up to date on here. Just received an email from Tajmar that says the force he found was out-gassing from adhesive tape! So we're back to one positive, one negative. So nice to learn ...
by Carl White
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 977116

Re: Mach Effect progress

McCulloch is also talking to a consortium in California who are creating their own Horizon Drive experiment. This group includes the University of Southern California and an organization, which he is only allowed to describe as a ‘major aerospace company.’ Their goal is to demonstrate the effect “v...
by Carl White
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 977116

Re: Mach Effect progress

I guess they could just cycle the frequency in a range. It wouldn't be very efficient, but they would get bursts of acceleration over time as the frequency repeatedly passes through the resonant frequency of the moment.
by Carl White
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 977116

Re: Mach Effect progress

https://www.wired.com/story/mach-effect-thrusters-interstellar-travel/ This article is mostly a history of Professor Woodward's steps throughout life to get to the point of research he and Hal Fearn are at now. But it does contain some new information: Then last spring, Woodward realized the way the...
by Carl White
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 9111

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

It's not carbon-14 alone. They plan to use a blend of different isotopes to achieve different power density targets. A table was provided in their investor pack, but that's been taken offline. Some have not only shorter half lives but also generate more energetic beta particles, so even if present a...
by Carl White
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 9111

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

NASA's KRUSTY (1 kW) weighs 134 kg with a 28 kg uranium 235 core. If we apply the optimistic figure of 1.57 W/kg (100% efficiency), about 636 kg of Carbon-14 would be required for a 1 kW nuclear diamond battery. If they use isotopes with shorter half lives, they could increase power, but they lose t...
by Carl White
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 9111

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

My biggest problem with them is that there are no numbers. I am most interested in the power density. From all the back of the envelope calculations that I have seen, it might not be very good. They claim they can achieve better power density than lithium ion. Either the person who wrote the articl...
by Carl White
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 9111

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

Here's a company, Nuclear Diamond Battery (NDB), that's been working with this idea: California company NDB says its nano-diamond batteries will absolutely upend the energy equation, acting like tiny nuclear generators. They will blow any energy density comparison out of the water, lasting anywhere ...
by Carl White
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: The fourth estate = the fifth column
Replies: 80
Views: 36408

Re: The fourth estate = the fifth column

He called it. I don't think anyone can reasonably deny the incredible left wing bias of the media anymore. And now that social media has popped up, the growing censorship of any opinion conservative.
by Carl White
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 174
Views: 124059

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

Oil major Chevron Corp (CVX.N) said on Wednesday it is investing in Zap Energy Inc, joining Italy’s ENI (ENI.MI) and Norwegian state oil company Equinor (EQNR.OL) who have also backed nuclear fusion startups to reduce their carbon footprint. Zap Energy raised $6.5 million from its Series A financin...