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by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 has published a polywell preprint on arXiv
Replies: 145
Views: 35097

Re: EMC2 has published a polywell preprint on arXiv

It is indeed good to see some news. It must be around a year to a year and a half since I last posted here. I have lurked occasionally, but I haven't had anything to say about LENR etc. The DailyKos article now says "Also republished by Climate Change SOS, Scitech, and DK Greenroots" at th...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri May 03, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2599
Views: 403584

Re: Mach Effect progress

This site has some good general level discussion of why reactionless drives would normally be limited to photon drive efficiency (it does not address M-E drives directly): http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/reactionlessdrive.php There are basically two approaches you can use: 1. There is a...
by CaptainBeowulf
Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1826
Views: 168486

Re: SpaceX News

Honestly, if you're going to do a long-term R&D program leading to an operational vehicle in the end, you've got to account for losing a couple of prototypes to unexpected issues/accidents at the outset. If SpaceX isn't prepared to continue the program even if a Grasshopper topples over and expl...
by CaptainBeowulf
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Transatomic (MIT) plans for New Molten Salt Reactor
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

Re: Transatomic (MIT) plans for New Molten Salt Reactor

"Transatomic Power's Waste-Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor -- WAMSR -- can convert the high-level nuclear waste produced by conventional nuclear reactors each year into $7.1 trillion of electricity. At full deployment, our reactors can use existing stockpiles of nuclear waste to satisfy the wo...
by CaptainBeowulf
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ignorance Moved
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Is the ABSENCE of news, news?

Not sure I would characterize the military as suffering from "chronic drug use." I suggest that military chronic drug use is something that actually swings like a pendulum. Vietnam era? Yes, pretty extensive. Not so bad by the late 1970s. Supposedly a very clean military by the 1990s and e...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the ABSENCE of news, news?
Replies: 56
Views: 8049

Re: Is the ABSENCE of news, news?

This:

Xdot_thr = (C_drift_beer * C_drift_pot)^E_agw^E_psp)(1/Ndot_poly)


Is hilarious.
by CaptainBeowulf
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2599
Views: 403584

Re: Mach Effect progress

It would appear that you can't travel back in time before the wormhole was created, unless it's possible to "punch" a wormhole through spacetime from your generator, with one mouth forming where your generator is and the other mouth forming somewhere distant in spacetime. There has been li...
by CaptainBeowulf
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2599
Views: 403584

Re: Mach Effect progress

I have read the book once now, I will need to let the information sit in the back of my mind for a couple of months and try reading it again. I may also have to review some textbooks and try reading it with them in order to follow some of the ideas better. However, based on the first read: 1. The ba...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Is the ABSENCE of news, news?
Replies: 56
Views: 8049

Re: Is the ABSENCE of news, news?

I agree with this: If the polywell works, the Navy has strong incentive to have working reactors before the rest of the work is sure the system works, or at least before some key detail is well known. If the polywell has a critical flaw, they have an incentive to make competitors spin their wheels f...
by CaptainBeowulf
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: A FINAL WORD on the thermodynamics of 'Mach Thrusters'.
Replies: 56
Views: 7832

Chris, my link on page 2 may be awful from a formatting point of view, but it goes directly to the chapter in question, whereas the shortened link you tried seems to just go to google's overview page for the book, instead of to the precise page. I blame the internet. (Incidentally, the long link doe...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: A FINAL WORD on the thermodynamics of 'Mach Thrusters'.
Replies: 56
Views: 7832

So in short we shouldn't be thinking in terms of changing the total momentum and energy of the universe from an inertial reference frame, but in terms of changing the momentum and energy of the FOAM from an inertial reference frame, thereby altering the expansionary properties of the universe, there...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: A FINAL WORD on the thermodynamics of 'Mach Thrusters'.
Replies: 56
Views: 7832

I think this is probably the chapter that GIT is talking about, it's about Mach's Principle in a book edited by Barbour and Pfister: http://books.google.ca/books?id=fKgQ9YpAcwMC&pg=PA237&lpg=PA237&dq=barbour+and+pfister+a+closed+universe+cannot+rotate&source=bl&ots=1ekfAZBNXQ&...
by CaptainBeowulf
Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: A FINAL WORD on the thermodynamics of 'Mach Thrusters'.
Replies: 56
Views: 7832

Main difference between Chris' interpretation and that of Andrew et al., so far as I can tell without reviewing again properly: Andrew et al. still seem to think that the idea of strapping a M-E device to a flywheel could be used to generate energy locally by reacting against the rest of the univers...
by CaptainBeowulf
Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: A FINAL WORD on the thermodynamics of 'Mach Thrusters'.
Replies: 56
Views: 7832

Thanks for posting a detailed reply Chris. I'm pretty busy right now so I didn't even notice it at first, and don't really have much to add at present. I will note that Andrew Palfreyman and some of the others who have worked with M-E effects in the past went and set up a Yahoo forum last October, g...
by CaptainBeowulf
Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: News
Topic: Symphony of particles
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Larry Niven created the Ringworld, why not a Ringsun? :P

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