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by Helius
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is Polywell better than a fusor?
Replies: 17
Views: 5936

Madison is probably the Pinnicle of the Fusor; whereas the Polywell wb6 was just a very early attempt. If that early attempt achieved the same results as the pinnacle of the Fusors, then we are well on our way for some amazing progress. Let's see what results wb7 will bring. This is still an early a...
by Helius
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: DOE Supercomputers
Replies: 6
Views: 3306

Scareduck; Thanks for the "short List". What I'm trying to figure, is which ones in the list *don't* involve solving simultaneous equations combining Maxwell with Hydrodynamics. Is it that *ALL* American research is to involve MHD Maths? It's like everybody wins but Science. Schools and Gu...
by Helius
Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: X-Prize Foundation
Replies: 21
Views: 5663

X Prize!!!

The idea behind the X prize is to push technology that already exists further. Fusion technology doesn't really exist yet, so I'm not sure it is ready for X prize level..... Ahh, but Fusion does exist, as we know, where Q<0.0001 for IEC devices. I really think it would snap the attention of physics...
by Helius
Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: WB-6 tests results: FOUR successful tests. Lab notes
Replies: 35
Views: 13727

IMHO; An over-designed containment vessel would be used as evidence of danger.
by Helius
Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Zero Point Energy Video
Replies: 9
Views: 3414

Work done.....

Amusing side-note: the effect you can attribute zero-point energy is the Casimir (spelling?) effect. This is the effect that when you put absolute nothing between two plates, then they will attract eachother. To take advantage of the Casimir effect, you would need kilometre long plates to gain one ...
by Helius
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:50 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Post-Polywell Investment Thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 7902

materials limitations.

Fossil fuel production is tapering off now, or will soon. Over the longer term, the only dispatchable options will be hydroelectric, geothermal, nuclear fission, and nuclear fusion. It seems Wind and Solar have the chance of far exceeding Hydroelectric which is nearly at maximum as it is, at about ...
by Helius
Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:15 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Post-Polywell Investment Thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 7902

Tour Guide. Whale watching seems popular. I can see it: Swim with the Cetaceans of Europa. (errrr....maybe tube worms?)
by Helius
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Post-Polywell Investment Thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 7902

DC transmission.

This last Scientific American focused on solar power saying huge amounts of electrical generation could be performed in the Southwestern US. It indicated that long haul DC transmission would be best. I only skimmed the magazine; and put reading it on my "to do" list, but at first glance, L...
by Helius
Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr Nebel Thanks Bloggers
Replies: 20
Views: 8342

It would need to be exclusive.

Scareduck;

Exactly... Unless the energy tax was exclusive, where all other taxes were null, I'd not favor it.
by Helius
Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr Nebel Thanks Bloggers
Replies: 20
Views: 8342

I'm saying *don't* tax income... We want to encourage income generation. Taxes discourage a behavior, not encourage it. We never want energy so cheap that folks drive to work in personal vehicles that approach the size of Locomotives. Let there be no mistake... Without any restraint, that's where we...
by Helius
Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Dr Nebel Thanks Bloggers
Replies: 20
Views: 8342

Thank you Dr Bussard

We should temper our optimism.... Dr. Bussard put IEC back on the map, but it is by no means guaranteed soon; Probability may be low to middle, but expected value is immense due to the potential payoff.... This has to be pursued. On the downside, energy is misused as it is; We've got folks driving t...
by Helius
Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Ask Mark Down?
Replies: 5
Views: 3306

Good Riddence.

It must be that a 2 bit URL was too much overhead for this smoker.

Sheesh. What some folks won't try to do for their Thunderbird and Ripple money.
by Helius
Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Details On The WB-7 Experiments
Replies: 54
Views: 25098

Magnetic Dipole Experiment

I like that the Megnetic Dipole reflects thinking outside the "mimic Nuclear Weapons" box. The Magnetic lines converge in the center, rendering this experiment as a more non-isotrophic experiment. They're beginning to look at the possibilities of not requiring the whole plasma to be the sa...
by Helius
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Boron, isotopes, 3He
Replies: 8
Views: 3523

Nah, they're going for the same reason we went there. The economics of lunar mining are insane; we won't see it till someone figures out a way get stuff out of this gravity well without chemical rockets. Agreed on both points. There may be a source of Helium-3 as a biproduct of Geothermal energy pr...
by Helius
Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Fund-Raising
Topic: Something more Risk Averse than Polywell to fund Polywell
Replies: 16
Views: 10060

General Motors' Answer

It is also interesting to note that General Motors is trying to leapfrog the whole Hybrid thing with the ultimate electric platform; They aren't betting entirely on any specific type battery; Their technology will be a great advance regardless of the electric sources both on board, and original gene...

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