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Postby DKelley » Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:28 pm

OK, take the following monologue with a grain of salt (of course, that could be said for much of the speculation here in the past couple of months). Anyway:

Looking at a few comments from the article and from other posts on this site:

MSimon quoted here: http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/viewtop ... =8865#8865
"All I can tell you is that my usual sources have dried up. Totally. Not even idle chat."

And from the article:
"Bob Bussard was a truly innovative person... I hope he will be remembered for that."
"Regardless of what happens to it, we're going to get this thing well written up..."
"It's kind of a mix."

I could interpret these bits this way: after much excitement at the beginning of the peer review it was determined that a potential showstopper appeared. Maybe someone did ask a question that just can't be answered, and with some reflection really does appear to be a showstopper. This could certainly lead to a period of quiet. For an analogy, think of a football game (the American or world version, doesn't matter) when an exciting play ends only to find that a player has suffered a serious, life-threatening injury - this can lead to a very quiet stadium, and somewhat muted play afterward.

Next, Dr. Robert Bussard should be remembered for his important work for the possibility that this particular project was groundbreaking, despite the potential that it may not be quite what all hoped for, if a showstopper was found.

Finally, interpreting the last quote, “It's kind of a mix,” that sounds like a good-news, bad-news qualifier. Let's continue with the argument that a showstopper was found (the bad news), might there still be more theoretical physics whose research is worth pursuing (the good news) that Dr. Nebel could continue for a time? Shoot, it can’t be all bad if important, “nuanced” findings are made to further physics research regardless of where this takes IEC research, right? And maybe LANL is happy to defer some of its budget to let him pursue this research on another project, at least for a time? (I'm assuming that his other employer is not paying his salary while he pursues this research?)

So that is my 2-cent wet blanket. If someone could dry my wet blanket, that would be nice.
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Postby zbarlici » Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:13 pm

DAMMIT dammit!(crossing fingers)

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Postby TallDave » Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:46 pm

n*kBolt*Te = B**2/(2*mu0) and B^.25 loss scaling? Or not so much? Hopefully we'll know soon...

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Postby TallDave » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:21 pm

n*kBolt*Te = B**2/(2*mu0) and B^.25 loss scaling? Or not so much? Hopefully we'll know soon...

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Postby TallDave » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:33 pm

n*kBolt*Te = B**2/(2*mu0) and B^.25 loss scaling? Or not so much? Hopefully we'll know soon...

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