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January 12, 2012

NASA Working on Cold Fission?

LENR, or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction power.

Actually the question mark is unwarranted -- NASA is working on LENR, as this video indicates.

My question is more "Is this for real? Or is this a pipe dream?"

Oh, by the way, if Global Warming ever becomes a real problem, rather than something that megarich fat-assed white people fret about because they have no genuine problems, we can always seed the atmosphere with molecules that spur cloud formation, and reflect sunlight away.

You know -- like the Sun already does, thus accounting for our 11-year solar cycle of warmth and cooling.

Thanks to Classical Values.

So that's Hot and Cold. And hot:

Don't Believe The Hype: Uriah Heep says of course a government agency with lots of funding would check out a low-likelihood, high-probability claim.

Most likely a pipe-dream. The recent increase in noise has been from some Italian guy (Andrea Rossi) who claims to be over unity using some oddly garage looking device wrapped in aluminum foil along with some magic nickle powder. The Italian claims his E-Cat device is being produced (yet nobody in the mainstream media's gotten/picked up on it?) and working in a Greek power station/factory. So either he's found the holy grail without understanding the physics behind it, or there's something a little smelly in Greece and it's not just #OWS's 2nd cousins.

Most labs have been unable to replicate any findings, nor have the government agencies found reason to continue funding.

That said, there have always been small programs funded for low-cost, low-probability, high-impact research. For instance, The Navy has been funding the former Dr. Brussard's IEC hot-plasma fusion technique for quite some time although mainstream high-energy physics disavows it. I believe SPAWAR and NASA are two such examples funding the cold-variety.

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