Always Open Thread

After many years of faithful service, it’s time to retire the original Always Open thread, as the number of comments (over 7000 now since October 2013) seems to be affecting the loading time. So this thread will just be a continuation of the original thread, but a fresh start.

Just as a reminder, the Always Open thread is a place for readers to post relevant and interesting news, links, thoughts that are relevant to the scope of the site, but may be off-topic for some of the other active threads. Users can treat this page as a general chat box, but E-Cat World’s posting rules will apply.

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  • georgehants

    China Focus: Chinese satellite detects mysterious signals in search for dark matter.
    BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — China’s Dark Matter Particle Explorer
    (DAMPE) has detected unexpected and mysterious signals in its
    measurement of high-energy cosmic rays. Are they from dark matter that
    scientists have spent decades searching for? Will the cosmic “ghost”
    finally show itself?

  • Val K

    Are there any new regarding Randell Mills and his SunCell?
    It looks like the site of BLP has not been updated since September.

    • sam

      15 days ago

      Comment from LENR Forum
      Shane D
      11 hours ago
      I hesitate to post this as I am starting to wonder about BrLP, but in support of open science:

      Randy Mills
      Nov 13 9:56 AM
      are making great progress. I just filed patents on a new MDH
      thermodynamic cycle that is amazing. Engineering program is progressing
      well. More validation completed. Fantastic results on hydrino energetic
      material reactions. Just isn’t advantageous to constantly publicly
      announce and share our results.

  • kenko1

    Has anyone compiled a list/link of attendees and their affilliations to the demo. I didn’t recognize anybody. And Rossis’ wig threw me for awhile.

    • sam

      Alan Smith from LENR Forum
      is the only I know of.

      Alan Smith
      22 minutes ago
      Bob – Well, sorry you feel that way. I have done my best, but in the face of a flood of other reports (Mats, ECW’s rep) it seemed unreasonable to write up much of the same things again. I do remain gently skeptical but in general I am positive that Rossi has got something real, and I am not alone in that. If I had no hope, I would not have gone, but as someone there said to me ‘This is the hottest ticket in maverick science’.

      Nothing I didn’t see has made me change my mind about Rossi’s general flakiness, but nothing I saw has made me want to disavow the man. If donors thought they were paying for a Damascene conversion, they are doomed to disappointment, since I am not so easily bought. And anyone who would like their cash back on the grounds that they donated expecting me to rubbish Rossi on my return only has to ask. I should remind you that I never asked for donations, they were volunteered, much to my surprise -they certainly made it easier for me to go, and I did appeal for people to stop donating when it yielded enough to cover my flight and hotel. I remain grateful for the support, as it helps me to continue with my own support of researchers with materials and equipment ‘pro bono’. I try to give back at least as much as I receive.

      ps. Sincerely glad the market is looking after you, in 2008 I did a lot of looking after the market. But some things will defy gravity, at least for a while.

  • sam
  • georgehants

    Bye, Bye, second law of thermodynamics.
    Quantum experiment reveals time really can flow backwards
    1 December 2017 By Brinkwire
    Time travel may be possible – for sub atomic particles, at least, a new experiment has found.
    Physicists have discovered that heat can
    spontaneously flow from a cold quantum particle to a hotter one under
    certain conditions – effectively reversing the ‘arrow of time’.
    While the discovery doesn’t advance the
    possibility of building a time machine, it does show the quantum world
    operates under very different rules, researchers say.

  • sam
  • sam

    First controlled nuclear chain reaction achieved 75 years ago

  • Val K

    Video of hydrogen compound formation in a reaction chamber displayed at 10X speed with an insert of filaments of the compound in air displayed at normal speed. Detonation of a hydrino reaction mixture produces an energetic power release and forms filamentous chemical products comprising a metal and hydrogen. Each product is ferromagnetic and each comprises a metal not known to form a hydride or to be magnetic.”

    Well, from this video I can see only a wire blows up by some electric discharge and a lot of smoke, which really looks like filaments, but that’s all. I do not see anything suggesting the hydrino reaction, no evidence of composition of the filaments and no evidence they were ferromagnetic. As to the filaments, I have seen something similar when watching some burning plastics.

  • sam
  • Veblin

    The Delaware County Daily Times
    Adrian Ashfield Letter to the Editor:
    Major advance in cold fusion touted as energy solution.

  • georgehants

    Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium
    So what exactly is excitonium?
    Excitonium is a condensate–it exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena,
    like a superconductor, or superfluid, or insulating electronic crystal.
    It’s made up of excitons, particles that are formed in a very strange
    quantum mechanical pairing, namely that of an escaped electron and the
    hole it left behind.
    It defies reason, but it turns out that when an electron, seated at
    the edge of a crowded-with-electrons valence band in a semiconductor,
    gets excited and jumps over the energy gap to the otherwise empty
    conduction band, it leaves behind a “hole” in the valence band. That
    hole behaves as though it were a particle with positive charge, and it
    attracts the escaped electron. When the escaped electron with its
    negative charge, pairs up with the hole, the two remarkably form a
    composite particle, a boson–an exciton.
    In point of fact, the hole’s particle-like attributes are
    attributable to the collective behavior of the surrounding crowd of
    electrons. But that understanding makes the pairing no less strange and

    • sam
      • georgehants

        Many thanks Sam, things are moving very rapidly these days in the Quantum World.
        Look forward every day now to new discoveries.

  • sam

    Star Crash: The Explosion that Transformed Astronomy

  • sam
  • georgehants

    Japanese scientists use organic ferroelectric to extract more current from solar cells
    The new technology uses a quantum-mechanical process, which can extract
    current from solar cells in a much quicker, less wasteful way, the
    research team claims. December 12, 2017 Emiliano Bellini

  • georgehants

    IAEA Coordinated Research Project Generates New Quantum Data on Hydrogen Fusion
    Tuesday 12 December 2017
    A recently completed coordinated research project (CRP) has improved
    the understanding of fundamental atomic and molecular processes
    necessary to progress in the development of fusion as a future source of
    energy. Specifically, the project generated and evaluated data for
    collisions of hydrogen and helium and the resulting radiative processes,
    in which energy is released in the form of electromagnetic radiation.
    Fusion reactions can be induced in a form of matter called plasma, which
    consists of extremely hot electrically charged gases, and which was the
    focus of the research.
    “The data from this CRP have expanded our capability to simulate the
    complicated processes that go on in fusion devices, giving us a clearer
    picture of what’s happening in our experimental reactors,” said Bastiaan
    Braams, a researcher at the Netherlands’ National Research Institute
    for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), which participated in the

  • georgehants

    A New Experiment May Finally Reveal the True Nature of Gravity
    Unifying Theories
    Quantum physicists have toiled to no avail for decades in their
    attempts to subsume gravity (the first cosmological force ever
    discovered) into quantum physics. A group of researchers recently
    proposed a new experiment that could redefine the nature of gravity, and
    transform our understanding of the fundamental forces of the universe.

  • Veblin

    Falls Church News-Press
    The Great Energy Transition: A Progress Report
    By Tom Whipple December 11, 2017

  • kenko1

    In 100 years I’d like to see this question on Jeopardy:


    1. Zefram Cochrane
    2. Andrea Rossi
    3. Frank Ackland

    psssssst…. it is a trick question cuz everyone knows who invented the warp drive.

  • kenko1

    Another quarky christmas carol.

    Sung to the tune of “Jngle Bells”. There are three verses but I have only
    written one. Any one can add…..

    Dashing through the snow
    in an e-cat powered sleigh
    o’er oil fields we go
    with quarx on the way.
    Sales on retail swings
    Making spirits blight
    O What fun it is to ride and sing
    Of bankrupt oil tonight

    e-cat sells, oil smells
    quark x on the way
    oh what fun it is to ride
    oil down to zero pay

  • sam
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  • cashmemorz

    Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

    There may be something there. But involving humans, or whoever else, has not been initiated by “them”. Sightings have been made for decades if not centuries. It seems it is not up to humans to get involved beyond just sightings and the occasional chase by military planes. If we were important enough, there might have been involvement/communication with someone. But that someone is also not talking. We seem not worth attacking, or any thing else, until we get our act together. Do we even know, what “getting our act together” implies, where those aliens are concerned?

  • sam

    Electricity from plasma instability secret experiments.
    If you do not know Russian start at one minute mark.
    If you do know Russian please explain experiment.

  • James Octavo

    LENR Domain Names

    I was researching lenr items on ebay and saw doman name up for sale. So i ressearched lenr domains on which sells domains. I was surprised to see LENR domain names offered for sale for prices from $1,500 to $10,000. The one on ebay is $250. Is it worth buying?

    • cashmemorz

      Frank Acland might find those domains a point to consider, in case LENR development progresses in other places besides the Rossi e-cat or eCat QX. Depends on how much Frank is invested in the E-Cat name or Rossi’s devices being a reality over other LENR devices

  • sam

    The Universe Beyond the Big Bang.

  • HS61AF91

    Just got this email, and thought it would be interesting for those actually engaged in experimenting:

    US DOE ARPA-E Open Funding Opportunity

    Heute 15:26 Uhr



    FYI – All LENR researchers should c/o the ARPA-E OPEN Program

    The US DOE’s 2018’s federal funding window is open meaning there is
    an opportunity for LENR research and development firms to apply for
    ARPA-E R&D project funding. The starting point is to submit a
    four page concept paper by February 12th.

    ARPA-E OPEN is just what it sounds like: transformative ideas that
    haven’t been funded elsewhere. It would be great to see multiple
    applications from LENR R&D scientists and researchers given
    that they have USD$100 million to award with a maximum award size
    of $10M and a minimum of $500k.

    The starting point is to submit a four page concept paper by
    February 12th. One of the best ways to increase your odds is to
    partner with one of the pre-approved DOE Team Partners (90 in
    total). Good luck to all applicants!

    Thanx to CapstreamX for info

    What a way to get 10 mil, not so excruciating as the way our Doctore got pinched into doing it.

    • cashmemorz

      I wonder how open they really are to “unproven” new energy.
      I tried to comment on some physics sites about what, to me at least, seems promising sources of energy. I got banned for mentioning anything not in accepted journals and text books. Some of the accepted journals containing the peer reviewed articles dealing with new energy are listed on a link that deals with journal lists. So it is not so much what is in the journals but simply not what passes for accepted mainstream physics as such.

  • cashmemorz

    Georgre hants this is for you if not for everybody:
    I find the following guy believable and to the point, re economic inequalty, its causes.
    A Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton, an economics professor at Princeton, and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, thinks we’re asking all the wrong questions about inequality;

    The physical spacing in the main article, between main paragraphs, is a bit too long, so one has to scroll down every paragraph much more than expected.

  • sam

    The Universe Extreme Energy.

  • cashmemorz

    Devices and physics explaining new physics is already being commercialized based on the electron that creates various forms of gravity:

    The controversy is covered in its main arguments pro and con (establishment and others in competing mode) Subscription required$8.99 per month. The part that is free I tried to copy and paste but it replaces fonts to make it near impossible to read for free.
    You have to go to that site yourself and read it:

    The easiest and for me the most convincing of what the theory purports is a lecture that is very eye opening but requires a need to suspend ones vestment in QM.

    minute 45 of :

    The following link contains a listing with main headings: The Universe/Matter and Energy/Hydrogen and Hydrinos/Suncell/Double Slit Experiment/References:

    The latest update of full thesis is available for free by download:

    It is a long thesis, nearly 2000 pages so it can take while to download

    Or you can download it in three parts(much faster)
    You can use the table of contents in the front of the thesis or find the
    parts containing the term “dark matter” by reading the thesis in the Adobe Acrobat Reader and then using the top menu “edit” and scroll down to “find” click that and input “dark matter” or whatever word or term you are looking for then click on “next” or “previous” which will search the
    document and highlight the next or previous incidence of the term that
    you input.

    A lecture by Dr. Mills at Fresno State U Smittcamp Honors College Colloquium. Introduced by Eric Tilton:

    Eric Tilton(profile from LinkedIn)
    “Owner and CEO
    Company Name MJT Technologies LLC
    Dates Employed Sep 2013 – Present
    Employment Duration 4 yrs 1 mo
    Location Clovis, CA
    MJT Technologies is an engineering, design, and consulting services company, blended with a business and product development arm. We also mentor and work with a software startup with six founders. The younger entrepreneurs keep us stimulated, challenged, and up on all the latest cool trends.

    Currently, MJT Technologies is also involved in application-specific business development for Brilliant Light Power SunCells(R), revolutionary new primary power sources. We focus on the use of SunCells(R) in powering: small, medium and large SWRO facilities (Sea Water Reverse Osmosis); Industrial RO for high-purity water needs; Agricultural ground water and runoff treatment; and high volume pumping. We also have several Information Technology Services consulting clients. “

    Brett Hoverstott used to be a close worker with Mills. Holverstott has a site dedicated to much of what Bret and Mills had done together on various parts of the theory, devices, tests of the theory.
    This part of his site is a listing of peer reviewed articles dealing with the part of the theory that is related to the Suncell and physics thereof:

    Discussion of the theory with emphasis on Suncell and ash/Dark Matter in general by experts:

    Main (independent?) 5 tests done on physics of Suncell:
    Report 1:Rowan University’s report

    In 2002, Rowan University’s Anthony Marchese said that whilst “agnostic about the existence of hydrinos”, he was quite confident that there was no fraud involved with BLP. Although his NIAC grant was criticized by Bob Park, Marchese said “for me to not continue with this study would be unethical to the scientific community. The only reason not to pursue this would be because of being afraid of being bullied.”

    Dr. Robert Park is well know[n] among the new-energy community for his valiant efforts to destroy the credibility of any new-energy developments that might threaten the flow of funds into the hot-fusion community. Therefore, if he is distressed, it must be a worthy new-energy discovery.
    However, since 2012, Park has come to recognize the new-energy developments in a much more positive light.

    Report 2: Rowan University’s report II

    Reportr 3: UNC Asheville’s report

    Report 4: University of Illinois report

    Report 5:

    “EUV continuum radiation (10-30 nm) arising only from very low energy pulsed pinch gas discharges comprising some hydrogen was first observed at BlackLight Power, Inc.(BLP: renamed in 2016 “Brilliant Light Power, Inc.”) and reproduced at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics (CfA). The source was determined to be due to the transition of H to the lower-energy hydrogen or hydrino state H(1/4) whose emission matches that observed wherein alternative sources were eliminated. ”

    Where/how the theory started:
    Item 1 of 6: Free Electron Laser: Electron ray gun(1986) USA military.
    When the electron’s point structure was not enough to develop the free electron laser for the USA military, Haus, Mills’ professor, and Randell Mills, each separately, used classical physics, which included Maxwellian electro-dynamics, Einstein’s Special Relativity, the Stern-Gerlach experiment and a few others whose expertise in classical physics was applicable. Using this method of developing the electron’s structure, Haus succeeded in building on previous, partially successful work on the free electron laser, into a structure of the electron that was actually used for finishing developing the laser project into a successful, working device.

    “An important advance occurred in 1986, when Hermann Haus derived Goedeke’s condition in a new way.[2] Haus finds that all radiation is caused by Fourier components of the charge/current distribution that are light-like (i.e. components that are synchronous with light speed). When a distribution has no light-like Fourier components, such as a point charge in uniform motion, then there is no radiation. Haus uses his formulation to explain Cerenkov radiation in which the speed of light of the surrounding medium is less than c.” Haus, H. A. (1986). “On the radiation from point charges”. American Journal of Physics. 54: 1126. Bibcode:1986AmJPh..54.1126H. doi:10.1119/1.14729.

    A theory of classical quantum mechanics (CQM), derived from first principles, successfully applies physical laws on all scales [1]. The classical wave equation is solved with the constraint that a bound electron cannot radiate energy. The mathematical formulation for zero radiation based on Maxwell’s equations follows from a derivation by Haus page 1:

    The calculations and formulas used to develop the theory:
    Electromagnetic Noise and Quantum Optical Measurements: Herman A.Haus

    Hermann Anton Haus at MIT, in ~1986, gave Mills a copy of Haus work on the classical electron, under condition of anonymity, so as to not upset his colleagues who were all heavily vested in QM.

    Using that same base of the newly modeled electron, Mills was able to develop it into his Grand Unified Theory-Classical Physics

  • cashmemorz

    Not a scientist or physicist. A general philosopher, into shamanmism and the like. He understands the limits of science in the big bang. Everyone knows that limit and admits it is a limit that is not explainable. That is just one more reason why Haus’/Mills’ Grand Unified Theory- Classical Physics has a much better model of the universe where that limit does not exist or is needed.

  • Buck

    For those who are simply curious or interested. Here is an example of the consequence of countries, whose budgets are supported by oil revenue, begin to see shrinking budgets due to negative oil revenue cash-flow issues.


  • Jas

    Here is a newer interview with Luis Elizondo from To The Stars Accademy. At 6 minutes into the interview he talks about the technology that drive these craft and enable them to perform the manouvers that are seen in the videos. He doesn’t go into detail but he mentions 5 areas of technology that they are investigating. He then says that all 5 areas are influenced by one main technology. Perhaps this key technology is Lenr based?

  • sam

    The Bottom of The Ocean Has Started Sinking Under The Weight of Melting Glaciers

  • sam
  • Buck

    This is from 12/7/2017, so some of you may already be aware of the following:

    “GE to Cut 12,000 Jobs in Its Power Business” (Bloomberg)

    “General Electric Co. plans to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business as the company’s new leaders look to slash costs and stabilize the beleaguered manufacturer.

    The reductions, accounting for about 18 percent of GE Power’s workforce, include both professional and production employees, the company said Thursday in a statement.The world’s largest maker of gas turbines said the unit needs to become leaner AS CUSTOMERS TURN AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUEL-BASED ENERGY SOURCES.”


  • EEStorFanFibb

    VERY impressive numbers here:

    This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage

    “Two weeks ago, Xcel Energy quietly reported dozens of shockingly low bids it had received for building new solar and wind farms, many with battery storage (see table below).

    The median bid price in 2017 for wind plus battery storage was $21 per megawatt-hour, which is 2.1 cents per kilowatt-hour. As Carbon Tracker noted, this “appears to be lower than the operating cost of all coal plants currently in Colorado.”

    The median bid price for solar plus battery storage was $36/MWh (3.6 cents/kwh), which may be lower than about three-fourths of operating coal capacity. For context, the average U.S. residential price for electricity is 12 cents/kWh.

    Note that by definition, half of the bids are below the median price — and there were 87 bids for solar plus storage, meaning many bids were
    quite low (see table above).

    There were 96 bids for wind power alone — at a median price of 1.8 cents/kwh — which means some were very low-priced indeed. The tremendous number of bids in Colorado reveal the power of competition in driving prices down.

    But it’s not just Colorado whose energy markets have been turned upside down. In November, we reported on the remarkable findings of the financial firm Lazard Ltd., which found that in many regions of North America, “the full-lifecycle costs of building and operating renewables-based projects have dropped below the operating costs alone of conventional generation technologies such as coal or nuclear.”

    What XCel Energy has shown us is that the price for battery storage is dropping so fast, adding it to a solar or wind project increases the
    total price only modestly. And that’s a game-changer.”

  • US_Citizen71


    • Omega Z

      So we’ll be able to build aircraft that has no weight ???

      • US_Citizen71

        The article is about Polariton generation, when I originally put the link up it was showing a preview. From the article start-

        “Yes you heard it right. Physicists have just made what they say is the first ever device that’s completely capable of producing particles that act as if they have negative mass. This particular device produces a peculiar particle that’s half-light/half-matter, and as if that doesn’t sound cool enough, it might also be the foundation for a completely new kind of laser that could function on far less energy than present technologies.

        This forms on new theoretical work on the behavior of something called a polariton, which seems to act as if it has negative mass – a mind-bending property that perceives objects move towards the force pushing it, instead of being pushed away. Now physicists from the University of Rochester have created a device that allows them to actually create these polaritons at room temperature…”

        • Omega Z

          “objects move towards the force pushing it”

          Ahhh uhhhhhhh ahhg,
          So I’ll never be able to push my truck out of the snow when I get stuck.
          Oh well, I’ll just melt it with my E-cat… Hurry up Rossi.

  • sam

    Michigan meteorite
    I observed this myself 200 miles away
    in Ontario Canada.Even from that distance it was spectacular.

  • Veblin
  • sam
  • cashmemorz

    It is not only the third world that has problems with water.

    If this what is waiting for the others in the first world, then Rossi or somebody better have some cheap power to get the potable water from desalination or whatever, and just in time. Does someone actually have such a cheap source of energy?

    • georgehants

      cashmemorz, it is no problem as the rich and powerful will always have enough, in fact a very good opportunity to raise the price of water so they become even richer.
      Only the poor will really suffer and if they die off then a good way of removing the homeless from our streets.

  • georgehants

    Why Aren’t There More Smart Americans?
    Russian, German Physicists Create ‘Impossible’ Material for Quantum Computers

    • cashmemorz

      As those Russian and German scientists themselves say: “…enabling such systems to be used as a quantum simulator…” Key word in all current quantum computers is that they do a “simulation” of what a true quantum computer would do. The same simulation that D-Wave is doing. Reading their patent clearly shows a simulation by using the uncertainty formula of Heizenberg at the core of their “‘quantum” computer’ processes. Quantum physics in general is also guilty of using that same math to uphold their vast house of mirrors and smoke. It Is all about the math. Not reality. Einstein, Schrodinger, Laue and others all warned of this back in the 1920’s when Schrodinger proposed his wave theory as one of many ways to approach reality. Now we have weird science with devices that can be more simply understood using classical physics, all the way from the 2 slit experiment up to entanglement and every other phenomenon at all scales. That is why Herman Haus and Randell Mills especially has been likened to being greater than Einstein and Tesla together.

  • Val K

    ***Today, the big news is that a large US investment company has acquired the rights to Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat cold fusion technology. That investment company, Cherokee Investment Partners, appears to be interested in deploying the cold fusion tech commercially in both China and the US.***

    This amazing news was published exactly 4 years ago, on Jan 28, 2014. Some things never change.

  • Andreas Moraitis

    Karl Popper on Ruggero Santilli:

    “I have mentioned Santilli, and I should like to say that he – one who belongs to a new generation – seems to me to move on a different path. Far be it from me to belittle the giants who founded quantum mechanics under the leadership of Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Born, Heisenberg, de Broglie, Schrödinger, and Dirac. Santilli too makes it very clear how greatly he appreciates the work of these men. But in his approach he distinguishes the region of the ‘arena of incontrovertible applicability’ of quantum mechanics (he calls it ‘atomic mechanics’) from nuclear mechanics and hadronics, and his most fascinating arguments in support of the view that quantum mechanics should not, without new tests, be regarded as valid in nuclear and hadronic mechanics, seem to me to augur a return to sanity: to that realism and objectivism for which Einstein stood, and which had been abandoned by those two very great physicists, Heisenberg and Bohr.”

    From “Quantum theory and the schism of physics”, London / New York 1982 (p. 14)

    • cashmemorz

      There are many who have pointed out the many shortcomings or flaws in the QM approach towards looking at and analyzing phenomena.

      This has culminated in results using other methods such as the classical or more reality based approach. In 1986, when Herman Haus developed a model of the electron based on purely classical principles, he was able to use that model to finish development of the Free Electron Laser for the USA military. Then Randell Mills asked for and got a copy of Haus’ work on that electron model which Mills then used to produce Mills’ Grand Unified Theory -Classical Physics.

      “Supersymmetry and the Crisis in Physics

      For decades physicists have been working on a beautiful theory that has
      promised to lead to a deeper understanding of the quantum world. Now
      they stand at a crossroads: prove it right in the next year or
      confront an epochal paradigm shift

      By Joseph Lykken, Maria Spiropulu

      At dawn on a summer morning in 2012, we were on our third round of espresso when the video link connected our office at the California Institute of Technology to the CERN laboratory near Geneva. On the
      monitor we saw our colleagues on the Razor team, one of many groups of physicists analyzing data from the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Razor was created to search for exotic
      collisions that would provide the first evidence of supersymmetry, a 45-year-old theory of matter that would supplant the standard understanding of particle physics, solving deep problems in physics
      and explaining the nature of the universe’s mysterious dark matter. After decades of searching, no experimental evidence for supersymmetry has been found.”

      Scientific American-11/201

      A criticism of Quantum Mechanics:

      “SAN ANTONIO — Quantum mechanics is science’s equivalent of political polarization.

      Voters either take sides and argue with each other endlessly, or stay home and
      accept politics as it is. Physicists either just accept quantum
      mechanics and do their calculations, or take sides in the never-ending
      debate over what quantum mechanics is actually saying about reality.

      Steven Weinberg used to be happy with quantum mechanics as it is and didn’t
      worry about the debates. But as he has thought about it over the years,
      the 83-year-old Nobel laureate has reassessed.

      “Now I’m not so sure,” he declared October 30 in San Antonio at a session for science writers organized by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
      (Disclosure: I am a member of the CASW board.) “I’m not as happy about
      quantum mechanics as I used to be, and not as dismissive of its

      “In addition to the invalidation of the HUP (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) as the basis of the wave particle duality, the other aspect of HUP, the measurement-disturbance of the HUP, has been tested
      for the first time and experimentally disproved” [L. A. Rozem Soudagar, A. Darabi, D. H. Mahler, A. Hayat, Y. “Violation of Heisenberg’s Measurerment-Disturbance Relationship byu Weak Measurments,” Phys. Rev. Lett., 109 (2012), 100404.].(from GUT-CP-2016-Ed-Book-Web-121517 pg. 1707)

      Use of the GUT-CP in mainstream research towards an explanation of
      unorthodox phenomenon:

      Vessela Nikolova on her website E-Cat “The New Fire” has an interesting article in which she and physicist and science journalist Mario Menichella discuss ideas from two preprint articles by F. Celani, A.
      Tommaso and G. Vassallo with these Authors

      “Maxwell’s Equations and Occam’s Razor”

      “The Electron and Occam’s Razor”

      The main point made by these authors is that instead of considering the
      electron to be a particle, which is the commonly held concept
      accepted by quantum physics, they propose a model of “a current
      ring generated by a massless charge that rotates at speed of light
      along a circumference whose length is equal to the Compton wavelength
      of the electron”

      The interview covers many details of their theory, including how it could
      be compatible with the work of Holmlid, Iwamura, Mills and

      The interview can be read here:

      This a short section of a longer list of similar quotes criticizing QM.

      • Andreas Moraitis

        Mills is the ideal example. It seems that Popper did not know him, but the above quote would fit his approach perfectly. Too bad that there is so little interest in looking deeper into some of these alternative theories – not even with the objective to disprove them experimentally.

  • sam
  • Veblin
  • Andreas Moraitis

    From lenr forum:

    Note that this is not LENR. But it might help to explain the formation of ‘whiskers’ in some experiments.

  • sam

    For the first time in 152 years, a supermoon, blue moon, and total lunar eclipse will coincide

  • georgehants

    Editor’s Web: Science forces its way into new territory
    What does physics have to do with neuroscience or psychology? A better
    question would be to ask what physics does not deal with, from Kaku’s
    perspective. His work has broadened to such an extent that it now covers
    everything from the existence of God to extraterrestrials, immortality
    and predicting the future.

  • sam
  • sam
  • sam

    Flexible and stretchable power sources for wearable electronics

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  • georgehants

    Phys Org
    February 5th, 2018
    National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)
    Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI have
    developed a process for making a next-generation solids consisting of
    quantum dots (QD) or semiconductor crystals with a diameter of mere
    nanometers. The results of research were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. It will help to develop affordable solar panels that absorb sunlight in a broad spectral range.

  • sam

    CERN May Have Evidence of a Quasiparticle We’ve Been Hunting For Decades

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    Superdense wood is lightweight, but strong as steel

  • georgehants

    Science Alert
    Science Alert We Can Now Harvest Electricity From Earth’s Heat Using Quantum Tunnelling
    8 FEB 2018
    Researchers have come up with a way we could harvest energy from
    Earth by turning excess infrared radiation and waste heat into
    electricity we can use.
    The concept involves the strange physics of quantum tunnelling, and
    key to the idea is a specially designed antenna that can detect waste
    or infrared heat as high-frequency electromagnetic waves, transforming
    these quadrillionth-of-a-second wave signals into a direct charge.
    There’s actually a lot of energy going to waste here on Earth – most
    sunlight that hits the planet gets sucked up by surfaces, the oceans,
    and our atmosphere.
    Read more –

  • Buck

    Exxon’s reply to shareholder’s demand for analysis of how Climate Change and new technologies will impact the prospects of Exxon.

    “Exxon Studies Climate Policies and Sees ‘Little Risk’ to Bottom Line”

    “Exxon’s conclusion: Even aggressive climate policies pose “little risk” to its investments. It stressed that it expected healthy demand for its products for decades to come, regardless of how strongly countries move to cut emissions.”


    • Omega Z

      This seems contradictory with all the hype of the green energy revolution, but in fact it will take decades to transition to any new energy technology. Even LENR.

      There are over 1 Billion ICE vehicles on the road. You will find projections of 40 to 100 million EV’s on the road by 2040/2050. It’s also projected that the total number of vehicles on the road is also projected to increase by 50 to 100 million so little change in the number of ICE vehicles. Thus the reason Exxon and others continue as they are. Of course, by 2050, that will have to change as over 50% of the world oil reserves will be gone and the price of oil becoming cost prohibitive..

      • Buck


        where I think Exxon is crossing the line to dissembling is in the realm of valuing a business and the consequent impact upon stock prices. I see the advent of LENR as a highly disruptive technology that without question points to the demise of fossil fuels as a pervasive source of energy. It is this perceptual shift from “fossil fuels can compete with wind and solar” to “fossil fuels can’t compete with LENR” that undercuts if not destroys the implied rationale that there is “little risk to the bottom line.”

        The risk to future cash flows of a business is an inherent quantitative and qualitative component to valuing a business/company. While I agree that the transition to LENR will occur over decades, I think that the introduction of LENR dramatically increases the risk associated with projecting future cash flows for ANY given individual fossil fuel company, and therefore all fossil fuel companies.

        Here is a overview of business valuation techniques. IMO, they encompass an evaluation of how the introduction of LENR fundamentally changes the evaluation of risk/reward. IMO, Exxon’s response shows that they have “lawyered up”.

        • Omega Z

          The advent of LENR will only have a temporary dampening on fossil prices. Once reality sets in life will continue as usual and fossil fuel prices will again be stabile even with a gradual decline in use.

          Big Oil has plenty of time to adapt and there will be little problem of their valuation. Keep in mind their product is of limited supply and LENR will be decades in having any real impact. It will take a minimum of 10 years to adapt LENR to personal transport and will have the same/similar trajectory as EV’s. At most, it will only prolong the the supply of Oil available to us.

          I’ve posted before that I hope oil lasts long enough for a transition. I have to say those prospects do look bleak. Houston. We have a problem. The problem everyone has is comprehending the magnitude of the task. We live the little picture and have trouble seeing the big. Consider, how many oil & gas wells do we have to drill just to maintain the status quo and meet future demand. Increases of 1-2 percent annually.

          In 2014 it was projected that to meet World needs From- Drilling more than 670,000 oil and gas wells need to be drilled through 2020.

          Since 2010, the U.S has drilled.- 130,000 wells. Over 16000 a year average or neasr 50 per day.

          10’s of 1000’s of depleted wells are shut down every year. Just a 3 month stoppage of drilling has a big impact on supply. So I think you can see how easy Big Oil could change the picture. Adjust drilling count-effects price-adjusts valuation.

          As an example of how quickly things can change- When OPEC curtailed production(about 2 years ago), supply was about 93.5 mb/d and demand about 92 mb/d. Today, demand is around 98 mb/d. In 2020 that number is projected to be 102.5 mb/d. Who would have thunk it. Like wise, supply can be adjust in the opposite direction only quicker.

          Note- 10 years ago, they said we had oil reserves enough for 60 years at the current demand of the time. 10 years latter-Today, It’s about 40 years. The experts like everyone else see the world as static. It is not. Demand is still increasing.

          40 years??? It appears even my past pessimistic views were overly optimistic.

          • Buck

            your projection may well come to pass. However, I’m disinclined to agree regarding oil prices holding steady in the face of declining demand as it goes against the premise of prices acting as a balancing point of supply & demand curves. In addition, the notion of their company valuations showing no impact just doesn’t hold water for me.

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  • Buck

    ICYMI, here is an interesting example of an industry that can/will benefit for low cost heat: the production of sapphire glass at about 2200C applied over about 16 days.


    • sam

      Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher of the New York Times have written an excellent article about why Apple makes iPhones and iPads in China instead of the United States.

      One of the key points is this:

      Chinese factories are far more nimble than American factories.

      The story Duhigg and Bradsher used to illustrate this will only add to the iPhone lore.

      Just over a month before the first iPhone was to be released in 2007, the authors report, a frustrated Steve Jobs summoned his senior team.

      Steve had been using a prototype iPhone for a few weeks, carrying it
      around in his pocket. When his lieutenants were assembled, he pulled the
      prototype out of his pocket and pointed angrily to dozens of scratches
      on its plastic screen.

      People would carry their phones in their pockets, Steve said. They
      would also carry other things in their pockets–like keys. And those
      things would scratch the screen.

      And then, with Apple just about to ramp up iPhone production, Steve demanded that the iPhone’s screen be replaced with unscratchable glass.

      “I want a glass screen,” Steve is quoted as saying. “And I want it perfect in six weeks.”

      The glass itself would come from Corning, an American company. But
      the only way for Apple to meet Steve’s deadline would be to find an
      empty glass-cutting factory, a huge amount of glass to experiment on,
      and a team of mid-level engineers to figure out how to cut the glass
      into millions of screens.

      An executive at the meeting knew that the only place Apple might be
      able to find these things would be in China. So he flew to Shenzhen,
      where a bid for the work quickly arrived from a Chinese company.

      Before they even won Apple’s business, the Chinese company started
      building a new factory building in which to cut the glass. (The Chinese
      government was providing subsidies, and the company took advantage of
      them–“just in case.”) The company provided Apple with a team of cheap
      engineers, as well as spare glass for Apple to experiment with, the
      latter for free. The company’s engineers were housed in dormitories, so
      they were available to Apple 24 hours a day.

      Apple hired the company to cut the hardened glass for the screens,
      and after a month of experimentation, the engineers figured out how to
      do it. They quickly sent the first shipment of screens to Foxconn’s
      assembly plant in Shenzhen, where they arrived in the middle of the
      night. Foxconn’s managers woke up thousands of workers and immediately
      began assembling iPhones.

      Three months later, Apple had sold 1 million iPhones. Four years later, Apple has sold ~200 million of them.

      As the Apple executives who spoke to Duhigg and Bradsher for their
      article make clear, there is no way American manufacturing companies
      could have met this timetable.

      The end-to-end process of building the iPhones, Duhigg and Bradsher report,
      required 8,700 mid-level engineers. In the United States, Apple
      estimated, it would have taken 9 months to hire this many engineers. In
      China, it took 15 days.

      • Buck

        I am cautious about using China as an example for many reasons. It is notorious for IP theft, pollution, extreme labor policies, and the politics of individual rights relative to social control and autocracy.


        • sam

          Vietnam Pulls Request for U.S. Help to Build a Coal-Fired Power Plant

          By MIKE IVESFEB. 11, 2018

          The site of the Long Phu 1
          coal-fired power plant in Soc Trang Province, Vietnam. Environmental and
          other groups said the project would have had a greater environmental
          impact than reports submitted by PetroVietnam had suggested.

          Quinn Ryan Mattingly for The New York Times

          KONG — A Vietnamese company is no longer seeking American financial
          support to build a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam, bringing to an
          abrupt end a closely watched test of whether Washington would back
          international projects that could potentially contribute to climate

          Thursday, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a lender run by
          the American government, said the Vietnamese state-controlled company,
          PetroVietnam, had withdrawn its application for financial support.

          lender, also known as the Ex-Im Bank, takes on the financial risk for
          American companies exporting high-value equipment and merchandise as a
          way to help companies in the United States win valuable international

          this case, a green light would have allowed PetroVietnam to purchase
          millions of dollars’ worth of turbines and other equipment from General
          Electric, the American manufacturer.

          isn’t clear why PetroVietnam withdrew the application for American
          financial support for the Vietnamese coal plant, Long Phu 1. But the
          project, which is already under construction, faced intense criticism
          inside and outside the United States. Continue reading the main story
          and other groups said the project would have had a greater
          environmental impact than reports submitted by PetroVietnam had
          suggested. More broadly, the application raised the question of whether
          the Trump administration’s commitment to using more coal at home would extend abroad.

          World Bank and other major institutions have increasingly avoided
          backing projects supported by developing countries that burn coal and
          other fossil fuels, which emit greenhouse gases that contribute to
          climate change. The United Kingdom’s version of the Ex-Im Bank had
          declined to offer financial support for the Long Phu 1 project for
          similar reasons.

          In addition, the project is partly financed by Vnesheconombank, a Kremlin-connected Russian lender that has been subject to American sanctions since 2014 because of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine. On Jan. 26, the United States Treasury Department expanded its Russia sanctions to include Power Machines, a Russian firm that is one of several construction companies with contracts at Long Phu 1.

          Ex-Im Bank said in a statement that it had not yet completed its due
          diligence review of Long Phu 1 when the application was withdrawn. It
          also did not specify a date for the withdrawal and referred further
          questions to PetroVietnam.

          Emails sent to two PetroVietnam officials on Sunday were not immediately returned.

          Electric said in a statement on Saturday that it complies with
          Americans sanctions, including those announced by the Treasury
          Department in January. It added that it was committed to working with
          its “partners and customers in Vietnam to deliver world-class products
          and solutions for the power industry.”

          The New York Times described the Long Phu 1 project and the views of its critics in a Jan. 26 article.

          project’s Vietnamese backers face broader challenges. A Vietnamese
          court last month sentenced PetroVietnam’s former chairman to prison as
          part of a broad anticorruption investigation.

          ruling Communist Party sees coal as central to national energy needs.
          Long Phu 1 would be the first element of a three-plant complex in a
          rural area about 150 miles southwest of the country’s economic hub, Ho
          Chi Minh City.

          may plow ahead with the project without the United States or G.E. The
          project could still be completed without support from the American
          government, said Basav Sen, the climate policy director at the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-learning think tank in Washington that opposed the plant.

          added that it did not represent a retreat by the Trump administration,
          which has been generally more supportive of coal projects at home.

          was easy for the Ex-Im Bank to back out of this project in Vietnam
          because the power plant was going to get its coal from Indonesia and
          Australia,” said Mr. Sen. “It may have been a different story if the project were a market for U.S. coal exports.” Continue reading the main story

          • Omega Z

            Everyone keeps trying to write coal power off, but they should keep an eye on what India and China are doing. Both are stopping construction of 60 year old coal technology(20% to 25% efficiency) and moving to cutting edge technology. Both have built new plants that exceed 50% efficiency with 60% being the ultimate goal.

            Members of the UN concerned that both countries were trying to sidestep CO2 reductions by more then doubling efficiencies as a means of reduction are in the process of changing the language to specify CO2 reduction per ton of coal burnt regardless of efficiencies.

            However, Both India and China are already ahead of them by including Carbon sequestration into their designs. India is really thinking outside the box capturing the CO2 as a solid which will become a saleable product. They’ve already built a smaller pilot plant that works meaning this is not pie in the sky hopes, but a reality. To the UN they can say check mate.

  • sam

    TAE Technologies pushes plasma machine to a new high on the nuclear fusion frontier

  • Andreas Moraitis

    This could be important. Thanks to Lou P. from LENR forum ( ):

    “Transport of hydrogen isotopes through interlayer spacing in van der Waals crystals”

  • Omega Z

    The world is not static. Future projections seldom happen as envisioned. Such as don’t be shocked when incandescent bulbs rise from the ashes. They’ve developed an incandescent bulb that is 25% more efficient then LED’s and are working towards 50%.

    175 gigawatts: Multiply that by 4 to 6 times according to geographic location and an equivalent amount of battery storage and THAT’s what it takes to provide the equivalent 175 gigawatts 24/7 fossil fuel power plants and that doesn’t allow for bad weather or overcast skies.

    Coal is dead. Apparently, all India and China heard was reduce CO2 output. With carbon capture, they both intend to build many more Advanced ultra-supercritical power plants. You might note that the U.S. is adding 20 gigawatts of natural gas plants. Coal plants may still be built in the future, but cheap natural gas has put a damper on that at this time. That and with current technology, gas plants are much cheaper to build.

    As to Sams post- Vietnam Pulls Request for U.S. Help to Build a Coal-Fired Power Plant

    It probably wasn’t going to be approved for 2 reasons. They intended to buy coal from other then the U.S. and because a Russian company is directly involved in some of the financing and in charge of it’s construction.(Sanctions) Oh, and the head of the company was arrested for financial shenanigans. It may still be built. There are currently over 1600 coal fired plants in the works in 62 countries around the world. About 1/3rd of them to be built and partly financed by Chinese companies.

    Personally, I think it’s a waste of oil, gas, and coal resources that have much more value in the over 8000 products they are used for other then burning. But even if Rossi brings LENR to market, It’s going to take decades for the transition. Regardless what we transition to.

  • sam

    Commercial fusion ventures learn lessons about engineering and expectations