flames from seawater

I saw this video a while back and it still peaks my interest. I wonder what, if anything, they have done since then…

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meeting of the minds


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cold fusion in the news again.. and “experimentally confirmed”

Here we have cold fusion in the news yet again. It was first in the news in 1989 and people have been skeptical ever since. A few years ago another similar claim was put forth, except this time using magnets, by Steorn. We still have yet to see Steorn create any tools that create power. Supposedly in this new article scientists have recreated the cold fusion experiment and were able to create an accurate sensor. I’m of the opinion though until Steorn or these scientists developing cold fusion can produce a “theoretical rationale”, then it’s likely baloney. This excerpt is from another article on the same thing: “The problem with Mosier-Boss’ work, he said, is that it fails to provide a theoretical rationale to explain how fusion could occur at room temperatures. And in its analysis, the research paper fails to exclude other sources for the production of neutrons.” Read on…

The theoretical underpinnings of cold fusion have yet to be adequately explained. The hypothesis is that when electrolysis is performed on deuteron, molecules are fused into helium, releasing a high-energy neutron. While excess heat has been detected by researchers, no group had yet been able to detect the missing neutrons.

Now, the Naval researchers claim that the problem was instrumentation, which was not up to the task of detecting such small numbers of neutrons. To sense such small quantities, Mosier-Boss used a special plastic detector called CR-39. Using co-deposition with nickel and gold wire electrodes, which were inserted into a mixture of palladium chloride and deutrium, the detector was able to capture and track the high-energy neutrons.

The plastic detector captured a pattern of tiny clusters of adjacent pits, called triple tracks, which the researchers claim is evidence of the telltale neutrons.

via EETimes.com – Cold fusion experimentally confirmed.

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new particle y(4140) surprises physicists

This article is great news for scientists.. it basically means that we’re still having luck deconstructing matter. While this is good news and I’m a big fan of physics, I have no idea what all of these different particles are or how they interact with each other. I feel I’m just a few steps behind these scientists since they don’t know for sure either. Be that as it may, this article serves as a great way to transition into a book I’ve been reading thanks to Jeremy. I have been preparing a summary with my comments in blog form and hope to get it out before the week’s end. If not, never fear, it will be next week. It can change your perspective.

Scientists of the CDF experiment at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced yesterday that they have found evidence of an unexpected particle whose curious characteristics may reveal new ways that quarks can combine to form matter. The CDF physicists have called the particle Y(4140), reflecting its measured mass of 4140 Mega-electron volts. Physicists did not predict its existence because Y(4140) appears to flout nature’s known rules for fitting quarks and antiquarks together.

via Particle oddball surprises physicists.

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long-distance teleportation between two atoms: first between atoms 1 meter apart

Hopefully this demonstration will lead the way to quantum computing and pretty much instantaneous communication through an unlimited distance. Very profound implications here. The number of calculations a quantum can do in one clock tick is staggering. This seems like it might lead the way into the next “internet”. The medium being one that we can’t even grasp yet.. perhaps dark matter? This might mean instantaneous communication between every human at the same time via thought.

In a side note, physicists have also invented an entanglement filter. The filter allows two protons through only if their states are the same. This observation supposedly does not change the state of the entangled photons.
via Quantum technologies move a step closer with the demonstration of an ‘entanglement’ filter.

For the first time, scientists have successfully teleported information between two separate atoms in unconnected enclosures a meter apart – a significant milestone in the global quest for practical quantum information processing.

“Our system has the potential to form the basis for a large-scale ‘quantum repeater’ that can network quantum memories over vast distances,” says group leader Christopher Monroe of JQI and UMD. “Moreover, our methods can be used in conjunction with quantum bit operations to create a key component needed for quantum computation.” A quantum computer could perform certain tasks, such as encryption-related calculations and searches of giant databases, considerably faster than conventional machines. The effort to devise a working model is a matter of intense interest worldwide.

via Long-Distance Teleportation Between Two Atoms: First between atoms 1 meter apart.

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Did our cosmos exist before the big bang?

Another article that explains how the universe might behave. It may act like an explosion that goes out really far and then contracts back only to explode again and go out. Keep in mind it never collapses all the way to the Planck density.

Now the universe according to LQC agreed brilliantly with general relativity when expansion was well advanced, while still eliminating the singularity at the big bang.

Did our cosmos exist before the big bang? – space – 10 December 2008 – New Scientist.

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