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  •  LENR = (2+ / 0-)
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    polecat, DocGonzo

    Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, also known as Cold Fusion.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 07:55:22 AM PDT

    •  defkalion demonstration (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the reply Wee Mama, I am not sure whether to count this as a positive or negative reaction. Cold Fusion has been widely derided as junk science, but there is tons of data out there that tends to confirm its reality if you are willing to examine such

    •  Not Necessarily Fusion (1+ / 0-)
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      Actually, the point of "LENR" is that it's believed to be nuclear reactions, but the low energy doesn't necessarily indicate fusion. It's entirely possible what's happening is not fusion, but some other kind of reaction "catalyzed" by the materials used, that nets surplus energy but isn't quite fusion of two separate nuclei. Or if it is, the paths from the original nuclei to the resulting nucleas follow different sequences than previously understood.

      Or it's fake.

      That's science: until there's conclusive (or at least probabilistically comeplling) evidence disproving all other theories, we don't actually know what it is. It might be a mistake (by the presenters, or by the testers). Or it might be the future.

      I don't agree that progressives or DKos' users should all get excited on either a 5% chance LENR is practical, or even a ">90%" chance. I think enthusiasts and skeptics should be interested on that basis. I'm sure that without exhaustive testing, nobody should endorse it. Even if we don't understand how it's working, if it does work and it doesn't pose other unacceptable risks (eg. unmanageable radiation, unsustainable industrial scaling, etc), we should then all get very excited about it.

      Both for its potential to power our lives, and for its likely abuse as a weapon.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 11:05:10 AM PDT

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