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Dr. Matthew Moynihan, Tuesday, 5-26-15 May 27, 2015

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Dr. Matthew Moynihan, Tuesday, 5-26-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2480-BWB-2015-05-26.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. Matthew Moynihan.  Topics:  Polywell fusion and an overview of fusion progress & fusion companies.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

 

We welcomed Dr. Matthew Moynihan to the program to discuss the Polywell and the fusion industry and progress.  In the first segment of our 1 hour 48 minute discussion, we opened up talking about fusors and the Polywell, plus the work of Dr. Bussard re the Polywell and more.   Also, note that Dr. Moynihan mentioned several organizations, individuals and companies during the show for which he will post a blog comment with specific links to those he mentioned.  If you are so inclined, do follow up on his list of contacts regarding fusion.  Our early discussion of fusors also led to a discussion about amateur fusion and the fact that 13 and 14 year old students have created fusion in their homes.  He provided us with the details of these science faire winning experiments, how to get information about doing this, and the criteria used to determine if fusion happened.  At various times during our discussion, he mentioned Carl Greninger and his high school fusion program.  For more information, visit http://lobby.nwnc.us.com/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Home.aspx.  Dr. Moynihan went into detail about the Polywell but he also mentioned alternative fusion efforts.  He did explain the technology behind the Polywell, trapping diamagnetic plasma and much more.  Our guest suggested that we might want to view the talk given at Microsoft by Dr. Park which you can find by searching for “Microsoft Hosts The Polywell.” Listeners asked several questions including one that asked him to compare the Polywell and other alternative fusion efforts to the ITER and also to the work being done regarding the large Tokamak reactors.  Tim emailed in a question asking about the Skunkworks Compact Fusion Reactor.  Other listeners asked about VASIMIR and a potential fusion rocket.  Rita asked why fission was supposed to be more dangerous than fusion.  Later, a Mom emailed in saying her son was listening and asking about his doing a fusion experiment in their home. She wanted to know how safe it was to do these experiments. Her question was followed by one asking about needing permits and complying with various regulations to do a fusor experiment.  Toward the end of the segment, as a result of another listener question, Matt provided us with a timeline of fusion progress & challenges since the 1950s.

 

In the second segment, Matt talked about solar energy as a result of a set of questions from Tim.  As you will hear, using solar or any other type of energy does not have to be an either or proposition.  Tim also asked Matt about the Joint European Torus which Matt discussed in some detail.  More was said about amateur fusion & students using their own initiative to find out about these projects and to pursue them. Midway in this segment, Matt addressed two companies and their success so far, Phoenix Nuclear Labs and their associated company, Shine Medical Technologies.  In the context of these two companies, he talked about using neutron generators to make molybdenum-99 for medical radioisotopes and selling them on the commercial market.  In the remaining time, he talked about other companies and commercial efforts regarding the emerging fusion industry.  In summarizing his comments, he stressed that the Polywell was a research  concept with arguments both against it and in support of it.  He repeated that we needed to try & keep trying regarding the Polywell research.  Near the end, a listener asked if a crowdfunding venture could finance Polywell or other fusion projects.  We talked about the crowdfunding potential and I looked up the largest, most successful crowdfunding ventures to date.  You might be surprised by what I found out about the crowdfunding potential.  Make sure you visit The Polywell Blog operated by Matt (www.thepolywellblog.com).

 

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Dr. Edmund Storms, Friday, 1-18-13 January 19, 2013

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Dr. Edmund Storms, Friday, 1-18-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1932-BWB-2013-01-18.mp3

Guest: Dr. Edmund Storms.  Topics: Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) updates, cold fusion theory and more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.  We welcomed back Dr. Edmund Storms to update us on progress being made in the field of cold fusion (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions or LENR).  Websites of interest relating to this discussion are www.lenr.org, http://research.missouri.edu/iccf18/index for the upcoming University of Missouri ICC18 LENR conference, and www.ecatworld.com.  Dr. Storms started out with a brief summary of the cold fusion research history through current times, including the latest on the Andreas Ross E-Cat device.  He had much to say about Rossi’s E-Cat, explaining why he thought Rossi had a “tiger by the tail!”  We discussed LENR work around the world as many scientists, engineers, and nations are working to make LENR replicable and to fully understand the theory by which cold fusion works.  Evidently, there is still not a good understanding of the process.  Dr. Storms talked about the need for a proof and said much more information was needed to make sense of it all.  Dr. Storms also mentioned that the U.S. Patent office typically does not grant patents in this area though there have been a few exceptions over the years.

     In the second segment, Ricardo called and mentioned that today the European Patent Office had granted Francesco Paintelli a patent on his LENR process.  You can read about this patent at www.e-catworld.com/2013/01/european-patent-granted-for-francesco-piantellis-lenr-process. Pooley sent in a note about gamma rays & neturons and said that did not apply to LENR but understood the difficulty traditional science had in understanding this fact.  Dr. Storms discussed the patent and this process, then talked about the upcoming University of Missouri ICC18 LENR Conference in July 2013 (see the above URL).  During this segment, we talked about the criticism levied at LENR research by other scientists, institutions, and sometimes governments.  We talked about funding issues, the challenges for LENR to get traditional funding through grants from government and academia, and the fact that most LENR funding comes in from private sources.  Dr. Storms provided us with some comparisons to the LENR research process, one being the perfection of the transistor. It’s a fascinating story you will want to hear.  Near the end of the program, Dr. Storms talked about his plans to change his research focus depending on the success of LENR research in 2013.  He connected the dots with the U.S. and global economic problems to R&D investment from all sources and explained to us how that was influencing his own future research plans.

     Please post your comments/questions for Dr. Storms on The Space Show blog above.  You can email Dr. Storms through me.

Dr. Edmund Storms, Sunday, 1-8-12 January 8, 2012

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Dr. Edmund Storms, Sunday, 1-8-12

Cold Fusion/LENR

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1685-BWB-2012-01-08.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Edmund Storms.  Topics:  Cold Fusion or Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) today.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  We welcomed Dr. Edmund Storms to the program for a nearly two comprehensive discussion on LENR or as it is more commonly referred to, cold fusion.  Dr. Storms started us out with the history of cold fusion dating back to Pons and Fleischman on through to today.  He also explained why there is now a renewed interest in the field.  Jumping forward to today, Dr. Storms talked about Andrea Rossi and his E-Cat cold fusion device and demonstration, plus his special reactor units.  For more information, check out these sites: www.lenr.org, and the YouTube sites listed here:  www.lenr-canr.org/news.htm.  While Dr. Storms provided us with the basics, it was his response to listener questions and phone calls that allowed us to dig deeper into the potential of LENR.  Our program was devoted to exploring, understanding, and evaluating where the LENR field is today and what risks and challenges lie  ahead before the observed phenomena is understood and can be commercialized.  Dr. Storm talked about being able to replicate science but often in the early days when the research is not well understood, replication might be challenging.  He also talked about the difference with scientific observation of experiments and scientific replication.  Several of the listeners and callers went into detail with Dr. Storms. For example, John’s call from Atlanta inquired about quantum tunneling. Charles R. called in a few times with very technical questions, including asking about the Widom-Larsen Theory Portal (http://newenergytimes.com/v2/sr/WL/WLTheory.shtml#4step).  In the second segment, our friend Charles Pooley called in as a skeptic to debate cold fusion as being real, dismissing the observations and research across the board.  I know you will find this short “debate” interesting. Throughout the show, listeners wanted to know about the potential application and use of a Rossi device in the U.S., both in our homes or as part of the power supplied by utility companies.  We also talked about the broader uses for cold fusion in the less regulated third world.  In the second segment, our guest was asked about Andrea Rossi and his track record, plus his effort to commercialize, patent, and sell Rossi devices.  Later we talked about funding opportunities for LENR research, the lack of available funding from traditional sources such as NSF, and the paradigm shift required from traditionalists to realize that cold fusion may involve different processes from the well understood nuclear reaction process.  In fact, you will hear several listeners resist seeing this in a vastly different light and we talked about this during our program.  As you will hear, much research is needed to understand cold fusion and to validate its potential, especially its commercial potential. At this time, there is good research being done by credible scientists.  When asked what we should look for, Dr. Storm directed us to follow the reviewed literature and news accounts on www.lenrr.org and the links provided on that site.  This brief summary only touches upon what we discussed today.  Post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog URL above.  You can also follow the contact instructions on http://www.lenr.org.

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