Cold fusion experiment reproduced? Now what?
January 25, 2011 § 4 Comments
Hypothetically, near-room-temperature reactions in which two smaller nuclei join together to form a single larger nucleus while releasing large amounts of energy are possible. This hypothesis has been (maybe still is) highly controversial.
Reproducibility is one of the main principles of the scientific method, and it refers to the ability of a test or experiment to be accurately reproduced by someone else working independently. Attempts to replicate the Pons and Fleischmann experiment produced conflicting results. Until “now” that is. Italian scientists claim to have demonstrated cold fusion. And patented.
It looks like producing relatively nonpolluting fusion energy in quantity at any temperature is near. What is likely to happen?
Humans planning illusionary scenarios
June 4, 2006 § 3 Comments
A group of analysts generate scenario planning simulation games for policy makers. The games combine known facts about the future, such as in environmental, demographics, geography, military, political, social, and science issues, industrial information, and (limiting) resources such as mineral reserves, with plausible alternative trends which are key driving forces of the games.
It isn’t real. It is make-believe, pretend. If it isn’t real then why play these games?