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Friday, June 05, 2009

Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion

This is a link to a google video of a talk by Dr. Robert Bussard in 2006. His group has achieved (momentary) "safe" nuclear fusion with a series of underfunded, unoptimized, incredibly simple reactors. The core of the simplest one was little more than a copper wire frame. They used what he calls "archaic" physics -- ideas from almost a century ago that are still accepted but no longer considered cutting-edge and thus unlikely fields for specialization and funding.
If it is ever funded to completion and put into production IECF has some exiting implications.
For those even remotely interested in science, energy, and particularly physics.
If you don't have much time, there's cool theory at the beginning, then some very interesting experimental results from minutes 39-48, followed by some less interesting parts and then some strongly stated implications from min 52-106.

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