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Apr 30, 2019

Cold Fusion 25 Years Later

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, physics

Scientists discover source of clean, unlimited energy! In March 1989, the news rocked the world. Two respected chemists from the University of Utah: Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, told a receptive media they had solved the biggest physics problem of the atomic age. Their compelling claims of room-temperature nuclear fusion in a jar were cast as the solution to the world’s colliding environmental and energy crises.

The meltdown hit just weeks later when the claim was nuked by mainstream scientists who couldn’t reproduce their results and were unsatisfied with the team’s explanations. The cold fusion field has been on ice ever since. Whether considered a scandal, a screw-up, or a scientific character assassination by hot fusion advocates, the cold fusion episode is a case study for those who caution against the “science of wishful thinking.”

On the 25th anniversary of the rise and fall of cold fusion, its close cousin, low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) science, is still on the fringe but simmering anew. Here’s a look back and a look ahead at a field that always gets a reaction.

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Apr 30, 2019

Here’s What the Speed of Light Looks Like in Slow Motion

Posted by in category: futurism

What does the speed of light look like? CalTech researchers built the world’s fastest camera to find out.

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Apr 30, 2019

Dark Matter BREAKTHROUGH: Mystery substance ‘EXISTS’ and explains 90% of the universe

Posted by in categories: cosmology, innovation

DARK MATTER is not a hypothetical substance but is real and is a fundamental building block of the universe, according to a shocking new study.

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Apr 30, 2019

Fossil of 85-foot blue whale is largest ever discovered

Posted by in category: futurism

The marine giant lived about 1.5 million years ago, suggesting that blue whales started bulking up much earlier than thought.

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Apr 30, 2019

The Microbots Are on Their Way

Posted by in categories: electronics, neuroscience

Tiny sensors with tinier legs, stamped out of silicon wafers, could one day soon help fix your cellphone battery or study your brain.

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Apr 30, 2019

Sleep Drugs Like Ambien Will Get a New FDA Warning About Potentially Fatal Side Effects

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The Food and Drug Administration is forcing certain sleep drugs to carry a deadly serious warning about the rare, frightening side effects they can cause. The side effects, which have reportedly caused serious injuries and even deaths, include sleepwalking and other intricate behaviors done while a person is sleeping or not fully awake, like driving and cooking.

The new black box warning—the strictest label used by the FDA to denote potentially life-threatening side effects—will apply to three drugs commonly used for insomnia and sold under various brand names. They are eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien, among other names). In addition to the warning, people will also be told to stop or avoid using these drugs if they’ve ever experienced these symptoms.

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Apr 30, 2019

A Novel Liquid Battery Could Hold Potential For Unlimited Energy Storage

Posted by in category: energy

Giant tanks filled with a liquid solution are offering a novel way to create a battery with unlimited capacity.

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Apr 30, 2019

New ‘Superman’ crystals can store data for billions of years

Posted by in category: computing

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way of storing digital data inside tiny structures contained in glass.

The storage technology is so stable and safe that it can survive for billions of years, scientists at the University of Southampton said this week.

That’s a lot longer than your average computer hard drive.

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Apr 30, 2019

The potential of plasma wakefield acceleration

Posted by in category: particle physics

Scientists around the world are testing ways to further boost the power of particle accelerators while drastically shrinking their size.

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Our best model of particle physics explains only about 5 percent of the universe.

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Apr 30, 2019

Is the Promise of Cold Fusion Still Worth Waiting For?

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Ever since the 1989 debacle, cold fusion has been a byword for “junk science”—and cold fusion research has been anathema, tantamount to scientific suicide. Still, some quiet pioneers have continued the research, albeit under a changed name: LENR, or “low-energy nuclear reactions.” The jury’s still out on whether their methods will prove successful, but the race for inexhaustible “cold” fusion is definitely heating up.

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