Monthly Archives: February, 2013

Moving the Site

Just a quick housekeeping item:  In order to enable editable comments and because my ad free buy at wordpress.com expires this month, I will move the hosting of this blog.  Wordpress.com offers redirection at a reasonable price, so if everything goes to plan you will not notice much of a difference when coming to this blog, other than that comments will be editable like they used to be on ECN.

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Food for Thought (if you want to believe)

Peter Gluck lays out the up-hill struggle that LENR is facing, based on the premise that the physics holds up.  If you a hard-core sceptic this will of course appear like a long-winded rationalization of the dismal state of affairs with regards to the commercialization of this technology . (h/t spacegoat)

Mea Culpa – spam filter was acting up

My apologizes to all who commented here recently and then had the comments disappear.  The spam filter was acting up and suppressed many comments from ECN regulars.  I restored them all now.

Update: Frank pointed out that his comments started being filtered out at the same time across multiple blogs. Here is what I suspect happened:

If an admin on any WordPress site, rather than deleting your comments, marked them as spam, then this feeds back into the Askimet database. (Askimet being the spam filter software owned and operated by the WordPress makers). Hence you’d be automatically filtered at every WordPress site that has this spam filter enabled (the default setting).

It is one thing to disallow some comments on your own blog, but marking something as spam, when it is not, has wider repercussions and is significantly more sinister.

George H. Miley’s Vision

Too bad that the Dick Smith price expired.  This brain child of George H. Miley seem almost custom designed to pass the Dick Smith test with flying colors. He is entering the commercial LENR field with a bold vision for a LENR reactor, as has been reported at the various LENR sites (e.g. here were I stole above schematics).

So is this finally a serious contender, or just the latest attempt to get some investor money before the LENR believer bubble deflates?

LENR – Call for the Best Papers

Incendiary to conventional wisdom, but also real?

Update:  This overview of the field by Ed Storms presents what he obviously regards as the best LENR work.

Where there is lots of smoke, there isn’t necessarily a “new fire” (the latter a term Rossi emphatically embraced).  The failure of the (supposedly) commercial players to meet a single self-imposed deadline is certainly not helping the field, especially since many of it top proponents haven’t shied away from embracing Rossi.

So where does this leave this (still mostly ignored) fringe science? Any news that mainstream physics’ certainties are less well established than previously believed, e.g. such as the size of the proton, may give LENR enthusiasts hope. They may also take heart in the fact that an US Air Force report on Advanced Launch Concepts mentions LENR.  But in the end all this matters little if unusual LENR effects cannot be rigorously established through repeatable experiments.

To me one of the best aspects of ECN was detailed discussions of LENR papers in the comment sections.  My own limited experimental experiences consist of twenty year old mandatory lab time while pursuing my physics degree, and so it was very instructive to hear from commenters who apparently have quite a bit more experience in this regard.  So I invite anybody who still holds out on LENR to submit what experiments and papers they found most convincing.  My favorites are still Iwamura’s efforts, but I am aware that his papers are rather flawed as they don’t seem to properly account for the null hypothesis.

As to all the papers describing a heat effect, what I would really like to see is a comparison with the theoretical entropic heat that you’d expect if there was no abnormal effect.  Given todays computing powers, numerical simulations (e.g. this thesis paper for hydrogen gas loading) are not cost prohibitive and would go a long way to establish a proper baseline.

If there was a LENR paper out there, that goes this extra mile I’d be happy to learn about it.

And Another Milestone Passed …

Ecantnews regular, Frank, brought this to our attention:

The Dick Smith prize has expired yesterday, and nobody (Rossi, Defkalion, Celani, MFMP, Swartz, no one of Rossi’s secret clients …) has claimed the 1 Million. 

Another regular poster, i.e. DSM, set up Dick’s site and expressed at one point that he had high hopes that somebody would have come forward, but in the end Dick can keep his money and prove a point.