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    Wonder how long this is going to be "just around the corner"?
    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Scientists say they have achieved small-scale nuclear fusion in a tabletop experiment, using tried and true techniques that are expected to generate far less controversy than past such claims.

    This latest experiment relied on a tiny crystal to generate a strong electric field. While the energy created was too small to harness cheap fusion power, the technique could have potential uses in medicine, spacecraft propulsion, the oil drilling industry and homeland security, said Seth Putterman, a physicist at the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Putterman and his colleagues at UCLA, Brian Naranjo and Jim Gimzewski, report their results in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.</font>

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    Its been possible to build desktop fusion reactors for years. Philo T. Farnsworth after his work on television was engaged in fusion research utilizing devices called fusors. There are today various comercial versions that IIRC are marketed as Nuetron Generators for research purposes. At a later stage in his research he was being backed by ITT and they pulled the plug on the program just when some claim it was starting to show promise

    http://www.farnovision.com/chronicle...assilatos.html

    http://www.kronjaeger.com/hv-old/fusor/construction/
    Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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      "UCLA's Putterman said future experiments will focus on refining the technique for potential commercial uses, including designing portable neutron generators that could be used for oil well drilling..."

      Things that make you go hmmmm...

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        <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by hoffman:
        designing portable neutron generators that could be used for oil well drilling..."

        Things that make you go hmmmm...

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        That's just a clever way of getting the crude oil industry to embrace the the loaded shotgun that you've put in their mouth

        -Adrian


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