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  •  Well, one thing's for sure, fusion needs to (7+ / 0-)

    get out of the box it's currently in. You've done about the best job of that I've seen since the polywell (anybody heard from that lately? I've googled it a time or two this year but got nothing new).

    I tried for about 2 years to come to grips with plasma physics at the U of Mich in 1975 and 76 before saying (insert cuss phrase of your choice here) and switching to mechanical engineering for my Master's. A lot of my motivation was strictly mathematical, but a lot of it was also the realization that nobody had any idea how many more plasma instability and consequent energy loss modes they would have to find and cure before they got anywhere near the temperature and density parameters they would need to start making even D-T fusion reactions go, much less make a working reactor that way.

    I probably won't live to see the rate of approach of working fusion reactors overcome our rate of recession from them, never mind an actual fusion reactor.

    Money? Maybe, if it can be made to spawn a lot of ideas quickly rather than just do more of what everybody else is doing.

    As for cusswords, I think George Carlin's immortal words shall stand. Don't say shit, piss, c**t, fuck, cocksucker, motherfucker, or tits on the radio. But go ahead and use them here, with appropriate use of asterisks (to reduce certain risks). And especially use tits if at all possible.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 10:19:20 AM PST

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