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  • Monty

    Mats Lewan updated an entry in his blog:

    The patent link is now available


  • georgehants

    I am very happy we agree on intent, far more important than disagreeing on means.

  • georgehants

    Roger, no sarcasm, that is in your imagination, I replied openly to your reply regarding the word “should” and instead of answering my clear point you have chosen to simply incorrectly attack me in this reply.
    I am used to your strange ways where you need to attack any call to help care for others.
    It takes all kinds.

  • georgehants

    cashmemorz, All agreed totally, we can only use any power of free speech to vocalize and try to get our leaders to lead to better things for all.

    you say ——
    “Its all in our hands”
    Silence achieves nothing, so it depends
    how many voices speak.
    Thank you for joining the call.

  • georgehants

    Roger you are a likable old bird, below you tell me you disagree with my “way” by 180 degrees then you have just put up a comment exactly like mine.
    Second you shout every time I use the word “should” and you have just used it in your comment.

  • Gerald
    • cashmemorz

      Hydrogen has been the “promise” as an alternative to fossil fuels for decades and we still have very little of it being used. One proposal is to use excess power from photo-voltaics to electrolyze water into hydrogen and oxygen. I don’t understand the part “when you have too much power from solar
      voltaics.” When does that ever happen? There is so little of it
      currently, compared to Fossil fuel power and power from PV is all used
      up whenever it is available. That is the way it works in order to get
      away from FF. until the time in a few decades, there is more than
      enough PV in the grid. That seems to be a long ways off. As long as the
      sun is visible, it seems to me, all the power produced by PV , is
      going into the grid. When there is not enough sunlight to convert to
      electricity via PV, then back up FF has to be used. I can’t see that
      PV will soon be in excess of what is demanded. Will there be times when
      FF is used instead of PV even if the sun is out. That is not sensible
      except in unusual circumstances. According to that excess PV for “other” uses is a rarity and not
      much worth investing. After all, if PV is available for other uses, why would it not be used for primary use of displacing FF to power industry and homes before it is used for hydrogen production. If hydrogen were produced at the same time as PV electricity is required for all other uses, then that production of hydrogen gets expensive. Anybody see when PV can ever be be in excess within the
      next few years?

      Its easy to promise but getting the economics and goals of displacing FF work against using PV for producing hydrogen. Not just from water but other sources as well.

      This whole hydrogen “promise” seems just out of reach if only…

  • georgehants

    BBC News
    The world’s eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the 3.6bn
    people who make up the poorest half of the world, according to Oxfam.
    In spite of spectacular strides in science and technology, and
    still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a
    sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our
    scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become
    materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have
    learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we
    have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.
    Martin Luther King

    • AlainCo

      hum. bad statistics as usual

      most of wealth is hot air, poorest are from rich countries with debt.

      there are problems, but it is more complex than stated.

      problem is also that poors have assets that are not recognized.

      As De Soto explains, unlike most people from riche countries, poors from many emerging countries get half of their income from their often informal capital.

      about huge wealth, imagine the value of google if the founders sell them ?
      so price is pure virtual.

      • georgehants

        One can argue the details as much as one wants if it makes you feel better and it will not alter the indisputable point that many suffer from inequality, poverty etc. in this World.
        One either cares and thinks things should change or one does not.

        • bachcole

          The only “shoulds” that I bother about are the ones I apply to myself. Applying them to other people is an unloving act.

          • georgehants

            So you disagree that other people “should” not harm your children.
            Good thinking

    • bachcole

      I knew that copy was too good for georgehants. Be that as it may, both he and I agree with it 1000%. I see no blame or pretended solutions, simply a bare statement of fact, and fact it is as far as I can see. However, I notice that georgehants, bachcole and others have awakened enough to see that it is true for the most part in the “popular” world. Our popular idols are for the most part moral and spiritual losers if not lepers. Our most vehement critics, ISIS, are part of the problem, thinking that killing and torturing innocent people is somehow sanctioned by God. Young people have their noses stuck in cell phones. The Kardashians get more press than brave people or honest people or compassion/responsible people.

      • georgehants

        Roger, your reply is difficult to decipher could you clarify a little please.

    • BillH

      Unfortunately you would have to dig a lot deep to make any sense of those figures. But, suppose we take Mr Ortega’s $65Bn and liquidate all his assets, put how many hundred thousand employees and shareholders out of work or money, We then divide that $65Bn among 3.6Bn and give then about $20 each. How long does that change the World for? a week, a month? That’s the enormity of the problem, we have far to go.

      • georgehants

        BillH, from small acorns great Oaks grow.
        Where there is a will there is a way.
        “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
        Charles Dickens

  • sam
  • sam

    Who is skyjacker DB Cooper? Amateur sleuths make breakthrough after FBI quits 45-year investigation

  • Veblin

    The Always Open Thread is for anything so here goes a little local to my area interest story that has nothing to do with what is usually here.

    The 5th District Eagles Cancer Telethon is the longest-running locally operated telethon in the country. It is now in it’s 63rd year. That is longer than Veblin has been around.

    Last year’s telethon took in $1,040,759 — the second year over $1 million — and distributed those funds to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Hormel Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.
    What: 63rd Eagles Cancer Telethon
    When: 8 p.m. CST Saturday January 14, through 4 p.m. CST Sunday January 15, 2017
    Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester Minnesota.

    LIVE STREAM – because you are looking for something to watch – LIVE STREAM.

    • bachcole

      If I had $10 billion, and I knew what I know now and see what I see now, I would bend over backward to make sure that not one penny of my money went to any kind of mainstream reductionistic medical research, especially any kind of mainstream conventional cancer research. I would, however, knock myself out to give to selected holistic health researchers and any effort to promote holistic health.

  • sam
  • artefact

    PBS Space Time

    The EM Drive: Fact or Fantasy? | Space Time

  • sam
  • Ciaranjay
    For those who appreciate such things, an example of experiment confounding theory.
    Back to the drawing board chaps.

  • Veblin

    Falls Church News-Press
    The Great Energy Transition: Thoughts on the SunCell
    By Tom Whipple

  • Veblin

    January 10, 2017
    ‘Hey Bill Nye, Is Cold Fusion Possible?’
    Video and Transcript

    Bill talks stupid off the top of his head. Confusing phasers with fusors. Confusing hot and cold fusion (LENR) which he thinks is hot fusion at room temperature. And knowing nothing about Fleischmann and Pons other than something happened in Utah about 25 years ago.

  • sam
  • georgehants

    3D graphene is lighter than steel but ten times stronger
    Yes, that is almost an oxymoron but almost a material scientists’ dream
    come true. A material that has 10 times the strength of steel, one of
    the hardest man-made materials, and yet also just 5% of its density. But
    that is precisely what researchers at MIT might have just accomplished
    by taking graphene, believed to be the strongest materials in existence,
    and forming it into a structure that resembles a coral more than a bar
    of steel.