Looking for Heat Launches Webstore to Supply Needs of LENR Researchers (Press Release)

The following is a press release from Looking for Heat

WANT TO JOIN THE GENTLE SCIENTISTS?

The Gentleman Farmer. ‘A man whose wealth or income from other sources permits him to farm for pleasure, rather than for basic income. – From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Have you ever thought about joining the small band of pioneer investigators seeking to explore and develop the many pathways to cheap clean energy that LENR offers? If you have, you know that it is difficult and expensive to begin from scratch. It’s time someone made the essential items simple and cheaper to access. Well known LENR blogger Dr. Bob and I have spent the last three months and many long hours creating a new company which does exactly that. On the 1st of March we are launching Looking For Heat – the world’s first webstore devoted to supplying the needs of LENR scientists working independently. As well as a good stock of hard to find hardware and chemicals there is something very special.

We are offering the world’s first bench-top LENR test and demonstration system. We call it the ‘Model T’ – because like Henry Ford’s famous Tin Lizzie it is simple and reliable.
But first, let’s tell you why we decided to do it.

THE TRAP – A CASE STUDY.

Any Saturday my good friend, a well-known physicist, might put his golfing clothes on and – with golf bag on display – go to his University physics lab ‘in disguise’ to work on a pet and private LENR project. ‘When will you publish?’ I asked him over a beer. He gave me a wry smile, shook his head, and said ‘Almost everyone who works in the LENR field is either retired, dead, or works for Google. I don’t want to be any of those just yet, thank you, I’m staying under the radar.’

He fits the description in the subtitle above perfectly. Saturdays and Sundays he really is a ‘gentleman scientist’, working in his own time, for his own pleasure. In this way respectable tenured academics, gainfully employed in our great institutions can avoid the hideous reputation trap that LENR now represents. It is very sad but they do it to avoid puzzled looks and sly giggles from colleagues who suspect them of having ‘lost it’.

SCIENCE IS NOT ‘JUST FOR SCIENTISTS’ – LET’S TAKE IT BACK

Most of those funded or employed to conduct scientific experiments have been trained in traditional ways. This means perhaps 10 years of study and training after leaving high school. Such formal and intensive professional training equips those with access to the required resources to become successful scientists.

But we contend that informally trained individuals of all ages can also make a huge contribution to our scientific knowledge. Often described as “citizen scientists”, many members of the general public have lightened the burden of academic researchers, particularly those involved in big data projects like SETI. Ordinary people have helped such projects by identifying anomalous radio signals, distant galaxies, monitoring global weather and climate changes — usually and typically without payment or proper acknowledgement. The organisers of these projects tend to describe the volunteer networks they construct in terms which mainly describe how smart they were to think of using free labour.

This habit of limiting the role of non-academics to anonymous data-collector or passive data-processing ‘cogs in the machine’ denies them op-portunities to suggest their own ideas for experiments, or contribute to the interpretation of outcomes. It is our belief –- based on observation — that this group includes many ‘gentleman (or gentlewoman) scientists’ – let’s just call them ‘Gentles’ — people asking their own scientific questions, with the will and the wish to seek answers for themselves.

Our gentle scientists, perhaps working in a garage or other domestic set-ting, won’t always fit the academic mould, but nevertheless want to under-stand more about the stuff our universe is made from. Hopefully, though sadly not always, they apply the same methodology as the white-coated guys at MIT. But they are all important.

IT’S HARD TO BUILD AND STOCK A LABORATORY.

When it comes to LENR research we have found that a gentle scientist faces many obstacles, especially the problem of obtaining supplies. For example, buying hardware and many of the chemicals used in a typical small-scale LENR experiment in reasonable quantities is often difficult and ex-pensive. Not many garage labs need a kilo of Nano-Nickel or as much as a gram of Palladium Deuteride. Incidentally the current cost of PdD is around $4,000 per gram according to one source!

But getting small amounts of even non-exotic materials can be impossible. This situation is made more complex because some suppliers –- Sigma Aldrich for example -– really only want to supply account customers like universities or corporations. Other companies willing to supply private individuals may demand anything up to 10X the regular price for specialist chemicals. There’s something a little fishy going on there!

By undertaking extensive research we at Looking For Heat have developed strong contacts with serious suppliers, and hold stocks of almost anything you might want, ready to send anywhere in the world at sensible prices. You can do serious research without being a billionaire. For example, several decades ago, Stanley Milgram tested his ideas on the ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ using little more than a bunch of postcards.

While ‘big science’ has tended to become even bigger since the 60’s, in some ways it’s easier to create small scale experiments that would at one time have filled Brookhaven Laboratory. It isn’t just computers that got smaller. But to a large extent it’s improved computers and the amazing data and software resources of the web that enable researchers to leverage a tiny budget in astonishing ways. We like to compare the current state of LENR research with the early days of radio. LENR is not just the stunted love-child of physics, but a whole new scientific landscape. And like radio in the pioneering days of Marconi, there is unexplored territory for amateurs to investigate and explain.

ETHICAL AND SAFETY ISSUES.

Recently crowd-funded science projects have begun to attract interest from academic scientists and – because of this interest – just occasionally the mainstream press. There are several reasons for this change; one being that there is a shrinking number of grants and permanent research posts available even to established academics. But for other projects, there would seem to be no other way to raise cash. This can be the case for some very good causes, like this appeal for $500k in funding to help prevent the total extinction of the white Rhinoceros.https://www.gofundme.com/makearhino

Scientific experiments like this are difficult to do without institutional or corporate support and a good budget. But what about crowd-funding risky stuff? Projects involving animal or human subjects, deadly toxins or high-energy radiation could pose real dangers.

For example, CRISPR/Cas9 – which offers the promise of simple kitchen table gene editing – is beginning to be recognised as a subject area that needs careful watching. The possibility of editing yeast genes to produce psychoactive drugs is just one ‘problem’ issue that has entered the public domain. An escaped strain of such a yeast capable of living in the human bowel – as other yeasts can- might send us all on a permanent trip!
So, legal checks and balances will always be essential for scientific projects, but perhaps the law might have to become less insistent on traditional academic settings for research.

At Looking For Heat we have pondered the risks involved in carrying out LENR research in a home workshop. Hardly any human activity is without risk of course, crossing the road, using a step-ladder or making jam are all risky activities. That said, we offer safety equipment and information to help keep you safe where we think it necessary. Consider all the risks for any experiment before you carry it out. Be safe and learn.

DIG THE DATA MINE AT ‘LOOKING FOR HEAT’

Now that computers and the web have given even ‘Joe the Plumber’ the power to collect and analyse data, and more importantly to share and discuss it with other interested people, new virtual spaces and facilities like our start-up www.LookingForHeat.com are needed. And we are not just selling widgets, an integral part of our mission is to generate funding for our own open-source research program, and to fund others making the same journey.

We have designed our business to accommodate and support researchers working in non-traditional settings. We hope and expect that over the next few years there will be an increase in the number of scientific discoveries made by informally trained “gentle scientists” of all ages and backgrounds. Previously unheard voices, all of them adding to our knowledge base. Their contribution -maybe your contribution – could be valuable, our planet desperately need fearless and original thinkers.

Doctor Bob and all our helpers at Looking For Heat want to share the knowledge we have gained so far, and we would like all our clients and followers to share their findings too. Secrets are best kept in plain sight. Together we can begin to crowd-source answers to the biggest problem man-kind faces – how to lower energy costs and as a result make our planet cleaner, greener and more prosperous.

Alan Smith
[email protected]

Cold Fusion Kit Looking For Heat

  • Alan Smith

    Thanks Simon. Slow reply, I have been buried in the workshop and writing documentation in between. Thanks for the tip. As for the big lab-supply companies, thieving beggars!

  • Simon Derricutt

    Nice shop Alan! It’s worth noting that Abd Lomax did kits for Pd:D codeposition a while back and may have sources that may be useful. His website did not inspire confidence, but was workable. The lab-supply companies charge silly numbers for individuals (maybe also for bigger customers) so your prices are very welcome.

  • Mats002

    I presume this setup allows for measure both lightning (radiation in expected spectra/intensity) and thunder (heat difference), no calorimetry is needed, at least I would accept such a result if it can be repeated several times including swaps of cores and radiation meters.

    • Alan Smith

      Hi Mats. Sorry for such a slow reply – we are working on ‘tried and tested’ fuel cores to sell alongside our kits. Have had successes, but too patchy as yet. We currently testing the old Focardi/Rossi Nickel pretreatment system. No delivery date as yet – but you ask about the price? Can’t say exactly, but for ‘the impossible’ it will be very reasonable.

  • Observer

    The people who think they know what they are doing are shorting Tesla. If you believe in Rossi’s E-Cat X you should wait for Tesla to drop $100 a share then buy in. Electric Cars will no longer have a range problem when they can continuously re-charge.

    • bachcole

      Observer, you are under arrest.

      You should have said “”you should keep a close eye on Tesla.” not “you should wait for Tesla to drop $100 a share then buy in.” You gave investment advice.

      (:->)

  • Warthog

    Good luck. Sourcing small lots of “odd” stuff IS quite difficult. Once upon a time, there was “Small Parts, Inc.”, at which a researcher could by tiny lots of a gigantic variety of “odd” but research-useful items. I used it for years and years. And then it was bought out by Amazon, who applied the “beancounter 80/20 rule”, and dropped the stuff that only sold slowly. And thereby destroyed the real usefulness of SPI. Things I had been able to get with no problem were no longer available.

    FORTUNATELY, many of the “big lot” houses have gotten into “web sales”, where one “can” often buy small lots of odd stuff, but still not the “one-stop-shop” that SPI had been.

    • Alan Smith

      Too true -and too sad. In London’s Tottenham Court Road there used to be a ‘Proops Brother’s’ shop where you could buy almost anything as long as it was unusual. Surgical instruments, periscope lenses, radio valves – it was a veritable treasure house. Proops is still ‘on-line’ – but now the stock is much more mundane and IMHO poorer for it.

  • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

    Just an idea inspired by Pr Songsheng report, and the controversy around, as with Parkhomov and MFMP.

    there is a need for a good calorimeter, like the one Edmund Storms have developed .

    No need to implement LENR, but just a good,calibrated, self-checking, auto recalibrating, auto-logging, redundent TC,

    • Alan Smith

      Hi Alain. I will be publishing research notes on our Model T reactor soon. My rationale behind this design is that there is no need for calorimetry. There is always space for a control and a test sample – each in an environment as similar as we can make it. Heater coils are a matched pair, fed in series – same watts to both. Calibration is straightforward and can cover a huge range of temperatures.The signal lies on the difference between the temperature of the two.reactor spaces – and if you wish you can swap over test and control without powering down the reactor.

      Your point about Geigers is well taken – by this weekend we will have (hopefully) finalised a deal to offer a reasonable-priced Japanese-made Geiger with LCD read-out capable of detecting Gammas, Betas and X-rays. This can be stand alone or hooked into one of out data-loggers. All good fun!

      • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

        There is need for calorimetry anyway, but I imagine you say that rough calorimetry by comparison is enough.

        I’m not convinced, but i’m not the client.
        comparing two reactors may not be so convincing, because even identical reactors may suffer from different events, like phase transitions, leaks, dysfunctions, which may be unrelated to LENR…
        however making parts in volume helps to have really identical clones… good point for you.

        Look at the cheap Seebeck Calorimeter that ed Storms have described in an older paper (I put it on L-F)… it is only many TC put regularly on a well designed box, with outside stabilized temp bath…
        Air flow, water flow, servo-stabilized or not, are other options.

        • Mats002

          If the setup allows to measure both lightning (radiation in expected spectra/intensity) and thunder (heat difference), no calorimetry is needed, at least I would accept such a result if it can be repeated several times including swaps of cores and radiation meters.

    • http://www.russgeorge.net/ russ george

      the problem with Ed’s Seebeck is that if the power is more than a watt or few it can’t handle it. A white hot e-cat would vapourize the calorimeter.

      • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

        of course the design should be adapted, maybe just scaled, to expected power and to temperature.
        JP Biberian have similar problem to adapt his flow calorimeter to above 1000C.

        the idea is simple, but the making is the key.

  • Alan Smith

    We are aware of the ‘blood diamond’ problem (and related matters) of course, and cannot possibly guarantee that everything we offer to supply has no ethically problematic content. But we really do try. Apply can’t do it, Samsung can’t do it, Adidas and Reebok can’t do it either so the chances of a tiny business being able to do it are – sadly – slim.

  • Alan Smith

    There’s a thought! But ours will be a narrow-gauge railroad with no parlour cars. It’s about the science, not the money, If it was just money we wanted I could think of many easier ways to make it.

  • http://www.animpossibleinvention.com/ Mats Lewan

    Great idea Alan and Samuel (Bob). Hope this will help many ‘gentle scientists’.

    • Alan Smith

      Thanks Mats. See you at the Stockholm Symposium I hope.

  • Bob Greenyer

    Nice Job Alan!

  • psi2u2

    Terrific idea. Best of luck.

  • Mats002

    I browsed through the store, a lot of goodies and agree with questions below that some more things is welcomed.

    I wonder how to measure soft x/gamma? Do you have plans for some DIY meter made with PV and gaffa tape -ish thing?

    • Alan Smith

      Hi Mats. We will be offering a very reasonably priced beta/gamma/x-ray detector sourced from a small Japanese supplier soon. Looks to us like the best deal on the market- some others are scarily priced.

  • builditnow

    Good idea, your supply store could help to get more experiments running.
    Your “Model-T” is at an affordable price point for the beginners.

  • nietsnie

    Very Gilbert Chemistry set-ee. I’m torn though. On the one hand it is terrific that supplies for experimenters will be available in one place, and for reasonable prices. On the other hand I note that potentially very deadly chemicals will apparently be available to the Sunday mechanic. I fear the ease of acquisition will mean that someone will die.

    • Alan Smith

      You can buy weedkiller and cigarettes almost anywhere. I don’t think we add much in the way of risk – there are toxic chemicals for sure- but not ‘very deadly’.

      • nietsnie

        Yes, and you can buy muriatic acid at the hardware store – and guns at Walmart. Potential danger surrounds us. Average people already know about the dangers and proper handling of weed killer and cigarettes. Maybe I’m over-reacting. I’m not trying to rain on your parade. But, I note that you do not sell glove boxes (disposable or otherwise) or nitrogen gas on your site. Some would consider those, or their alternatives, to be requirements when using LiAlH. Their omission on an ‘everything you need’ site might lead the casually curious to believe they’re not absolutely necessary.

        • Alan Smith

          Glove boxes are big items to ship- and easy to make from beer coolers – available in most counties. We don’t sell bottled gas because you cannot legally ship compressed gases overseas without a whole lot of red tape and high costs. – but disposable Argon mini-bottles are available everywhere – because of the widespread use of TIG welders. .. I might put up a video about making a glove-box from a cooler though- good idea.

          Muriatic Acid, eh? Haven’t heard it called that for a log time!

          • nietsnie

            I think you have a great idea there.

          • nietsnie

            Interestingly, at least here, they don’t call it hydrochloric at the hardware store. It’s always muriatic. It’s sold as a tile grout cleaner.

    • dionsius john

      It is a fact of life that ppl. die every day… What right do YOU have to Piss in their Cheerios and prevent them from doing as they will provided they do no harm?

      • nietsnie

        Not sure what you’re getting at but I agree with you that people die every day. That does not prevent most of us, generally, from trying to reduce the number who do – most especially from naive mistakes.

        I don’t know who you have spoken with, but it’s a lie. I have never urinated in anyone’s breakfast cereal. Nor can I imagine a scenario in which I would. I would go so far as to say that I find the very idea repugnant.

        Finally, as to whether preventing people from doing what they want to do because there is a reasonable eventuality that they may harm themselves in the process can be considered a reasonable societal goal – I would submit as precedent: the limitation of access to prescription drugs for the layman; the California law preventing those under 16 from riding a hoverboard; and that assisting in a suicide is illegal in most places. Furthermore very few people die in a vacuum in which no-one else is affected. We live in a network of mutual causality and repercussion. Obviously, there is a spectrum. That said, I don’t really want to have this philosophical argument with you. If preventing the naive and inexperienced from harming themselves being a good thing is not self evident to you – let’s just agree to disagree.

        • dionsius john

          ” try to reduce the number who do…”
          And insofar as this can be done without stepping on their freedom to live their lives as they see fit, great. The fact that the State of CA is ABLE to usurp the individuals authority to do just that, does NOT make the State of CA right… only more powerful>
          If you didn’t recognize that pissing in someone’s Cheerios is an idiomatic expression, you need to get our of your basement more….
          The “… don’t live in a vacuum…” (or tidal pool) argument has been the cheesiest of excuses for stealing the right of other’s to live their lives, unmolested, for any number of years….
          I don’t want YOUR overarching concern to rule MY life, insofar as I do not endanger others… thank you very much…
          The reason I find this so offensive is that while the State of CA keeps people from riding hoverboards, they allow GMOs and their toxic residues be sold to the entire population without quibble…. so, fuck the state of CA
          Now, you may SAY that you didn’t want to have this discussion, but that is NOT exactly true; you went to some lengths to publish here, and then disingenuously denied wanting to do so… that makes you a transparently dishonest liar…

  • bfast

    This is very called for. The parts acquisition problem is the biggest single challenge to the experimenter/replicator. Thanks for addressing this. When I get time to get back into the replication game, I’ll be on the site.

  • http://www.lenr-forum.com/forum/ barty

    Very nice!

    Hope this boosts the amount of clearly positive replications beyond any doubts.

    And I hope you are prepared for legal trouble made by guys like maryyugo, who maybe report to the police because you deal with toxic chemicals.

  • Alan Smith

    Glad you like it- it has been a lot of work. And over the next few days (weeks?) we will improve the descriptions, clean the windows and dust the shelves. Maybe in a while we will be able to offer ‘guaranteed’ working systems for demonstrations too. ~Oh- and add more products. Pre-treated Nickel powder (baked under vacuum and hydrogenated) and some other very useful goodies.

    • US_Citizen71

      I see several items listed as coming soon, many would be virtually a necessity such as the data loggers. How soon? Also as someone who works in the E-Commerce field may I suggest that you add some specifications to your products, such as dimensions, power handling rating, etc… This will cut down the number of questions you need to answer via email.

      • Alan Smith

        All the things you mention will be added to and improved, and more. Data logger details finalised by Friday at the latest -and we are sure you will like them- we just held back as they are being up-specced.

    • artefact

      Do you sell it world wide?

      • Alan Smith

        Yes -anywhere that has an address and a mail service. 🙂

        • wpj

          Hmmm, I ship chemicals all the time and it’s certainly not straightforward for some of your materials; they would even have to be shipped as hazardous within the UK with appropriate packaging (£40-£250 is not unusual). Forget about mail services; it has to be a courier that is willing to take the stuff (eg, MNX. Fedex refuse to take my stuff in the UK, though they will take foreign shipments. A no, full stop, from TNT).

          As for foreign shipping, you will need hazmat declarations, TSCA declarations, customs declarations, MSDS, etc plus big pockets at the other end to pay for it; the chemical will be a minimal cost!

          • Alan Smith

            Hi wpj. You are quite correct. Happily few of the chemicals we plan to supply need a Hazmat declaration, and we have consulted with various authorities on this. Rest assured, we have full knowledge of the requirements and also the ‘de minimis’ regulation. But we anticipate the bulk of our sales will be hardware and associated items. Safety considerations have always been part of our business plan.

    • Gerard McEk

      While reading I assumed you would be the second guy, Alan! It s an extremely good initiative. I hope that when I will be able to interest other students to test LENR, you ‘Looking for Heat’ site has been fully equipped. Good Luck!

  • artefact

    Cool!

    • Alan Smith

      The best thing about the Model T is that it is an incredibly fast, responsive and simple system to use. And re-useable since the fuel containers are separate..The two open reactor chambers enable control and test samples to be evaluated simultaneously – not impossible to test 8-10 different parameters in a single day. You don’t even have to power it down to swap cores.My record is 15.

  • Curbina

    Perusing the site right now, looks like a LENR enthusiast equivalent of a candy store.