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10 Questions about Cold Fusion
While I was working as a Vanguard for Planetary Resources I had the pleasure to get to know 15 year old Sam Naujokas.
Sam had lots of good questions about Cold Fusion so I asked him to write them down for me.
Taking in consideration that I am a 6 years old pussieoty I decided that it might be more suitable to have someone with more experience than me to answer Sam`s questions.
[box] Q: Do you think the Pons/ Fleischmann cold fusion device and paper was a legitimate scientific discovery or a hoax?
A: Completely true science, very good science, amazing science, really! The calorimetry(measurements) was exceptional. You have to keep in mind that Martin Fleischmann was the best electrochemist in the world. These guys were gods of science at that time. [/box]
[box] Q: How did you become interested in Fusion and Nuclear Science?
A: Because energy is the biggest issue we have to solve, and Fusion is the means of producing the most powerful energy. Also, Fusion does not create much waste as Fission does. Something to put in perspective is that nuclear energy, is the only real mean of producing energy. Chemistry is conversion, wind is a thermodynamical effect induced by the sun and solar is directly coming from our star’s thermonuclear reaction…
What brought me to Cold Fusion was realizing that Tokamaks (Hot Fusion Reactors) has very basic problems that is not possible to solve. How do you make a device that can withstands 250 million degrees. Moreover, how do you extract energy from something you can not touch? Another issue is the yield of neutron capture by Li6… such a non-sense, and I pass on so many others.
Hot Fusion is Plasma Science, Cold Fusion is Condensed Matter Science – They are the opposites of each others in science’s spectrum..[/box]
[box] Q: Who do you think should have a larger role in funding/regulating cold fusion research, governments or private enterprise?
A: Non Profit Organisations such as MFMP (I`m praying for my church)[/box]
[box] Q: What do you see yourself researching/doing 5 years from now? / 10 years?
A: 5 Years from now – Anti Gravity (because it`s cool).
10 years from now – Stargates (warping time and space) [/box]
[box] Q: Even though they don’t have as many applications as cold fusion, do you think forms of “hot” fusion are still valuable scientific enterprises to explore as possible solutions for the energy crises?
A: Hot Fusion produces more energy per atom. It`s a trade where Cold Fusion is not producing radiation but you get less energy. However the amplitude of the effect is still massive because it`s in the range of nuclear reactions so Cold Fusion is producing a lot of energy. Enough to make a kickstarter :)[/box]
[box] Q: How do you think the discovery of cheap, reliable, affordable nuclear energy affect the political/diplomatic situations in oil dependent nations?
A: Yes a lot, but is this the way we want nations of earth to become? Or should I say: stay in an unbalanced and steady state forever?Money IS energy, energy IS money, if you affect one- the other will be affected, no matter what. [/box]
[box] Q: There is an enormous amount money and power that could be potentially gained from affordable fusion, which would need to be handled responsibly. If fusion became commercially viable, would you rather trust a small startup or multinational conglomerate to own the new energy technology?
A: There are some regulators, they are fully aware what they have to do, how far is Cold Fusion, how to tax it, thats the first thing they will do. Then they will try to regulate for safety. That`s the role of the governments. It does not depend on small or big corporates. Typically, first the army will use it, then industrial environments and then everyone.[/box]
[box] Q: Are there any fusion lobbyist groups you know of?
A: I don’t think there is any right now except Mfmp. (We are not a multinational corporation but we are trying to lobby institutions, universities and corporations.)[/box]
[box] Q: What was the path you took to become a nuclear scientist?
A: I took a non classical path. Scientific high school studies, BS in industrial design, mechanical design, engineering school with part-time in Cadarache (next to ITER project aka Hot Fusion) and then worked at the physics department at Portland State University in Oregon.
And now, here I am.[/box]
[box] Q: Do you have any advice to give to a high school student to help them become a nuclear scientist?
A: Go to Engineering school if you want to become a nuclear scientists.
Nuclear science is studied by engineers and not by physicists. If you want to work on cold fusion you need to know material science, condensed matter (solid state physics), nuclear physics. But also you need thermodynamics, instrumentation and engineering for experimentation. Then for theory: QED (quantum electro dynamics) bose einstein condensate (superconductivity), metallic hydrides…. and that should be a good start. [/box]
Sam, I sure hope you liked all the answers Mathieu gave.
At least, I enjoyed getting them for you.
If you would find enough good reasons very soon to believe that Martin and Stanley were correct about Cold Fusion and want to start a career somewhat related to Cold Fusion, it always helps having some friends in the industry. Maybe you could be an investigating journalist or something?
Anything is possible and every decision opens up a universe of possibilities
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