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  1. #1 An Experiment to Save The World 
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    In March 2002, the scientific world was rocked by some astonishing news: a distinguished US government scientist claimed he had made nuclear fusion out of sound waves in his laboratory. Rusi Taleyarkhan’s breakthrough was such important news because nuclear fusion is one of the most difficult scientific processes, and also one of the most coveted. It could solve all of our energy problems for ever. In principle, sufficient fuel exists on earth to provide clean, pollution-free energy for billions of people for millions of years.

    To make it happen, individual atoms must be slammed into each other with enough energy to make them fuse together, something that requires temperatures found only in the core of stars like our Sun – over 10 million Kelvin. The idea that these temperatures had been reached in a small scale laboratory using only soundwaves took many scientists by surprise. To them, fusion projects were huge multibillion-pound, intergovernmental schemes with the far off goal of producing energy in several decades time.

    Taleyarkhan’s fusion breakthrough was based on a little-understood process called sonoluminescence. It’s a process that magically transforms sound waves into flashes of light, focusing the sound energy into a tiny flickering hot spot inside a bubble. It’s been called the star in a jar. The star in a jar effortlessly reaches temperatures of tens of thousands of degrees, hotter than the surface of the sun. Many scientists had wondered if the core of the bubble was even hotter – maybe even as hot as the core of the sun. If so, fusion would happen there. But until Taleyarkhan, no one had been able to either prove it or disprove it.

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    the link appears to be broken
    btw does this really belong under earth sciences ?


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    btw does this really belong under earth sciences ?
    I think it belong under earth sciences.
    So I will fix my topic
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    Boymc, welcome to the science forum.

    This probably belongs in the physics thread. Most earth sciences center around natural phenomena that occur on earth (e.g. weather, geology, glaciology) and the often complex relationships between them. Light producing physics, as truly exciting as it might be, probably isn't something that happens on earth under natural conditions.

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    I think Cold Fusion exists, I wouldn't call this cold fusion however. The bubble can reach the temperature of the sun.

    The link worked for me, watching it now. This topic starts a little before the 16 minute mark, so be patient.

    Here is an interesting link I found on the topic:

    Sobering Thoughts from a Beaker: Fusion Anomaly Reported in Non-{Science} Magazine

    I looked at some of the claims. He was basically on scientific trial for falsification, because no one else could repeat his experiment. One paper thoroughly debunked his claim.

    He did the experiment again, to single out neutrons better. His research was submitted to Physical review where they agreed with his results, and published his work titled Additional evidence of nuclear emissions during acoustic cavitation

    This was attempted by an independent source, and debunked because of nutron emission timing, but it was not a 100% copy of his last experiment either.

    The jury's still out on this one.

    I tell you. I wish the scientific community would audit those who claim the global warming scare as much as they have this guy.
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    are there any written explanations? or videos that get to the point quicker? i'm a fool for facts and loose my interest with too many sound effects, scene changes and dramatic narrative
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcusclayman
    are there any written explanations? or videos that get to the point quicker? i'm a fool for facts and loose my interest with too many sound effects, scene changes and dramatic narrative
    If you pay the fee for an above link I listed, I think it's his entire experiment. Also, do a search for Rusi Taleyarkhan. I found several useful links, but didn't save any of them.
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    @marnixR: The following Lynx_Fox, plz move my theard to physics box.
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    Here is the Wiki article on Taleyarkhan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusi_Taleyarkhan

    From the references in the article it appears that Taleyarkhan falsified at least some of the research and there have been no successful replications of the experiment.
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    Figures, now the teslacracks have more fuel for the fire
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    Quote Originally Posted by boymc

    In March 2002, the scientific world was rocked by some astonishing news: a distinguished US government scientist claimed he had made nuclear fusion out of sound waves in his laboratory. Rusi Taleyarkhan’s breakthrough was such important news because nuclear fusion is one of the most difficult scientific processes, and also one of the most coveted. It could solve all of our energy problems for ever. In principle, sufficient fuel exists on earth to provide clean, pollution-free energy for billions of people for millions of years.

    To make it happen, individual atoms must be slammed into each other with enough energy to make them fuse together, something that requires temperatures found only in the core of stars like our Sun – over 10 million Kelvin. The idea that these temperatures had been reached in a small scale laboratory using only soundwaves took many scientists by surprise. To them, fusion projects were huge multibillion-pound, intergovernmental schemes with the far off goal of producing energy in several decades time.

    Taleyarkhan’s fusion breakthrough was based on a little-understood process called sonoluminescence. It’s a process that magically transforms sound waves into flashes of light, focusing the sound energy into a tiny flickering hot spot inside a bubble. It’s been called the star in a jar. The star in a jar effortlessly reaches temperatures of tens of thousands of degrees, hotter than the surface of the sun. Many scientists had wondered if the core of the bubble was even hotter – maybe even as hot as the core of the sun. If so, fusion would happen there. But until Taleyarkhan, no one had been able to either prove it or disprove it.

    Movie : http://video.google.com/googleplayer...62829601997434
    This belongs in the trash. Taleyarkhan was found guilty of research misconduct by his institution, Purdue University. He has been disciplined.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusi_Taleyarkhan

    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul...i-misconduct19

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...d=rss.business
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