Ms. P.H., a regular reader here, sent me this one a couple of weeks ago, and it's such a gem I have to blog about it. In fact, I've been saving it for "an appropriate moment," and with the increasingly weird space news lately, not to mention the strange stories about international financial clearing, now seems to be an appropriate moment to share the little gem that she discovered and shared. But first, let's recall a little context. You'll recall that just a few weeks ago, Dr. Andrea Rossi, whose E-CAT reactor has been much in the cold fusion news in the past few years, made more claims about bringing his process to market. Then we heard stories about the interest of certain various world-famous billionaires in processes other than Rossi's. You'll also recall that the UNiversities of Bologna and Upssala conducted studies of Rossi's process and devices, and concluded that, yes, indeed, low energy nuclear reactions were indeed occurring, since they had duplicated some of the processes.
And now... courtesy of Ms. P.H., we have this bit of news:
Now the key here, I suspect, is the following:
"However, MFMP's Project Dog Bone is aiming at something bigger, producing large amounts of excess heat as claimed by Rossi, professor Alexander Parkhomov of Lomonosov Moscow State University and independent US researcher Jack Cole.
"In line with their approach of carrying out all the research as publicly as possible, the experiment was shown on a live video feed. The reactor can be seen cracking apart with a loud bang three hours 47 minutes into the embedded video."
If one goes to 3 hours and 47 minutes into the video, when the reactor blows up, just prior to this you'll notice a curious thing. On the video there are the usual scientific graphs. But if one looks at these graphs carefully, you'll see an intriguing thing which one can just barely make out on the blurry image: the rises in temperature in the reactor appear to occur in distinct, quantizable, "steps" rather than as a gradual rise in temperature, and moreover, appear to do so more or less in regular steps of a certain periodicity and frequency. For those who've been following the story of this strange phenomenon, and indeed, the work of Russian astrophysicist Dr. Nikolai Kozyrev, this phenomenon was more or less predicted by his work. And followers of "finge science" will recall yet another strange step-like, quantizable phenomenon: the work of Thomas Townsend Brown and his "gravitors", essentially large capacitors that when fully charged on a swinging pendulum arm, would float up in one smooth motion, but fall back to their rest state in distinct, quantizable jumps, features which suggest that the interplay of nuclear and electromagnetic reactions might be more complex and interrelated than conventional models would perhaps admit.
THere are, of course, more conventional explanations for what happened in this latest cold fusion experiment, and as yet, these cannot be ruled out:
"It is too soon to say whether the explosion really was due to the sort of runaway cold fusion reactions alleged to have destroyed a number of Parkhomov's test reactors, or whether it was something simpler: hydrogen is involved so conventional explosions are always possible, and lithium aluminium hydride is pyrophoric, busting into flames in air."
But there's another possibility here, and it goes to the heart of Rossi's proprietary claims, portions of which he has consistently withheld from public scrutiny, for obviously his reactor has been running smoothly for several years without these explosive interruptions (or at least, so we have been led to believe):
"Rossi has indicated that the difficult part is maintaining a controlled, stable reaction once it starts and preventing runaway, and this may be why he feels he is ahead in the race to commercialise the technology."
So where's the high octane speculation part?Well, for one part, perhaps the secret of Rossi's ability to sustain sustainable reactions for a long period of time, without things "blowing up", are connected to those quantizable steps. I suspect they are. And there's another part: there have been certain billionaire busybodies looking at alternative energy sources, and yet in spite of the recent verifications from the University of Bologna and Upssala that Rossi's device - at least, the parts that have been tested independently - are working, and if this current experiment was due to a runaway cold fusion process, that the process can have explosive, and if scaled up to a large scale, perhaps even catastrophic consequences. Said billionaire busybodies have shown, at least publicly, little interest in the cold fusion phenomena. And Dr. Rossi has, perhaps wisely, not shared in any detail - at least to my knowledge - how such catastrophic results are avoided in his process. Learning how to control such runaway phenomena would thus be crucial to any commercially viable cold fusion energy source.
And there's the rub, for a lot of very vested, and expensive, energy interests would be threatened by such knowledge, so perhaps it's best to have a few things explode. If the phenomenon of cold fusion cannot be done away with through claims of fraudulent science and technology, then perhaps it can at least be made to look inherently unstable, while billions continue to be poured into hot fusion projects, and into the real goal: maintaining a grip on the technology and infrastructure supporting it. Of course, I impute no such motives here in this experiment nor its performers, but the experiment does at least suggest the possibility. Meanwhile, Rossi is, perhaps wisely, still continuing to keep part of his process very secret.
And as for those quantizable "jumps" that Thomas Townsend Brown experienced with his "gravitors," and which appear to be evident, in reverse fashion, on the graphs in the video of this experiment, perhaps they are related phenomena. If so, one can bet one's bottom dollar/euro/ruble/reminbi, that someone, somewhere, may have perceived a potential connection between the two phenomena, and is busily investigating...
...secretly, of course...
See you on the flip side.