EDITORIAL (vaguely related to LENR)
An anonymous friend wrote :
Hi Peter I was surprised to be reading this in Miami
It is about the town in which I live- from 1980- a local pro-culture initiative:
"Romanian city offers free rides to people reading on the bus". Cluj- my wife, my daughter and my three grandchildren all where born here.
I thank to this nice readers that he has noticed this news and have to confess that
I would not remark something similar if it happens in Miami_ I have never visited that town- the closest proximity I have been to it, was in 1997 when at Sarasota, Fl I was at a great fallen Cold Fusion star, James Patterson, Still at 325 miles from Miami. I remember reading some very good papers in Miami Herald- is this correct, sometimes I remember not only the things what have really happened for blogging that is OK.
Yes Cluj is a living active town with universities, theaters operas,music, good restaurants and the best public services in this country; Internet connection is at a very good level I have followed the development closely- working at ISPs from 1999 to 2011. But you know well no town is perfect and we all here have lived in a very bad and oppressive communist society and the Twin Peaks principle is very strong ("The Evil is indestructible, always wins- but changes it form. It can soften if you have great patience)
About the initiative- it is nice, creative, but must be very temporary because town buses are expensive. We have learned that free things can be damned expensive
actually and socially. Dishonest people everywhere are the first to take the profit.
Nobody will start to read books just to travel freely with the bus- by the way the buses are usually so crowded that you cannot read there.
BOOKS! So many things have changed. When I was a young child we had a very great collection of classic books, with beautiful covers. We were forced to sell them
when my father was arrested; we succeeded but I remember the antiquarian made
a big fuss that we dare to offer him such reactionary books as Netochka Neznanova by Dostoyevski and L'Immoraliste by Andre Gide it is his duty to report such crimes to the Securitate. This was in the 50'ies.
Some 20 years later it was a huge production of books- ugly paperback mainly, but cheap and available- we had a great personal library at home. Despite oppression
and dictatorship- it was a resistance by culture. TV was used mainly for dumbing down. It was some selection, completely idiotic books were not printed except the political ones.
Today we entered the era of the E-book but a lot of beautiful, expensive books on paper are edited and printed too. Selection? I bet that >80% of the readers younger than 35 years have never heard or read the word kitsch.
The E-book will dominate but I do not see this as a great tragedy. Tempora mutantur.
Culture, Education, Science- we speak a lot about the inner weaknesses of these.
But the deadly enemy of culture is counterculture(s), education and school are destroyed by counter education in myriads of forms.
So many forces are fighting with Science and Reason.
We live in very interesting times. We are IT semi-gods, in 10 years we shall be new energy (specifically LENR) semi-gods, however- I repeat it- the 21st Century is the 12th, resurrected.
1) Edmund Storms
Progress Report No 3 Insights obtained during the initial study
I have asked Ed for some details and here is his answer (thanks for the permission to share them with the readers):
You ask good questions, Peter.
As you know, I believe cracks of a very critical gap are required. Such gaps are formed by stress relief at weak sites in the material. Pd is known to produce cracks, but their gap is too large to be active most of the time. To be made active, the surface of the Pd is normally modified by alloy formation during long duration electrolysis. These alloys change the stress and the local strength, therefore modify the gap width of any cracks that form. This process is impossible to control. Consequently, I'm attempting to produce alloys that have the required properties in advance of electrolysis.
All materials expand as hydrogen accumulates in their crystal structure. This expansion causes the stress that generates cracks. Pure palladium expand a lot, hence produces so much stress the resulting cracks are too wide. An alloy that expands less and has many weak sites in its structure is required. Two alloys having such characteristics have shown especially good reproducibility. These are the Pd-Ag and the Pd-B alloys. Many other active alloys are expected to exist, but have not been explored for lack of funding. However, the exact composition and the reason for this good behavior have not been explored. I'm attempting to find the best composition and the reason it is the best. Minor impurities in such alloys have no effect because the properties are totally controlled by the amount of the second element in the Pd. Nevertheless, many variables control the properties of the structure and are hard to control. Hopefully, forming the "correct" composition will produce material with greater reproducibility than any other material even though the material is not perfect. At this stage, we are not looking for and can not expect perfection.
2) Using lithium salt as lithium source in LENR by Jeff
3) More recommended reading from Rossi
4) Wlad Guglinski, well known theorist, former collaborator of Andrea Rossi's journal-blog has sent to EGO OUT this:
Efficiency of emitters and receptors in Rossi’s eCat
5) Not a pleasant lecture for an informed LENR-ist: