Thursday, December 31, 2015



To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.
James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions.(Thomas Huxley)

The number of quotations re, finite/infinite I could chose for this year-end issue is very great however finite; just their global wisdom is infinite, more precisely immeasurable and non-quantifiable. 


The end of a year - something fully conventional because fortunately, there are no bumps on the trajectory of our evolving Planet, it is even more stressing than your birthday- however you share your fear of finitude with billions of people. All the genuinely rational civilizations have fixed this transition between old/new year in springtime when the biological branch of Nature resurrects and not at the intersection of December and January that usually are very similar. The trick is to convince everybody that the coming year will be much better than the year that goes. I will do the same- I have stored great quantities of healthy wishful thinking so Ego Out and I wishes you :


This change of years is also an opportunity/obligation to review what has happened
during the passing year and to learn how to/how not to repeat the errors of the near past in the near future and how to make creative new smarter errors. The best metric usable is number of problems solved because  this is the mission and raison d'etre of the Researcher. But equally important is the number of problems discovered, the direct expression of our gratitude to Nature that so generously tries to satisfy the curiosity and the interests of the Researcher being infinitely complex and perfectible at all levels, thus opening him/her an unending area for thinking and action.”
2015 was rich in LENR,, events news, publications. Lets be objective- no breakthroughs, no triumphs, no 180 degree changes, no reversals of attitude of our enemies-deniers-detractors. However it can be seized a, partially underground, trend of reputation improvement. It would be not fair to ignore the decisive role of Andrea Rossi and his intensive excess heat release devices that have changed a lot of things for good, despite excess of secrecy regarding the performances. As I told many times the Rossi and the Rest situation is a challenge- I am wishin many times;
"oh, to be seventy again!" and going back in a lab- a modern one anyway and find out how Rossi ignites the New Fire. A smart friend has predicted that it is not rocket science just to do a lot of simple but necessary things combined in a sufficient recipe - just in time, and kaizen-wise. In a way illustrating my 65+ years idea: "existence is nonexistence in movement". It will seem elementary BUT only in retrospective.

In 2016 we will have to improve the definition of LENR and I thiank the msot important issue is to recognize that there are a lot of LENR plurals- kinds, ways, methods, partial theories that have to be combined. Will PdD offer us more discoveries or improvements than in 2015 when we have learned that functional cathodes show some EM activity.
An other definition problem is Rossi's 1MW plant's positive or negative result.
What I think , in this case positive means ready for commercialization market ready.
I have learned some things about definitions so I tell you take extreme care with these violent, sometimes mutilating logical maneuvers. The semantic proof for this is that "definition and finis (death) have the same root (S.C. Lec) And as Douglas Adams has shown: we demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!” 
In LENR especially true- see the usual suspect definition. For a science-technology in full development it exists an optimal level of vagueness.
At the end of 2016 this level, as ell as the uncertainties, ambiguities, open questions
will decrease- my prophecy.
This is a long time, what will we learn about the now mysterious X-Cat this night? 
Will the information amplify and reinforce our LENR optimism?


1) The first great surprise of 2016? I will see it tomorrow morning- my guess is that E-Cat-X born Mme Curie- is a proof of the technological potential of creative high (fast) dynamics and nano-structure building, re-building in metal-hydrogen systems. Who knows how much will Rossi reveal about the performances and characteristics?!
Big Reveal from Rossi at Midnight, New Year’s Eve?

Andrea Rossi
December 30th, 2015 at 1:36 PM
Domenico Canino:
Thank you for your trust.
As a matter of fact, the perspective of the E-Cat X is huge. We’ll return soon on this issue: the last night I had a dream: at midnight tomorrow, when the New Year will be born, which means at 00.00 a.m. of Jan 1st 2016, I will be in the plant and I will uncork the bottle of the Korbel ( a very good US champenois) to celebrate: I will be alone inside the plant in that moment, with the security guards only; immediately after that I will write here what is the E-Cat X and what I want to do of it. F9.
God bless you and all our Readers too.

2) 1 MW E-Cat Plant Watch Thread [UPDATE #31: Two Reactors Showing Sign of Fuel Consumption]

3) more on LENR

4) Remarkably rich in information

Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project - Facebook

5) A German LENR Patent  - thanks to Gregory Goble:
"Usable electrical energy from a metal-hydrogen reaction" 

I will study it an try to communicate with the author

6) The success of E-Cat X depended on thermo-resistant, refractory materials of superior quality and endurance probably similar to that described in this patent:

T Takagi, H Maruyama - US Patent 20,150,360,958, 2015
There is provided a ceramic structure including silicon carbide (SiC). The silicon carbide includes carbon, and silicon which has 28Si enriched in comparison with a natural abundance ratio. An enrichment level of the 28Si in the silicon carbide may be about 99% or higher. The silicon carbide may be in the form of at least any one of an SiC sintered body, CVD-SiC, SiC fiber, and an SiC/SiC composite.



  1. Happy New Year Peter and everybody else.
    I have to say that I am impressed by Rossi's statement about the E-catX. I hope he will have very good information tonight at midnight or soon after that. Those convinced he is a fraud must agree to that he is a risk taker. There is no apparent reason for him to make such bold and optimistic statements. I think a fraud would say things much more ambivalent.
    Another things is that I am not in agreement with him about the Korbel but it is in the same class as most Spumantes I have had:)
    Happy New Year.

    1. happy new year to you Peter, and to everybody here.

  2. Speculation on how the E-Cat X works.

    The E-Cat-X might works as a Hot cathode. Photons produce hot electrons on the surface of the alumina that are emitted from the surface. If a anode is placed on the outside of the cathode to capture the emitted electrons, then this will setup a current flow between the alumina and the wire grid acting as a anode that surrounds the alumina.

    Alumina is a well known thermionic emitter.

    The steel clad core must produce particle emissions (meson) that set up a LENR reaction in the alumina where the alumina gets hotter than the core. Rossi may have seen the heater wire shadow in the Lugano test which shows that the alumina was hotter than the heater wire which means that the alumina is the site where the LENR reaction is taking place.

    Why would Rossi keep people away from his E-Cat-X? IF someone saw a wire grid surrounding the alumina shell, it is easy to deduce how the E-Cat-X is producing electricity.

    Rossi may have placed the E-Cat-X is a vacuum to optimize electron flow between the cathode(alumina) and the anode (Wire grid or plate).