- Jan 18, 2008
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Which energy source do you think will be next? I figure we will see at least 2 more come out by the end of the year.
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And it supposedly happened here. But it was a case of Reno's problem -- not reasoning through the problem and making serious mistakes as a result. Try looking up "cold fusion."Sounds like fusion is the wave of the future if anyone can figure out how to work it. It takes place in stars so it is possible. Just is it possible to contain and harness safely? Somehow I get the feeling that this will be another one of those great "accidental discoveries" with some grad student playing in a lab. It's happened before.
I know it isn't easy. If we've been working on it for decades with no results then ya obviously it isn't a simple answer. So where do we go from here? Keep attempting this idea or is there something else we should be shooting for? Forgive me for not knowing all the answers, I'm only 20 years old and don't have any of the upper level sciences under my belt yet, I'm on my way. Was just throwing out some ideas.And it supposedly happened here. But it was a case of Reno's problem -- not reasoning through the problem and making serious mistakes as a result. Try looking up "cold fusion."
Grad students don't often make revolutionary discoveries. And given that ARMIES of grad students have tried and failed for fusion power should be a clue that maybe it's not that easy.
It's fairly obvious what needs to be done for fusion to work -- the technical term is emittance reduction; essentially it means reducing the volume of a given sample and its temperature simultaneously. It's been tried left right and center. Don't hold your breath.
And even if it was to work, fusion power is not the clean limitless energy source hyped in the 50s. It is VERY dirty, potentially much worse than conventional fission, as D-T makes neutrons. Many, many, many neutrons.