Fusion reactor (Picture: Spider Image)
In the deep midwinter though technically at the time of writing the winter of 2022 does not start for another two days, it certainly feels like the deep midwinter here in Britain though with temperatures for the last two weeks barely rising above freezing at any point, but amid all the gloom of the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, rocketing living costs, and a host of other political, financial and social problems, we are offered by way of good news a story about good news BOUT Scientists in California who have achieved something spectacular: a net energy gain in a nuclear fusion reaction.
We may still be years from fleets of fusion power stations, but it is
no longer a fantasy to imagine an abundant source of zero-carbon energy
powering the world economy, indeed nuclear fusion as a means of powering modern societies with Carbon Dioxide free electricity may be as much a pseudo - scientific pipe dream as wind turbines and solar panels have been. But we'll get back to fusion in a while, there are a couple more pseudo - scientific scams around that will also usher in a Brave New Utopia if we throw enough taxpayers' hard earned money at them.
Another scientific breakthrough we are being told by scientists to celebrate, earlier this year, the James Webb Telescope
sent its first images from across the universe, capturing pictures of
places not only unimaginable distances away, but billions of years ago.
The NASA telescope is in effect a time machine, allowing scientists to
work out exactly how the universe began, and what happened during and
just after the Big Bang. Well whoopee, but hold on a minute, back in 2016 one of our Boggart Bloggers posted an article on a scientific study which claimed the universe is 14.2 billion years old. And other studies will tell you it is only 11.6 billion or 12.8 billion years old. Now we Boggart Bloggers have always wondered why it matters so much to 'scientists' whether the universe is 10 or 20 or 50 billion years old, it changes absolutely nothing.
Also earlier this year, DeepMind, the British artificial intelligence company, announced
it had deciphered the structure of almost all the proteins – more than
200 million – known to science. Understanding the structures of proteins, they claim,
means we can learn how they work and how to change what they do,
meaning we can develop new medicines and technologies to confront not
only human disease but famine and pollution. Well whoop -ee - doo. Unfortunately us curmudgeonly old gits remember the hoo - ha in the 1990s when stem cells were discovered or deciphered or something. This was the breakthough that would lead to cures for cancer, enable us to grow new organs when the old ones get clapped out, and enable scientists to breed a race of supermen. How has all that turned out? Actually little has changed because stem cell therapy turned out to be a lot more complicated than the simple minded scientists anticipated.
But back to nuclear fusion. Unfortunately as has been repeatedly demonstrated in recent years, 'science' (aka The Research Grant Phishing industry,) is no longer trustworthy. Take this line from a report on the fusion experiment: "researchers were able to generate more energy from fusion reactions than they used to start the process"
The key phrase is "to start the process."
One of the problems with fusion has been the amount of energy required to maintain a magnetic field capable of containing the reaction once it is started. From the reports of this 'breakthrough I have read the Californian team do not appear to have addressed that problem yet.
Having spent many yeas working (with computers, I'm not an engineer of physicist) in the electricity and nuclear industries I am sure the answer to cheap, reliable electrical supplies lies in Nicola Tesla's theories on radiant energy.
Why are our tech wizards not working on that?
Not enough money in it for corporate business because the process is too simple which is why John D Rockefeller and Thomas Edison spent fortunes to discredit Tesla.https://teslauniverse.com/nikola-tesla/articles/radiant-energy-unraveling-nikola-teslas-greatest-secret