Movement detected on the Fusion Energy front?

The two ends of Fusion energy research have claimed ‘success’ this month. The big end of town Hot Fusion researchers, have claimed to have a new technology that will shrink reactor size to manageable proportions, making commercialization more realistic. None other than the famously covert Lockheed Martin Skunk Works have made the claim, of having moved Hot Fusion a step closer to commercialisation by using an alternate containment technology to shrink the usual massive tokamak containment technology to more manageable, and commercial, size. It was claimed by Lockheed Martin, in Aviation Week, that their new CFM technology can increase containment effectiveness by 10 times that of a traditional tokamak.
Meanwhile at the bench-top ‘poor cousin’ Cold Fusion, end of the Fusion energy spectrum, a success of sorts has been claimed by the Andrea Rossi E-Cat Cold Fusion team. It has been claimed in the tech journal Ny Teknik and Pure Energy Systems News that the claimed 1 Megawatt E-Cat cell preformed a test run for 5 hours. The output power was given as 470 Kilowatts, down from the nominal 1 Megawatt due to technical problems running the cell at full power.

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THE report ‘Don’t look downstream’ from the September 26 issue of Mining Journal presented a downbeat assessment of the prospects of the nuclear industry. It’s not a view shared by many beyond the more ardent opponents of nuclear energy, writes Dr Jonathon Cobb.

This particular prediction seems to already have proved wrong. Just two days before the publication of the article, construction started on the third reactor at Barakah in the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading

US Military Rediness states

The U.S. Navy’s elite cadre of fighter pilots—made famous by Top Gun—are not flying nearly often as they would like. Instead, many of the Navy’s elite Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter squadrons are sitting on the ground with only two or three flyable jets available. The rest of the jets are awaiting maintenance for want of critical spare parts—and some of those parts are being cannibalized from brand new jets in an increasingly vain attempt to keep squadrons flying.

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New York Times Bombshell: WMD’s Were Found in Iraq

Chemical weapons were found by U.S. forces in Iraq, but the Pentagon kept the findings a secret, the New York Times reported Tuesday evening.

According to the Times , from 2004 to 2011 American troops repeatedly encountered chemical munitions in the Middle Eastern country. In at least six cases, coalition forces were even wounded by the weapons from the Saddam Hussein era, the Times reported.

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