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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2016
     
    I could see +that+ it works (at least sometimes) but not +how+ it works. It seems to me that a rank of 12 pound smoothbore cannon along the side would be more dangerous to the enemy, and you could aim them without pointing umpty tens of thousands of tonnes of ship.

    And I hope somebody is picking up all those little red trucks full of concrete littering the bottom of the bay.
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    It did seem a bit slow off the mark
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2016
     
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    I know Todd. He is to GR as Axil is to LENR. But way smarter.
    For many years I critiqued his stuff and gave him a hard time, right up to my break in December 2009.
    I'm too stupid to do it now.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2016
     
    True.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2016
     
    NG


    Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage?

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/04/140416-solar-updraft-towers-convert-hot-air-to-energy/
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2016
     
    NBF 2012

    Progress on compressed air power storage.

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2012/04/progress-on-compressed-air-power.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2016
     
    NBF

    March 06, 2008

    Uprating wind turbine blades and more efficient ceiling fans.


    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2008/03/uprating-wind-turbine-blades-and-more.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2016
     
    NBF 2011

    BMW Turbosteamer and Thermoelectric Generator are close to commercialization.

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2011/09/bmw-turbosteamer-and-thermoelectric.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2016
     
    SD 2015

    Storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151124112138.htm
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    Roll on compact fusion.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2016
     
    NBF 2011

    Stronger, Tougher than steel or Titanium and Now Cheap: Caltech Researchers Have New Way to Process Metallic Glass.

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2011/05/stronger-tougher-than-steel-or-titanium.html
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2016
     
    That's a good one.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2016
     
    All my ones are beyond good.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2016
     
    Many of them certainly are. But that was a good one.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2016
     
    The ring makes you invisible you know.
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    I dream of flying invisibly
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2016
     
    Posted By: TrimThe ring makes you invisible you know.
    Cloaks are so yesterday, rings are the thing now.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2016
     
    Posted By: TrimNBF 2011

    Stronger, Tougher than steel or Titanium and Now Cheap: Caltech Researchers Have New Way to Process Metallic Glass.

    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2011/05/stronger-tougher-than-steel-or-titanium.html


    Metallic glasses have been known for at least a half-century and various methods have been employed for producing them. So this article is not about "discovering" metallic glasses--it's just about being able to quickly heat the non-metallic material using ohmic (i.e. the metal is resistively heated) heating so that it can be manipulated. However, note that this will require massive currents--the Caltech test sample was a rod only 4 mm in diameter--basically a hunk of AWG 6 steel wire.

    Don't look for structural bridge members to be produced in this way--indeed, it would be difficult to produce a golf club head using ohmic heating.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2016
     
    Thanks for your input.