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Which Technologies Will Change the World over the Next Decade?

Posted December 09, 2011 7:36 AM

Metamaterials...controlling the brain...commercial space exploration… These are just a few of the topics cited by a panel of experts asked to name the six technologies they expect to most strongly impact science and the world over the next decade. Take a look at the results. Do you agree or do you think other developments will have more profound effects?

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12/10/2011 12:27 AM

Renewables should be the best choice as only it could have the largest impact on human life.

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12/10/2011 2:56 PM

I agree. Renewables will have a huge impact especially in developing countries that do not have enough infrastructure dependent on fossil fuels.

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12/10/2011 10:23 PM

Even in developed nations renewables should be welcome as it reduces emissions from coal or fossil fuels. The waterways and air we breathe are full of impurities. Scientists say in addition to "global warming" there is "global dimming" which means reduced sunlight falling on earth due to impurities(gas,particles) in air but situation has improved in developed countries due to the installation of scrubbers,catalytic converters ,legislation etc. Unless UN require all member states to comply or get punished our future generations will get poisonous air and water and will be required to spend money in purifying them.

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01/16/2012 9:46 AM

Er, sunlight isn't renewable.

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12/10/2011 10:30 AM

I have been encouraged by the recent success of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR).The ECAT system being sold now by Rossi in Italy (first customer is in the USA) can generate steam with anywhere from 6 to 36 times the energy need to monitor it with sensors and microprocessors. They have not yet produced electricity, but that will come soon (a small steam turbine can accomplish that).

This holds the promise of low cost energy for every country on the planet, and it does NOT leave any radioactive residue. It could eventually eliminate the need for huge off-site generating stations that require hundreds of miles of lossy transmission lines.

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12/12/2011 1:47 AM

What successes? I see mostly repeated delays and unattained projections.

However, if anything along these lines ever works, it could have the good effects you mention.

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12/12/2011 11:08 AM

Here is a very recent excerpt from a report about the coming election:

What is going to be so uniquely interesting about this election cycle is that a truly exotic source of clean, cheap, safe, and pollution free energy has been discovered. In fact, this game changing breakthrough is already entering the market place, with the US military being the first customer. The technology is Andrea Rossi's E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer). Already, almost a year before the first votes are cast, E-Cat modules have been purchased by the US military, and are being further researched and developed.

The very nature of the E-Cat technology makes it revolutionary. To be blunt, I would not doubt if some in the military industrial complex might be a bit nervous about the implications. The E-Cat technology works by taking a small amount of micron sized nickel powder, applying a catalyst, putting it all in a pressurized hydrogen atmosphere, and applying heat to the setup. Truly novel nuclear reactions start to take place between the nickel and hydrogen atoms, and the result is a huge release of energy. The nickel and hydrogen fuel is cheap, and only tiny amounts are utilized. To give you an idea of just how powerful this technology can be, consider the fact that a reactor core with a volume of only fifty cubic centimeters can produce a maximum safe output of ten kilowatts of heat. Utilizing the same few grams of nickel and only tiny amounts of hydrogen, the same reactor core could produce ten kilowatts continually for six months, or longer.

The E-CAT is real, and it does work. Will it succeed as a replacement for coal? No, but neither did the Model T replace the horse and buggy. There will be follow on LENR-based systems with electrical output soon which will make the E-CAT look primitive. But the proof is here already that energy can be released from atoms without the 30,000 degrees needed to fuse hydrogen into helium.

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12/12/2011 4:41 PM

I will believe it works when it is peer reviewed. At this point, no one has been allowed to inspect the design, it has not been demonstrated beyond what a battery supply could accomplish, and there are some physics issues with the data.

That being said, I really hope it does work.

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12/12/2011 11:49 PM

I will put my money on the development of small portable thorium fueled reactors long before I will put in on the Ecat units.

At least the thorium reactor tech is reproducible and can be confirmed in a laboratory. Ecat has yet to ever have one single independent evaluation or controlled scientific analysis ever done to it to confirm that it actualy does what its said to do.

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12/13/2011 10:41 AM

The developer of the E-cat claims that his product (available for sale now) will generate steam from normal water that is pumped through the nickle/hydrogen reactor. Many tests have been conducted with physicists and engineers present that have confirmed that more ENERGY is in the steam OUTPUT than the energy that is put IN.

After reaching operational temperature, the heater can be turned off, and the steam keeps coming. The only input energy needed then is for pumps, sensors, and microcontrollers.

The developer does not claim to know how the atomic reaction works. A USA military customer has bought 13 megawatts worth of these systems, and apparently does not care either. Mankind used fire to tremendous advantage for thousands of years before understanding the chemistry of fire.

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01/16/2012 12:33 PM

Claims and demonstrations may well convince some "scientists and engineers", but thankfully not most. Was some unobserved power source (like a battery) hidden inside the machine? No one knows since no person competent to do so has been allowed to independently verify their claims.

Look, I hope the thing works as advertised. I am never however, going to be convinced of the validity of something that is secretive in nature and all of the purchasers of systems to date are "undisclosed" meaning they can't be asked whether the thing works or not.

Incidentally, the mechanism by which fire occurs is NOT yet fully understood (see fire tetrahedron).

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01/30/2012 3:14 PM

I believe there are two technologies that will come into their own in the near future because of their direct application to the impending doom problems of global energy, hunger, and housing. These are the continuous motion, gravity-driven, power generator known as the Pinwheel Generator; and the 'Greenhousing' structure known as the Grow-Live Tower that will house, provide the food, and provide the energy for it's inhabitants. They are both located at this address: www.squidoo.com/pinwheelgenerator . Thank you, Russell Lee

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