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    perhaps you could slow time down for yourself but speed things up on the outside. kinda like how you can walk around at normal speed in a train but outside the train you are moving really fast.

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    One "ftl" method, the time distortion one, is to create a bubble of warped time around your craft. Accelerate this to several thousand times standard time. Accelerate to near C. You are now effectively travelling at several thousand C, though in actuallity your only travelling vvery close to the speed of light. Use another field to nullify the effects on the ship itself, so you are now just travelling really ass fast.

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    This is so cool!

    What is that method from Ishman?

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    Forgot which book.

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    *bump*

    Nuclear Power

    http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?p...D=06-P13-00008
    This is a link to a recent NPR hour-long special on nuclear energy and it's future.

    I find it really annoying that the common belief today is that cold-fusion is impossible. It isn't. If anyone bothers me enough, I'll pull out links and info from my ass, but I don't feel like doing that at 1:00 in the morining.

    Anyway, liquid helium pebble bed reactors are an incredibly effiecient source of electrical energy, and have massive outputs. The output of a nuclear reactor can be likened to that of a dam, and a large scale system specifically built for the purpose of producing electricity could easily produce gigawatts of electricity with today's technology.

    A thing to keep in mind though, is that their have been no new nuclear reactors built in America in more than 50 years, very few have even been improved with modern day tech. And yet, they still have the smallest footprint to energy output, barely increase the background radiation of the areas they are located in, and are still working fine.

    Yet, they are FIFETY YEARS OLD. Coal burning plants produce hundreds of times more radiation poisioning in the enivronment, and even the cleanest of plants that burn materials to make energy produce far more radiation poisoning than even the "worst" nuclear reactor.
    None of these reactors has ever exceded the strict regulations placed on them for poisoining the environment, in fact, only one has ever actually even come close to the regulations, it was only for a brief time when the core was overheating due to glitches, and the radiation never even made it of the containment facility, while coal reactors, the main supply of electricity in america, exceed their regulations almost continually, often in massive amounts greater than what the upper limit is, and only have to pay a fine of a few thousand dollars.

    And, I can't think of anything else to say right now.

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    Whoa. Hang on a second here. Cold fusion's not impossible? Ishman, I am sorry, but I don't buy that... The problems with fusion are that we need to do by finesse what stars do by brute force. Overcoming the electromagnetic forces involved is the problem with fusion, from what I've heard. A star just uses gravitic forces to crush them together, but until we find an easier way to do it, we're using more energy than we get. I'm a little fuzzy on the details, because I'm not much into this branch of physics. I am a sci-fi fan, too, but this is pushing the limits of my credibility. As to the nuclear reactor thing, I'm mystified as to why there aren't more, too. I suspect that the reason is fear, though. People fear what they don't understand, and blame far too much on radiation.

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    Quantum tunneling my friend. Quantum tunneling.

    You see, your only listening to the masses. Quantum physics is by far the most mysterious and least understood area of physics. The things that can happen their are incredible, and mistifiying. Particles existing in the same place, particles duplicating themselves into a billion copies, then collapsing in an instant, particles popping in and out of existence, and then, things that aren't particles, waveforms in space itself, and that's barely scratching the surface.

    Anyways, there has been many studies on cold-fusion over the years, and, contray to what's popularly toted around, their is quite a lot of evidence, even proof, that cold-fusion is entirely possible.

    I have a little booklet somewhere in my room with a hell of a lot of information on cold-fusion compiled together that is... convincing, to say the least.

    Since I can't find it right now, and it doesn't exist in a digital form, here's a nifty little site that should prove quite interesting to you.

    Cold-Fusion times

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    I just read an article about cold-fusion that was quite interesting.

    The problem with fusion i that it needs massive energy to smash these atoms together so they will melt togeher and make a new atom.

    The universe is compiled of two forces. The greater of the two is called strong forces and the other is called weak forces. All matter wants to be together. Even atoms. on a quantum scale the weak forces are the photons and electrons keeping these two atoms away from each other. The strong forces are the that the core of the atoms want really badly to be fused with each other. The lucky thing for us is that this only happens if they get really really close to each other. something of 0.0000000000000000000000001mm or something like that.. When this happens we get fusion. What the sun does is use its massive weight and pull the atoms together and becouse it is so superheated these things happen faster. THe heat is not a neccecary force though.

    So, if you could build a powerful enough magnetical force you could apply this to use with hydrogen atoms you could get cold fusion becouse there would be no heat involved in the acctual fusion process.
    Please Google it! before asking!

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    People are just scared of Nuclear Power, because of the movie The China Syndrome, that movie has effected the older generations opinions on that source of energy for almost thirty years... Plus, shortly after this movie was released Chernobyl and Three Mile Island had major meltdowns.

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    Ah wells. Hopefully that'll change once they've all died out.

    I can't wait untill they start using fusion reactors. The tech is fascinating, and the possibilities are even more fascinating.

    Though, a runaway fusion reactor actually sounds more dangerous than a fission reaction going super-critical. I mean, raw plasma at several hundred thousand kelvin bursting the containment field sounds pretty damn nasty.

 

 
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