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"Dilithium Crystals" No Longer Just For Star Trek

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  • Joe
    10:10:02 am, Categories: Misc / Humour, Dilithium Crystals No Longer Just For Star Trek In an announcement straight out of the pages of a Star Trek techno-
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 28, 2005
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      10:10:02 am, Categories: Misc / Humour,
      "Dilithium Crystals" No Longer Just For Star Trek
      In an announcement straight out of the pages of a Star Trek techno-
      babble script, Seth Putterman, a physicist at the UCLA and his
      colleagues Brian Naranjo and Jim Gimzewski have announced that they
      have achieved table-top fusion using 'crystals'.

      The 'pocket fusion' device raises the possibility of every home
      having its own generator.

      Mr Naranjo joked that the advance "seems like magic" and that he now
      understands why the starship Enterprise was powered by "dilithium
      crystals".

      In another Sci-Fi allusion Prof Putterman revealed that he wanted to
      call the technique "crystallic fusion" but discovered that Buzz
      Lightyear uses the phrase when he asks: "Are you guys still using
      fossil fuel - haven't you discovered crystallic fusion power yet?".

      It is likely that this discovery has been more rigourously tested
      than the last time scientists made a fusion breakthrough claim. In
      1989, Dr. B. Stanley Pons of the University of Utah and Martin
      Fleischmann of Southampton University in the UK amazed the world
      when they announced that they had achieved what they called cold
      fusion at room temperature. Several months later no one had managed
      to reproduce the findings and they were discredited. Fusion experts
      noted that the new UCLA experiment was credible because, unlike the
      1989 work, it did not violate basic principles of physics.

      The experiment appears in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.
    • trekcross
      That is Sooo Cool. I might have to find that volume and read it.
      Message 2 of 2 , May 3 8:21 PM
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        That is Sooo Cool. I might have to find that volume and read it.
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