It is occasionally nice to back a winner.

It has been too long since my most recent post in this blog, but a research paper caught my attention… and apparently that of Forbes.

My book Gravity 2.0 primary discusses social and design implications if gravity modification is achieved here on earth, though I do have one chapter devoted to what it means for near orbit technology and for deep space exploration. Both of the space venues would require new power technologies to produce sufficient specific energies to power craft to the stars and back over a period of years (not centuries).

In my book I mention two potential sources, one being Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat reactor employing Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR), otherwise known as cold fusion. That was in March 2011.

Yesterday a team of researchers from Bologna University in Italy and Uppsala University in Sweden reported in Cornell’s pre-publication physics archive that Rossi’s latest iteration of his reactor does indeed produce anomalous heat, “that is one order of magnitude higher than any conventional source.” That is, with the most conservative of figures and assumptions, the heat produced is at least ten times higher than that of any chemically energetic reaction known.

The devices tested contained nickel powder plus unknown additives pressurized with hydrogen gas. When the container was heated, substantial heat was produced in excess of the input heat. Initial heat was provided by spiral resistor coils powered from an outside source. “In the ON/OFF phase, the resistor coils were powered up and powered down by the control system at regular intervals of about two minutes for the ON state and four minutes for the OFF state. This operating mode was kept more or less unchanged for all the remaining hours of the test.” Rossi has mentioned on several occasions tests of versions of the device that use the excess energy from the device itself once initial operating temperatures are reached. In essence, it becomes self-sustaining.

The report has already been mentioned in Forbes, and its author, Mark Gibbs, concludes his story, “While a few commentators have raised criticisms concerning how the measurements were made and sources of error others have argued that the energy produced is so significant even knocking off an order of magnitude on either axis still portrays a process with insanely valuable output. This is not, of course, the last word or even one anywhere near the end of this story but unless this is one of the most elaborate hoaxes in scientific history it looks like the world may well be about to change. How quick will depend solely on Rossi“.

As for Extended Heim Theory, the theoretical basis for gravity modification, additional publications are being prepared. But I will offer this small offering for now, an interactive version of my book’s free preview. Roll over the “Z” for the option to open in a new window (preferred) or view full screen. It requires Flash, but later this year, it will run on all mobile devices.

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