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NASA: A Nuclear Reactor To Replace Your Water Heater

Posted by Anonymous on February 22, 2013

NASA scientist Joseph Zawodny with a device used to test low-energy nuclear reactors (NASA)

This reactor does not use fission, the process of splitting atoms into smaller elements employed by every commercial power reactor currently operating on earth.

And it does not use hot fusion, the union of hydrogen atoms into larger elements that powers the sun and stars.

Instead, a low-energy nuclear reactor (LENR) uses common, stable elements like nickel, carbon, and hydrogen to produce stable products like copper or nitrogen, along with heat and electricity.

“It has the demonstrated ability to produce excess amounts of energy, cleanly, without hazardous ionizing radiation, without producing nasty waste,” said Joseph Zawodny, a senior research scientist with NASA’s Langley Research Center.

“The easiest implementation of this would be for the home,” he said. “You would have a unit that would replace your water heater. And you would have some sort of cycle to derive electrical energy from that.”

The LENR offers a slow-moving neutron to an element – NASA researchers are working with nickel. The nickel absorbs the extra neutron, rendering the nickel unstable. To regain stability, the acquired neutron splits into an electron and a proton.

“So where it once had an extra neutron, making it an unstable isotope of whatever element it was, it now has an extra proton instead, which makes it a more stable isotope of a different element,” Bob Silberg of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote last week on the agency’s Global Climate Change blog.

“This process releases energy which, hypothetically, can be used to generate electricity.”

With its new proton, the nickel has gained stability as another element: copper.

“There are estimates using just the performance of some of the devices under study that 1 percent of the nickel mined on the planet each year could produce the world’s energy requirements at the order of 25 percent the cost of coal,” according to Dennis Bushnell, the chief scientist at Langley.

Carbon could also be used as a fuel, NASA scientists speculate, and the process would turn the carbon into nitrogen, the most abundant element in the atmosphere.

“I don’t know what could possibly be cleaner than that,” said Zawodny. “You’re not sequestering carbon, you’re totally removing carbon from the system.”

The scientists emphasize that LENR reactors are very different from the fission reactors employed today, which use highly radioactive elements, produce radioactive waste, and occasionally suffer from meltdowns. They also use the term LENR to distinguish these reactors from the chemical cold fusion reactors sought by researchers beginning in the 1980s.

“When we concentrated upon nuclear engineering beginning in the 1940′s we jumped to the strong force/particle physics and leapt over the weak force/condensed matter nuclear physics,” Bushnell said. “We are going back now to study and hopefully develop this arena.”

LENR reactors use common, stable elements like nickel, carbon, and hydrogen and produce stable elements like copper or nitrogen. NASA researchers are leaning on the Widom-Larsen Theory published in 2006 by Boston physicist Allan Widom and Chicago physicist Lewis Larson, who speculates that low energy nuclear reactions are already happening on earth – in lightning, for example. And according to Larson, LENR reactions may be responsible for occasional fires in lithium-ion batteries.

Which underscores that even low-energy nuclear reactors can produce dangerous amounts of energy.

“Several labs have blown up studying LENR and windows have melted,” Bushnell writes, “indicating when the conditions are right prodigious amounts of energy can be produced and released.”


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2013/02/22/nasa-a-nuclear-reactor-to-replace-your-water-heater/

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3 Responses to “NASA: A Nuclear Reactor To Replace Your Water Heater”

  1. Reblogged this on GEOENGINEERED WORLD and commented:
    There’s not enough places to dump nuclear waste Chemtrails GMO’s now, spraying down on us causing immune failure, heart disease and major genocide…no they want more crap to kill billions of people every year…The NWO CIA UN Genocide Cartel are mad freaking scientists without any brains or hearts worth anything at all!

  2. To days science man lack brains and it seems like what should be smart people with we should trust is just a bunch of primates, they remind me of the movie; Planet of the Apes… (Morons and idiots)

    • Xeno said

      To days and to nights without science, a toast! Oh wait, those moron scientists made the lights, so we will have to drink in the dark… And wait, enology is a science, so we can’t drink wine. Tap water then! Oh, but wait, scientists made the electricity to pump the water, and designed the pumps, so we will get our water… from a stream! Those textiles scientists are all morons, right? So, we will wear no clothes: Only animal skins from animals we killed with rocks, like real men. Oh, but wait, you are using the Internet to read my blog, aren’t you? The Internet is also the work of scientists… Robert, we must return (on foot, obviously) our clothes, phones, computers and all unnatural food and water immediately. We will tell the stores that we can’t use items made by morons.

      But seriously, I’ve warned you before, if you have nothing but insults in your comments, I will delete them along with all the other spam comments I delete every day.

      If you disagree with something, say why. State testable facts which support your view! “Because that is stupid” is zero points among adults.

      Finally, only a bigot attacks a diverse group of people this way. Intelligence is the ability to tell “same” from “different” and your poorly worded attack calling all (male) scientists morons is a great example, therefore, of an unintelligent statement. Seeing all scientists as the same is prejudice, a lack of intelligent discernment. Get some help for your resentment or anger. I recommend meditation. Oooooom. Ooooom. Say it with me, Ooooom.

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