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    One man's opinion...reproduced with permission.


    May 24, 2022


    The biggest differences between LANR and hot fusion are that LANR

    is clean and achievable now, and has already had open demonstrations

    of this, and has already proven this both by driven over-unity motors

    and over-unity electricity production systems.


    LANR is understood and controllable if one understands the mathematics

    and materials (sort of like driving an LED actually).

    Any piece of clean palladium and clean heavy water can be used to

    get XSH (absent quenching materials) to learn and perhaps discover.


    What is coming in metallurgy and electrical engineering control and diagnostics

    will be very insightful.


    We are very close to CLEAN breakeven ["home run"] for dry preloaded

    LANR components -- something which hot fusion will probably only dream

    about for the next few millennia.


    Mitchell Swartz


      

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    Nature | 7 min read

    Just FYI...


    Effective from Sunday 12 June 2022 at 00:01 ET (5:01 am BST), the CDC no longer require pre-departure COVID-19 testing for USA-bound air travellers.

    Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travellers:

    • do not have to quarantine
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    If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):

    • you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel

    If you are travelling domestically within the USA, individual states and territories may have their own quarantine requirements. A full list of local quarantine requirements is available on the CDC website. You should check the list frequently as it is likely to change, sometimes daily, as rates of COVID-19 transmission increase or decrease.

    European energy markets are experiencing an unprecedented shock. In the first quarter of 2022, short-term gas prices on the largest European exchange were five times higher than their 2021 average. The upward price pressures come from a confluence of long-term trends and current events, including shifts in sentiment among customers and investors, carbon pricing, the post-COVID-19 surge in global demand, and, most recently, the conflict in Ukraine.


    In energy-intensive industries, these extraordinary increases are having a profound impact on production costs, which have risen by almost 50 percent in some sectors (Exhibit 1). The situation is likely to be prolonged. Futures markets are pricing European gas at twice or three times their 2021 levels for at least the next three years. Companies in these sectors face an urgent need for action. They must ensure the viability of their businesses today and find ways to maintain or extend their competitiveness for the future.....


    Before the current energy crisis, one company in the chemicals sector acquired a two-square-kilometer plot of land next to its plant, intending to construct a solar farm. Under a PPA that provided power at €50 per megawatt hour, the project supplied 45 percent of the plant’s overall energy, with a payback period of only one year. At today’s prices, such a project would pay for itself in weeks.


    Outsprinting the energy crisis
    A new approach to energy procurement, and a radical focus on energy efficiency and decarbonization, could be critical for Europe's energy-intensive industries.
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    This may have some bearing on the phenomenon -but it's a stretch.


    Quantum-coupling between closely-spaced surfaces via transverse photons
    A quantum-mechanical formulation of energy transfer between closely spaced surfaces is given. Coupling between the two surfaces arises from the atomic…
    arxiv.org


    Quantum-coupling between closely-spaced surfaces via transverse photons

    K. P. Sinha, A. Meulenberg, P. L. Hagelstein

    A quantum-mechanical formulation of energy transfer between closely spaced surfaces is given. Coupling between the two surfaces arises from the atomic dipole-dipole interaction involving transverse-photon exchange. The exchange of photons at resonance enhances the radiation transfer. The interaction between two surfaces, separated by a gap, is found to be dependent upon geometric, material, frequency, dipole, and temperature factors, along with a radiation-tunneling factor for the evanescent waves. The derived geometric term has a gap-spacing (distance) dependence that varies inversely as the second power for bulk samples to the inverse fourth power for the quantum well - quantum well case. Expressions for the net power transfer, in the near-field regime, from hot to cold surface for this case is given and evaluated for representative materials.

    If those are dissimilar metals then you could just have a thermocouple.

    If this was just a thermocouple it would not require a co-deposition process to make it work, and it would work even in high-vacuum conditions, which the LEC (in my tests) does not. There is also no direct contact between dissimilar metals at the heart of the device.


    LECs do exhibit some odd behaviours, and some of them I don't understand at all, but that makes the puzzle even more compelling to me.


    Actually at some point soon I am planning to test a system not using co-deposition but simple hydrogen implantation of a 'home-brewed' alloy plate using electrolysis. Another step in laying the Peltier effect hypothesis to rest.

    Alan,


    My name is Dominick Protomastro and I work on corporate innovation programs at Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech incubator in North America. I’m following up on a prior message I sent you about Go Make 2022. More details below:


    Currently, we are partnering with Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) and the M-Lab Companies, a consortium of large top-tier Japanese organizations based in Silicon Valley, to run a partnership accelerator program called Greentown Go Make 2022. As a refresher, we are looking for innovative startups to partner with MCA that decarbonize supply chains across four categories:

    • Supply Chain Management
    • Packaging Products and Materials
    • Alternative Foods and Ingredients
    • Green Fleet / Battery Management.

    I’m reaching back out to offer any assistance as you navigate your application. See below for additional information on the timeline and where to apply.


    Important Dates:

    We hosted an informational webinar about the program with MCA and the M-Lab Companies on 6/23/22 - you can follow this link to check it out: Go Make 2022 Webinar


    Let me know if you have any questions. If you’d like to discuss the program, grab 30 min on my calendar https://cal.mixmax.com/michelagrunebaum/gomake2022 at your convenience.


    All the best,
    Greentown Go Team

    Covid infections in the UK are up by more than 40%, the latest weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures suggest.

    Around 1.4m people in the UK had coronavirus in the week ending 11 June, up from around 990,000 the week before.

    The fast-spreading subvariants of Omicron - called BA.4 and BA.5 - are behind some of the new infections, according to the ONS.

    In total more than 179,000 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test, but the number of people with Covid-19 on their death certificates is over 196,000.

    A Covid vaccination programme has so far reached nine in 10 people aged 12 and over with a first dose.

    Monkeypox and sexual networks.


    Our understand of sexually transmitted infections is shedding light on why monkeypox is spreading in parts of the world where it’s not often found. The virus might have made its way into the highly interconnected sexual networks of men who have sex with men (MSM). Most of the recorded cases in the current outbreak have been in MSM — although that might be partly because they choose to get health check-ups more often than other people. Researchers emphasise that it is important to avoid any stigma that could worsen discrimination. And more research is needed on how sexual encounters might play a part in transmission. But scientists are also focused on how to protect those most at risk and limit spread — for example, by offering vaccination to MSM with many sexual partners. “It’s not about who you are,” says epidemiologist and former HIV activist Gregg Gonsalves. “It’s about what you’re doing. And we’re not going to stigmatize it. But just know that you’re at greater risk if you fit this profile.”