Perhaps the craziest fusion-adjacent scam yet

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Perhaps the craziest fusion-adjacent scam yet

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In case you were having too good of a day and wanted more rocks in the "we're doomed" bucket...

Stumbled on this lunacy advertised in asinine comments on a Zap Energy LinkedIn announcement:

https://www.quantumkinetics.co/

This reeks of satire (like good god, who would fall for this?) but videos of not-inexpensive hardware and links to the person's books for purchase indicate otherwise. The "inventor" has a full LinkedIn profile with job history and "Quantum Kinetic" updates.

Unfortunately the word "fusor" shows up among the rambling, so here we are.
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Oh wow! The usual. A lot of graphics with no form of in depth data. An Arc sediment generator? Isotope alteration? Gravity? How did that get in there? I am waiting for this device to show up in a blister pack at walmart, then, maybe I'll take notice.

It is nice to think someone is excited about this.

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Yeah, this one showed up in my Google Alerts yesterday, too:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/climate ... akthrough/
Funded by oil and gas giant Chevron and the Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy, scientists at US company Zap are among many trying to make this work on Earth.
Also

https://www.rechargenews.com/energy-tra ... -1-1632487
Zap said in a press release on Tuesday that its unique approach, known as a sheared-flow-stabilised Z pinch, has now blasted past this milestone – achieving temperatures roughly equivalent to 11 to 37 million degrees Celsius.

“This feat is a key hurdle for fusion systems,” said Zap, claiming that its Z pinch reactor is the “simplest, smallest and lowest cost device to have achieved it.”


PT Barnum would be pleased.

Too bad nobody has a trademark on 'fusor' so that it can't be misappropriated as it was here.

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Also, I think we get some idea here why Bill Gates might be so anxious to get fusion energy online:

Microsoft Reportedly Building ‘Stargate' to Transport OpenAI Into the Future

https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-building- ... 1851375210
Stargate....could take up several hundred acres of land, and require up to 5 gigawatts of power.
Good luck with that, Bill.

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Skynet is effectively being assembled by the private sector and will be taken over by the government to keep it from being misapplied.
As for fusion, those who have millions to burn have little knowledge of fusion and are advised by the fusion hopefuls who, no matter what, always say, "Let's do it. It seems like a great idea!"

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Zap is still making the rounds.

This article showed up in my Google Alerts this morning:

https://www.thecooldown.com/green-tech/ ... ommercial/

... and I find the embedded Zap promo video quite persuasive:

https://youtu.be/7kwDV10b0oc?si=vKmvIvyxIxvm4S8H

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What I saw on their demo was a zap flash. (in the pan). More putt putt boat fusion attempts. Let's heat electrons. Seems plasma temps are out and electron temps are in. At least they are operating in the small, but with zero reported fusion at any level. They join Helion in "kit visible", but also no fusion demonstrated. I am sure they are funded well by some source that is looking for a tax break in write-offs while, at the same time, looking like they care about and are investing in future energy.

For many, temperature is the thing. Fusion....Well....Get the right temperature and fusion will follow. I now ask, how long can you generate and hold that magic much sought after temperature? If in bursts, how many bursts per second and at what RMS energy level can the burst deliver? Don't fool us with claims of peak energy per burst of 2+ megajoules. Those of us who know, really know, that you can't do that at a 1mhz PRR.

We are employed and will muddle on, making it up as we go along. (Nice work, if you can get it.)


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