Jones Beene <jone...@pacbell.net> wrote: > Now that you mention it, and realizing how enticing/dangerous it would be > to a certain segment of the population . . . > We have seen crazy stunts with thermite and other energetic materials on > YouTube. In a worst case, we are talking about something which could be > far more energetic than thermite. Yikes. > Not just a certain segment of the population -- we need to worry about ordinary, timid professors as well. Martin Fleischmann strongly recommended scaling down cold fusion experiments because of incidents like this.
However, there may be a problem with scaling down. Perhaps there is some sort of critical mass issue. I do not mean with neutrons the way a critical mass works in a fission reaction. I mean something like the buildup of heat in a large mass of nickel powder. - Jed