This just in from Sandia. Nowhere near a fusion powered light bulb, but it is an encouraging result.
I'm not a particle physicist, nor do I play one on TV, but I have to think that changing the radial instabilities with the observed helical instabilities (which are more contained, and easier to control) is significant on more than just one level. There's some good physics to be learned here.
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It's been a long time since this thread was active.
I had quite an exciting time following the New Horizons probe through its encounter with the Plutonian system. The initial photos were tantalizing, enough it seems for more than a few conspiracy theorists (one showing potential structures on the dwarf planet). Now, however, comes the long wait for data retrieval, which should be complete sometime next December. After this, who knows? Maybe another encounter with another KBO.
Feh! I'd rather my tax dollars go into developing new and better apocalypse causing weapons. I'm tired of conventional doomsday weapons that just vaporize people, poison the land, and create generations of flipper babies. I'd gladly divert my life savings into Uncle Sam's hands if it meant we got a warhead that turned people inside out, or a combat gas that causes catatonic schizophrenia.
HIRE ME, YOU UNIMAGINATIVE LOCKHEED PUSSIES!
"You've gotta' look to the future. The future is anarchy. I'm talking about lawlessness, I'm talking about the Lebanons of the future. I'm talking about the breakdown of the whole system. The military defending people against people. You won't get your appropriations waving that flag, there's no glory in that kind of warfare!"