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Mainstream Research - Unlikely to Lead to Breakthrough
Organized research conducted by academic institutions with government funds arguably focuses on most promising lines of investigation backed by thoroughly established evidence. While the mainstream research conducted by mainstream scientist is a safe bet the likely outcomes are just as safe, incremental, and boring. Controversial subjects (such as cold fusion or more recently bubble fusion) and revolutionary ideas are either not pursued or outright dismissed as scientifically unsound. However, we must not forget that scientific progress undergoes regular paradigm shifts. These paradigm shifts are never smooth and quiet, they are rather violent and protracted events that result in discarding or superseding much of old knowledge with new superior theories and concepts. The most recent major shift was the acceptance of Einstien's relativity theory and the abandonment of the luminoferous ether hypothesis.
The reason that paradigm shifts are never easy is that the vested interests and prestige do not provide a mechanism for abandonment of erroneous views. Prominent physicist Max Planck said: "a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."
In 1900, Lord Kelvin famously stated, "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement." Five years later, Albert Einstein published his paper on special relativity, which challenged the very simple set of rules laid down by Newtonian mechanics, which had been used to describe force and motion for over two hundred years.
Only 100 years ago scientists were certain that rocks do not fall from the skies and that continents do not drift. Now these concepts are taught in middle school.
The point is that the existing system of academic research is not perfect and does not favor extraordinary or revolutionary ideas (the latter demand extraordinary evidence, whereas the conventional ideas supporting an existing paradigm may be accepted without examination). We also forget that we are only humans and to make mistakes is in our nature. Regardless of how advanced our science is our knowledge is far from being complete and the nature is a lot more mysterious and complicated than we believe, and our views will be overturned by the next paradigm shift. Admitting mistakes, unfortunately, is not in human nature and therefore we tenaciously cling to our beliefs even when they become painfully untenable.
The other problem that limits synergy and progress is that of extreme specialization. Vast areas of science are subdivided into narrow fields with only a handful of specialists in each niche and hardly anybody has the bird-eye view of the entire discipline or has enough knowledge to engage in cross-disciplinary research. Thus the specialists often remain oblivious to developments in other areas and reject the outliers without second thoughts. There is no one left to connect the dots.
Crisis in Science - The Onset of Paradigm Shift
When one reads mainstream literature (e.g. thick peer-reviewed archival publications with paid access) there is hardly a sense of crisis. In fact the impression is that everything that there is to know is well understood and computable. The crisis becomes apparent, however, when one goes beyond the mainstream literature and into the field of books, patents, foreign publications and obscure magazines. These venues are ablaze with reports and detailed accounts of 'new energy' devices, 'overunity' machines, miraculous healing contraptions and 'superior' theories of fundamental science. The problem is the amount of information and difficulty to tell charlatanry, delusions and outright lies apart from promising science. The real problem is that no mainstream scientist is ever willing to look at this pile of dirt whereas no mainstream publication will ever accept an article that does not fit into an established paradigm. Few occasional reports that do make their way to mainstream journals there are usually ignored. When they cannot be - such as in the case of bubble fusion - the ensuing controversy is usually not good for the author. E.g. Rusi Taleyarkan, bubble fusion pioneer, was stripped of his named professorship and banned from receiving federal funds.
Fortunately, the emphasis now is shifting towards high-risk/high-payoff research at government level. In 2008 NASA has completed a Breakthrough Propulsion Physics research focused precisely on verification of unique and interesting propulsion concepts that fly in the face of mainstream science. The project was a success, but was ended before it could bear a real fruit.
Privately funded EarthTech International is engaged in systematic verification of cold fusion claims and actively pursues 'out-of-the-box' theoretical work that may lead to the next breakthrough in physics.
Ruggero Santilli has launched a MagneGas Corporation to commercialize the new 'hydronic physics' with applications to liquid waste recycling, which he has developed and promotes through the Institute for Basic Research.
The train clearly accelerates and the private capital must clearly step in or miss the band wagon.
Research & Development Objective
During the past 10 years we have been focused on analysis and verification of claims regarding 'new physics' with obvious commercial applications. We have met the inventors, independently verified and analyzed their results and where possible engaged in replication effort. Currently we have identified several projects with most clear commercial applications that we are pursuing.
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