Met, IMO, with a healthy degree of skepticism by the scientists they cited in the article.
The main thing about this that puzzles me is how sound waves could possibly carry enough energy to do what is claimed: a collapsing bubble collapses at the speed of sound (in water).
As long as Purdue doesn't go to the extremes the University of Utah did in 1994, I'll be happy.
Agreed: like punching yourself in the face...
Could we give mars an atmospheare by bombing it's surface with hydrogen-acetone bombs then?
Not that this has much to do with this new bubble fusion idea--
I am so old (and decrepit, but we won't talk about that) that I can actually remember reading in the newspaper about the early claims on behalf of cold fusion. The funny thing, as I think back on it, is that some elderly big-name physicist who was asked to comment on the issue actually seemed to support it early on, at least to the degree of being quoted in the paper as saying that the possibility of cold fusion was not completely off the wall. It may have been Edward Teller, I can no longer remember. (Memory--that's the first thing to go. Or is it? Can't recall for sure.)
At the time of the cold fusion flap I was working in the Physics Department of Oregon State U. I listened in on, and participated in,(listened more then talked) the conversations of the Profs about this new Cold Fusion thing. None could understand how it could possibly be right. There were plenty of skepticism and no blind believers. Most felt that it would turn out to be experimental error.
(Believe it or not there are not many blind believers of ANYTHING among the Physics Profs I knew.
LOL - "Believe it or not there..."
Thanks for the personal reminiscence, Integral.
I do recall the original paper detailing the experiment was refuted by other scientists who stipulated a high level of contanimation caused the data to be very unreliable.
Another line of inquiry has been ongoing as to the effects and causes of Sonoluminescence, the handwaving suggests that a Backreaction from the Bubble 'surface'(which is impregnated by infalling sound-waves) causes an internal Vacuum from the internal/underside of the Bubble-surface.
The similarity to the 'Casimir' effect for other Vacuumated energies, with plates for instance, shows that there are similarities with Micro-Blackholes?..and observed Sonoluminescence.
Sonoluminant energies are caused by the experimental set-up, we are 'seeing' the manufacture of Hawking Radiation.
Bombing the mars pools would perhaps reveal the core of mars and warm the planets surface.
Whatever happened to good ol' ice-teroids? Not only do they contain volatiles necessary for the development of terraforming-genetic-bacteria, they are quite abundant in the relatively nearby asteriod belt. Give Mars new oceans: That's what you should do. There's plenty of CO2 at the south pole to initiate artificial greenhouse heating. Or, you could bombard the south pole with the ice planetoids. Since kinetic energy is essentially the same as heat, you could transfer the water to Mars and melt the pole(s).
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