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Ivy will be presenting at a Mensa event on May 30 to explain why a successful implementation of the Green New Deal requires fusion energy. Eric will be there as well to answer technical questions.

In part 3 of the “Is it Really a Black Hole Series”, LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric J. Lerner shows that the image could have been created by a plasmoid, not an “almost black hole”. A plasmoid is a magnetically-confined plasma object.

In part 2 of “Is it Really a Black Hole Series”, LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric J. Lerner explains that any condensed object like the one at the center of must have lost most of its angular momentum for it to collapse in radius.

We've merged the beryllium cathode with its silver-coated steel plate and steel brace.

We baked out the silicone gasket and O-ring that help seal our vacuum chamber. We baked them out in this small oven chamber at 200 C. The rate of outgassing dropped by a factor of 300. Again reducing impurities.

Eric shares a secret on how to use the ultrasound soldering iron on beryllium...

The team is working on securing high conductivity contacts between the 4 plates carrying the electrodes...1.5 plates more to go before the electrodes can be mounted onto the Focus Fusion device.

We're explaining how our fusion device is put together and some improvements we're making here.

We began the final stage of assembly of our new beryllium electrodes, transferring the beryllium anode into our nitrogen-filled glove box to protect us from any contact with beryllium dust and to protect the anode from water vapor and oxygen in the air.

Out with the old, in with the new! We installed two new switches on the Focus Fusion device with new ceramic plates protecting thin Mylar sheets and new spark plugs. If these two work well, we will replace the other six switches right away and get fewer breakdowns, more firing.

Syed installed the new Axial Field Coil (AFC)! The wire coil controls the spin on the plasmoid in our Focus Fusion device. It’s now protected by high-temperature materials: quartz glass coil, aluminum oxide ceramic connections (white) and titanium-nitride coated wire supports.

As most would expect, the backup wasn't completely up to date. The posts that were not part of the backup will be "recreated" for completeness.

The numbers on each frame show the time elapsed since the start of the pulse. The region shown of the anode, close to the end of the insulator is a cm wide. The filaments (bright stripes) first form and become more distinct, then at the end begin to merge together, becoming destroyed. The bright regions near the lower end of the sheath are heavily contaminated with tungsten vaporized from the anode.

That's 8:00 PM EDT in case it's too small. We'll send out a toot with the exact URL 15 minutes before the AMA starts!

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