At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/andrea-rossi-e-cat-megawatt-co… there is a post that covers a good deal of the ground e discussed at our recent Study Group get together in Willesden, the Andrea Rossi cold fusion experiment. The comments at the end of the post are also interesting. One refers to www.blacklightpower.com, also part of the discussion, and another one notes nickel is limited, also mentioned by Tony Haynes. Tall Bloke seems to think the Rossi experiment might be a scam – but he is not alone in this. A big problem is the device produces X-rays and requires a lead shield – not the best of things to emit.
At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/solar-planetary-spin-orbit-cou… he has a reference to what he calls the Jupier Jackpot Thread – haven't checked this out but he provides a link. Apparently, there is a relationship between the period of conjunction and opposition of Jupiter and Saturn, the orbital period of the Earth and the solar rotation rate near the solar poles. According to Tall Bloke the secret life of the solar system is being revealed by the harmonious relationships of its constituent parts. One mystery is that the solar equator rotates faster than the solar poles, which can't be explained by the consensus dynamo theory.
At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/scafetta-and-aurora/ is another luke warm response to the upcoming paper by Nicola Scafetta which concerns solar cycles and aurora records, and the 60 year cycle (which might not be a cycle). Scafetta claims that mid-latitude aurora records present the same oscillationn of the climate system as well identified astronomical cycles. Hence, the idea is that recent climatic oscillations are astronomical – not terrestrial.
At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/little-one-cops-big-one-tokama… … it seems a small team at UCLA in San Diego are about to announce an important discovery concerning plasma stability in tokoma reactor vessels.