ANSR Glossary & Jumpoff Points - 3

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Exploratorium - One of the neatest places to learn about science and nature. A visit to the Exploratorium in San Francisco can be an eye- (and mind-) opening experience. It's a GREAT place for kids, too. If you can't visit this delightful place in person, you can at least find the Exploratorium on the WWW.

General Fusion, Inc. - GFI is a private corporation located in Vancouver, B. C., Canada, working toward a near-term demonstration of driving fusion reactions in the laboratory using ultrasonic shock waves.

ICF - Inertial Confinement Fusion is a field that is studying the feasibility of achieving controlled fusion in the laboratory. The intense light beams of a high-powered laser are focused onto specially designed fusion targets containing DT fuel. The targets compress the fuel to conditions under which it will burn efficiently: densities of more than 1000 times liquid density and temperatures of more than 30,000,000 degrees Celsius! There's more information online at NIF. Readers interested in more detailed technical and historical information can find it in two excellent books:

-- Inertial Confinement Fusion by J. J. Duderstadt and G. A. Moses (Wiley, 1982)

-- Inertial Confinement Fusion by J. D. Lindl (Springer-Verlag, 1998)

Impulse Devices, Inc. - IDI is a private corporation pursuing the development of a new approach to fusion energy production, based on sonoluminescence.

IMS - The Ion Mobility Spectrometer is a new analytical instrument that promises rapid and inexpensive environmental monitoring. The device produces signals that contain signatures of trace chemical vapors in the air. When properly interpreted, the signals can identify the type of chemical that produced the vapor, and this can aid in control and clean-up of pollution. The new NN CHC-Net has proven capable of interpreting the IMS's signals quite accurately.

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