For the 52nd year, Warren Miller is back - with his best film ever! Join COLD FUSION's world-class athletes as they embark on exciting adventures to such extraordinary locations as Kenya and Verbier, in search of the bluest skies and deepest powder
This is my favorite Warren Miller film. Awesome music as always, lots of diversity with the athlete's styles and filming locations, and all of Warren's best pop-in's about his young skiing years. I always love when Warren pays tribute to both the underdogs and the well known skiers in the industry. Glen Plake has a big section in this film that is great fun. He is the skier with the 2 foot high colored mohawk who still rips on straight skiis. This is a beautifully well-rounded Warren Miller film that does it's job: gets you amped for the ski season and captures all of the thrills and spills of skiing that give you that big grin. A necessity for any ski film collection.
This is a 1998 documentary narrated by Star Trek's James Doohan. It traces the history of so-called 'cold fusion' the fusing of two atomic isotopes at temperatures lower than that of the sun, where nuclear fusion normally takes place.
The documentary starts with the controversial claim of a famous 1989 experiment that produced 'excess heat' (more energy out than in) by chemists Fleischmann and Pons. The 'cold fusion' moniker was applied to the experiment by others. The documentary then traces many of the follow up excess heat experiments up to around 1998.
This program is worth watching because many of the actual people who produced these experiments -and the scientists who held their feet to the fire- are interviewed. We hear their story first hand with no second hand summaries or interpretation.
I became convinced that some of the experiments did indeed produce more energy than was consumed. Excess heat, if not actual fusion. The shortfall of not proving cold fusion actually opens the door to a possible source of energy that has not yet been realized. That is quite fascinating. If you're into Tesla or 'zero point energy' this may make more sense.
In any case, it is now 2016, and where are the commercial excess heat devices? I googled this question and apparently there aren't many. Not sure why. Lack of uniformly reproducible results was one reason mentioned. Another may be that vested interests in the current energy structure is another. "Free" energy machines can likely not be owned in the same way oil and mineral rights can be.
There is another documentary on Amazon Prime that compliments this one nicely. It goes into zero point energy and obtaining free energy from good old tap water: 'It Runs on Water' (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TJQF0C/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_1_ba/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_1_ba?ie=UTF8&redirect=true)
Cold Fusion sheds light on a technology which though not brand new has proven a slow technology to develop. It's well worth a view, especially for those who made have heard of it. It reveals that more progress has been made than heretofore has been much publicized about this potential energy game changer. Not mentioned or discussed, however, are the forces, largely political, aligned to keep these advances unnoticed by the public zeitgeist.