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goldfishbowl42 wrote:I don't have a link or source but I remember reading about a year ago that the US had pulled its funding for ITER because they weren't happy that the proposed site for it was either France or Japan.
Thats the last I heard, Does anyone know if the US is still funding it now?
The second principle is "the entropy of an isolated system can only increase". But you can diminish the entropy of a system using external energy... Earth is not an isolated system.
Now, this should get a response: To me, given our current cultural mindset, the worse thing that could happen would be to find some inexhaustible new source of energy. We would doom the human race to extinction by making the planet uninhabitable through our wanton consumption. Now if we developed fusion and also reverted back to the population of the mid-1800's, did away with the "throw-away" society, recycled and downsized everything, instituted de-centralization, embraced environmental constraints, and generally practiced a conservation ethic, then that would be a good startâ€”even in an entropy world where it all ends anyway.
but Nature used solar energy to put everything in order.
Crikey, enough with the entropy business! There are plenty of threads already...
MonteQuest wrote: But while I am at it, Second law applies to open, closed, and isolated systems. In the first two, entropy can be reduced, but only by creating even more entropy somewhere else.
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