posted on Sep, 30 2007 @ 12:25 AM
Originally posted by 3rdeye
John, since the video is currently out of reach, do you think you could shed some light on what kind of experiments you performed? And what the
The experiment was to see if Element 115 could divert the course of an Alpha particle.
Bob and Joe Vaninitti conducted the experiment. I watched.
We had a bell jar, some dry ice, a Coleman lantern mantel, an arrowhead shaped piece of Element 115 about 2 inches long and a video camera.
We put the dry ice at the bottom of the bell jar and then put the element 115 on top of the dry ice. Bob kept the element 115 in a hockey puck sized
lead container that was cut in half and hollowed out slightly. I believe he took the top half of the lead container off and set the bottom half with
the 115 inside on top the dry ice.
He tied the Coleman lantern mantel to the inside of the top of the bell jar to hang down about a third of the way which put it about 6 to 8 inches
above the 115.
He put the bell jar over the dry ice (with the 115 on top) and started up the video camera and waited for the fog to form.
Its my understanding, because I was looking away at the time, that one alpha particle, radiated out from the mantel did a u-turn into the piece of
A few years ago, when I visited Bob in Sandia Park east of Albuquerque I asked him about the experiment because I was then only slightly more
knowledgeable about what the experiment was about than when it happened. I said, how many alpha particles went into the 115 and he answered one.
I told this story a while back on ATS and someone posted a statement that all it would take is a small magnet to attract alpha particles. I just tried
to find Bob’s comment on that statement but no luck. Anyway the printable part of it was that it would take a huge device, I forget what he called
it to get alpha particle to change its course.
Someone else posted that Bob just played a magic trick on me. Unlikely. Bob knew I didn’t know anything about particle physics and would have gained
nothing playing the trick on me. Which I missed anyway.